week's nature watch takes to the skies. On Wednesday,
22nd June with the midsummer full moon at perigee, (closest
to Earth in its orbit) Kevin Sale, Jane Johnston, Tina
Jones and I went to Brampton Abbotts to watch it rise
in the south. The actual south horizon cannot be seen
from Brampton Abbotts, so we had to wait until it had
risen above Chase Woods but none the less, it proved to
be a pretty spectacular sight.
can be seen in the bottom photograph, light pollution
from the Overross Industrial Estate and in particular,
from the Somerfield Depot causes problems with viewing
the night skies from Brampton Abbotts these days. This,
combined with long daylight hours made ordinary stargazing
difficult on the evening but I still managed to catch
a shot of the planet, Saturn (above) set against a dark
blue sky and with its rings clearly visible.
must say that this was one of the most enjoyable evenings
out I have spent in a long while. In the countryside,
on a peaceful hot summer's evening, drinking Earl Grey
tea and watching the night sky with friends.