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History of Current Observations

Current Observations from 20th May 2017

Red sky in the evening.

Current Observations from 1st April 2017

At this time beautiful sunspots are visible on our central star.

Current Observations from 10th March 2017

The moon always an interesting object. Photographed with a Canon EOS 7d.

Current Observations from 19th December 2016

The area around the Sternwarte is now ready. Now visitors from the street can access the gate, 100% barrier-free access to the site, to the adjoining building and to the ZEISS observatory.

Current Observations from 13th November 2016

At november the 14th the super fullmoon could be observed at the night sky. One day before the moon was also shining bright at the sky. This picture is stackt with 230 single frames.

Current Observations from 16th September 2016

During the penumbral eclipse, we had a total cloud darkness. However, this in no way dampened the good spirits of the audience

Current Observations from 5th September 2016

A wonderful rainbow over riesa, germany.

Current Observations from 03rd September 2016

The Riesaer star hour, planet and moon in the late summer, there were many visitors to the observatory Riesa.

Current Observations from 01st September 2016

This beautiful annular eclipse could be observed on 01.09.2016 in Reunion. This small island is located next to Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

Current Observations from 27th August 2016

With such a good weather at night may not be missing the observation.

Current Observations from 31st July 2016

This Link allows you to the find the first great impressions from 11. STT

Current Observations from 21st July 2016

In the case of very good weather, a holiday children's group was able to observe some of the constellations, the red planet Mars, and even the gas giant Jupiter with its cloud bands.

Current Observations from 20th June 2016

At monday the leadership of the observatory Riesa received the price of the easy credit award of the Volksbank.

Current Observations from 11th June 2016

Funnelcloud over Riesa has been observed in june 2016.

Current Observations from 23rd May 2016

Heavy thunderstorm. over riesa.

Current Observations from 9th May 2016

On this day was the mercury transit. The transit took 7 houers. Many visitors use this rare opportunity and looked at the sun in the observatory riesa.

Current Observations from 06th April 2016

The child university of Riesa rental the titel Dr., Dr.Dr. and the first Prof. Dr.Dr.!

Current Observations from 6th March 2016

In March there was again a great aurora over Riesa.

Current Observations from 24th February 2016

The sales proceeds and the sponsorship of private market was given the Observatory Riesa e.V. This was a great market !!

Current Observations from 19th February 2016

From time to time one can observe beautiful sun rays in the sky.

Current Observations from 12th February 2016

Despite that the moon is not fully lit, you can see the unlit side of the moon. Why is that? The light is called the Ashen light or Earthshine called. This arises from the fact that the Earth reflects sunlight and illuminates the unlit areas of the moon.

Current Observations from 11th February 2016

The observatory Riesa photographed as HDR image . But What is HDR? It find you on this page. link to the HDR images

Current Observations from 18th January 2016

On this winter evening artificial light sources can create this light phenomenon in the icy atmosphere in some regions of Riesa. One of this complex halo phenomena in the picutre is called a lamp pillar. You can find more pictures here

Current Observations from 15th December 2015

With a simple pinhole camera and a black & white photo paper the sun path's across the sky can be tracked. This principle of this long time exposure is called the solargraphy. This image has been exposed a total of 39 days.

Current Observations from 28th October 2015

In the wee hours of the morning the planets parade can be admired by the clear skies. The arrangement of visible planets Mars, Venus and Jupiter.

Current Observations from 28th September 2015

In very good weather the complete lunar eclipse took place in the morning 28. 09. 2015. A very nice spectacle of nature with which the moon dives in a red colour.

Current Observations from 02nd September 2015

This time it went for the child university students after great grove to the airfield to Born 2 Fly. The students learnt here a lot of interesting facts over airplanes and the aviation. Even they sit down in an airplane cockpit.

Current Observations from 29th August 2015

Yesterday also the star friends from Riesa were represented on the Stadfest. With telescopes the population could have observed the sun, with solar spots and protuberances.

Current Observations from 22th August 2015

This amazing sunspot region AR 2403 is a part of the same system and is over ten Earth diameters across.

Current Observations from 18th August 2015

This week finished the shooting stars. You find some pictures in ouer exhibition.

Current Observations from 12th August 2015

Currently the shooting star stream of the Perseiden can be observed.

Current Observations from 08th August 2015

Now you can observe the huge sun spot AR2396. The growing sunspot group stretches more than 150,000 km from end to end.

