Venus and Jupiter….and the moon

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Last month two planets were moving closer to each other every day. It was easy to watch them as Venus and Jupiter were the first stars to be seen in the early night sky to the West.

On June 17 this was what I get through the clouds.

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Jupiter and Venus on June 17

On June 19 the moon came to play with the 2 stars building a nice triangle from June 19 to 20. Unfortunately the weather conditions didn’t allow me to witness this.

I got my next view on the stars on June 21

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On June 22, I was out again. You can see the the moon started to move away from the two planets.

June 30 was the day where the two planets got closest to each other. Have a look!

You can still see this phenomenon as the two stars slowly move apart . Just lift your head towards the West at nightfall and yoll see two bright dots in the sky.

You’ll also able to see the BIg Dipper, like here high above the tree

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or great moon scapes

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More images here :

Aurora Borealis in Northern Luxembourg

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Aurora Borealis, also called Northern Lights are hardly visible on continental Europe. They mostly occur in the high latitude regions. I was keen on getting out with my camera tonight as one of these amazing phenomena was forecasted as far down “south” as Luxembourg. I must admit that I wasn’t really optimistic but as it was a beautiful starry night I could at least get some decent night shots. I pointed my camera North and took a couple of images. I could see some strange violet lights on my LCD screen but wasn’t sure about what it really was. It was only back home on my computer that I realised that I had witnessed one of the most amazing and strange phenomena !

Watch for yourself!

My Home Sky

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I spent the late evening outside to experience star-trail photography. This shot is composed of 70 frames each of 30 seconds exposure. All photos were taken with a SIGMA 17-70mm at 17mm at ISO 800 and with an aperture of 2,8.

I’m still in my trail and error mode but enjoy it a lot. I played with the white balance to create different moods. What’s your preference?

Here a short time-lapse of the 70 images on vimeo  🙂