From partial zone we have yet another Manila sunset and partial phases from Thailand (also with a bird and at sunset, also here, and lots more pics), Sri Lanka and Mauritius. This eclipse was the first somewhat unusual sky event of the International Year of Astronomy and so the connection was made in South Africa (where some eclipse fashion was on display), Sri Lanka (more pictures) and Australia. Finally, here are 19 big and 66 small wire service pics - which showed up, uncredited, in many private websites ... Legally more sound, here are a big (German) review of the event and its new media impact plus a crappy German TV preview. All eyes are already on the next - total - eclipse (which will be a logistical nightmare for Japan), while still new videos of the last TSE turn up (the 2nd one is pretty funny; it happens at 1:04). February, meanwhile, will just serve us the least impressive of all eclipses, a penumbral lunar case. The month - some previews here, here, here, here and hier - will bring:
- Feb. 9: Penumbral lunar eclipse, visible mainly in Asia and the Western U.S.
- Feb. 16 til March 3 (in particular Feb. 19 til 28): Best viewing window for comet Lulin - brightest and no Moon.
- Feb. 17: The Dawn spacecraft flies by Mars, will take some pictures for calibration purposes.
- Feb. 17: Mars and Jupiter only 0.8° apart in the morning sky.
- Feb. 19 or 20: Venus reaches largest brilliance, -4.6 to -4,8 mag.
- Feb. 22 and 23: Moon close to Mars, Jupiter and Mercury.
- Feb. 23/24: Lulin (moderately) close to Saturn.
- Feb. 24: Mercury, Mars & Jupiter closest together, in a 4° circle at dawn.
- Feb. 25: Ceres in opposition, should reach 6.9 mag.
- Feb. 27: Closer Venus-Moon conjunction than in January.
- Feb. 28: Lulin close to Regulus.
Views of the Moon passing Venus have been widely appreciated (and caused some UFO alarm in Germany): the situation on Jan. 31 in Germany (more), on Jan. 30 in the U.S., Germany (more, still more, earlier, still earlier and in full daylight), from India (two more in the stream and another one) and Australia plus more and on Jan. 29 from Hawaii, Canada (more in the stream), the U.S. (more) and Germany (more), Norway and Italy in daylight. • An amateur photometrist has already detected dozens of exoplanets in transit. • R CrB has been below 14 mag. since November. • The Sun's still inactive but that's good in general. • Here are some fine ISS close-ups from the end of January. • A weird halo has been seen in the Czech Republic. • And true atmospheric optics aficionados see similar phenomena in the kitchen, too. :-)