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Astronomy Highlights – Summer 2022

June 1 2022, Marcus Schenk

Summer shooting stars, planetary chains and Saturn and Pluto at opposition… Don’t miss out on these astronomical delicacies. And in August, an occultation of a bright star by the Moon awaits us.

In the “Astronomy Highlights in Summer 2022” infographic, you can find numerous important celestial events at a glance. You can find dates and detailed descriptions of the events in the accompanying text.

Have fun observing!

June

03/06 Conjunction between the Moon and M44

The waxing Moon crosses the ecliptic within the constellation Cancer this evening. In doing so, it approaches the M44 star cluster. You can admire both using binoculars with a large field of view.

16/06 Mercury at greatest western elongation

Mercury is at its greatest western elongation today. It, therefore, reaches its greatest angular distance from the Sun. Unfortunately, we have almost no time to view it and only experienced binocular observers will be able to make it out at dawn.

18/06 Conjunction between the Moon and Saturn

This morning, the Moon visits Saturn and both can be found 9 degrees apart in the constellation Capricorn.

22/06 Conjunction between Jupiter and Mars

Time for night owls and astronomers. From 2am, you can see Jupiter and Mars rising up over the eastern horizon. The Moon can be found at the centre of the event. A wonderful sight.

26/06 The Moon near Venus

This month, the planets are predominantly visible in the morning sky. They are lined up along a diagonal like a cosmic chain. The Moon will be paying most of the planets a visit and, on the 26th, it is Venus’ turn. The display is especially attractive three days before new Moon.

July

01/07   Conjunction between Venus and Aldebaran

Venus is almost as bright as possible – even bright stars found nearby can appear quite dull in comparison. On the first of the month, Venus approaches Taurus’ main star: Aldebaran.

16/07 Conjunction between the Moon and Saturn

The Moon passes by Saturn tonight and moves from the constellation Capricorn to Aquarius. The ringed planet is then even more visible and it reaches its opposition next month. This marks the start of the Summer of the Gas Giants.

19/07 Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter

There are two competitors in the sky: the Moon and Jupiter. The gas giant has a magnitude of -2.5 and is only outshone by Venus and our own Moon.

20/07 Pluto at opposition

The former planet and current dwarf planet is at opposition and shining with a magnitude of 14.3. Finding it with a telescope is a challenge and it will only work if you have an  accurate star chart.

22/07 Conjunction between the Moon and Mars

After rising shortly before 1am, the Moon meets Mars, which is glowing red at a distance of five degrees. However, our satellite is much closer to Uranus, with only 2.6 degrees between them today.

26/07 Conjunction between the Moon and Venus

When the first light of dawn appears, it’s worth taking a glance at the horizon. There is a conjunction between the dazzling Venus and the wafer thin, 27-day-old crescent moon this morning. An excellent opportunity for some stunning photographs!

August

06/08 The Moon occults Delta Sco

Delta Sco is a star within the constellation of Scorpio which, at a magnitude of 2, can be found in the centre of its distinctive, tripartite pincers. This evening the dark side of the Moon is occulting it. This is always the best kind of occultation as the star suddenly disappears as if into thin air. To follow the start of the occultation at 23:52, you need a high elevation and an excellent view of the southwest horizon.

11/08 Conjunction between the Moon and Saturn

In the night between 11 and 12 August, the Moon approaches the ringed planets. As Saturn reaches it opposition this month, it can be easily seen for the entire month.

13/08 Perseids

The absolute highlight of every August is the Perseids meteor shower. We are able to see up to 100 meteors per hour tonight. Admittedly, this is only because the Moon is not interfering. This year, the bright, almost full Moon disrupts viewing and you will only be able to possibly see the brightest meteors. Using binoculars you have a chance to catch a few dim ones.

