Posts Tagged ‘astronomy’

I was interested to read on EarthSky about this years Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the nearest full moon to the autumnal equinox and often brings about early evening moon-rises and so is much beloved of photographers. It sometimes has interesting effects and can look bigger than normal or appear more colourful.

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By C. E. Price [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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By Roadcrusher at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons

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By Phil Sangwell from United Kingdom (Harvest moon.) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

This year’s harvest moon will occur on the 8th or 9th September depending on your location. So check for your location and get your cameras out and go chase that harvest Moon.

For more details see EarthSky at
(http://earthsky.org/space/harvest-moon-2?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=69793b8632-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-69793b8632-393761461

Comet ISON fizzles out

Posted: December 5, 2013 in Astronomy
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It seems that any hope that comet ISON would be visible again from Earth is dwindling. Hope centred on the fact that after it emerged from its journey around the Sun it seemed to be brightening but this was only temporary it seems and now it is beginning to fade away again.

For more information on its current status go to:

http://www.isoncampaign.org/karl/a-trail-of-questions

http://earthsky.org/space/big-sun-diving-comet-ison-might-be-spectacular-in-2013?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=2e635a8f1d-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-2e635a8f1d-393761461

Watchers waited with anticipation to see whether there would be anything left of comet ISON when it emerged from the its close journey round the Sun. At first it appeared that it has disintegrated but now there seems a chance that it will be visible from Earth again in December as it makes its way out of our solar system.

For latest update and some nice visuals of its journey around the Sun go to http://earthsky.org/space/big-sun-diving-comet-ison-might-be-spectacular-in-2013?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=76116df000-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-76116df000-393761461

Comet ISON seen by the University of London Observatory
Photo by UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences (http://www.flickr.com/photos/uclmaps/)

Bright Comet ISON
Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/)

Blood Moon

Posted: November 30, 2013 in Astronomy
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Photo by Paul Russell (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11481133@N04/)

I had never really given a lot of thought to the term ‘Blood Moon’ until I came across this fascinating article

http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-2014-2015?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=94e2f7c99f-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-94e2f7c99f-393761461

Blood moon
Photo by Jasen Miller (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cptspock/)

Comet ISON

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Astronomy
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Some great pictures and information on comet ISON on http://earthsky.org/space/best-photos-images-videos-of-comet-ison?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=33240b6ead-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-33240b6ead-393761461

Comet ISON seen by the University of London Observatory
photo by UCL Mathematical and physical sciences dept (http://www.flickr.com/photos/uclmaps/)

Andromeda galaxy and us

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Astronomy
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As you may know the Andromeda galaxy is one of my favourites objects to photograph and I have mentioned in a few posts that Astronomers expect it to collide with our own milky way at some point in the distant future. I was interested therefore to see the following article and simulation video of how it may look as it approaches our galaxy

http://earthsky.org/space/video-of-earths-night-sky-between-now-and-7-billion-years?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=4f9101a2b9-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-4f9101a2b9-393761461

For those who can view it, here are some articles to help with your viewing:

When and where to watch

http://earthsky.org/tonight/legendary-draconids-boom-or-bust?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=150f81662b-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-150f81662b-393761461

How to locate the shower

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/locate-dragons-eyes-and-radiant-point-for-draconid-meteors?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=150f81662b-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-150f81662b-393761461

Everything you need to know

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-draconid-meteor-shower?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=150f81662b-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-150f81662b-393761461

Good meteor watching. It looks like I will miss out here in the UK as it very cloudy at the moment

Meteor showers in October

Posted: October 6, 2013 in Astronomy
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It seems like October is going to be a good time for watching meteors

For further details see
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=8c6056c56d-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-8c6056c56d-393761461

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The Swan Nebula (AKA the Lobster or Horseshoe Nebula) (M17/NGC6618) is a very bright gas cloud containing dust and molecular gases which is reckoned to be one of the largest star forming regions in the galaxy. It is 5-6,000 light years away from Earth and is probably 15-20 light years across. It is located in the northern part of the constellation Sagittarius and is so bright it can be seen with binoculars.

These images were taken with the Bradford Robotic telescope

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For further information on Blackeye galaxy see post of 29/3 https://petesfavouritethings.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/blackeye-galaxy/

photos taken with Bradford Robotic telescope