The Spring of 2012 was a very active time for astronomical events here in the Pacific Northwest. An annular solar eclipse occurred on May 20, 2012 and a transit of Venus across the face of the sun was visible on June 5, 2012. Even though clouds blocked the solar eclipse here at CBC there were faculty members that were able to get photo's from the southern Oregon and northern California area.
The transit of Venus had similar problems with clouds, but the clouds parted during the last half of the transit and it was observed and photographed here in the Tri-Cities area and at the Moore Observatory on the CBC campus.
The Panstarrs comet passed close to the earth in the spring of 2013 on its way to the sun. The comet is near the bottom of this photo and the Andromeda galaxy is visible at the top of the photo. Photo by Mike Brady.
This is the Panstarrs comet visible over Prosser, WA on March 18, 2013. Photo by Mike Brady.
The arrow in this image of M51 (whirlpool galaxy) is pointing to a super nova that was first seen on May 31, 2011. This photo was taken a few days later by Mike Brady.
The arrow in this image of M82 (cigar galaxy) is pointing to a super nova that was first observed on January 21, 2014. This photo was taken about a week later by Mike Brady.
This photo is of the October 8th 2014 lunar eclipse as the edge of earth's shadow moves across the face of the moon. The eclipse began about 1:45 am on the morning of October 8th and finished just before sunrise. Photo by Mike Brady.
This photo is of the lunar eclipse on October 8th 2014 during totality when the moon was deep into the shadow of earth. The orange/red color is due to the reflected light from earth's sunrises and sunsets. Photo by Mike Brady
This is a second photo of comet Lovejoy with its coma and tail visible. The coma or core is green from ionized carbon from the solar wind and the tail is ionized carbon monoxide. Photo by Mike Brady
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