Friday, October 31, 2008
A Stunning view of the Milky Way
The image was taken with a Canon 300D, Sigma 4.5mm fisheye, 400ISO and 90 secs exposure at f2.8. There was some minor post processing in Photo shop, and the resulst is simply stiunning (click on the image to enlarge it).
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Don't Forget the great World Wide Star Count
Venus and the Moon, November 1.
Enjoying the sight of Venus in the Scorpion? It gets better, the Moon joins Venus in the next couple of days, On the evening of the 31st of November (Friday), the Moon will be in the head of the Scorpion below Venus, and on Saturday 1 November, the Moon and Venus will be one fingerwidth apart, forming a narrow triangle with the bright red star Antares. You should be able to see this from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm local times. Again with Jupiter up above Venus and the Moon this will be a very attractive sight.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Southern Skywatch November 2008 edition is now up!
The November edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. Venus has some beautiful encounters, ending with a close approach to Jupiter. Vesta can be seen in binoculars and the variable star Mira becomes visible to the unaided eye.
Labels: southern skywatch
Looking Out My Window
The picture shows Venus as seen from my window* (you will need to click on the image and enlarge it to see Antares nearby). The experience of a sky in the outback is something to take your breath way, even from my backyard the sky is amazing, but from my window I can see great things in the slice of sky I can see while washing up.
I've watch crescent Moons chase bright planets and stars, I've watched past encounters of Venus and other planets and the current gyrations of Venus in the head of the Scorpion. Washing up can be a mundane chore, but every so often I get a skyshow to go with my dishes.
I've written before about keeping an eye out for things in our environment, and this post is another (albeit rambling) example of being familiar with the sky. You don't need an observatory in the outback to keep track of the stars, just and inquisitive eye and a nicely placed window will do.
*The bottom of the plastic drink bottle is a home made terrarium for my Venus Fly Trap, the Sundew is just out of frame. Yeah, I grow carnivorous plants.
Labels: Observational Astronomy
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Carnival of Space #75 is here.
Labels: carnival of space
Monday, October 27, 2008
Venus and Antares
Venus will be close to Antares tomorrow night as well. Then Venus will climb the Scorpion towards Jupiter, with a spectacular rendezvous coming up late November.
Later at night, showing Venus and Jupiter (click on the image to enlarge it, you will need to to get all the detail)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Join the Great World Wide Star Count
If you are out and about watching Venus, why not participate in the Great World Wide Star Count?
This is an annual event designed to map light pollution in the skies. All you have to do is match simple charts of stars with the sky to estimate light pollution.
The count is open until November 3, so why not have a go!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Quick Orionid Report
You can see some interesting images and videos of the Orionids here and here.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Orionids on Wednesday (22 Oct)
This Wednesday morning (ie tomorrow morning) should be a good time to view the Orionids. The activity seems reasonable (about 15 bright meteors an hour and climbing), despite interference from the Moon. Wednesday morning should be better as the Moon doesn't rise untill 3 am. Bets time to view is 2-4 am.
The radiant is just under bright red Betelguese.
Some pictures are available at Spaceweather.
Venus in the head of the Scorpion
You will also note that Venus is in the head of the Scoripion, making a very interesting line-up.
Venus will now move further up the Scorpion, passing ANtares on the way. Should be an interesting few nights.
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Friday, October 10, 2008
Quiet in here, isn't it?