Month: November 2015

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Construction Site

A new, privately owned observatory is built in our vicinity by ScopeDome GmbH.  Upon its completion the observatory will consist of four domes ranging from 4 to 5.5 meters, accommodating telescopes with apertures of 0.5 meter up to one meter. The hill itself is appropriately called Loma Brillantel, which can be roughly translated as luminous hill. More pics…

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Heavenly conjunction

On the morning of November 7, 2015, the waning crescent moon formed a splendid triangle together with brillant Venus (lower right) and the much fainter red Mars (to the left). I took the picture in the wake of a 6.8 earthquake that had hit our region just an hour earlier, and send us all running out of the house. Luckily no damage was done.

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Morning Sky

A magnificent spectacle as the waning moon joins the early-morning planet round-up.  Jupiter can be found directly below the moon and brillant Venus shines in the lower right-hand corner. Much fainter is the planet Mars, the tiny spot just left of Venus. *A close-up of the heavenly conjunction.