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An epic roadtrip to catch the Galactic Centre with Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn and Yuri Beletsky Nightscapes in the Australian outback ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
Higher altitude of the Grampians mountains created unforgettable atmosphere and Kerry-Ann is catching the last rays of sunlight fading away under the Milky Way

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A busy night ๐ŸŒƒ

What happens when the Sun goes down and the Moon is new? Lens caps come off, shutters start firing and photons cannot escape ๐Ÿ“ท

Check out the video with Yuri Beletsky Nightscapes and Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn enjoying some of the darkest skies and picturesque mountain landscapes that Australia has to offer! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

music: Progressive Deep House Mix by Triggernometry

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A busy night ๐ŸŒƒWhat happens when the Sun goes down and the Moon is new? Lens caps come off, shutters start firing and photons cannot escape ๐Ÿ“ทCheck out the video with Yuri Beletsky Nightscapes and Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn enjoying some of the darkest skies and picturesque mountain landscapes that Australia has to offer! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บmusic: Progressive Deep House Mix by TriggernometryThe World at Night - TWAN#milkyway#timelapseMilky Way Chasers Group

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Friday, November 8, 2019

The night shows all its glory after the Sun sets into the Southern Ocean at Cape Schanck and surrounding beaches. Mornington Peninsula night sky experience is definitely not to be missed if you are in Melbourne.

If you ever wanted to learn how to take and process stunning night sky images and smooth time-lapses then come and join the master class with world-class award winning astrophotographers Yuri Beletsky Nightscapes Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn and Alex Cherney (terrastro) at Cape Schanck on Saturday, Oct 26th

Details and bookings: nightskymaster.com

One lucky masterclass participant will win iOptron Sky Tracker Kit valued at $899! Thanks Sidereal Trading Pty Ltd for providing this amazing door prize.

Cape Schanck Seascapes

The night shows all its glory after the Sun sets into the Southern Ocean at Cape Schanck and surrounding beaches. Mornington Peninsula night sky experience is definitely not to be missed if you are in Melbourne.If you ever wanted to learn how to take and process stunning night sky images and smooth time-lapses then come and join the master class with world-class award winning astrophotographers Yuri Beletsky Nightscapes Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn and Alex Cherney (terrastro) at Cape Schanck on Saturday, Oct 26thDetails and bookings: nightskymaster.comOne lucky masterclass participant will win iOptron Sky Tracker Kit valued at $899! Thanks Sidereal Trading Pty Ltd for providing this amazing door prize.

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

One lucky masterclass participant will win iOptron Sky Tracker Kit valued at $899*! Thanks Sidereal Trading Pty Ltd for providing this amazing door prize.

Book online: nightskymaster.com
Night Sky masterclass with Yuri Beletsky Nightscapes Weather and Sky Photography by Kerry and Alex Cherney
Saturday, 26th of October
Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula

*camera and tripod are not included

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Dr. Yuri Beletsky (astronomer at Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, Chile) and Kerry-Ann Lecky-Hepburn (meteorologist and astrophotographer from Toronto) are visiting Melbourne.

We will be hosting an Image Processing Masterclass at Cape Schanck resort on Oct 26th (see event details below).

Join us for a full day of hands-on tuition with lunch and snacks included, hopefully followed by an outdoors shooting session under the dark peninsula skies (weather permitting).

Image on the cover of Science!

A very cool paper by Keith Bannister et al. on tracing the location of a fast radio burst to its host galaxy was just published in the Science Magazine and an image of the core group of ASKAP antennas that I took in the outback Western Australia made it to a Science Magazine Cover! (Issue 365, Vol 6453, https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6453)

The sky in the Australian outback is truly spectacular and void of any light pollution.

Thanks, CSIRO for the opportunity!

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Location of a fast radio burst identified for the first time by a team of radio-astronomer's led by CSIRO's Keith Bannister!

I've had great time back in August 2018 taking two Images accompanying the article ๐Ÿ˜‰

https://theconversation.com/how-we-closed-in-on-the-location-of-a-fast-radio-burst-in-a-galaxy-far-far-away-119177

Saturn goes behind the Moon (August 4, 2014) ๐ŸŒ˜

The Moon is going to pass in front of Saturn again this year, and the first event for Australia/New Zealand/South America is on April 25th, 2019.
I observed and photographed the occultation twice back in 2014 and it was simply unforgettable looking at disappearing and reappearing Saturn with a pair of binoculars and on the back of the camera screen.

