Astronomy

Lunar Eclipse 8 October 2014

I’m thrilled that the cloud cover cleared in time for us to experience the Blood Moon last night. A lunar eclipse is truly amazing to watch.

This is one of my favourite shots from the collection, taken with my Canon EOS 6D at home.

Feel free to use this as your desktop background – I am! 🙂

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EXIF data can be found on my Flickr post: https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnwlafferty/15290544380/

 

Comet Lovejoy C/2011 W3

Comet Lovejoy as seen from The Angle, NSW on the mornings of the 24th and 25th of December 2011. Follow the linked images to see the full set including images were a flyby of the International Space Station has been included.

Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) 24/12/2011 Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) 24/12/2011 Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) 25/12/2011

Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) is a periodic comet, discovered on November 27th 2011, by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.

The comet’s path took it through the Sun’s corona on December 16th 2011 and it passed approximately 140,000 kms above the Sun’s surface. It was not expected to survive the encounter, but Sun-monitoring spacecraft, observed the comet emerge from the corona intact

The comet nucleus of Lovejoy is estimated to be as much as 500m before the passage through the corona of the sun. At its brightest the comet had an apparent magnitude of around –4 (about as bright as the planet Venus). It is the brightest comet to appear since Comet McNaught of 2007, which shone at visual magnitude –5.5.

Morning planet show 08/05/2011

Planet lineup 8/05/2010

The planets of Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars as seen in the eastern sky this morning. As long as the skies are clear and you wish to put up with the cold, this should be visible for a few more days.