Here’s a celestial greeting card to wish everyone Happy Holidays and clear skies for 2019!
It was a very clear night on December 22, with the Moon bright and yellow as it rose over the distant horizon of my backyard prairie landscape.
This was the Full Moon that fell on the day after the solstice (winter for the northern hemisphere).
Note that the Moon’s disk is rimmed with green at the top and red at the bottom, an effect due to atmospheric refraction. But it adds Christmas colours to the lunar orb, like an ornament in the sky.
Below is the time-lapse of the moonrise, shot through a telescope with a focal length of 600mm, so equivalent to a very long telephoto lens. The movie is in 4K. Enjoy! And …
… All the best for 2019!
And don’t forget, you can get my free 2019 Amazing Sky Calendar at my website at http://www.amazingsky.com/aboutalan.html
Scroll down for the free PDF you can print out locally as you like.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
— Alan, December 22, 2018 / AmazingSky.com