Tag: Moon

An Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico

What is this person doing? In 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun was visible over a narrow path that crossed the northern Pacific Ocean and several western US states. In an annular solar eclipse, the Moon is too far...

/ December 25, 2019

Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains

There is something unusual about this astronomically-oriented photograph. It’s not obvious — it was discovered only during post-processing. It is not the Moon, although capturing the Moon rising during a total lunar eclipse is quite an unusually interesting sight. (Other...

/ August 7, 2018

Saturns Hyperion in Natural Color

Like a giant pummel stone for cleaning dead skin from the from the feet of the Gods, Hyperion is an amazing moon that is orbiting around Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft swooped past for a look in 2005 and 2010 and...

/ July 31, 2018
The Universe - Surveyor Mission to the Moon

The Shadow of Surveyor 1

It’s scary to think that more than fifty years ago we sent a giant piece of metal full of explosive fuel up into the sky so high that it broke free of the Earths gravity and headed towards the moon....

/ June 5, 2016

Milky Way and Planets Near Opposition

In this early May night skyscape, a mountain road near Bursa, Turkey seems to lead toward bright planets Mars and Saturn and the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, a direction nearly opposite the Sun in planet Earth’s sky. The...

/ May 23, 2016

Moons and Jupiter

In this wonderful picture you can see our own moon along with the faint glow of Jupiter and it’s own surrounding moons. March is a wonderful month for spotting Jupiter and it’s moons as it has it’s closest approach to...

/ March 11, 2016
Enceladus Rings

Enceladus: Ringside Water World

Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus poses above the gas giant’s icy rings in this Cassini spacecraft image. The dramatic scene was captured on July 29, while Cassini cruised just below the ring plane, its cameras looking back in a nearly sunward...

/ December 4, 2015

Phobos: Doomed Moon of Mars

This moon is doomed. Mars, the red planet named for the Roman god of war, has two tiny moons, Phobos and Deimos, whose names are derived from the Greek for Fear and Panic. These martian moons may well be captured...

/ November 23, 2015