Category Archives: astronomy
Dec. 21st, 2016. The shortest day and the longest night of the year for this hemisphere. We’re stuck in the middle of it: huge amounts of thick, white, humid and dripping material that doesn’t want to leave the mountain top.
Dec, 18th, 2016. We spend these last days of the year just waiting for the clouds to go away from our favorite observatory…
May 5th, 2016, Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma. Surrounded by an ocean of clouds which sometimes reach the summit, the observatory stays clear from clouds during the night. During daytime an explosion of flowers can be seen, with “los … Continue reading
Jan, 24th, 2016. The last sunset of this January campaign seen from the observatory of Roque de los Muchachos (2400 m) merited a quick stroll to the edge of the mountain crater…
New year = a reset or fresh start?
On the evening of 21st of april 2015, the crescent moon was visible, low in the western sky. The glow over the unlit part of a crescent moon is called “earthshine”. It is light reflected from earth. The bright star … Continue reading
La Palma, 6-7 november 2014. I had the pleasure to accompany Patricia on an observing run with the Belgian Mercator-telescope at the Observatory de los Muchachos, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain (ouf!) The full moon was right in the middle of … Continue reading