Current Observations from 26th July 2015

Unfortunately, is 10. STT again past. There were exciting talks and in the evening it was observed a lot.

Current Observations from 24th July 2015

From the 24th to the 26th of July 10 finds Saxon telescope meetings in Peritz instead of. During the day there are talks and Workshops. In the evening it is observed of course, unterother with this giant telescope. Everybody is here is welcome.

Current Observations from 3rd July 2015

The close encounter of two planets is ever a spectecular constellation in the nightsky. These are the brightest objects after sun and moon and together they look very bright. Have You seen it? Look the next days.

Current Observations from 30th June 2015

Jupiter and Venus together in the sky. This days You have the chance to see this spectecular encounter in the western sky. Even in telescopes you can see both in the eyepiece.

Current Observations from 29th June 2015

Two planets jupiter and venus together this days. Less then 1 degree between both an this is nearly the diameter of sun and moon in our sky. Spectecular constellation and it will be nearest at todays june 30th. Be prepared.

Current Observations from 20th March 2015

3 members from the astronomy club in Riesa could see from the plane the total solar eclipse. This sight was just AMAZING !!!!

Current Observations from 18th March 2015

That night, very nice aurora could be observed throughout Riesa.

Current Observations from 20th February 2015

A beautiful constellation of Moon, Venus and Mars appeared on the evening of February 20th. On March 12, the moon and Saturm can be observed in the morning.

Current Observations from 18th January 2015

This is an actual picture of the comet "Lovejoy". The thin tail is even seen in binoculars and the comet is visible with the nake eye. Try it to see.

Current Observations from 15th 2015

This is a picture of comet C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy.Weather is not quiet good here, but some views we got already. Bright coma and thin tail. Seen with naked eye, best in binoculars and telescope. Try to see it.

Current Observations from 1st January 2015

At the first day of the year you could see this great moon halo.

Current Observations from 8th December 2014

Here you can find some pictures about the german astronaut Alexander Gerst. Pictures about Alexander Gerst

Current Observations from 6th November 2014

Finally! Today the observatory has covered their new place and erstrallt knows in a polishing one and a new outside cover.

Current Observations from 24th October 2014

So there was a distinctive solar spot group at last 11 years ago. The solar spot group AR2192 is as big as the planet Jupiter and walks currently on the solar surface.

Current Observations from 6th October 2014

A fantastic moment for us - a lecture and meeting with Harald Lesch. He is famous for the TV shows "alpha centauri", "Lesch`s Kosmos" and "Abenteuer Forschung". In a very special and interesting way he explain the complex processes in space and scientific research. This picture we got at the end of the lecture.

Current Observations from 16th September 2014

At september 16th the observatory of Gönnsdorf,near Dresden, invited for its 5th anniversary. The observatory of Riesa wishes all the best for the future, allways clear skies and starry nights. All guets have seen this beautiful rainbow.

Current Observations from 4th September 2014

You can visit the Space Shuttle Atlantis in the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This Shuttle isvery tall and it is the last Shuttle, they start from the Kennedy Space Center

Current Observations from 28th August 2014

At august 28th there was a chance to see the northern lights over germany. It was a starry clear nightsky and there were only some light pollution and clouds. At 1 o clock in the morning there was a small aurora to see in the northern oart of the sky, but only on camera and not with the naked eye.

Current Observations from 25th August 2014

You can see the Space Shuttle Enterprise in New York at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. This is located on Pier 86, 12 Ave and W 42 St. It is very amazing und you learn many about spacecraft

Current Observations from 15th August 2014

At this time the falling star nights take place on the airfield Canitz. But also at the morning sky beautiful things take place. In the morning sky you can see the planets Jupiter and Venus as bright dots. At the morning of the 18th August both will be very close together.

Current Observations from 12th August 2014

Members of the Observatory Riesa visited the kids on holiday of IG Dunkelbunt and craft ended Telescopes and sundials. The beautiful weather allowed a safe view to the spotted sun.

Current Observations from 08th August 2014

Today there was a very interesting fruit seminar at the bar Bados in Nünchritz. Besides, the participants might also try the tasty, tropical fruits and test their taste. From coconut to pomegranate everything was present. The fruits were sponsored by purchase country Riesa. Thank you for your cooperation!

Current Observations from 3rd August 2014

The Show must go on: Now arrives the thunderstorm with bright lightnings over the town Riesa. By the way, the lightnings can be tracked. On this page lightningmaps you can see the realtime lightnings over Germany

Current Observations from 28th July 2014

Just now comes up a heavy thunderstorm over Riesa with many lightnings. On this picture can you see some spectacular lightnings over the Trinity Church.

