1 mega telescope
11 hopeful sky explorers
3 litres hot chocolate
30 kleina‘s (Icel. plural: Kleinur)
The forecast said cloudy sky until midnight so we leisurely picked up our Swiss, Swede, Kazakh, Brit and Aussie new friends, expecting a long wait for The Lights. The group was a happy one, chatting away as we drove towards our destination Garðskagaviti where we expected the sky to start clearing up first.
It was Josephine’s birthday. Her new husband, Saher, had brought her to Iceland as a surprice, she had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. They had tried to go the night before but sighting conditions were bad and none of the companies were going. They were leaving the country the morning after, this was their last chance and the forecast said 50/50.
For stargazers and Northern Lights hunters, January 2015 will be a very exciting month. Combining stargazing via powerful telescope with your Northern Lights hunt is sure to deliver a lot more memorable experience. Read on to see what’s up with the planets, meteor showers and deep sky phenomena in the coming month.
On tonights tour, while patiently waiting for the Northern Lights, we spent our time observing some 30 or more astronomical objects.
Among them Jupiter and it’s moons, visible late evenings in December. Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky and spectacular to view in a powerful telescope. Jupiter’s red storm was easily visible tonight. With it’s band of red, white and blue Jupiter looked a bit like the Pepsi logo to us 😉