Eclipse of the supermoon

Eclipse of the supermoon

It's not often, in southern England, that we get the chance to see a total eclipse of the Moon. But in the early hours of Monday 28th September, I was lucky enough to witness a triple lunar event. Not only was it a total lunar eclipse, it was the largest supermoon of 2015 (being closest to Earth on … Continue reading Eclipse of the supermoon

Cosmic cappuccino

Mars south polar ice cap

Just released by the European Space Agency (ESA), this stunning image shows Mars's southern polar ice cap, as rarely seen before. This is a permanent feature, composed of frozen water and carbon dioxide, and is 3km deep in places. It looks flat in this amazing image, but is in fact a mixed terrain of peaks, troughs and … Continue reading Cosmic cappuccino

Harvest Moon

This is September's Harvest Moon; the full Moon associated with bringing in the harvest as the fullness of the moon, and therefore its brightness, appears to last for several days. I managed to capture this with some basic equipment: a SkyWatcher 130P telescope and DSLR camera. This was my first foray into lunar photography; I … Continue reading Harvest Moon