Current Observations from 25th July 2014

This year the 9. STT, amateur astronomers and observatories from the whole of Germany appeared and presented their telescope technology. Beside the fascinating observation in the evening, there were again exciting speech all around astronautics and astronomy.

Current Observations from 4th July 2014

Noctilucent clouds are fascinating and high flying clouds that are illuminated in 80 km altitude of the sun. Only in our latitudes they are to see the summer solstice. During the night of 03rd/04th July 2014 spectacular NLC were seen over the hometown Riesa.

Current Observations from 7th June 2014

The observatory of Riesa offers every first Saturday in the month an observation in the evening. This time the observation was under the theme "Our solar system". At the moment you can observe the wonderful planets Mars, Saturn and Jupiter in the evening sky.

Current Observations from 24th May 2014

After the bad weather on Friday offered on Saturday evening a beautiful starry sky. The star friends from Riesa thereby lay track to shooting stars in wait. The trendy meteor showers of 1000 meteors per hour, but unfortunately did not materialize. We visible very bright and beautiful shooting stars in this night.

Current Observations from 11th May 2014

Today you could see in Riesa a beautiful, strong rainbow. It is clearly seen that this has a primary and a secondary rainbow. Therefore, the rainbow is concluded that the sunlight breaks vary greatly in raindrops.

Current Observations from 10th May 2014

Halos are arcs in the sky caused by refraction and Spieglung of ice crystals. These ice crystals are located in the heights of the clouds, such as cirrus or cirrus stratus. Here, this fascinating sky spectacles are not so rare.

Current Observations from 7th May 2014

The students learned during this KinderUniversität much about magic.They got magic tricks shown, with which you can get other people to be amazed.

Current Observations from 3rd May 2014

After the monthly Astro Lounge, the Sternenfreunde invited all interested parties on the airfield Canitz to jointly observe the planets of the spring night sky. Not only Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, also the waxing Moon and later that night a few galaxies and nebulae will take guests from far and wide in rapture.

Current Observations from 20th April 2014

At this time of the year you can see the constellation Virgo high in the sky. In this constellation you can discover a lot of galaxies. One of the brightest is the Sombrero Galaxy. This galaxy is in a distance of 30,5 million light-years and has a diameter of 70.000 light-years. So it is a little smaller than our Milky way.

Current Observations from 19th April 2014

Looking at the sun through a telescope with Sun filter foil, so you can see beautiful sunspots on the photosphere. These are very pronounced and show detailed structures.

Current Observations from 5th April 2014

At this weekend the observatrory in Riesa was on the markt from the Teigwaren Riesa. At this Event the Riesaer Riese and the Nudelkönigin visited the Sternwarte Riesa e.V. and observed the sun.

Current Observations from 21st March 2014

We got a great oppertunity to meet astronauts and enjoy lectures and meals togehter. All astronauts were really impressed for what we are doing and that we do great support to astronomical science and space exploration. We also meet Buzz Aldrin and it was really great, but later more on this site.

Current Observations from 9th March 2014

Looking at the moon with the your eye you recognize only the dark seas. But with a telescope reveals a giant crater. Particularly, in the increasing phase of the moon, you can see the Apennines, which are presented in detail in the right image. This is a mountain range on the Moon, which extends over 600km on the lunar surface.

Current Observations from 1st March 2014

Beginning of March find every year the Messier Marathon. The star friends from Riesa take it part. With nightfall the Messier Marathon begins. The target is to visit all 110 astronomical objects of the Messier catalog, with a telescope, in one night.

Current Observations from 28th February 2014

At this night, we observed the Northern Lights in Riesa. Auroras occur when electrons and protons from the solar wind to reach the earth and the oxygen and nitrogen molecules to light stimulates.

Current Observations from 26th February 2014

At this morning you can see in Germany the moon and the planet venus very near to each other. The next constellation of venus and moon is in Germany on the 27th march 2014.

Current Observations from 25th February 2014

This is an eruption from new sunspot AR1990. This group survives the 3rd rotation of our sun. Sunspots lives about days or sometimes some weeks. But this group on the eastlimb ist now part of the 3rd rotation and lives month since early days of january. And it is powerful enough to create such spectacular eruptions like today.

