September Astro news and events

After a well deserved summer break, we are back at it again. September kicks off strongly and promises great news and events. Don't miss them:

September's events promises great experiences!

# Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 contest Sept. 14-15 2017

Early 2017 I entered 10 pictures at Greenwich Royal Observatory's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 contest, sponsored by BBC Sky at Night Magazine. You don't hear from the judging panel till several months later, and it was a true excitement when they wrote to me saying that one of my pictures had been shortlisted in this year's competition. I had to hold my joy back to help build excitement about the shortlist and the event. The picture that you see above 'Noctilucent lines of perspective' has been shortlisted among the thousands of applicants. It was taken on Ordrupnæs on Næsvej. In the background you can easily see Sjællands Odde with Oddevej seperated by Sejerø Bugten. In this image I wanted to show the intricate structure of noctilucent clouds making sort of an X shape in the mesosphere. The picture is all about lines and layers that seem to converge at the center of the image, hence the title. I am very proud about the shortlist as it is my very first nomination since I began astrophotography as few years back, and it's a good reward that will surely encourage me to continue! I will be heading to London on Sept. 14-15 and will be attending the award ceremony. You can follow it live on twitter (#AstroPhoto2017) and on Facebook. You can also make your way to

I will of course be live from Greenwich on social media! It promises to be exciting... See you there.

See a selection of the shortlist entries for media distribution:

# 13th international workshop on layered phenomena in Sept. 18-22 2017

the mesopause region (LPMR) at the Leibniz Institut für

atmosfären Physik (IAP)

As part of Project PoSSUM's research, Dr. Jason Reimuller and I will participate in the 2017 LPMR workshop near Rostock in Germany from Sept. 18th to 22nd 2017 ( The purpose of the workshop is to present our research as a novel method of noctilucent cloud study using airplanes. Jason will be presenting two abstract and I will be lending him a hand. I will also cover live at the event and I will be posting on project PoSSUM's social media platform ( There are tons of presentations on the latest peer-reviewed discoveries of our mesosphere we are attending, so the thrill is at its maximum! Jason will also show my NLC footage, and it is the occasion for me to network! Stay tuned.

# Week in Iceland: The Aurora borealis quest Sept. 23 - 30 2017

Iceland is officially amongst the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. While I was there last February, I discovered a very elemental country, made of fire and ice. I had a successful 3-hour window to see the well-renowned northern lights and it was a great show, but the constant rain left me sort of wanting more. In this matter, I will be returning there from Sept. 23rd to 30th in the hope of catching okay weather and most importantly Lady aurora. This time I will come prepared, I know where to look, and where not to go! I have great ideas in mind for my next movie, including ice, water, fire and aurora! I will be joining my friends photographer Colin Abot to try and get some great footage. However if you are in Iceland at that time, we can arrange for a one-night aurora tour and on-location course. If you would like to join, please let me know asap by contacting me at for fees. We can arrange for a course trip together if the weather permits. I will also be covering live as much as possible on my platforms! In the meantime, here is something to keep you waiting for more exciting pictures:

# PoSSUM 'Vizor-down' Zero-G Spacesuit Program in Ottawa Oct. 2-5 2017