Sunday, 29 January 2012

Some older moon pics...

I want to focus on this particular part of the sky this month and Febuary.
Orion is probably my favorite constellation in the night sky. He is sourounded by so mo much imagination and tales. Throughout the night Orion is always followed by his two loyal dogs Sirius and  Procyon. These are the two dog stars Sirius being the brighter of the two. In fact it is the brightest star in the night sky. Sirius is not my favourite star only because dogs are my favorite animals but because to look at it is enchanting for its apparent "twinkling" and like a dog he is loyal, following his master Orion the hunter. Sirius derived from ancient Greek: Σείριος Seirios ("glowing" or "scorcher") is actually a binary star system consisting of Sirius A a white main sequnce star system (about twice the size of our Sun and Sirius B, a faint white dwarf. They are about 8.6 light years away and about 200 - 300 million years old.   
Also viewed inl this part of the sky are the constellations Lepus the Hare, being chased by Sirius, Moneceros, the Unicorn, Gemini, My girfiends star sign and Taurus the bull, being hunted by Orion. The picture I took on the left was taken through a 300mm lens showing what is called the Horsehead Nebula, also known less famously as IC 434, Barnard 33,
LDN 1630, M3T 31,
[OS98] 52. It is located in what appears to be Orions sword (highlighted in red circle above) hanging from the three stars which makes up his belt. Unfortunatly I do not own a powerful scope yet. My telescope is an F=900mm refractor, not quite strong enough to view this spectacular nebula at its fullest beauty. However viewed through a strong enough lens and captured with a good CCD camera, the end result is very rewarding. Also in this particular part of the sky is Betelgeuse, Aldeberan, Beta Moneocero, M50, Rosette Nebula, Collinder 106, Hubble's Variable Nebula and the Eskimo Nebula. There will be more to come of these later on as we progress throughout Febuary!
On the same night as the previous, I was able to snap this shot of Jupiter (Above), showing of the four Galilean moons; Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Jupiter, chasing Venus across the evening sky is beggining to fade, getting ever less bright in the sky. However I was blessed with a very cold, yet very clear night sky for viewing as the moon had already fallen below the horizon. (Left) The Moon taken on same night (27th January) about 20minutes before it fell from sight, over the horizon.