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Astronomical Events Observed - 2017
Moon, Venus & Mars Grouping 1st / 2nd Jan 2017 2015 (16.45UT) Description A 3 day old crescent Moon is a short distance to the right of nearby planet Venus  tonight. Over the next 24hrs it will move passed and for 2nd Jan will be between  fainter Mars and bright Venus.  Aurora #1 with Meteor  4th / 5th Jan 2017 23.30 Description Set up a camera to catch late Quadrantid meteors.  I caught an interesting meteor and as a bonus some Aurora activity too!  Aurora lasted about an hour between 00.30 and 01.25UT Moon, Venus, Mars & Uranus Grouping  28th Feb / 1st Mar 2017 (19.00UT)  Description In the evening twilight a 2 day old crescent Moon with 3 planets. What is not obvious  is the huge distances between the objects Moon - 230,044 miles (370,371 Km)  Venus - 33 million miles (54 million Km)  Mars distance - 189 million miles (305 million Km)  Uranus - 1,922 million miles (3,099 million Km)  Venus - changes phases  As Venus orbits around the Sun it is getting closer to the Earth and will by 16th  March become difficult to see in the twilight. It has slowly been changing phase from  a “half Moon” look to a thin crescent. These images show this change.  Penumbra Lunar Eclipse  11th / 12th Feb (02.00UT) Description A penumbra eclipse is much fainter than a full umbra eclipse. The Moon does not  turn copper coloured it only becomes a little darkened with a bluish tint.  Recorded the event with this image.  Comets Imaged  28th Feb / 1st Mar 2017 (01.00UT)  Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova has been very difficult to see / image due  to either clouds or bright Moonlight. Just before it was completely lost from view I  did manage to get one image of it. It was only +13th mag - very faint.  Comet 2015 V2 Johnson was visible the same night and much easier to see in our  16” telescope as it is at +9.5 mag. The telescopic view was much like the image on  the right - a star like core surrounded by a bright elongated tail which extended into  a fainter tail.  Unlike 45P , Comet Johnson is brightening each night.  More images will be posted on the Comets page. 
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Moon, Venus & Mars Grouping 1st / 2nd Jan 2017 2015 (16.45UT) Description A 3 day old crescent Moon is a short  distance to the right of nearby planet  Venus tonight. Over the next 24hrs it  will move passed and for 2nd Jan will  be between fainter Mars and bright  Venus. Aurora #1 with Meteor  4th / 5th Jan 2017 23.30 Description Set up a camera to catch late  Quadrantid meteors.  I caught an interesting meteor and as  a bonus some Aurora activity too! Aurora lasted about an hour between  00.30 and 01.25UT Moon, Venus, Mars & Uranus  Grouping 28th Feb / 1st Mar 2017 (19.00UT)  Description In the evening twilight a 2 day old  crescent Moon with 3 planets. What is  not obvious is the huge distances  between the objects Moon - 230,044 miles (370,371 Km)  Venus - 33 million miles (54 million  Km)  Mars distance - 189 million miles (305  million Km)  Uranus - 1,922 million miles (3,099  million Km)  Venus - changes phases  As Venus orbits around the Sun it is  getting closer to the Earth and will by  16th March become difficult to see in  the twilight. It has slowly been  changing phase from a “half Moon”  look to a thin crescent. These images  show this change: Penumbra Lunar Eclipse  11th / 12th Feb (02.00UT) Description A penumbra eclipse is much fainter  than a full umbra eclipse. The Moon  does not turn copper coloured it only  becomes a little darkened with a bluish  tint. Recorded the event with this image.  Comets Imaged  28th Feb / 1st Mar 2017 (01.00UT)  Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos- Pajdusakova has been very difficult  to see / image due to either clouds or  bright Moonlight. Just before it was  completely lost from view I did  manage to get one image of it. It was  only +13th mag - very faint.  Comet 2015 V2 Johnson was visible  the same night and much easier to see  in our 16” telescope as it is at +9.5  mag. The telescopic view was much  like the image on the right - a star like  core surrounded by a bright elongated  tail which extended into a fainter tail.  Unlike 45P , Comet Johnson is  brightening each night.  More images will be posted on the  Comets page. 
Venus & Moon - 1st Jan
Mars Moon & Venus - 2nd Jan
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Astronomical Events Observed - 2017
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Moon, Venus & Mars Grouping 1st / 2nd Jan 2017 2015 (16.45UT) Description A 3 day old crescent Moon is a short  distance to the right of nearby planet  Venus tonight. Over the next 24hrs it will  move passed and for 2nd Jan will be  between fainter Mars and bright Venus.  Aurora #1 with Meteor  4th / 5th Jan 2017 23.30 Description Set up a camera to catch late Quadrantid  meteors. I caught an interesting meteor and as a  bonus some Aurora activity too! Aurora lasted about an hour between  00.30 and 01.25UT Moon, Venus, Mars & Uranus  Grouping 28th Feb / 1st Mar 2017 (19.00UT)  Description In the evening twilight a 2 day old  crescent Moon with 3 planets. What is not  obvious is the huge distances between  the objects Moon - 230,044 miles (370,371 Km)  Venus - 33 million miles (54 million Km)  Mars distance - 189 million miles (305  million Km)  Uranus - 1,922 million miles (3,099  million Km)  Venus - changes phases  As Venus orbits around the Sun it is  getting closer to the Earth and will by  16th March become difficult to see in the  twilight. It has slowly been changing  phase from a “half Moon” look to a thin  crescent. These images show this  change:  Penumbra Lunar Eclipse  11th / 12th Feb (02.00UT) Description A penumbra eclipse is much fainter than  a full umbra eclipse. The Moon does not  turn copper coloured it only becomes a  little darkened with a bluish tint.  Recorded the event with this image.  Comets Imaged  28th Feb / 1st Mar 2017 (01.00UT)  Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos  -Pajdusakova has been very difficult to  see / image due to either clouds or bright  Moonlight. Just before it was completely  lost from view I did manage to get one  image of it. It was only +13th mag - very  faint.  Comet 2015 V2 Johnson was visible the  same night and much easier to see in our  16” telescope as it is at +9.5 mag. The  telescopic view was much like the image  on the right - a star like core surrounded  by a bright elongated tail which extended  into a fainter tail.  Unlike 45P , Comet Johnson is  brightening each night.  More images will be posted on the  Comets page. 
Venus & Moon - 1st Jan
Mars Moon & Venus - 2nd Jan
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