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Mike Phillips at Unity Park, Ivins, UT
Star Party
Part of the Southwest Astronomy Festival
September 22, 2017






Tom Olson at Children's Museum, St. George, UT
Solar Viewing Party
September 23, 2017
Part of the Southwest Astronomy Festival






Star Party at Unity Park in Ivins, UT
September 22, 2017
Part of the Southwest Astronomy Festival






Star Party at Unity Park in Ivins, UT
September 22, 2017
Part of the Southwest Astronomy Festival






Star Party at Unity Park in Ivins, UT
Part of the Southwest Astronomy festival
September 22, 2017
14 Telescopes set up with over 250 people in attendance







This is an image taken by Manning Butterworth on 9/2 of Asteroid Florence, a near Earth asteroid which has been in the news because it is large and passed Earth only about 4 million miles away.  It is about 2.7 miles in diameter and has now been found to have two moons of its own.  It is considered a potentially hazardous object although not in the near term.  Were it to hit the earth, it would cause a “life extinguishing event”.

The exposure was 5 minutes and was taken with a cooled CCD camera at a focal length of about 1900 mm. Florence was heading north away from Delphinus.





LUNAR ECLIPSE

Hopefully you got to see the total Lunar eclipse Sunday night. This was the last eclipse in the tetrad of four total Lunar eclipses that began in April of 2014.

The Moon at that time was in a moderately rich star field and you can see several background stars in the image. At about the 9:30 position is a 9th magnitude (faint) star just about to be occulted by the Moon. At about the 3 o'clock-position is a brighter (7th magnitude) star that had reappeared from behind the Moon earlier.

The red color is caused by the Earth's atmosphere and is what has led to the total Lunar eclipse being called a blood moon. If you missed this eclipse, it will be several years before the next one.

Manning Butterworth



Astrophotography by
Manning Butterworth





Solar telescope viewing at town square
St. George, UT. June 26th
Photo by Eric Olmstead






Solar telescope viewing at town square
St. George, UT.  June 26th
Photo by Eric Olmstead






Grafton Ghost Town, UT January 2015
Canon 60Da 30 second exposure, 14mm lens
3200 ISO
By Mark Shelton






This is the Moon and Saturn from 6:32 am this morning (January 16th 2015) in case you missed it.
If you zoom way in and use liberal amounts of imagination, you can see the rings. :)
Taken with 300 mm lens, F/5.6, ISO 2500.
Manning Butterworth






Taken as Comet Lovejoy passed by globular cluster M79 early (12:39 am) on December 29.
Single 60 sec. exposure, ISO 2500, unguided.
Manning Butterworth






Astrophotography by Manning Butterworth
Comet, C/2014 E2 (Jacques)
DSLR attached to LX200. 60 seconds at ISO 3200.






Conjunction (August 31, 2014) of the waxing Moon, Mars, and Saturn.
DSLR and 300 mm lens at ISO 3200 mounted on a tripod and not tracking.
Astrophotography by Manning Butterworth







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