Well I got my Moon Pleiades conjunction shot but it was nearly a bust...literally. Thought I would enter it in the Creative Photography Contest.
I'm minding my own business on the side of a dark country road drinking a Pepsi when a car comes speeding along, screeches to a halt across from me, A guy gets out of an unmarked car, great it's a copper, starts walking towards me and says.
Copper: "What are you up to?"
Me: (Thinking he can't see me too well that far away, still in the dark, also I can't see if his gun is drawn, yikes I think to myself.) "Taking some images of the Lunar/Pleiades conjunction."
Copper: "Not getting it" (Slowly getting closer to me.)
Me: (Quickly going through my uninformed space person thesaurus) "A bunch of stars and the Moon are getting close tonight and I'm just trying to get some pics". (now right beside me, no gun drawn, can finally breath.)
Copper: "I see, I thought you were a youth drinking, you're obviously not that."
Me: "Laughing."(thinking did you have to use the word obviously, harsh.)
Copper: "Well good luck with your picture taking and have a good night."
Me: "Thanks, you have a good night too."(thinking, hey it's Friday night, the bad guys are all at my mall, try there.)
I have really got to stop taking pictures in the dark on side country roads. I had to wait quite a while for the Moon to rise above all the atmospheric dust and clouds on the horizon before I got a clear shot of the conjunction, then I took two images at different exposures. A one second exposure to capture the cool Lunar Corona and Pleiades and a 1/450 second exposure for the Moon, I then blended the two images in Photoshop to get the final image above.
Cern has been having some of it's own problems. Just last week they had to replace a faulty transformer in the LHC and then last Friday they had a melt down, seems a faulty electrical connection between two magnets melted causing a mechanical failure. Expected completion date of the fix is a couple months. Won't be getting sucked into a Black hole anytime soon.