Venus appears as a fine crescent at inferior conjunction. During the recent event, I caught the planet on October 31 at 1.4% percent illumination. But it can be observed even thinner than that – with caution!
It’s the most remote, coldest, and hostile continent: Antarctica. In February 2018 I had the opportunity to visit this icy part of the planet while working as an astronomy lecturer on board of the cruise ship MS Bremen.
What kind of things do deep-sky observers need? A good scope. Clear skies. And something to find and identify objects and their features. The upcoming interstellarum Deep Sky Guide will be the definitive tool to do just this.
Triton is surely not an everyday’s target for visual observers. Neptune’s largest moon is far and faint. But on October 6, it happened to eclipse a distant star – which led to an impressive visual observation on the very edge of the solar system.
The Great American Eclipse was utterly beautiful – and quick! Here is a short report on the phonomena I observed while watching the event under almost perfect clear skies at the Oregon Star Party site in the Ochoco Mountains in central Oregon.Continue reading “Great American Eclipse: My observations”