14/08 Saturn at opposition

In past years, Saturn has stopped just above the horizon due to the location of the ecliptic. This made successful viewing difficult. But the ringed planet climbed higher up the celestial ladder and reached an altitude of 20 degrees in 2019 and of 24 degrees in 2021. During its current opposition in August 2022, it reaches even greater heights of up to 26 degrees. A clear advantage as, the higher the position, the less we have to battle against light pollution. On 14 August, Saturn reaches opposition and can be clearly seen for the whole night. We can recognise it by its yellow colour and its gentle glow.

15/08 Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter

During the nights of 14 and 15 August, the Moon approaches and passes by Jupiter. This encounter can be seen all night as our largest planet will now be visible throughout the night. Jupiter reaches opposition in the coming month.

19/08 Conjunction between the Moon and Mars

Are you missing that winter sky feeling? And in summer? You can get the chance after midnight. Then, there is a conjunction between Mars and the Moon within the constellation Taurus, right at the Golden Gate of the Ecliptic. A little higher up, the Pleiades light up the sky.

Total lunar eclipse on 16th May 2022

April 25 2022, Marcus Schenk

After more than three years, we are once again about to enjoy a total lunar eclipse. It is a memorable experience when the full moon gradually disappears from the sky, smouldering with an unearthly rust-coloured glow.

This year, we are only able to view the first partial phase up until the start of the totality. You can find everything you need to know in the “Brief information about the total lunar eclipse” infographic.

We wish you a very happy lunar experience! With the naked eye, a telescope or binoculars.


Useful products for the lunar eclipse

Do you have a telescope and want to quickly and easily photograph the Moon? The Omegon Easy-Pic smartphone adapter is ideally suited to this. Simply attach it to the eyepiece and lock your smartphone in place –  and you’ll soon have a lasting memory of this unique experience.

Smartphoneadapter für die Mondfinsternis

Our infographic provides the most important information about the current lunar eclipse. When the Moon shines red in the sky, it shines several magnitudes less bright. Photographing it with a long enough focal length without a telescope can be a challenge – especially during totality. Is there a simple solution? Yes. The Omegon Mini Track. Although most often used for the Milky Way and deep sky astronomy, it is also an excellent tool here. Tracking provides sharp images of the red Moon.

Die MiniTrack nimmt auch eine Mondfinsternis auf

Of course, every telescope and every pair of handheld binoculars are suitable for observation. Take a look at our product pages – you can find a suitable device for every type of observation.

Like our infographic? You can share and print out our graphic, hang it in your observatory for visitors or create a link to it on your website (at: www.astroshop.eu).

Want to soak up some of the atmosphere? In this blog post, you can see images of the lunar eclipse created by our colleagues in 2018.

Astronomy Highlights Spring 2022

March 1 2022, Marcus Schenk

Close conjunctions between planets, a bright Venus and a total lunar eclipse: In this quarter, the heavens are offering up some delicious morsels which are worth viewing. What’s happening with Mercury, for example? The small, nimble planet will soon reach its best evening visibility.

In the “Astronomy Highlights in Spring 2022” infographic, you can find at a glance numerous important celestial events. You can find dates and detailed descriptions of the events in the accompanying text.

Have fun observing!

March

08/03 Conjunction between the Moon and the Pleiades

This evening, the six-day-old Moon approaches the Pleiades open star cluster.

12/03 Conjunction between Venus and Mars

Shortly before sunrise, Venus and Mars can be seen over the south-eastern horizon. Venus is almost half-illuminated and shining with a magnitude of magnitude -4.5

20/03 Venus at greatest western elongation

Venus is at its greatest western elongation today. It, therefore, reaches its greatest angular distance from the Sun and can maintain an acceptable altitude above the horizon. It is now 50% illuminated.

23/03 Conjunction between Saturn and Mars

Just above the horizon, we can look forward to an attractive celestial display. Venus, Mars and Saturn are waiting for us in a planetary triangle. A good opportunity to compare their various magnitudes.

28/03 Conjunction between the Moon, Venus, Saturn and Mars

On 23 March, we are able to marvel at three planets. Today the slender crescent moon is keeping the trio company. Grab your camera and capture this beautiful event for ever.

