Dec 31, 2009

Partial eclipse of a Blue Moon

Wide angle view at 21:30, exposure 8 sec, f/5.6, focal length=21.4 mm

Partial lunar eclipse at 20:06 MEZ, 14 minutes into the umbra
Taken through Soligor lens 500mm f/5, eyepiece 17 mm and Lumix DMC-FX 150
Clouds obstructed the view from 20:10 to 21:20

Combination of 4 raw images with exposure times between 1/10s and 1/400s
using Fdrtools, high contrast at left, high saturation at right

Dec 25, 2009

Moon shadow south of Japan on July 22, 2009

Satellite view of the Shadow of the Moon at Total Solar Eclipse
by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Jul. 23, 2009
"On Wednesday, July 22 2009, a total solar eclipse was occurred. JAXA observed the eclipse by NASA satellite, Terra. Round black area on the sea south of Japan in Figure 1 was a shadow of the Moon. The observation time was 02:05 (GMT)."

By adjusting contrast and gamma the outline of the umbra becomes readily visible.

Compare to the view 5 minutes later:
MODIS Image of the day: July 28, 2009 - Solar Eclipse over Southeast Asia

Dec 11, 2009

Celebrating 100 Years of "Kosmos Himmelsjahr"

Jubiläumsveranstaltung des Kosmos-Verlags am 02.12.2009 im Planetarium Stuttgart
100 Jahre Himmelsjahr, 100 Jahre Astronomie