had already planned to film the sunset on Thursday before
it was announced that all air traffic over the UK had been
grounded due to ash from the Icelandic volcano under the
Eyjafjallajökull glacier. My reason for filming was initially
that the first tiny crescent moon was due, and would be
setting soon after the sun, next to the planet Pluto. The
first thin sliver of moon in April is extremely difficult
to spot and is a kind of astrophotographer's Holy Grail.
The fact that it was due to appear close to the also elusive
planet, Mercury made this year's event unique. As
it turned out, the volcano in Iceland had erupted a week
before, melting the glacier and sending a plume of volcanic
glass and ash particles high into the atmosphere. The unusually
settled weather conditions caused the cloud to head in the
direction of European air space, aircraft were grounded
and the rest is history.
the plume was invisible, it did liven up the sunsets and
hide the planet Mercury. The planet which is visible in
the film is Venus and appears above the moon.
Saturday, the two days old crescent moon had moved above
Venus and I filmed the sunset again, in a perfectly clear
sky. In my 56 years on earth, there has not been a sky over
England like that of Saturday - not a cloud or a single
aeroplane vapour trail anywhere to be seen! The sun sets
over Hay Bluff in the sequence, which was filmed from Brampton
music in this film is by my American friend, Jenelle Aubade.
We have known one another, through music, for a little over
10 years. We both used the same MP3.com music outlet back
in 1999. I hope you enjoy her songs, the film and the photographs.
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