Sunday, April 15, 2018

Carnival of Space #557

Hi All and welcome to a new Carnival of Space.

I will start with a new photo I too of the winter Hexagon about a month ago
The winter Hexagon
The winter Hexagon

And for this week articles

From UniverseToday:


From TheHill:


From Chandra:

From HotPopRobot:
Here are two photos of the same object I took to demonstrate the importance of being tracked.
M45 30 seconds exposures all smudged up
M45 30 sec no tracking
M45 30 sec no tracking


The same with proper tracking - 110Sec exposure!
M45 110 sec with tracking
M45 110 sec with tracking



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Carnival of space #550

Welcome  to a new carnival of space!

First I would like to say that I finally discovered the true source of the moon's light. See the following picture...


vvvTrue source of the moon's light?
True source of the moon's light?

The photo is from the last full moon (which was a supermoon and also a total lunar eclipse, not visible from my area).  Although I am not into any supermoon hype, I always like to observe a full moon rising, and try to take nice pictures of it.



OK, hope you had some laugh and now for this week articles.

CosmoQuest.org

UniverseToday
Archive from theVenusTransit
  • The OSIRIS image presented in UT article above, is very similair to a potom from Messenger mission. See here many photos of "Earth from Space"




Thursday, January 11, 2018

Carnival of Space #543


Welcome all to Carnival Of Space, weekly digest of astronomy articles from all around the globe. This is a conjunction week starting with Mars and Jupiter and Ending (Saturday 13-Jan-2018) With Saturn and Mercury. See all four of them early before sunrise.
Carnival of Space
Carnival of Space
OK! Fasten your seat belt and liftoff!

From Cosmoquest.org


From UniverseToday:


From BlastingNews:


From BrownSpaceman:


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Supermoon ,moonrise. sunset and moon halo- 2017-Dec-3 and 4

Although  I don't care too much about supermoons, I always like to see the full moon rising and this evening just 17 minutes after sunset I had a chance to see and take some photos.

The next photos clearly show why I can't see the exact moon rise. There ar mountains to the east which blocks the horizon. It requires about 60 minutes driving to pass them (not including evening traffic jams!)
moon rise
moon rise

moon rise
moon rise



A nice surprise was an airplane which was considering enough to cross the moon.
moon rise and an airplane
moon rise and an airplane

And in the video notice how the hot gases from the engines twist the photo


Here is the full movie of the moonrise at 4x speed


High clouds continued the following evening so I took some other fine photos:

Sunset 4-Dec-2017
Sunset 4-Dec-2017

And the following photo reminded me the famous scene from "Apocalypse now".
A helicopter in sunset
A helicopter in sunset

One hour after sunset the moon rose
moonrise 4-Dec-2017
moonrise 4-Dec-2017

moonrise 4-Dec-2017
moonrise 4 Dec-2017
And later that night a compelte 22deg moon halo, The entire winter-hexagon is visible including the Orion group.

moon halo 4/12/2017
moon halo 4/12/2017