I hope you will join me tonight on Twitter. I am being interviewed by the
Smithsonian National Museum of African Artas part of their
To follow the interview on Twitter make sure to follow @AfricanCosmos and @MitchellKrog. If you have any questions on my astro or lightning photography feel free to tweet them using @AfricanCosmos and #MKastro.
Below I’ve selected some of my favourite
Astro Landscapeimages shot under Africa’s Night Skies over the past few years.
ABOVE: The Lunar Eclipse of the 15th of June 2011. A very cold evening under Africa’s Night Skies with heavy dew falls caused some very interesting optical effects giving a very different view of a lunar eclipse.
ABOVE: The International Space Station (ISS) streaking across South Africa’s Night Skies on the 30th of August 2009. This Astro Landscape photograph taken on a friends farm in the North West province of South Africa.
ABOVE: The Bubbling Spacecraft Spectacle that caused a stir in South Africa on the night in took place. What many thought was a UFO (myself included) was later confirmed as a Centaur Rocket launched several hours earlier from the United States. The bubbling / ring effect was said to be venting of excess fuel from the rocket. This series of images appeared in Finnish and Russian Astronomy Magazines in December of 2009. Here’s an article on it.
ABOVE: Another photo of the Centaur Rocket Venting Excess Fuel aka The Bubbling Spacecraft UFO Spectacle.
ABOVE: The Moon is always an interesting Astrophotography subject of mine and Africa’s Night Skies offer some of the greatest locations for Moon Photography. This Perigee Full Moon was photographed on the 30th of January 2010 from my farm in Magaliesburg, South Africa.
ABOVE: The moon in totality during the Lunar Eclipse of 15th June 2011. This was an exceptionally cold night over Gauteng but when it comes to Astrophotography you simply have no choice and the coldest nights under Africa’s Night Skies are often the best.
ABOVE: For several weeks spanning March through April 2012, Venus went through some interesting conjuctions and Africa’s Night Skies offered some very different views than the rest of the world. This evening of the 12th of March I captured the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter shortly after sunset. This image was featured on SpaceWeather.com and one of their readers pointed out to me I had also captured the International Space Station (ISS) which you can see streaking in from the bottom left of the image.
ABOVE: One of my earlier Astrophotography images from 2007. This was the conjunction of Venus by the Moon.
ABOVE: Africa’s Night Skies offer great Astrophotography Star Trails opportunities. On this very cold evening I tried something different capturing not only the movement of the stars but also movement in the trees caused by a cold night wind.
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