April

05/04 Conjunction between Mars and Saturn

A rare event? Yes, because this morning Mars is passing by the ringed planet at a distance of only 20 arc seconds. A good opportunity to view both planets through binoculars or a telescope, or for a photo of both celestial bodies.

05/04 Moon in Davis’ Dog

An asterism is a random collection of stars which we perceive in pretty patterns. Today the Moon brushes past “Davis’ Dog”, a pattern of stars which resembles a dog or a fox. When viewed through binoculars, the sight is very delightful. In some places, the Moon occults bright stars.

17/04 Conjunction between Mercury and Uranus

This evening sees Mercury passing Uranus at a distance of only two degrees. This means you can locate both planets within the visual field of a pair of binoculars. A high vantage point is desirable since the planets are only 4 degrees above the horizon at 9pm.

24/04 Mercury in the evening sky

Mercury achieves its best evening visibility this year. Do you still want to see it? Then the time is now. At dusk, it can be found just above the western and north-western horizon. But only for the next 10 to 14 days, before it disappears.

27/04 Conjunction between Venus and Jupiter

Three days before the new Moon, its narrow crescent comes into conjunction with the planets Venus and Jupiter.

29/04 Conjunction between Mercury and the Pleiades

The winter constellation of Taurus goes down in the west. In the twilight, Mercury approaches the well-known Pleiades star cluster. You can marvel at both in the visual field of a pair of binoculars.

May

01/05 Conjunction between Venus and Jupiter

At a distance of barely 20 arc seconds, Venus “scrapes” past Jupiter. Such a close encounter is seldom seen. The only downside is that you have to drag yourself out of bed early as it can only be seen in the morning sky.

02/05 Conjunction between the Moon and Mercury

For those who prefer to observe in the evenings, you can catch a last glimpse of Mercury today. The spectacle takes place just above the western horizon but is especially attractive. A delicate waxing crescent moon to the left and, to the right, the Pleiades.

12/05 Venus, Jupiter, Mars in alignment

Shortly before dawn, we can see Venus, Jupiter and Mars sitting in a neat row. A little further up, we can also find Saturn. The band of planets stretches from the eastern horizon almost diagonally across the sky.

16/05 Total lunar eclipse

The last visible lunar eclipse took place in January 2019. Three years later, the event is repeating itself. However, visibility for the current eclipse is sadly not optimal. We cannot fully follow it, only the first part. The Moon enters the Earth’s umbral shadow at 04:28. At this time, our satellite is still 8 degrees above the horizon. Just at the start of the totality, the Moon goes down in the southwest. We won’t be able to see another total lunar eclipse until 2025 – and that will be in the evening.

28/05 Tau Herculids

The Tau Herculids are a meteor shower which we have not previously recommended in our Astronomy Highlights. Why? They are usually barely noticeable and not so exciting with a maximum of two meteors per hour. Only avid meteor fans get anything out of them. But this year could be different. This year, the Earth crosses paths with the trail of dust left by the disintegrating 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 comet in 1995. This year, it could be quite the shower. The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) is encouraging people to collect observational data.

29/05 Conjunction between Mars and Jupiter

At three in the morning, Mars and Jupiter climb above the horizon. It will be immediately apparent that we are dealing with a very close conjunction here. The two planets pass each other at a distance of around 0.5 degrees. When viewed through binoculars, they will appear as a stunning pair in the same visual field.

Astronomy Highlights in Winter 2021/22

December 3 2021, Marcus Schenk

The highlights of the winter sky are the bright stars around the constellations Orion and Taurus. But the next three months also offer us more to discover: a bright evening star, meteor showers and a beautiful necklace made of planets.

In the “Astronomy Highlights in Winter 2021/22” infographic, you will find many important celestial events at a glance. Information and further explanations of the events can be found in the accompanying text.

We wish you lots of observing pleasure.

