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2019 Quadrantids

The first meteor shower of 2019 came and went in the early hours of January 4, 2019. The Quandrantids were billed to be one of the two best opportunities to see a meteor shower in 2019. The other is the Eta Aquariids in early May. This is because the more well known Perseid, Leonid, and Geminid showers will be spoiled by bright moonlight in 2019.

A bright Quadrantid can be seen in this image posing between the Big and Little Dippers.

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Niteskys Photography

Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse was seen in the sky over Niteskys Observatory last evening.

The eclipse started with the moon entering the Earth's penumbra shadow at 7:35 PM and exiting the shadow at 12:50 AM. The event timings for the eclipse were: Partial Eclipse Begins - 8:34 PM, Total Eclipse Begins - 9:41 PM, Mid Eclipse - 10:12 PM, Total Eclipse Ends - 10:44 PM, and Partial Eclipse Ends - 11:51 PM. All times are in MST.

This eclipse occurred within 14 hours of lunar perigee. Because the moon is closer to the earth, it appears a bit larger than normal. This is sometimes called a "super moon."

Local weather for the eclipse started out cloudy, cleared towards mid eclipse, and then returned to overcast at the end of the eclipse. Temps were steady around 30 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of 75%.

Posted on January 21, 2019 by Niteskys Photography

Newly Published

An image of M35 taken at the Niteskys Observatory was published in the Febuary 2019 issue of Astronomy Magazine.

The image can be seen on page 64 in the article "Treats in Taurus".

Posted on January 14, 2019 by Niteskys Photography

A New Look

A new year and a new look for Niteskys Photography. The fixed width pumpkin theme is being phased out and replaced with a modern fluid interface.

This will be the fourth update of the web site since it went online in 2004.

I expect it will take most of the year to update the approximately 250 pages on the site. Please be patient while the site is "under construction."

Posted on January 1, 2019 by Niteskys Photography