Like the famous Biblical Star over Bethlehem, this star shone over Sorrento, Italy, as the family and i went for a walk after our evening meal (three courses – lasagne, octopus on bed of maize, fruit and tiramisu – sounds strange combination but was delicious).
The star is of course Benus, at its brightness very near 50% phase.
Ean Ean, Rhys, Hannah and I have just arrived in Naples, on our way to Sorrento. Only got small pair binoculars but at least tonight’s main event only requires the naked eye – the Perseid meteor shower…..and look at the forecast here (see screenshot from clearoutside.com below)! 0% rain probability (although i did capture the shot of a large cloud over Vesuvius on the way from Naples to Sorrento).
Even Ean Ean says she would like to take a walk later this evening and see if she csn onserve some meteors – although local light pollution levels are bound to make big difference to what we can see.
Mount Vesuvius on the way to Sorrento from the airport – still actove volcano!
Following on from Andy’s earlier post from today (Darwin Walk and Biolam microscope)….
Lichfield Cathedral in the background…
3 hrs in…looking forward to lunch at Mable’s Cafe… Tweedledee and Tweedledumb taking a short break…(I’m not saying which, is which !)
Andy back at ours checking out my cheek cells ! You can see the photos he has just taken through the eye lens still on his phone…
My picture taken with an iPhone6 held up to the 10x eyepiece and 10x objective (plus 1.5x binoviewer).
Jane and I are in Fuerteventura for a weeks hols until tomorrow evening 18th Oct. The TV has a really bright mid blue LED that shines like a searchlight when we are trying to sleep! To cover it up I used a piece of card then got on bed. When the lights were off I checked it and thought I can still just see the glow and it looks remarkably like the Blue Snowball nebula NGC7662 visually through a scope when the sky is affected by light pollution and its difficulty pick out! So I took a pic! Whilst not an actual astronomical observation as such, it was still interesting.
Obviously there aren’t any stars, but do you see the similarity?
V2; The brighter image was taken further away with much less zoom. I have also included a sketch I did back in 2016 as a comparison, which has been inverted (I had to colour the nebula orange so it came out bluish when inverted).
Forgot this was on the phone!
Sunday 24th Sep, J and I took a leisurely walk on the towpath towards Whittington and came across this ‘biennial gathering of Historic Boats’.
What’s that I see….a…
Why a painted urn above you ask..?
Well.. ‘Lisa’ – The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) the first space-based gravitational wave observatory of course!
Apart from the fantastic coachwork on display, I’m always on the look out for anything ‘astro themed’, turned up a few!
Like the boat ‘Lyra’!
Link to the site: http://www.lhcrt.org.uk/hhgnews.htm
Here’s Jules… what is the astro link then with this… look carefully…
On the tiller, a beautifully polished brass…
And a Leo theme below…