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Moon & Envisat spotted in the skies above.

Tonight I tried another set of pictures – with the telescope as well as without from the ESA satellite/zombie Envisat. The moon almost didn’t fit into one single shot. Yesterday it was much easier to fetch the moon as less than 50% was lit. And today the former ESA satellite Envisat also came by. Not, […]

First moonshot from closeby

Having tried to take pictures from the moon in the past, I now got a real telescope to try with. And it is really not as easy as I thought. Finding the moon was already quite some work. And when you think you finally got the moon in sight and walk for a few minutes […]

ESA Rosetta cometlander Philae wakes up! Where did she hide on 67P Churyumov Gerasimenko?

On March 2nd, 2004, the ESA Satellite Rosetta was launched. On board, a little comet lander called Philae, from the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, meant to land on some comet and investigate it. http://www.solarsystemscope.com/rosetta/ After a long journey, passing by several planets, and on which both Rosetta and Philae were put in hybernation, […]

March 17th 2015: More fireworks over North Europe (Aurora Borealis)

Just a few days before the upcoming solar eclipse on Friday morning, March 20th, Mother Nature had yet another nice surprise for us at hand. Due to a massive CME (a Coronal Mass Ejection, where the sun spits out a lot of particles) directed towards the earth, many places in Northern Europe were hit by […]

Comet 2013 A1 encounters Mars

No, it’s not comet PanStarrs. But another comet is flying across the sky and chances are it might hit Mars in October 2014. It’s Comet 2013 A1. Chances are 1:2000 that it hits, say current calculations. The diameter of the comets’ nucleus is between 1-3km, and this big rock is travelling with about 56km/s, very […]