This sped-up time lapse animation (16x real speed) shows Saturn re-appearing from behind the Moon shot through my 2-metre long reflecting telescope tracking Saturn.

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Saturn goes behind the Moon (August 4, 2014) ๐ŸŒ˜The Moon is going to pass in front of Saturn again this year, and the first event for Australia/New Zealand/South America is on April 25th, 2019. I observed and photographed the occultation twice back in 2014 and it was simply unforgettable looking at disappearing and reappearing Saturn with a pair of binoculars and on the back of the camera screen. This sped-up time lapse animation (16x real speed) shows Saturn re-appearing from behind the Moon shot through my 2-metre long reflecting telescope tracking Saturn.The World at Night - TWAN

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Monday, March 11, 2019

Rainbow under the Milky Way (360 VR)

For two nights six antennas were reflecting the colours of the rainbow under stunning Western Australian outback skies to mark CSIROโ€™s inaugural participation in the Mardi Gras Parade.

It was a great privilege and fun to be part of this amazing project and promote EQUALITY and LOVE. What can be better than relaxing in a warm summer night under the Australian dark skies? Setting up lights, directing antennas to form the Rainbow and pressing the shutter button on a trusty Canon 6D, of course!

This is a Virtual Reality image so spin your phone (or click the mouse and drag the image on a computer) to enjoy this immersive experience.

Image ยฉ CSIRO
Press Release:
https://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2019/CSIRO-shines-rainbow-under-Milky-Way-to-mark-its-first-Mardi-Gras
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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
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Emu's Egg and Planets

In Australia, the Emu is stretched across one of the most familiar objects in the night sky, the Milky Way. Look closely at the the Southern Cross and you'll see its head as a dark smudge (the Coal Sack) tucked near the bottom left hand corner of the constellation. Its neck passes between the two pointer stars, and its dark body stretches the length of our luminous galaxy. The Emu in the Sky has featured in Aboriginal storytelling for thousands of years (source: ABC - Australia's first astronomers, http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/07/27/2632463.htm ).

The early morning alignment of the Moon and planets on February 2nd, 2019 was too beautiful to miss and the Moon in this image looks like an egg, just laid by the Emu in the Sky. Underneath the Moon and to the right is Saturn, above - Venus, Jupiter and bright yellow star Antares. The labelled version of the image showing the Emu is available here: https://www.astrobin.com/389367/D/

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The image of ASKAP that I took, won the Nature Astronomy cover of the year poll! Thanks everyone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The time-lapse animation covers 3.1 hours of the comet's path along its orbit (Dec 10 2018 UTC).

Hope you enjoy the view ๐Ÿ™‚

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Comet 46P/Wirtanen in motion

The time-lapse animation covers 3.1 hours of the comet's path along its orbit (Dec 10 2018 UTC).Hope you enjoy the view :)The World at Night - TWAN

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Comet Wirtanen and Pleiades above the tree
Finally comet 46P/Wirtanen is large and bright enough to show up in a nightscape style image. It is also visible to the naked eye form a dark sky location and looks like a diffuse star cluster. Hope you can catch it before the Moon becomes too bright this month.

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The image of ASKAP radio telescope I took for CSIRO is on the cover of Nature Astronomy journal focussing on Fast Radio Bursts (Volume 2, Issue 11, 2018)!
https://www.nature.com/natastron/volumes/2/issues/11

The orange glow in the Phased Array Feed at the focus point is the reflection of the setting Moon, hidden behind the pedestal.

Thanks, CSIRO!

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Mars and Eclipsed Moon in the first twilight.

It was really special to see both the Red Planet and red Moon just as the first rays of twilight hit the sky above the Southern Ocean. This photo comes really close to the view through wide field binoculars.

Hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜€

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Blood on the water

I hoped for clear skies above the Mornington Peninsula for the Lunar Eclipse of the century because I really wanted to catch the red light path on the water cast by the Blood Moon. Despite multiple disasters that morning, I managed to get this image during the astronomical twilight. Very bright Mars is above the Moon.

I hope you enjoy the view ๐Ÿ˜€

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Early Morning Eclipse

The longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the century (Saturday, 28th of July) from Mornington Peninsula was at its best in the early morning twilight. The totality phase was just about to end as the Moon was setting and the Sun was chasing it just below the horizon. Mars is above it. I hope you enjoy this unique view ๐Ÿ˜€

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