Solar cycle 25 is on it’s way and looks promising.
De-orbit burn and fuel dump of the Centaur rocket that launched Landsat 9.
Conditions were not very favorable but we managed to see a number of Perseids on the night of August 11/12. When cirrus took over we had a look at Jupiter and Saturn with the Celestron C14. Although very low in the sky (max. 25°) both planets looked awesome. Took a 30s movie with a Canon EOS R dslr. The best 20% of frames was used for the image below.
The following night (12/13) conditions were better and we saw more meteors than the previous night. However, no fireballs were seen. Comparing the number of meteors to last year, we found the activity disappointing. A few days later (14/8, between 06-09UT) an outburst was seen in the USA and Canada with a ZHR of 130 ±20.
Following some fierce thunderstorms, the skies cleared and a nice NLC display became visible. Silvery clouds from west to north-east up to a height of 60 degrees.
A small group of volunteers gathered at Public Observatory Bussloo to observe the partial solar eclipse under near perfect conditions.Continue reading