December:

4 December Bright Venus

Venus is at its brightest at the beginning of this month. At mag -4.8, it stands out in the evening sky now and is, after the Moon, the brightest object in the sky.

7 December The Moon near Venus

In the early evening sky, the waxing crescent Moon joins an attractive planetary parade. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are visible, looking almost like a pearl necklace.

8 December The Moon near Saturn and Jupiter

Those who sighted the Moon yesterday will discover it higher and about 14 degrees distant today, between Saturn and Jupiter.

13 December Geminids

If the sky is clear in the evening, you should take a look towards the south. There you will find the Geminids meteor shower, appearing to emerge from the constellation Gemini. More precisely: from a point two degrees above the star Pollux. The best time for observing it is between 21:00 and 06:00. With 120 meteors per hour, the Geminids are among the most prolific meteor showers. This year we have to wait until the morning hours to observe undisturbed and with no Moon.

17 December The Moon occults Tau (τ) Tauri

Tau Tauri is a star in the constellation Taurus and, at magnitude 4.3, it is visible with the naked eye. Since the Moon’s orbit appears to run through Taurus, occultations often occur. This is the case today: at 22:30 Tau Tauri disappears behind the almost full Moon and appears around 80 minutes later on the other side.

29 December Mercury near Venus

Mercury begins to be visible in the evening and meets with neighbouring planet Venus at dusk. If you have a good view of the horizon, you will discover both planets from 17:00.

January:

3 January Quadrantids

The Quadrantids are a meteor shower originating from the constellation Boötes. The new year brings us up to 100 meteors per hour, but they are only moderately bright. The radiant, from where the shooting stars seem to originate, does not appear until after midnight. The new Moon was just yesterday, making astronomical observations particularly worthwhile right now.  Green light for all deep sky observers!

5 January The Moon nears Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter

Planet fans will be delighted: at dusk you can see a beautiful chain of planets consisting of Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. The three-day-old crescent Moon accompanies the trio. A lovely way to welcome the new year.

6 January The Moon occults Tau (τ) Aquarii

It’s still twilight and we’re waiting for the night to come. But the first astronomical highlight is already taking place. At 17:00, the Moon occults the mag 4 bright star Tau Aquarii in the constellation Aquarius. In this occultation, the Moon approaches from its unlit side.

8 January Mercury in the evening sky

Over the last few days, Mercury has become increasingly visible in the evening sky. It’s not exactly bombastic, but for those who would like to see reclusive Mercury, now is a great opportunity. Today and for the next two days, the conditions are particularly good, because its brightness and altitude in the sky are aligned. Soon Mercury will sink back toward the horizon and disappear.

11 January The Moon near Uranus

The planet Uranus is a distant agent in the solar system. Today, it is just 2.5 degrees from the Moon. Try your luck with a pair of binoculars.

26 January The Moon occults Alpha (α) Librae

This is something for early risers only: an occultation by the Moon of a star in the constellation Libra. More specifically, the Moon occults the mag 2.7 bright double star Alpha Librae. It gets going at 6:40!

29 January The Moon near Mars

Those with a great craving for the planet Mars will be able to see it at dawn in the south-east on 29 January. On this day there is an attractive meet-up with the narrow crescent Moon. You won’t catch another glimpse of Mars in the night sky until the coming summer.

February:

3 February The Moon near Jupiter

Jupiter accompanied us last year and was visible every evening in the sky. But soon it will escape our gaze and disappear from the sky for a while. On 3 February, it reveals itself once more in the twilight in a duo together with the delicate crescent Moon.

7 February The Moon near Uranus

Tonight, the Moon passes the planet Uranus at a distance of just 1.5 degrees.

9 February The Moon passes the Golden Gate of the Ecliptic

The area between the Hyades and the Pleiades has a name: the Golden Gate of the Ecliptic. Today, the Moon is a nocturnal wayfarer between the two well-known star clusters.

