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Who Am I?

My name is Sebastien Leboutte, I'm a young amateur astronomer and I live in the Brussels region of Belgium.

I've always been interested in astronomy, but my passion for this discipline has grown stronger in the past few years.

I started with a small 6cm (2.3") refracting telescope. With it, I've been able to observe the Moon, the Galilean satellites and Jupiter's globe, as well as Saturn's rings. In February 2005, I bought a Meade LX200 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, which has really opened my eyes to the universe (although my wallet is still traumatized!). Using various webcams, I've taken pictures of the brightest planets of our solar system and the encouraging results become more and more frequent! In the future, I plan on attempting deep-sky astrophotography.

A few years ago, I joined an astronomy club. I learned a lot there and the atmosphere is really user friendly. Usually, I watch the sky in my garden surrounded by street lights. I'm able to observe deep-sky objects thanks to the size of my telescope, but it isn't easy to distinguish a galaxy in these conditions.

I also have the opportunity to watch the stars under a country sky (but, unfortunately, not all the time), one of the rare locations in Belgium still spared from bright highway and city lights...


The World at Night Current Phase of the Moon ISS Tracking

source: eur.yim.com source: weather.com

The discovery of the planet Neptune was a triumph of mathematics. While studying the orbit of the planet Uranus, Urbain Leverrier realized that its perturbations suggested the presence of an unknown planet in an orbit beyond that of Uranus. Leverrier promptly calculated where the planet should be found. On September 23, 1846, the astronomer Johann Galle (in Berlin) looked at the indicated spot - and discovered Neptune in less than an hour.

Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the system of procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, "with eyes wide open."
Nicholas Copernicus