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).
This is a close up with the 105mm refractor, the Astro-Physics Traveler, at f/5.8 for a focal length of 609mm, and with the Canon 6D MkII at ISO 200, with the camera on auto exposure and taken as part of a 950-frame time-lapse sequence. Click to zoom up to full screen.
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
Scroll down for the free PDF you can print out locally as you like.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
— Alan, December 22, 2018 /
My free Amazing Sky Calendar for 2017 is now available for download! Plan your astronomical year!
Once again, I have prepared a free 12-month Calendar listing loads of celestial events, Moon phases, highlighted space events, and with small charts to show what’s happening in the sky for the coming year. Plus a set of my favourite images from 2016.
You can download it as a 26-megabyte PDF at my website at
Scroll down the page for the button link.
You can print the Calendar out as you wish for your personal use.
Do share and tell others about the Calendar, but please send them to my page for them to download the file themselves.
Thanks, and here’s to a great celestial 2017!
— Alan, November 18, 2016 / © 2016 Alan Dyer /
Plan your cosmic year with my free 2016 Sky Calendar.
My Calendar lists all the best sky events for 2016, plus Moon phases, to help you plan your astronomical year.
Coming up we have:
• A fairly close approach of Mars
• A rare transit of Mercury
• A photogenic gathering of Mars, Saturn and Antares
… among many other sky events.
You can download the free PDF at
Feel free to share the link to this page.
Happy New Year to all!
— Alan, December 29, 2015 / © 2015 Alan Dyer