Current Observations from 23rd February 2014

This is a close up view of an giant gas eruption on suns surface today. This is very hot mater spreading out of the sun with temperatures from many tousends dregrees. A fantastic view in hydrogen telescopes.

Current Observations from 22th February 2014

This is a composit of two pictures from our sun in differnet wavelength. One is calles the white light, with visible sunspots on the surface and the other is the hydrogen light where you can see the activities around the dark spots, like flares and eruptions. It changes from day to day - have a look!

Current Observations from 10th February 2014

This is our today`s sun in the special hydrogen light sun filter. Present sun shows a lot of details like sunspots or eruptions. Even in this spectral light filter You can see this filaments and flares around the sunspots. Delicius sun observation - try it or visit us.

Current Observations from 5th February 2014

Today the childrens university was at the "Deutsche Bahn AG". The children learned a lot about the features and the processes of train traffic.

Current Observations from 23rd January 2014

Now the winter has arrived in Riesa. The beautiful wihte Snow lay, like as a soft blanket, over the Riesa city park. Now we hope that the wihte snow lie a long time in Riesa.

Current Observations from 11th January 2014

A few days ago there was the giant sunspot group, called AR1944, in the center on the sun surface. Now she has moved and is located at the border of the sun. In a few days they will be no longer visible.

Current Observations from 7th January 2014

The astronomical observation of the sun, currently generate sensations, because it is the giant sunspot group, called AR1944, on the sun surface. It is one of the largest spots, wich there observed on the sun.

Current Observations from 30th December 2013

n winter the milkyway is shining at the night sky, like you can see on this picture. At this time of the year it is colder, so the air is very clear and you can see the stars sparkle.

Current Observations from 15th December 2013

At the weekend we meet Santa Claus at the annual Christmas market in Staucha. The observatory in Riesa wishes a merry Christmas.

Current Observations from 12th December 2013

Currently you can see in the evening sky a very eye-catching star. However, this is not a star but the planet Venus. Venus is the sister of the earth, because they both have almost the same diameter. In fact the Venus has a very strong atmosphere, so most of the sunlight is reflected. Venus can still be seen until early January evening sky before it passes the sun.

Current Observations from 5th December 2013

Today you can see in Riesa an impressive cloud formation. These clouds are called mammatus clouds. In winter, they are very seldom. In this most common type of cloud occurs near the equator.

Current Observations from 26th November 2013

Just to the comet ISON, another comet is currently in the northern hemisphere. It is the comet C / 2013 R1 Lovejoy and he was discovered by an Australian amateur astronomer, at the beginning of September. At the moment one can observe this comet between the signs of the great bear and hounds.

Current Observations from 16th November 2013

This weekend from 16./17.11.2013 the Teigwaren Riesa made the Christmas market. They were joined by the star friends from Riesa and offered the guests a safe view through the telescope, with a sunscreen, to the sun. Next, there were also interesting images to various astronomical topics and information about the observatory.

Current Observations from 30th October 2013

At the end of october the sun was very activ. On this picture you can see very good how the sun spots walk over the surface of the sun. We hope that the weather will be good soon, so that we can get a look on our central star.

Current Observations from 28th October 2013

This is the 6th Year of the group around this old observatory. But there are still problems to solve in the future. Not because of enough voluntary people, but for the safety of our institution and the rebuilt of the observatory is still difficult for us. But we get it and try everything to survive. You can help us with Your donation. Happy Birthday \"Sternwarte Riesa e.V.\"

Current Observations from 9th October 2013

One of the really seldom chances to hear this great hero: Sigmund Jähn, the first German in Space is not very often in public events. But this was one of the events in a saxonian university to meet him. Mr.Jähn is also a special honored member in our observatory and we are very proud to meet him again together with al lot of public. Great speech, fantastic pictures. Thank You Mr.Jähn!

Current Observations from 19th September 2013

On the theese very rainy days you could see with some luck also the one or other rainbow. Thus immediately 2 specific features(peculiarities) are to be seen in this picture. It concerns an interference curve and this immediately in double implementation. If the sun stands still very high, rainbows are to be seen very close to horizon.

Current Observations from 17th September 2013

Here You can see a sundog. These lights are a result of sunlight an special ice particle clouds in the higher atmosphere. The colorful light looks like a little part of a rainbow. But it is a sundog, and this one was a really bright one. Sometimes there are two of them, one on the right and the other on the left next to sun. Try to find one.

