Stacking Stars

You may ask… What’s Staking Stars? Well…It’s an astronomy term used to combine multiple images with most ‘good’ image editing software, the one I used was Photoshop, using the Script setting and selecting ‘Load Files into Stack’ and applying the Maximum filter.

I have to say it wasn’t my intention to do this, as I was trying to capture the Asteroid 2012 da14 as it graced through the constellation Ursa Major over my house, alas I didn’t see it with any of my equipment but instead managed to capture this wonderful star trail above which I then converted into the stacked Animated GIF below using Fireworks.

Stacking Stars by Carl Milner ©2013

The Hunger Moon

After what has been another cloudy month with little or no viewing of the moon, it was only on its final days that I manged to capture the February Full Moon. This is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon by the native tribes of the north and east because of the usually heavy snow falls in February, but for me the name some American tribes referred to this Moon that I like the most is The Hunger Moon, namely because of the harsh weather conditions in their area that made hunting very difficult

These are just two of the Full Moon Names for February, but as you can see from below the list goes on…

  • Colonial American Trapper’s Moon
  • Chinese Budding Moon
  • American Indian (Cherokee) Bone Moon
  • American Indian (Choctaw) Little Famine Moon
  • American Indian (Dakota Sioux) Moon of the Raccoon, Moon When Trees Pop
  • Celtic Moon of Ice
  • English Medieval Storm Moon
  • Neo Pagan Snow Moon
  • Micmac people in eastern Canada Snow-blinding Moon
  • San Ildefonso of the Southwest Wind Moon
  • Kutenai of the Northwest Blackbear Moon

February full moon can assume any number of different names, and the list could go on and on the further I dig into the history of Full Moon Names, maybe I’ll show more when the Storm Moon of March 2013 appears… or as some call it The Death Moon

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Rush hour in Leeds at ‘Blue-Hour’ with everyone looking Forward to getting home.

The Photography term ‘blue hour’ came from the French expression l’heure bleue a period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness, this time is considered so special for us photographers because of the quality of the light.

The phrase is also used to refer to Paris immediately prior to World War I, which was considered to be a time of relative innocence and reflection for looking forward.

A Message from Mercury

Mercury Messenger Globe Animated GIF MilnersBlog*GIF Animation

And a colourful message at that, as they are some truly mind-blowing images coming NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft, the first ever spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury, and with its seven scientific/radio instruments its beginning to unravel the history and evolution of our Solar System’s innermost planet. Continue reading A Message from Mercury