Michael Rauth - Geophysics and Computing


Well, I do not have a lot of time, but this page is the start of my astrophotography section. I hope to put more of my pics online, but for the time being, it is just the planetary alignment below.

This year (2002) we have the chance to see six planets without turning the head. Looking out of our livingroom window I captured Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, and Mercury with the Earth in the foreground, a view which will only become possible again in 2040.

Hold your cursor over the image to get an annotated overlay of the planets, some stars and constellations.

This image was inspired by a much cooler one made by Jerry Lodriguss.

Exposure Data

  • Camera: Olympus C-2000Z with 0.8x wide conversion lens
  • F/stop: 2.0
  • Exposure: 16 seconds
  • Processing: dark frame removed, slight adjustment of brightness and contrast
  • Exposure start: 21:07 MEST
  • Date: April 29, 2002
  • Location: Bonn, Germany, Europe