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Skomer Part 1 - The first voyage

A Manx Shearwater I have recently returned from my annual pilgrimage to the island of Skomer, having enjoyed a fabulous three days of birding along the Pembrokeshire coastline with my "Three Amigo" friends Paul and Nicola. We had been planning for the trip for ages. Leading up to our trip the days, hours and seconds seemed to pass ever so slowly. It's then just typical once you end up going on your trip it seems to be over way too quickly - time certainly flies when you are enjoying yourself and in good company. This year we had  arranged three boat trips through Pembrokeshire Boat Trips Day 1 - Seabird Spectacular Day 2 - Skomer Day 3 - Grassholm I have decided to write three blog posts documenting the trip and this is the first one to kick things off. The First Voyage. The weather forecast was looking rather dodgy for the weekend with high winds and rain predicted. Thankfully the dreaded North winds were not expected so there was a very good chance that most of the boat

Moon and Saturn conjunction

On Sunday the skies were almost clear of clouds and the waning crescent moon was shining brightly.
I enjoy taking pictures of the moon and find it fascinating.

Whilst taking the pictures I noticed that there was a very bright star and decided to include it in some of the pictures I took of the moon.

Monday night I was reading my Twitter feed and saw that another photographer had tweeted some similar pictures to those that I had taken. What piqued my interest even more was that he pointed out that the bright star was in fact a planet and it was Saturn. The rings were visible when zooming in close up on the picture.

I checked my pictures and was dumb struck when I could also zoom in on the star and see that it was Saturn and also could make out its rings. I've thanked the Tweeter as I would never have realised.

The fact that the Moon and Saturn can bee seen in the night sky close together is called a conjunction. Amazing to think that Saturn is 1.2 billion kilometres away.

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