ash spotted in skies above Burnham
by local astronomer
local astronomy lecturer says this photo of the moon taken through
his telescope from Burnham seafront this week shows the quantity
of ash and dust in the upper atmosphere following this week's
volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Dye-Hodge Beardsley, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Saturday:
"I was on the seafront with a small telescope looking for
the planets Venus and Mercury."
the sun set, a distinct pink glow formed somewhat above the normal
region above the setting sun called the zone of Venus."
additional zone of light pink was quite probably associated with
the dust in the upper atmosphere from this week's eruption in
volcano ash has caused widespread travel disruption across the
UK and Europe in recent days, with airports closed to all aeroplanes.
who is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a lecturer
in astronomy, added: "Sweeping the sky for the two elusive
planets in the still bright sky, I came across a very slender
first it was not possible to see the slim crescent in the bright
sky but as the evening darkened it became visible but only if
one knew where to look. The crescent was only 0.3% of the full