A Polar Phenomenon In May 1915, as Ernest Shackleton and the crew of Endurance entered their fourth month trapped in ice on the Antarctic’s Weddell Sea, the ship’s navigator added to the gloom by declaring the Sun would be absent from the sky for the next seventy days. You expect this at above 75° South;
Jupiter this afternoon is moving in for the closest line-of-sight conjunction with the moon you’ll see until the year 2026. Jupiter is very bright and easily viewable in the daytime – especially with binoculars; the problem is you can never find it. Because it’s so close to the moon today, that’s no problem: find
I took these photographs between 5.00 and 6.15 a.m., 10th December 2011, from the foothills above Los Angeles near Pasadena. Here’s the progression through to totality at around 6.05 a.m.
It’s a good few years since I took a photograph through a telescope, so I thought I’d share my latest pics. The moon’s been presenting itself as a nice late evening target in our Westerly outlook this week, so that’s where I’m starting. These two are the best of the bunch from the last couple
There were literally a few seconds at sunrise this morning when the clouds stayed off long enough for me to catch this partial eclipse of the sun by the moon from a hilltop in Leicester, UK, at around 8.30. It clouded over completely within ten minutes – and is now snowing. Fewer clouds would have
Here’s a nice sequence of exposures showing the International Space Station passing in front of the moon. As seen from Los Angeles, 21.16 hrs on 23/06/10. There’s no fixed interval between frames – just as fast as I could click, which is about 1 per second. Canon 30D 100-400 L zoom at 100mm. 0.6 seconds,