9 February Bright Venus

Venus lives up to its title of the Morning Star. Because with almost mag -5, it is radiantly bright. This astronomical spotlight appears above the horizon at around 05:00. It shines so brightly that no one can miss it.

27 February The Moon near Mars and Venus

Bright Venus, red Mars and a slender crescent Moon, just before the new Moon. What a great motivation to take a very early morning look at the sky. A peaceful morning mood is guaranteed.

 

The Unistellar eVscope Messier Marathon

March 9 2021, Elias Erdnüß

In the 18th century, the French astronomer Charles Messier compiled a catalogue of 110 nebulae and star clusters. These were primarily intended to help in the search for comets: to avoid confusing a newly appearing comet with a known nebula, one could refer to this handy Messier catalogue.

Credit: R. Stoyan et al., Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Since then, the Messier objects have been among the classic observing targets of every amateur astronomer. Ambitious observers even try their hand at the so-called Messier Marathon: to observe all 110 nebulae, galaxies and star clusters of the catalogue in a single night! At telescope meetings, this friendly competition becomes an all-night event.

This year, these observing nights will take place between 10 and 16 March 2021. The Unistellar eVscope is a newcomer to the race.  The automatic alignment and livestacking of the revolutionary telescope make observing much easier. So even those who don’t yet know their way around the night sky like a pro can take part in the Messier Marathons with the eVscope and admire the objects in colour and contrast.

Messier-Marathon-Bundle: eVscope, gloves, thermos flask, eBook

Unistellar is also offering an exclusive Messier Marathon Bundle for this event! Each order of the eVscope will include a thermos flask and warming gloves. So you are well equipped against the cold on a long night of observing. (Of course, you shouldn’t forget warm clothes either.) The gloves are also suitable for operating a touchscreen. Your smartphone or tablet is a prerequisite when controlling the modern eVscope.

You will also receive the practical Unistellar guide to the Messier Marathon as an eBook. Besides lots of interesting info, you will find helpful tips for successfully taking part or completing the marathon. The eBook is available in English, German or French.

This year, eVscope owners around the world were able to use this practical Messier catalogue to avoid confusing a newly appearing comet with a known nebula.

This year, eVscope owners all over the northern hemisphere are trying to set the record for the largest Messier Marathon in the world.  You can thus share the event with like-minded people Via social media: Use the hashtag #UnistellarMarathon and register on the Unistellar website to contribute to the record attempt!

We keep our fingers crossed for beautiful clear nights!

Mars opposition 2020

October 1 2020, Marcus Schenk

Infographic: 50th anniversary of the Moonlanding

July 19 2019, Marcus Schenk

moonlanding infographic

Total Lunar Eclipse: Last Chance on the 20-21st January 2019

January 18 2019, Joshua Taboga

On the 20th in the Americas and 21st of January in Europe and northern Africa, we have the pleasure of witnessing the Moon on the big stage, once again.  As we sit in the front row, the Earth’s shadow will play a complementary role to center stage.

In contrast to the eclipse of Summer 2018, Europeans and North Americans will have to tough it out in the cold.  With clammy fingers in the waking hours and next to the telescope, we will admire a fascinating, rusty-red Moon. However, bearing the cold temperatures will be rewarding, since this lunar eclipse will be one of the last, extremely visible eclipses in Europe for some time.

Here, you can learn more about the total lunar eclipse and some observation tips.

The Lunar Eclipse of 2018 taken in Landsberg am Lech, Germany. Credit: Alexander Olbrich

Getting up Early – Akin to Moving Mountains

So why do it?  Why stand outside in the icy-cold, surrounded by snow and frost, while others are cuddled in their warm beds?
Easy!  We cannot fight our fascination for astronomy.  Astronomy is not something best experienced from your couch.  Gazing at a photograph does not place us in the place it was taken, as well as being there in person.  Which would you prefer?  Listening to music on your smartphone or bouncing to live music with the stage only a hand

 

Why this Eclipse?

