2015-04-19

Slender Moon Setting

With just 27,5 hours after new moon, Earth's only natural satellite was just visible tonight shortly after sunset. While some folks in Europe managed to see and photograph it only 24 hours after new moon, I had to wait a little longer in southern Chile. It was barely visible in my 10x50 binoculars as it set behind some hills that obscure my western horizon.

2015-04-15

Nova Sgr 2015 No. 2 rebrightened again - might remain visible for months

Since April 8, Nova Sgr 2015 No.2 is brightening - once again. It might therefore be a similar type of nova as DQ Herculis, a "slow" nova that appeared in the constellation of Hercules in 1934. If this is the case, Nova Sgr 2015 No. 2 may be visible for amateur astronomers for months to come.

2015-04-04

Nova Sagitarii 2015 (No. 2) still bright

The Nova Sagitarii 2015 (No. 2) is still bright, in fact, it has brightened again over the last nights. It is easily visible as a fairly bright 4.5mag star near "lid" of the "teapot" (the asterism that is much more easy to identify than Sagittarius itself). You can find it even without binoculars under bright skies.

Short Partial Lunar Eclipse from Chile

Almost exactly one year after the great April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse, the Moon entered Earth's shadow again last night, for what was to be one of the shortest total lunar eclipses possible. Unfortunately, from Chile the event was only partially visible, so unlike 2014 I did not see any red 'bloodmoon', but only a slightly obscured one setting at dawn.