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Friday, October 24, 2014

Love Under the Stars (Again!)

Astronomy Israel notches another proposal as Ben Waldhaus proposed to his bride-to-be, Joy, on the night of August 31. Joy is from France and enjoys the songs of Edith Piaf, so we had a little musical interlude of her songs during and after Ben's proposal.

Here is the couple pictured below just after Ben proposed. My bad for taking so long to post the news and wish the couple a big Mazal Tov!

Ben Waldhaus proposes to Joy on a star tour on August 31, 2014

Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, 2014

The partial solar eclipse on October 23, 2014 was not visible from Israel. :'(  But observers in the US had a good view. My good friend Linda in Iowa sent me this unusual photo of the partially eclipsed sun reflected in her window. The sun is still too bright in the direct image to be captured properly. It is overexposed, hiding the notch to the lower left. The image reflected in the window is dim enough for the total disk of the eclipsed sun to be seen. Nice job, Linda!

Partially eclipsed sun, seen from Iowa on October 23, 2014

Full Moon Wins the Battle of The Perseids

The full moon totally dominated the sky on the peak of the Perseids meteor shower this August. We saw only about three meteors over a span of several hours, instead of the usual 60-90 per hour. Lesson learned. The full moon always wins the battle with the meteor shower.

The Orionids, which peaked this week on October 21-22, was very weak on the peak night. We saw only a handful of shower members, instead of the usual 20 or so per hour. But the nights of the 16th and 23rd of October, well before and just after the peak, were very active. I didn't keep count but we were amazed by many bright and frequent members of the shower over the course of star tours on both nights. And that is the marvel of meteor showers. They keep their own counsel and do their own thing.

Meteors on a meteor shower night


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