Our American friends will have the pleasure of seeing the eclipse during more comfortable hours of the night, while those of us further East will need to get up early.  This eclipse will be one of the few, easily visible ones from Europe for several years and all of it will be visible from a comfortable height in the sky, so that the Moon will be observable from almost every village, city and garden – even with the bonus of a morning cup of joe in your hand.  Who wants to drive to the middle of nowhere or to a mountain in the middle of the night?
The next chance to see a Lunar Eclipse will be a ways off: six years from now on the 7th of September 2025 (Our North American counterparts only need wait until 26th of May, 2021). So, this Lunar Eclipse in the early morning hours will be worth the work!

 

Location and Date

On the 20th around dusk in the Americas, leading into the 21st of January in the early morning hours in Europe and Africa, around 5 hours of a rusty-red Moon will grace the night sky.  The visibility of this particular eclipse will stretch from the Pacific Ocean all the way to Eastern Europe.  Here in Europe, the Moon will rise already in the Earth’s shadow.

This is hot phase, in which the Moon is hiding in Earthly shadow, also known as totality, makes the moon resemble a piece of hot iron initially.  Eventually, our satellite will take on a brownish, rusty-red or copper color, making it impossible to look away.

For the best experiences, find yourself a nice dark area.  The Moon’s normal brightness is not to be expected.  In the Earth’s shadow, it will still glow faintly in the night sky and reflects only the refracted light, passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, from the sun back to us. Now our Moon will appear 25,000 times fainter than a bright, illuminated Moon.

 

That’s a good reason to find a dark spot or at least make sure you have an unimpeded view without street lights.

 

At 5:41 AM Get Outside, Europeans

3:35 AM CET (central European time) or 9:35 PM EST (20th of January) in North America is when the Moon enters the penumbra, but this phase is rather inconspicuous.  Once the Moon enters the Umbra at 4:34 AM CET or 10:34 AM EST, Europeans and Americans will be able to see a real difference in our satellite’s color. Our lucky friends in California will be able to see the entry into the umbra already at 7:30 PST on the 20th of January.

Totality begins at 5:41 CET or 11:41 EST.  In Europe, the Moon will have dropped in the sky by about 10°, but the sight will still be excellent.  In comparison to the last Lunar Eclipse in Europe, then the Moon was already red by the time it reached 5° abover the horizon and reached a maximum of 16° before totality ended.

 

Phases of the Eclipse at a Glance

  1. Entry into the Penumbra 3:35 CET (21st of January) and 9:35 EST (20th of January)
  2. Entry into the Umbra 4:34 CET and 10:34 EST
  3. Begin of totality 5:41 CET and 11:34 EST
  4. Half-way point of the Eclipse 6:12 CET and 12:12 EST (21st of January)
  5. Exit of the Umbra 7:51 CET and 1:51 EST
  6. Exit of the Penumbra 8:50 CET and 2:50 EST

Roughly until 6:44 AM CET or 12:44 AM EST, we will be able to admire a rusty-red Moon with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope.  Lunar photography during the Eclipse should also be a breeze, even with standard equipment.

 

How to Photograph the Lunar Eclipse

During the Eclipse, it will be worth the effort to photograph the moment.  The good thing is, you will not need a whole lot of equipment.  A tri-pod and a camera, or a small telescope with a camera mount should do the trick.

With a stable camera, you should be able to capture the Moon with the surrounding landscape.  With an focal length of up to 200 mm and especially when the Moon is just above the horizon, you are sure to find photographing the event rewarding.

If you would like a close-up, in which the Moon takes up a third or half of the image, you will need a higher focal length of more than 500mm.  In such a case, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to shoot a nice lunar picture.  In the partial phases, short exposures will do – in the range of 1/100th and 1/10th of a second, while totality will require an exposure of several seconds.  The drawback here will be a blurring effect of the Moon, as a result of the Earth’s rotation.  With longer exposures and moderately sensitive cameras, consider using a tracking mount, in order to get a crisp photo of totality.

