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15th June Lunar eclipse saved by SLOOH!

June 16, 2011

by yaska77

We expected it didn’t we.  A rare lunar eclipse, our scopes and cameras primed for an evening of hard use, and then the famous British weather rolled in covering most of the country in thick cloud.  C’est la vie as they say.

Thanks to mattelk and his superb tip-off about the live coverage being provided by SLOOH a lot of us were still able to enjoy it, and because we love great images we used our membership to snap some to share with you.

Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

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Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

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Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

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Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

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Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

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Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

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Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

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Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

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SLOOH was able to provide live feeds from Cyprus and Dubai, and even appeared in the Google Doodle for the evening!  We may not have used our own equipment to bring you these images but we hope you appreciate them just the same.

The sequence shows the Moon entering umbra, through totality (looking great with stars visible in the background) and back out again!

Beautiful stuff!

Times noted are UTC (same as GMT)

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Best Night-Sky Pictures of 2011

May 21, 2011

by tte-77

The first prize in the Beauty of the Night Sky category - Stephane Vetter, “A Starry Night of Iceland”

1st prize in the Beauty of the Night Sky category - "A Starry Night of Iceland". Image Credit: Stephane Vetter, TWAN

If this doesn’t inspire you to get your camera out then not much will! These scenes of the night sky, as seen from Earth look almost too surreal to be true.

The images below, remarkable for their beauty and captured by photographers have been named in the top ten of most vibrant and stunning photos taken across the world in the last year.

The competition, Best Night-Sky Pictures 2011 (our favourite winner above) is organised by The World At Night (TWAN) and highlights just how incredible our planet is once the sun goes down. Open to anyone, anywhere around the world the competition received around 240 entries from about 30 countries.

The image theme given this year was “Dark Skies Importance” and the submitted photos were judged in two ways: “Beauty of the Night Sky” and “Against the Lights.” The best images were those most effective in impressing people on both how important and amazing the night sky is, and also how bad light pollution has become. Today, most city skies have become virtually void of stars. Light pollution obscures the stars, interferes with astronomical observatories and of course disrupts ecosystems and has health effects.

TWANS’ criteria included a request for ‘landscape astrophotography’, or pictures of landmarks against the night sky. Their aim was to bridge the gap between the natural and man-made worlds. Here’s some to be getting on with.

“Alps at Night” showing the starry sky above a misty Alpine valley and village lights in Austria

1st prize in the Against the Lights category - “Alps at Night”. Image Credit: Thomas Kurat, TWAN

Panoramic photo “Isfahan Milky Way” from Iran

2nd place winner in the Against the Lights category - “Isfahan Milky Way”. Image Credit: Mehdi Momenzadeh, TWAN

A starry night in Austrailia

2nd place winner in the Beauty of the Night Sky category - “Galactic View from Planet Earth”. Image Credit: Alex Cherney, TWAN

Looking above the April 25 Brdge in Lisbon, Portugal

3rd place winner in the Against the Lights category - “Lisbon Sky Lights”. Image Credit: Miguel Claro, TWAN

To see the full 10 winning images complete with full descriptions go to the official TWAN site here.

Stunning.

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