Archive | October, 2013

Earth’s light bulb

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It looks like a light bulb. No filters were used. Sunspots were matched with other observatories data and they were: 1879, 1877, and 1875.

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This image was taken on Oct – 23 – 2013 Sunset. The weather was very thick, and moist level was high. The mountain location in which the image was taken was around 2600 ft (~792 meters) about sea level, so the thick blanket was covering the city and the distance mountains. The mist worked as a filter, which made the Sun look dimmer, and more redder once it approaches the horizon, which makes it easier to observe the Sunspots, aside from the fact that the spot were in a considerable size at that day.

There was a hint of green rim and green flashes, but not big enough (or stayed long enough) to be capture with the camera.

Rocky peak, CA.

Oct-2013

-Ahmed

The Elusive Green

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It’s been a year since I capture one of the rarest phenomena in astronomy, so I challenged myself to capture the green flash exactly a year after the 1st time I got it on camera, just for the fun of it. Mission accomplished!!! And for the record, I got like 10 green flash sunsets since last year and now.

 

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This one taken on Oct-12-2013 sunset. Simi Valley, CA.

-Ahmed

 

The Evening Star

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Venus, the planet closest to Earth and the symbol of beauty is shining at this time of the year right after the Sunset. The planet happens to alien with the planet Saturn as well. More difficult to spot, Mercury is in the horizon too. In order to view Mercury, the observer must have a clear view of the western horizon for that the planet horizon altitude is very low.

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Venus will continually shine brighter as an Evening Star until its peak at the end of the year. The planet will turn into a Morning Star early next year, and can be observed shining brightly at dawn before Sunrise.

 

Image was taken approximately an hour after Sunset on Septemper-24-2013

Santa Susana,

California. Sept/Oct 2013

Ahmed