Sunday, September 23, 2007

September: Mercury and Spica Align

The blue-white star Spica 270 light years away aligns with Mercury 9 light minutes away. Click on image to enlarge.

They're only 4.3 arcminutes (0.07°) apart in this image taken 22 Sep 2007 from South Australia. Next time they are this close together will be in 2040.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Total Lunar Eclipse - 28 August 2007

For Australia this was a prime time eclipse. Starting just befoe sundown the moon rose with eclipse already in progress. These images were captured with a Pentax K100D DSLR wit 28-50mm and 55 to 200mm zoom lenses

By 21:15 CST the Moon is minutes away from total phase. .

Just entering toality. The red colour is the light from a ring of sunsets around the circumference of the Earth falling on the face of the Moon

The totally eclipsed Moon bears ove the residential area at Henley Beach

Tatally eclipsed Moon over the Henley Pub

The end of the partial phase 21:52 CST