Current Observations from 30th August 2013

Bevor the end of august, one important step for new life of our 44 years old observatory was finished. After weeks of working with dust, steel and long working days, we finished the new color of our observatorys dome and so it is ready for beginning the second lifetime with us. Thanks for als spnonsors and all the busy people of our astronomy club.

Current Observations from 15th August 2013

This was a beautiful moment, when the sun was behind some thin cirrus clouds and shows spectecular light reflections in a whole disply. These coloured views we call halo effects and you can see some somedogs and a bright ring of light around the sun. Also a rainbow like bow over you, called circuumzenithal arc. Great show.

Current Observations from 10th June 2013

At the summer nights we can observe after the sundown or before the sunrise soaringly the ice-crystal clouds which are still illuminated by the sun. With look in the direction of the north the silvery and wave-like clouds can be marvelled at.

Current Observations from 25th April 2013

On the 25th of April this year was a partial lunar eclipse took place. Even if the covering of the moon did not amount more than 2%, every observer could see the darkening in the north the moon clear. To the moonrise the darkness was already in the full way and approx. at 22:07 p.m. the maximum darkening was reached.

Current Observations from 13th March 2013

The amateur astronomers of the association observatory of Riesa. managed the sighting to the bright comet C / 2011 L4 Panstarrs. The search was anything but easy(simple) at the beginning, because many clouds obstructed at the beginning the sighting. Bit by bit bigger cloud gaps appeared in the dusk.

Current Observations from 10th February 2013

At the moment it is possible in the dusk to see the planets Mercury and Mars. In the time from the 10th to the 26th of February consists furthermore the chance to marvel at at this duet together in the west sky after the sundown.

Current Observations from 6th February 2013

This nice sunrise appeared on the 6th of February, 2013 about the Riesaer Old Town. Now one notices already the days again become longer and nights again shorter. On this day the sun rose 7:50 a.m. CET time.

Current Observations from 30th December 2012

The Sirius is the brightest fixed star and main star in the sign of the zodiac big dog in our winter sky. In the clear next one we see him mostly as a sparkling bright star. The white light is disassembled by the aerial restlessness in different spectral colours. Simply looks these colours as a track if the star walks by the admission picture.

Current Observations from 1st December 2012

In the comfortable company of the amateur astronomers of the observatory of Riesa could drink mulled wine outside to the airfield in Canitz during the cold night in the campfire. Beside the planet Jupiter 22 degrees Haloring was also to be seen around the moon.

Current Observations from 29th October 2012

Soon we can be observed at the nights without moon of the Orionnebel as one of the best known and nicest objects. Under three belt stars of the big sign of the zodiac Orion the bright Deep Sky object is to be found. This drawing shows the binoculars sight with 10.5-fold enlargement.

Current Observations from 30th September 2012

In this evening one could see in the nice weather not only the full moon rising, but also observe the shadow throw of a cloud in the direction of moon. Perspektiv partly there runs this shade from the cloud going about the sky up to the Sonnengegenpunkt.

Current Observations from 15th August 2012

Since some nights the members of the observatory of Riesa observe the meteor stream Perseiden. With the help of the collage the track allows to trace back of some shooting stars to the Radiant and this schenbarer origin lies in the sign of the zodiac Perseus.

Current Observations from 11th August 2012

This is the first picture of the Perseids this year. It was taken at our first meteor observation night in summer with a fisheye camera near Riesa. It was a brilliant fireball in the sky and all the guests were really impressed of this bright meteor. Until august 18th we will count meteors from 10p.m. every day. Join us!

Current Observations from 19th July 2012

This is a special type of a rainbow. This red rainbow was photographed shortly befor sunset in the evening, when the red rays of the sunlight are the bringhtest in the sky. If there is rain like in this moment last evening, than a red rainbow is possible to see. Nice colours.

Current Observations from 27th June 2012

This is a `NLC Cloud` in the summer night sky. These clouds are locatet so high in the atmosphere, that sunlight can even reach them at night. So you can see these clouds together with stars in a bright silver, white or light coloured structure deep in the northern part of the nightsky.

Current Observations from 4th June 2012

This is the lunar eclipse from june 2012. It was not visible from europe, but we watch it from Alice Springs in Australia. This picture was taken free Hand with a small kompact camera.

Current Observations from 16th March 2012

Last night it was very clear sky, so we decide to built up our 20 inch Dobson and have a great look into the nightsky. It was such impressive viewing with this instrument, so we will use it tomorrow at our traditional Messier Marathon. Join us!
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