In the midst of a really busy night yesterday chaffering the Girls to their separate party destinations and also getting wifey and her sister home safely, I managed to grab a bit of ‘Me-Time’ with trusty the camera in a field within the middle of nowhere, namely St Mary’s Church near Saxton (Lonely Church). But this time it was at night and -2 degrees, the field leading to it had suffered from the floods recently so they had turned to these amazing Ice Ponds illuminated by the Moon. The night sky was also an added bonus with Jupiter so bright and Pleiades & Orion so vividly clear. Continue reading Church Bell Moon
Image Credit & Copyright: Cristian Fattinnanzi
The term ‘Occultation’ is used to describe occasions when the Moon passes in front of a star during the course of its orbital motion around the Earth.
Although I missed this celestial event, many skygazers around the planet enjoyed this Close Encounter of the Planet Jupiter and the Moon on July the 15th, in predawn skies. And while many saw the bright Jupiter next to the slender, waning crescent, in England we had the opportunity to watch the ruling gas giant pass behind the lunar disk, occulted by the Moon as it slid through the night. In this stunning image by Cristian Fattinnanzi with clouds threatening to hamper his telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy, but in this frame he still manages to capture Jupiter after it emerged from the Occultation along with all four of its large Galilean moons. The sunlit crescent is perfectly overexposed by Cristian with the Moon’s night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa.
On a regular visit to see my lovely sister-in-law at St James’s Hospital “Jimmy’s” in Leeds one evening, where she was recovering from a major cancer operation in the new Bexley Wing, I noticed how wonderful the skyline of the city looked like from the hospitals multi-storey car. Yet again I whipped out the trusty camera and snapped away and got some good shots of the twinkling vista. (above header image)
Feeling quite bored a few nights later when stargazing over Leeds was obscured with clouds, I decided to re-imagine what the City of the Loiners might look like if we lived on Jupiter’s Europa or Saturn’s Titan. So armed with the shots from earlier in the week, a few Google image downloads and the wonders of Adobe’s Photoshop I set about realizing this vision.
A few hours later after doing some intricate masking, global hue and saturation changes, adding additional lights and glows and planetary re-positioning…“Voilà!”..
PS..The Sister-in-Law is recovery very well, so much so, she returned home today 🙂