Happy September the first… and happy Calendar Day!
Yes, the official Vatican Observatory Foundation calendar is now available for sale:
These calendars have been a tradition for more than ten years. Every month has an excellent astrophotograph, donated to us for our use, by some of the best amateur astrophotographers in the world. The 2018 calendar features work by Damian Peach from the UK (who did the cover photo above), Bernard Hubl from Austria, J-P Metsavainio from Finland, Adam Block from the University of Arizona… and more. Twelve… no, make that, fourteen fantastic images. (Counting the cover, and January 2019.)
The calendar itself contains a delightfully eclectic selection of astronomically significant dates. And probably one or two typos, even though Dr. Brendan Thomson (who puts this together for us every year) and I must have proofread it at least three times each. Tell us of a typo and I will send you a cookie.
Update: the 2018 calendars are no longer available – check back next year for our 2019 calendar! – Editor
The calendar is meant to be a fundraiser for us, but still it is ridiculously cheap at only $25 a copy. (Or $20 each for bulk orders of 4 or more… and we’ll mail them out to whatever address you give us.) The hope, of course, is that you’ll give them to lots of friends to spread the word about what we do, and them maybe each of them will subscribe here to The Catholic Astronomer!
Finally… the back cover has a taste of the images inside…