Posts tagged: skywatching
This is why some people don't sleep after dark. Says Goodwin:
I was surprised to find so few shots of iconic Priest Lake under the stars so I went up last night to see if I could find a good location. I also wanted to try out star pictures on a lake.
The stars were stunning the sky was more colorful than I expected. I'm not sure what the green and purple are. Perhaps aurora borealis. They ebbed and flowed while I was out, with the pink in the lower left disappearing quickly.
I know it looks like I just cranked the saturation but this is pretty close to what came out of the camera at f2.8, 3200 ISO, and 30 seconds exposure.
See this photo bigger and in higher resolution.
See forecasts for auroa borealis activity.
SKYWATCHING — Sunsets filtered through wildfire smoke and a harvest moon looming full and huge on the horizon have made for great skywatching this week.
Fall is full in the air, with this year’s equinox creeping up on Friday, Sept. 23.
Here's a recent story on the harvest moon from the LA Times.
Read on for details on the harvest moon from eNature.
SKYWATCHING — The Landers family has a long history of planning camps in high, dark places for the annual Perseid meteor showers. The summer light show peaks around Aug. 12-13, but the best viewing tends to be right now.
The full moon will come on Aug. 13, a peak morning for the Perseids, but the Perseids rise gradually to a peak throughout August. EarthSky recommends watching in the first 10 days of August to have moonless skies from midnight to dawn, the best time of night for watching meteors. You’ll have an entirely moon-free sky after midnight during August’s first week, as the meteors are beginning to build. You’ll have a window of darkness for a few hours before dawn on August 8, 9 and 10.
Our most memorable outings were at Forest Service fire lookouts rentals, where we'd put our sleeping mats out on the catwalks and go to sleep watching “shooting stars” streak across the sky — sometimes seemingly at our level.
But any mountain top campsite will do. If you're car camping, consider bringing a reclining lawn chair and pillow to park your sleeping bag on.
SKYWATCHING – On the fat chance that the clouds will disappear, the heavens will giving us a reason to stay up late tonight.
A lunar eclipse is set to begin about 10:30 p.m., when the Earth¹s shadow begins to pass over the surface of the moon, the penumbra phase. The total eclipse begins about 11:40 p.m. and will last until about 12:50 a.m., the Tacoma News-Tribune reports.
Totality, the time during which the moon is completely within the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, will last just about 72 minutes, according to NASA. During the last total lunar eclipse on Feb. 21, 2008, totality lasted 50 minutes.
The moon will finally come out of the Earth¹s penumbra shadow at 2:01 a.m.
Read on for viewing tips.