Results tagged “Astronomy” from Kazza the Blank One
Was opening a window tonight and saw the moon next to Jupiter. Looked so cool I took a bunch of photos. An hour and a half later and they're even closer together so took a few more.
Issues at work are making it super stressful at the moment. Undoubtedly affecting my blood pressure. :(
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But I did manage to get this (pretty crap) photo of Venus and Mercury in the early evening sky.. They'll be even closer tomorrow night, keep a look out for them :)
And proceeded to get third-degree moon-burn! Seriously who the @#% decided to have an astronomy night on the night of a full moon !?!? The astronomers didn't know but were equally dismayed.
Still, it was a bit of fun, if very cold. Got a spectacular view of Jupiter, Europa, Io, Ganymede and Callisto, and nearly blinded ourselves looking at the moon. Didn't look at too much else.. spent most of my time playing with some long exposures of the observatory buildings...
It was really sad seeing the building that was burnt out by the 2003 bushfires..
You can just barely see the Southern Cross in this resized version..
On the way down the hill we stopped so I could take some Canberra by nights shots..
Apparently they'll be there next week too... maybe we'll drag the parents up there...
Tonight a bunch of us went to Ruchi's in Belconnen to celebrate Damien's birthday next week. It was a very pleasant evening :) And got to know Amanda a bit better which was lovely :)
While the food was pretty good, and the service not too bad, they did charge us corkage for five bottles of wine, when we only had three. Bastards. So we didn't give them a tip. They can take the tip out of the $9 extra dollars of corkage they charged us. That makes two strikes for Ruchi's in my book :)
As we arrived home, saw a rather spectacular moon bow. This is a hand held shot (cause it was all too hard to come and get my tripod).. mind you the moon already did look hazy behind the cloud. That's Jupiter up the top.
Although first off, we had dinner at a Turkish place in Dickson that was selling Lezzo.. which amused all of us..
And then on to the Planetarium
This is the star projector
We saw the "Southern Skies" show, which was interesting enough, but really focussed on just the Southern Cross and a few things around it.
Then we ummed and ahhed about going to the observatory. The main telescope they use is actually the same as Michael's (a C-14). But the dude said they also have a bigger one they use. So we decided to go get a drink and come back for the 9:30 session (as it wasn't even dark yet at 8:30).
So we went in and had a look at Mars, Betelgeuse, the Trapezium of Orion and the moon. All good and all, but no different to seeing them through Michael's telescope. Then he took us into the bigger telescope to show us Rigel, but because it was so high in the sky we couldn't use the ladder, and so ended up just using the "finder scope". So that was all a little disappointing. Oh well.
Afterwards we debated the man in the moon, and other possible interpretations of the dark patches..
Definitely a fun night, and we both approve of Andrew.. :)