In Greenwich, England, the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year for 2018 was announced. Brad Goldpaint of the USA was the winner for his exquisite photo "Transport the Soul".
It was the unanimous choice of the judges, one of whom said "Our planet is of extraordinary beauty and so is the entire Universe. Here we are, standing small, at the edge of a cliff, observing it all."
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She devised the Harvard Classification System for stars, and classified around a quarter of a million stars for the Henry Draper Catalog. It was said that she recognized stars the way other people remember faces.
The Winter Hexagon is an impressive asterism of the northern winter sky.
An asterism is a reognizable group of stars that are part of one or more constellations. The Winter Hexagon is made up of six of the brightest stars in the sky: Sirius in Canis Major, Procyon in Canis Minor, Pollux in Gemini, Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus and Rigel in Orion. Inside the hexagon is Orion's red giant Betelgeuse
The photo was taken during the Geminid peak on December 13, 2009. The Northern Lights aren't likely to show up except for people in the far north. But in 2018 observers with a clear sky should see meteors - maybe even a bright fireball.
It landed in the Sinus Iridum region and was the first unmanned soft landing on the Moon since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 sample return vehicle in 1976. The Chinese mission consisted of a lander and the rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit). Chang'e is a Chinese Moon goddess and Yutu was her pet.
Just look at that skyful of stars! And the Moon, low in the sky as it's setting, is reddened while brilliant Venus looks like it's a full Moon. It's so bright that it's light is even reflected in the water. And there's one more treat. Look above and to the right of Venus and you can see Jupiter.
The comet is a small short-period comet that visits every 5.4 years, but this is its closest visit for decades. It was the original target for Rosetta's comet mission. It may be bright enough to see with the naked eye, but that depends on local sky conditions.
[Photo credit: taken by Gerald Rhemann through a telescope in the dark skies Namibia on November 26, 2018]
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