Tag Archives: Night sky

Mars, Moon, Mercury, Venus, May 14, 2021

After raining the whole day the day before, the sky just cleared up in time. The atmosphere was clear and crisp and after not being out at nights for the last two month, I was on my way. Headed to a place just a stones throw away from my home and got treated by a sight I can’t get enough from: the crescent Moon at nautical twilight. Featured by Mars, Mercury and Venus, they all lined up along the ecliptic. A great night out (despite the nighttime curfew). Enjoy!

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Belt of Venus and Earth Shade above my home town. The light clouds are man-made and emanate from a cooling tower of a nuclear power plant some 35 km away…

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The graphic silhouettes of the hop fields just make my day (every night)…

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Crescent moon above the hop fields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Planet Venus in all its glory during nautical twilight…

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Four verts pano, feat. the crescent Moon, Mercury and Venus. Elusive Mercury, our innermost planet, can only be seen like this for a few days of the year…

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Along the ecliptic they go: Mars, Moon, Mercury and Venus…

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Some withered dandelion, hop fields and an amazing night sky…

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Tour de France, Nightscapes, Aug./Sept. 2020

Back from a three-weeks tour around France in Aug./Sept. 2020, traveling some 5700 km with my son and my trusted Sprinter van. Not to many nighttime shooting possibilities this time, but we got away with some cool locations. As always, nightscapes first. Enjoy!

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Setting crescent Moon above the Channel…

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Setting crescent Moon @ Cap Gries-Nez, with the lights of the south coast of England to the right…

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Constellation of Cassiopeia @ Longues-sur-Mer…

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Reflections @ Longues-sur-Mer…

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Big Dipper and Arcturus @ Longues-sur-Mer…

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Camper van parade @ Longues-sur-Mer…

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Crepuscular rays after sunset @ Biarritz…

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Full Moon setting in the morning, with Belt of Venus and Earth Shadow, looking towards Spain…

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Nautical twilight @ Col d´Osquich…

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Enjoying the show @ Col d´Osquich…

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Saturn, Jupiter, Milkyway @ Lac des Gaves…

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Saturn and Jupiter @ Chateau de Queribus…

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Saturn, Jupiter, Milkyway @ Cirque de Navacelles…

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Milkyway above the light polluted Cirque de Navacelles…

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The beauty of the night sky – what better than that @ Cirque de Navacelles…

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New Moon Nights

Some impressions from last weeks drive to the Großglockner High Alpine Road, Austria. Two nights in a row during New Moon with almost clear skies. What better? Enjoy!

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Around 12:00 pm, the sky cleared up, giving way to the Milky Way, and lots of light pollution along the horizon, Jupiter (center) and Saturn (to the left)…

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Brennkogel, 3018 m, feat. the Milky Way…

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Stargazing @ 2517 m a.s.l….

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A bit hazy on the second night…

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Star tracking…

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NGC 7000, the North America Nebula, 35 x 120 sec…

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Beauty of the night sky, 44 x 20 sec…

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Touring The Western Alps

Here is a random set of images from my recent 14 day journey through the Western Alps, the border region of Italy and France. It will take some time to go through the pile of images, even more I will be away again in two weeks time, heading down to the Balkans…Enjoy!

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Colle de Nivolet, 2612 m, Italy…

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Milky Way @ Gran Paradiso NP, Italy…

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Colle del Gran San Bernardo, 2469 m, Italy…

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Crescent Moon @ Colle del Picollo San Bernando, 2188 m, Italy…

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Fort @ Colle de Finestre, 2176 m, Italy…

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Shelter for the night after an unexpected thunderstorm @ Col du Chaberton, 2671 m, France…

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Camp for the night after rain and thunder passed away @ Col du Chaberton, 2671 m, France…

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Sunrise @ Mont Chaberton, 3136 m, France…

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Sunset @ Col de Finestre, 2176 m, Italy…

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Dusk @ Col de Finestre, 2176 m, looking towards Valle di Susa, Italy…

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Abandoned bunker from WW II @ Colle de la Bonette, 2715 m, France…

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Chamois @ Col de la Lombarde, 2351 m, Italy…

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Somewhere along the road @ Parc Naturel Regional du Queyras, France…

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Camp for the night @ Crete de la Lausetta, 2371 m, Italy to the left, France to the right…

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Looking towards Mont Blanc (covered by clouds, to the right)…

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Flock of sheep along Col de la Bonette, France…

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Zen at its best, between Saorge and Tende, France…

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Rainbow @ Col de L´Iseran, 2770 m, France…

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Bunker @ Col de la Bonette, 2715 m, France…

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Fort @ Colle di Tenda, 1908 m, Italy…

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Planets Galore

Being a night out seeing the planets come and go is a special treat, standing on the premises of my family’s farm makes it even more better, but accompanied by my teenage daughter makes it a night to remember for sure. Enjoy!

