Month: November 2015


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…


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.


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.