The tiny Corona virus has large effects, one of them making travelling to interesting places difficult. So instead of exploring the underwater sphere, let’s have a look in the opposite direction: the sky. Might it be possible to take a photo of deep space from home? Photographically speaking, there are similarities between capturing astro and…… Continue reading Capturing a Galaxy from my Balcony
The full moon on November 14, 2016 brings the Moon close to the Earth – it’s called a perigee full Moon, or supermoon. The distance between Moon and Earth is still 356’509 km, but nonetheless the Moon appears larger than usual. The last time the Moon was as close to our planet was in 1948, and…… Continue reading Supermoon
On September 28, 2015, a total lunar eclipse coincides with a Supermoon, i.e. the closest approach of the Moon to the Earth on its elliptical orbit. The Moon closely approaching the Earth on its elliptical orbit will make it appear larger. For almost two hours, the Moon passes behind the Earth into its shadow. Due to the diffraction of…… Continue reading Supermoon in Total Lunar Eclipse
This years Perseid meteor shower peaking in the early hours of August 13 was ideal for observing hundreds of shooting stars because of the new moon and dark night sky. I woke up at two o’clock and saw dozens of meteors in one hour although there’s light pollution by artificial lighting.
Every year, hundreds and thousands of rocky chunks the size of up to a house race into the earth’s atmosphere. These meteor showers are called Perseids.
If you have a wish, then the weekend is a good time to make your dreams come true. The only thing you have to do is wait for the night to fall, go outside, lay on your back, and look up to the sky and wait until you see a shooting star. The night skies…… Continue reading A Shooting Star for Every Wish
There is a reason for observatories to be located at high altitudes far from major centers of population causing light pollution. The Val d’Anniviers in Switzerland might fulfill these requirements. Indeed, there is a small observatory in Tignousa/St. Luc. When temperature is as low as during the last week, the sky is particularly clear, and…… Continue reading Stars, Snow, and Some Smoke
Space Shuttle Discovery and International Space Station on the night sky.