My Sky Diary for March is now available to download from my Web site.
Let’s hope for clear skies and more auroral activity.
I did my talk on “Whales, Wildlife and the Quest for the Green Flash” at Kettering Natural History Society tonight.
The talk seemed to go down really well, with lots of questions afterwards.
I love doing these talks.
Made a real change from a pure astronomy presentation.
While dashing around to get ready for work, I couldn’t resist leaning out of the spare bedroom window to capture the beautiful sight of the thin crescent Moon close to the extremely bright planet Venus.
Both visible in the eastern sky before dawn.
A fantastic start to a day that very quickly went downhill, but I won’t bore you with the details.
It was a very clear night, but very windy. The scope kept bouncing around even inside the dome.
But I did manage to capture some reasonable images of Jupiter, with its Red Spot just rotating off the limb, and the Moon just a day before Full.
Another clear evening, so got out for me to do a bit more Lunar Webcam Images.
So out I went for an hour to capture some exposures using my 10″ Newtonian.
Now only a few days from full, the shadows were getting more elusive, so I kept close to the terminator near the western limb. I did go and do a montage of the Mare Smythii area as a homage to our famous astronomer Admiral Smyth from Bedford which was visible on the shadowless eastern limb.
An unexpected clear night beckoned me out.
The gibbous Moon was blocking out most of the faint stuff, so I put the big scope on the mount and put the webcam in the eyepiece.
I focussed on Betelguese using a Bahtinov Mask and then moved over to take images of the Moon.
On Thursday the 6th of February I did my new comet talk to The Nene Valley Astronomy Society.
I really enjoyed the evening, despite the rush and the weather to get there.
From the club members reactions, and the many questions, they appeared to enjoy it as well.
Two supernovae visible in Ursa Major.
So I just had to go out and take a couple of images.
My Sky Diary for February 2014 is now available to download from my Web site.
Any mistakes are entirely my own.
Another Supernova has been discovered in a Messier Galaxy – M99.
It is currently a fairly faint 15th magnitude very close to the nucleus.