For those of us who like the December Solstice holiday season to last as long as possible, starting the celebrations tomorrow for Saturnalia is a top-notch idea.
And it’s been way too long since I posted something from Astronomy Picture of the Day (I added the labels of the moons on Friday before I got too sick to even look at my screen): Click on the picture to be taken to APOD’s explanation of it all. Related posts: ObEquinox Photo: Happy Spring, fellow Southrons! Astrolink: old rocks… Read more →
I know I’m not the only person here who spent a fair bit of my youth waiting anxiously for the next National Geographic to hit the mailbox, bringing more fuzzy pictures of our solar system from the Voyager space probe. I especially remember the Jupiter (1979) and Saturn (1980-81) fly-bys. Nothing brings those tenterhook-memories back more vividly for me than… Read more →
For those of us who like the Winter Solstice holiday season to last as long as possible, starting the celebrations today for Saturnalia is a top-notch idea. It also gives me an opportunity to post my favourite astrophotography image, seeing as the ancient festival was honouring Saturn: The Roman festival of Saturnalia traditionally lasted from the 17th to the 23rd… Read more →
The “grazing occultation” of Saturn by the Moon. RING ECLIPSE From the Lunar Picture of the Day, via the Bad Astronomy Blog, the picture is a composite from astrophotographer Peter Lawrence. Related posts: BFTP: Io, Saturnalia! Sunday Links: Images and Imaginings Supernova observations Our wonderful neighborhood
click on picture for larger image at APOD As regular readers know, I adore the Astronomy Picture of the Day site, and I have it as the homepage of my browser so I see every picture. This was yesterday’s, a shot taken from the Cassini spacecraft while in Saturn’s shadow, looking back towards the eclipsed sun and clearly showing the… Read more →