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Venus over the wheat fields…

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Jupiter over “family ground”…

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While Venus is setting to the west (just above the bushes, center)…

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…Mars is rising to the east…

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Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the Milky Way…standing on “holy ground”…what better?!  When I was my daughter’s age, I used to work a lot around those fields, doing farm work, these days I´m out there doing star-gazing with my daughter…a blessed father for sure…

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Intuitive Guidance (To The Night Sky)

About three years ago, I went to a place in Austria called ´Fernpass`, to watch the rise of the Crescent Moon two days before New Moon. This year, the same event has been scheduled on the morning of the 20th of November. Unfortunately, we have had some nasty weather the days before, with clouds, fog and rain. I was checking the weather forecast, again and again, and the radar said it would clear around the foothills of the alps. So I got my stuff packed, but hesitated again. Driving 3 h/250 km one way, just to photograph the rise of the Crescent Moon, is one thing, but having to show up at work the same morning is another. And how many times have I been to locations and the forecast had been not so satisfying? So I called my boss (which by the way is a good friend of mine), just to make sure it would be ok if I would show up for work at 10 am the next morning. After I got that ok, I sat back and waited, until I got that final signal: “Go”. It rained along most of the drive, and by arriving there around 8pm, I couldn´t even see for more than 20 meters. Shit. What about the forecast? my intuition? what am I doing here? I prepared something to eat and thought about going to bed (in my van) and to give it a try the next morning. But, I don´t know how or why, I packed my stuff and hiked up the gravel road to the lookout, I had known from the years before. Haven´t seen that much yellowish glowing eyes of roe deers through the fog since I´m out at nights. Arriving at my spot, I took some images to document the ´disaster`, not seeing a halfway clear sky. Though, I still had my vision of a clear sky in mind, but I took my camera of the tripod, folded the tripod, put my down cloth back into the bag and arranged everything heading back to the car. As I lifted my backpack and turned around, I could not believe my sight…

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Time difference of those two images: 7 minutes!! Same settings, just 7 minutes apart!! Fog is gone, just some clouds left down at the valley floor and some vehicles driving along the summit road. All images taken at Fernpass, Austria. Winter glory is showing up, feat. the rise of Orion, Hyades and Pleiades. I have been so overwhelmed at this sight/to come up here and to wait, that I almost forgot to set up my camera again and to take pictures. LOL. Its been clear all night and the next morning. After the Crescent Moon rose in its glory, the sky got overcast again, so I could leave this place before sunrise and headed back another 250 km to work. Testing my intuition has been successful. A night to remember! Enjoy!

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Orion rising above Mieminger Kette, Fernpass, Austria…

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6-verts-pano, Fernpass, Austria…

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Rise of the Crescent Moon, 4-verts-pano…

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Crescent Moon, two days before New Moon…

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Crescent Moon @ predawn, Fernpass, Austria…

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“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” (Albert Einstein)

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Meteorite Hitting “Draco”

The Draconoid meteorite shower is supposed to have its maximum by saturday night with an estimated 600 drops per hour; probably only the half or third will be seen due to the enlighten sky by the moon. They are called Draconoids because it seems they are coming out of the constellation of “Draco”. Four days before that, “Draco”  himself has been hit   by a huge meteorite! The weather forecast for saturday says all cloudy skies north of the alps, but south of it like at the Lago di Garda in Italy and further south the spectacle will be visible…..! Enjoy!

 

Meteorite hitting “Draco” and the starling´s aviary

 

Startrails image from the same night

 

“I have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don’t believe it exists. I’ve felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist.”  (Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian Explorer, 1914-2002)

 

Startrails, A Falling Star And Light Pollution At The Hop Field

Last Saturday’s photo  is a composit of 238 single taken images – making the rotation of the earth visible. Also noticeable right in the center of the image, exactly 90 degrees opposite to the trails, there is a (small)falling star, a meteor. You know that song “Catching a falling star…”?  At the lower edge you can see that there is a lot of light pollution from a nearby small village. Some minor high-clouds sum up the whole. The bulkier part of  the startrails from the lower left corner to the upper right corner shows the Milky Way-due to the many (in fact billions) stars. Click on the image if you like for a larger version. Enjoy!

 

 

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” ( John Lubbock, 1834-1913)