Tag: Moon

Say goodbye to Mercury and Jupiter (photo). The planetary sky show is over.

September 4, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 September 2016) The evening planet twilight show has well and truly ended with both Mercury and Jupiter lost in the evening twilight for casual sky watchers. I couldn’t see Mercury with my unaided eyes and it was only just visible in the images I took. I could see Jupiter but it […]

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Look for Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon in evening twilight tonight

September 4, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 September 2016) Don’t panic if you didn’t miss last month’s close encounter between Venus and Jupiter, don’t panic. Firstly, you can ‘just’ still see Mercury and Jupiter in the evening twilight below Venus and the crescent Moon. You will need a clear sky and low horizon tonight. Binoculars are highly recommended […]

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Jupiter and the Moon together on New Year’s morning

January 1, 2016 | By | 5 Comments

Send to Kindle(Update 1 January 2016) My good friend Tony Surma-Hawes has combined an image of the Moon and a separate longer exposure of Jupiter and three of its Galilean Moons to produce the below image. It gives you an idea of what you can see with low power optical aid like binoculars plus what the […]

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Moon and delicate crepuscular rays over Canberra (with image)

January 2, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 2 January 2015) The crepuscular rays in the below image were cast by sunlight shining through storm clouds over the Brindabella Mountains.

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Mercury and crescent Moon in the evening twilight (photo)

August 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 27 August 2014) The cloud was kind earlier this evening and cleared above the Brindabella’s to allow me to take an image of the slim crescent Moon and Mercury low above the Western horizon. The thing I like in particular about the image is seeing the night side of the Moon lit […]

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Star gazing FNQ style. Moonlight reflecting on the ocean and palms silhouetted against tropical clouds

January 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

16 January 2014 The sky did something surprising for Far North Queensland in wet season. It cleared! Admittedly the sky was hazy so serious star gazing isn’t possible. However the moonlight reflecting off the ocean is beautiful.

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Venus and the crescent Moon visible to the unaided eye during the day (photograph)

July 15, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Let’s be honest. I was up late last night and made no attempt to get up and see this mornings crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter grouping in the morning sky. Work will get me up tomorrow morning so hopefully it will be a clear morning. I did decide to see if I could […]

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Crescent Moon joins Venus in the evening twilight sky

December 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Look low above the Western horizon tomorrow as evening twilight ends (Tuesday 27 December 2011) to see Venus and a slim crescent Moon.

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Image of Moon from Earth Orbit

September 24, 2011 | By | 1 Comment

Text and image courtesy NASA website: ‘Photographed by the Expedition 28 crew aboard the International Space Station, this image shows the moon, the Earth’s only natural satellite, at center with the limb of Earth near the bottom transitioning into the orange-colored troposphere, the lowest and most dense portion of the Earth’s atmosphere. The […]

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China’s second Moon probe arrives at the Moon

October 7, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

China’s second Lunar orbiter Chang’e 2 has arrived at the Moon. The spacecraft has entered a temporary orbit that takes 12 hours to orbit the Moon. Chang’e 2 took five days to travel to the Moon. Further information can be found here and here.

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