Astro Calendar

2020 Events

January

January 3-4: Quadrantids meteor shower
January 10: penumbral lunar eclipse

February

February 15: Saturn, Jupiter and Mars form a nice line in the southeast dawn sky
February 18: Occultation of Mars by the Moon at dawn

March

March 18: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the crescent moon in the southeast dawn sky

April

April 3: Venus passes through the Pleiades

May

May 21: Venus and Mercury 1deg apart in the dusk sky<

June

June 5: penumbral lunar eclipse
June 19: Crescent Moon occults Venus at dawn
June 21: solar eclipse (visible from Africa and Asia)

July

July 17: Launch of Mars 2020 spacecraft, arriving Feb 18, 2021

August

August date TBD: OSIRIS-REx to land on asteroid Bennu for a sample collecting and return
August 1: Full Moon next to Jupiter and Saturn
August 11-12: Perseid meteor shower

September

September 5: Moon meets Mars in the evening sky

October

October 6: Mars at its brightest and closest to Earth (62 million km)

December

December 13-14: Geminid meteor shower
December 14: total solar eclipse (visible from Chile and Argentina)
December 21: Jupiter and Saturn just 6 arc minutes apart

Recent Posts

My First Photoshopped Moon

Ever since Photoshop (and other editing software) allowed user to manually manipulate pixels there has been edited pictures. And with the computing power available at our fingertips and some built-in tools it’s surprisingly simple to “stich” together two photos. So full disclosure, the image below is “Photoshopped”.

I decided as an exercise to see how to insert into a nighttime skyline a photo of the Moon photo taken with my telescope.

The New York city skyline was taken by me a visiti of the Empire State Building in October last year (pre-pandemic) with a Canon 80D, 17mm F4.0 lens at 1/50s ISO 6400. The Moon is with the same camera body, but paired to a Skywatcher 80ED and I had the settings at ISO 200 and 1/20s. There is no software scaling of either photos, they are stitched “as is”.

This image was done with GIMP, I also inserted 2 “blurred” layers to create a small amount of haze around the moon to make it look a little more natural. The Moon was purposely placed “behind” a skyscraper to give it an element of depth and lowered the color temperature.

So dig through some of your old photos and start experimenting…

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