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Saturn goes behind the Moon (August 4, 2014) 🌘

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) 🌘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 CSIRO’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 Β© 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! πŸ˜‰

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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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ˜€

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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 πŸ˜€

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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 πŸ˜€

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Another World
The Milky Way Galaxy sets at Lake Tekapo in South Island of New Zealand. When I look at this image I can't help but wonder what methane lakes on the largest Saturn's moon Titan might look like...

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As nearly full Moon rose at the opposite horizon, for a fleeting moment snowy peaks of Mount Treble Cone looked like they were set alight. I was lucky to be by the camera and witness that rare and wonderful sight with the Milky Way galaxy slowly fading into the moonlit sky. With a bit of imagination one can see an outline of a Kiwi bird traced by the dust lanes at the bottom of the Milky Way core and bright planet Mars was right at the bird's eye that night. Saturn can also be seen underneath it. I hope you enjoy the view πŸ™‚

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Fire Mountain

As nearly full Moon rose at the opposite horizon, for a fleeting moment snowy peaks of Mount Treble Cone looked like they were set alight. I was lucky to be by the camera and witness that rare and wonderful sight with the Milky Way galaxy slowly fading into the moonlit sky. With a bit of imagination one can see an outline of a Kiwi bird traced by the dust lanes at the bottom of the Milky Way core and bright planet Mars was right at the bird's eye that night. Saturn can also be seen underneath it. I hope you enjoy the view :)The World at Night - TWAN

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Early Morning

Jupiter, Venus and Orion rise above the Church of Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. When I was waiting for the planets to rise in the early morning twilight I cursed the fog which was too thick to see anything. But just at the right moment it thinned a bit and added colours to the stars in this eerie scene.
I hope you enjoy the view πŸ˜€

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Stairway to Heaven

Our Milky Way Galaxy rises behind Cape Schanck on Mornington Peninsula, Australia. The lighthouse, built in 1859, is gently illuminating the cape. I took this image a few years ago and unfortunately the scene looks much brighter now, after the upgrade to a super-bright LED beam light on the lighthouse.

Hope you enjoy this unique view πŸ˜‰

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Our Milky Way Galaxy rises behind a stunning Cherenkov light detector dish, part of MAGIC telescope on La Palma, Canary Islands with a "twist" at the end of the video.

LaPalma is one of the best locations on Earth for astronomy with dark and clear skies above the clouds on top of a volcano. I shot this timelapse sequence in 2012 at Roque de los Mucachos observatory where I was collecting the prize for STARMUS astrophotography contest.

I was really lucky that the telescope was not operational due to the computer system upgrade andI could get close enough with my Nikon D700 and 14-24 lens. The camera was panning slowly on Vixen Polarie tracker but the batteries ran out just after halfway through the sequence. With another bit of luck it stopped just in the right spot in the frame and created an opportunity for some nice additive star trails.

I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

La Palma Cherenkov Light Detector

Our Milky Way Galaxy rises behind a stunning Cherenkov light detector dish, part of MAGIC telescope on La Palma, Canary Islands with a "twist" at the end of the video.LaPalma is one of the best locations on Earth for astronomy with dark and clear skies above the clouds on top of a volcano. I shot this timelapse sequence in 2012 at Roque de los Mucachos observatory where I was collecting the prize for STARMUS astrophotography contest. I was really lucky that the telescope was not operational due to the computer system upgrade andI could get close enough with my Nikon D700 and 14-24 lens. The camera was panning slowly on Vixen Polarie tracker but the batteries ran out just after halfway through the sequence. With another bit of luck it stopped just in the right spot in the frame and created an opportunity for some nice additive star trails.I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Nocturnal Reflections
Stars and the Milky Way reflect in the ocean beach and salt lakes in Victoria, Australia.
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Nocturnal ReflectionsStars and the Milky Way reflect in the ocean beach and salt lakes in Victoria, Australia.β €#timelapse #twanight #milkyway #nightsky #nightskyphotography #photography #astro #australia #victoria #australiannight #australiansky #astrophotography #astronomy

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Sunday, May 6, 2018

Farmland Aurora
A little Aurora action under the crescent Moon on a farm in Central Victoria, Australia
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Hiding Hunter

Setting Orion constellation shines through the branches of a gum tree. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did from behind the camera πŸ™‚

Victoria, Australia
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Lunar Diamond Ring

I thought my telephoto shots of the total lunar eclipse in January were ruined by the thin high clouds. But the cloud veil helped in this image, which somewhat mimics the "diamond ring" effect seen during the total solar eclipse.

It is soft and partially overexposed but I thought it looked atmospheric.

I hope you like it πŸ™‚

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A time lapse animation of the January 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse from the Grampians, Victoria, Australia. Just over 2.5 hours of the eclipse from a mountain top enhanced by thin clouds. It was a great visual experience too!

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