If you looking for a great telescope for a lunar eclipse, have a look at our Omegon Photography Scope 72/432 ED, which is a great instrument for nature and astrophotography at moderate focal lengths.  The set-up is both a lens and a spotting scope, all in one.

 

The Lunar Eclipse of 2018 captured with a stabilized camera.  Mars is visible below. Credit: Marcus Schenk

Photography Tips at a Glance

  • Stable tri-pod or tracking mount, as well as a lens or a small telescope
  • Recommendation: a camera with a cable or Bluetooth remote, as well as a timer
  • The camera should feature a manual focus, allowing you refocus to see a crisp edge on the Moon
  • The exposure should be manually configurable, or at least feature exposure correction
  • Experiment with the aperture and ISO values – you have plenty of time to do so

 

For now, we say clear skies and enjoy!  Until next time!

Perseids 2018: An info graphic explaining the meteor shower in August.

August 10 2018, Marcus Schenk

Following the lunar eclipse and the Mars opposition we look forward to the next great astro event: the meteor shower called „the Perseids“. This year, its maximum will be during the night of 12th to 13th August. Then more than 100 meteors will be falling per hour. But the best piece of news is: this year there will be no bothersome moonlight as new moon’s night is only one day earlier. Thus we shall even see the low luminosity meteors!

An additional advantage: the hot summer temperatures. Just curl up in the open. Lie down on a sunbed in the garden or on the balcony or just look into the sky following a barbecue evening together with friends. The weather will be just perfect to enjoy astronomical oberservations wearing a t-shirt!

This up-to-date info graphic will show you the most important information at a glance.

We wish you lots of fun while observing the sky.

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Total Lunar Eclipse 2018: Images from Our Colleagues

July 30 2018, Joshua Taboga

What a night! First the Mars Opposition and then the Total Lunar Eclipse.  And hopefully, fantastic weather!  Nights in t-shirts.  What more could you want as a hobby astronomer and observer?  Finally, our hobby has made it into the spotlight of the public again.  Of course, the media weren’t always strictly scientific in their reporting and there were a few questionable pieces written.  But, what are you going to do? The focus was on Astronomy and we think that is great!

Observatories received hundreds of visitors on the 27th, who just wanted a glance through a telescope.  All were excited about the “blood Moon”.  Families came and spread themselves out in the fields with picnic baskets, as kids frolic across the open spaces.  Everywhere in cities, people looked up to the cosmos.  The Lunar Eclipse was not only an astronomical event, rather also a feeling in a mild summer night… one, which will remain in our memories for some time.

Our colleagues had the chance to really enjoy the evening of the eclipse, and took a few photos here and there. A couple of images are visible below.

Menschen beobachten Mondfisternis

The first people coming together in a field, to watch the eclipse together.  Credit: Tassilo Bohm

 

Mofi aus Portugal

Photo series of the eclipse.  Credit: Joao Martins

 

The eclipse 2018 from Auerberg. Credit: Alexander Olbrich

 

The eclipse at a glance.  Below, Mars is visible.  Credit: Marcus Schenk

 

Mondfinsternis über Landsberg

Lunar Eclipse above Landsberg, Germany.  Credit: Marcus Schenk with Nikon Coolpix P900 and tripod

 

Mondfinsternis kurz vor dem Austritt

The Moon as it leaves the Earth’s shadow.  Credit: Marcus Schenk

 

Mondfinsternis auf dem Auerberg

The view from Auerberg towards the Alps.  Credit: Stefan Schuchardt

 

Stefan from consulting and Alex from the repair shop were happy to see the lunar eclipse.

 

Mondfinsternis 2018 mit dem Sternenhimmel

The Moon with Mars with a stellar backdrop.  To the right, you can see Sagitarius and Saturn. Credit: Stefan Schuchardt

 

Der Mond beim Austritt aus dem Kernschatten

The Moon as it leaves the Earth’s shadow.  Credit: Stefan Schuchardt

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