Welcome to this site dedicated to Astronomy
The reason that I have set up this site is that I have a long time passion for astronomy. It probably started with the Apollo 8 flight around the Moon during Christmas 1968, and the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon in July 1969.
In 1973 I got my first little telescope, a 40mm zoom refractor that enlarged between 13 and 40 times. With this telescope I could see the moon, double stars, the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and I also could see the planet Uranus. I also used it to observe the solar and lunar eclipses during that period. During my days at school I swallowed popular books and magazines as shown below:
I later went to university to study physics and
astronomy. In 1984 I graduated in astrophysics on the University
of Utrecht. My MSc
paper (1MB) was on coronal physics, more specifically on the
possibility of ultra thin coronae. At the time I was also
extremely interested in general relativity, neutron stars, and
black holes and attended an advanced programme
After graduation I found a job outside the world
of science and went to work for a major oil company. In the
On this website I will post picture of eclipses, and other subjects of my personal interest. The site is not aimed to become a full resource on astronomy. There are many sites who already cover the subject excellently. I will focus on eclipses, occultations and I recently started collecting olds maps showing solar eclipses.
Hans van der Meer