Jupiter and Mars

“When Jupiter aligns with Mars …” – remember that then? I don’t think the Moon is in the seventh house though, can’t be bothered to check 🙂 Jupiter is just above Mars in the middle at the top; the other objects are stars. This was the conjunction this morning at about 07.15 UT. (1/3s, f/5, ISO1600)

A nice clear night for our last night of the season. Orion standing over our neighbours’ caravan. Exposure 20s at f/3.5, camera propped on a box on the ground. I must get a somewhat faster lens and do some meteor photography …


Supermoon (photo taken as it set this morning) – why do the social media and the internet get so excited about the Moon appearing a bit bigger (and brighter) than average? Not that it’s even noticeable unless you observe it regularly against the same objects near the horizon. There’s a perigee (closest to the earth) every month, and a smallest perigee every year – and from year to year the smallest varies by less than about 1000km. That’s less than a third of a percent difference in size in the sky. Yet another reason for me to be a grumpy old man!


There’s been a bit of fuss recently about 5 planets being visible in the morning sky. Here’s the Moon next to Jupiter. I don’t suppose it will be clear enough to do any of the others – or if I can be bothered to get up early enough to take photos

Moon and Jupiter

I’ve also added the Moon on its own, and Jupiter, cropped out of the main photo so you can see how big Jupiter is compared to the moon – they’re the same scale.



Well I never thought it would be Marwyn insisting that we get up for a lunar eclipse, but there you are … maybe years of being married to an astronomer is finally having an effect. It’s not exactly blood red though – more brownish.

A partial solar eclipse visible from Edinburgh. My setup to view it was half a pair of binoculars set up to project an image onto a piece of card. Here are the photos.

The clouds came and went but kept away just enough.