Mercury transiting the Sun – 9 May 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden

9 05 2016


What a day. Incredible to watch one of our neighbouring planet block out some of the Sun’s light. Mercury is the small round dot below and to the left of the plane. The biggest sunspots are above and to the left of the plane, but some small ones near Mercury too. The shadow of the telescope frames the shot.


Here is another…



Here the clouds and Mercury, sunspots and the Sun and my shadow too.



Mercury is just at the lower edge late in its transit. A whole planet – just a dot on the face of the sun. Nice clouds too. So this is a portrait of Earth, Mercury and the Sun together!




False colour image to show the disc of Mercury


All photographs copyright Robert Corkery 2016

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

28 09 2013

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Snapped this 70’s style postcard shot out the window with an iPhone 4S while my copilot took the reigns of our Cessna 172. Twenty minutes or so earlier, and in homage to Maverick’s surf break, I landed at the WWII Half Moon Bay flight strip on runway 03. The trip from San Carlos to Half Moon Bay airport had been a short jump over the range. The coastal flight north along the quake-shaped landscape is thrilling, only to give way to the iconic bridge. Turned right over the city and eventually back to San Carlos after getting routed around SFO.

Sermeq Avannarleq glacier, Torsukattak ice fjord, western Greenland late May 2013

27 09 2013

Sermeq-Avannarleq glacier, Greenland

A view of the Sermeq Avannarleq glacier in Western Greenland and its ice front, 29th May 2013. Take out the window during a flight from London to San Francisco. I did not know which glacier it was until late September when I found it on Google Earth at 70° 3’3.24″N, 50°19’1.22″W. Click on the photo for a full size view. According to the Byrd Polar Research Center, the Sermeq Avannarleq glacier lost 2 square miles from its ice front in 2007 and again in 2008. Increasingly rapid movement of this and other glaciers in south west Greenland  is likely caused by surface melt waters percolating into the glacier, warming and lubricating the ice. You can find more scientific details in the AGU press release about  Phillips et al., 2013.

Night time on the Grand Canal – Venice, Graphic distortion XVI

23 08 2013


Grand Canal, Venice – night shot

22 08 2013


Liquid crystal

17 04 2013
liquid crystal of copper carboxylate branched chain fatty acid

Colourful textures of a hexagonal liquid crystalline copper carboxylate

Northern Lights – Stockholm 17 March 2013

18 03 2013

Northern Lights

Northern Lights – Aurora borealis over Stockholm, 17 March 2013

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