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Category Archive: Astronomy: reports

Reports of astronomical and observing trips, tours and sessions

Aug 17 2016

2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

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The Perseid meteor shower in 2016 was expected to peak in the wee hours of August 12 with reasonably good observing conditions (Moon expected to set before the peak).…

May 27 2016

The Transit of Mercury of 9th May 2016

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On 9th May 2016, a transit of Mercury across the Sun was expected to take place. It had been quite a while (thirteen years) since the previous one, which took place back in May 2003.…

Feb 15 2016

Comet Catalina’s “flyby”

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CatalinaHeaderComet C/2013 US10 was discovered on 31 October 2013 by the Catalina Sky Survey, an automated system aimed at searching for asteroids and comets.…

Oct 06 2015

The Total “Supermoon” Eclipse of September 28, 2015

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sept-2015-mosaicIt’s been almost four years since a Lunar eclipse was visible in Western Europe (June 2011). Therefore, the one of September 28, 2015 was most welcome after such a long abstinence :mrgreen: .…

Apr 28 2015

The Partial Solar Eclipse of March 20th, 2015

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On March 20th, 2015 a solar eclipse took place, with totality visible only from the North Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean.…

Mar 17 2015

CEDIC ’15

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cedic15_03The fourth edition of CEDIC was held March 6th-8th, 2015. CEDIC is short for “Central European Deepsky Imaging Conference”: as its name suggests, it is a very specialized conference devoted to deepsky imaging and related topics: imaging and processing techniques, equipment, special use cases, etc.…

Sep 15 2014

The 2014 Opposition of Mars

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The 2014 opposition of Mars was due to take place in mid-April, with the planet in the constellation Virgo at a declination of about -5 degrees.…

Apr 20 2014

Hunt for Northern Lights: Norway 2014

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Shooting auroras was one of the (few :mrgreen: ) things still missing from my hardcore amateur astronomer checklist. Back in 2012 and 2013 some friends of mine, among whom Lorenzo Comolli, had gone on aurora-chasing trips with very encouraging results.…

Mar 14 2014

Supernova in M82 (SN2014J)

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On January 21st, 2014, reports began circulating that a new supernova had just been discovered in M82 the “Cigar Galaxy”, close companion to the more famous “Bode Galaxy”, aka M81.…

Jan 19 2014

The Comet Lovejoy Saga

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During the last bit of 2013, comet ISON was not the only comet visible… Thank God, I’d say, because ISON turned out to be a real dud.…

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