Some shifts are Red,
But yours is Blue,
In 4 billion years,
We’ll collide with you.
Happy valentines everybody!
When will the rain go away?!
Apologies for not posting recently, it’s just the weather here has been atrocious and I haven’t managed to set-up my telescope in over a week.
So since I haven’t got any new images of the night sky to share with you I decided to upload a few of my old, slightly unrelated personal favourites!
SUPERNOVA IN THE CIGAR GALAXY!!
M82 Otherwise known as the Cigar galaxy, has just been host to a supernova!
Over 12 MILLION LIGHT YEARS away the star reached the end of its life as all stars eventually do and exploded. But since this star was so massive its death resulted in a supernova which was so bright we could see it from our own galaxy!
If you want some perspective of how bright it is then look at the star to the right of the supernova.
That star is in our own galaxy and is around 265 light years away but is almost outshone by an exploding star 12,000,000 light years away!
I was fortunate enough to have taken a picture of the galaxy back in the summer before it went supernova so I have managed to produce comparison pictures.
Below it is a picture Nasa posted of the galaxy in 2006 and 2 different examples of what the remnants of a supernova look like. .
A pair of photo’s I took of Jupiter and the moon.
The Moon picture involved stitching 20 individual pictures together to form one big mosaic.
The Jupiter image was composed of a 2 minute video where all the frames were stacked.
Below it are images of Jupiter’s 4 Galilean moons that can be seen in the picture.
Top left: Ganymede
Top right: Callisto
Bottom left: Europa
Bottom right: Io
These moons are 4 of the most fascinating objects in the solar system and we are always finding out new bits of information about them everyday!
Photo’s I’ve taken this week.
Image 1: Double rainbow at sunset.
Image 2: My new and improved set-up for astrophotography.
Image 3: A single frame looking north (the big dipper/the plough can be seen lower right).
Image 4: An hour of 20 second exposures stacked to create a star trail.
Image 5: 2 minute exposure of the Andromeda galaxy.
Image 6: *Bonus photo* Just for comparison so you can truly admire the beauty of it, here’s the Andromeda galaxy imaged by a professional. http://www.astrocruise.com/galaxies/M31_0811.jpg
Two photo’s I took last night of Jupiter and the horse head nebula.
Jupiter is at opposition today which means Earth is directly between it and the sun thus providing us with out best views of the planet until next year.
I managed to capture Jupiter and 2 of its Galilean moons, Io and Europa.
Io is the most volcanic place in the solar system whereas Europa is a world inhabited by lakes of frozen liquid water and currently considered our best chance of finding life elsewhere in the solar system.
The next picture was basically me having a play about with deep sky objects and thought I would have a shot at the horse head nebula.
Perhaps one of the famous for its appearance it is not easy to image.
Unless you are imaging from a completely light pollution free zone or have the ability to take super long exposures you will not get much detail at all.
However I am quite proud of my attempt as you can slightly see the nebula and if you even look carefully and closely enough, the horse head itself. (Very closely!)
The image below has been used to give you an insight into what it really looks like and has been borrowed from here http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap050321.html
Some pictures I took over the Christmas period!
Image 1: Star cluster C14
Image 2: Capella
Image 3: The seven sisters (M45)
Image 4: M81 & M82 Bodes galaxy and the cigar galaxy.
Image 5: The first frame I took on new years eve (Making a startrail)
Image 6: The seventh frame with a special surprise!
Image 7: All the frames took on new years eve stacked to produce a startrail.
2 Astro-photos I took last night.
The first image is Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system!
So large it could fit over 1300 Earth’s inside it!
If you look closely you can see a round bulge to its lower left, that’s what is known as the Great red spot!
it’s a storm that has been raging on for over 100 years and could engulf 2-3 Earth’s!
The next image is a detailed shot of the 73% illuminated Moon.
I tried focusing on capturing the detail in the Moon’s craters as they are simply wonders to look at closely!
2 middle photo’s where from