Gemini Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set)

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This painting is of the constellation Gemini, one of the zodiac constellations of the celestial sphere.

Gemini Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set)
Gemini Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set)

The night sky has many stars, and they form pattern and shapes like clouds. Unlike clouds, the pattern can stay without noticeable change to the observer eye for thousands of years.

Some shapes and patterns are recognized worldwide, the pattern called constellations. Constellations are shapes of star patterns that are agreed upon by large number of people. This will give ease from one observer to another to define an area in the night sky.

The constellation that lay on the apparent path of the Sun and planets in the celestial sphere of the night sky are called zodiac constellations. The path called the ecliptic path. And there are 13 of them recognized by stargazers and astronomers, however, 12 are used for art and lore heavily. 12 is a better number for grouping them and easier to refer to them with the months of the year.

Gemini is normally the 3rd constellation listed in the zodiac constellation. The best time to observe this constellation is in winter session around the month of January where it is found in the eastern horizon after Sunset and stay visible for the rest of the night until it reaches the western horizon around Sunrise.

Enjoy

-Ahmad

The rest of the set:

  1. Aries Constellation painting
  2. Taurus Constellation Painting
  3. Gemini Constellation Painting
  4. Cancer Constellation Painting
  5. Leo Constellation Painting
  6. Virgo Constellation Painting
  7. Libra Constellation Painting
  8. Scorpio Constellation Painting
  9. Sagittarius Constellation Painting
  10. Capricorn Constellation Painting
  11. Aquarius Constellation Painting
  12. Pisces Constellation Painting

Taurus Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set)

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This painting is of the constellation Taurus, one of the zodiac constellations of the celestial sphere.

Taurus Constellation Painting
Taurus Constellation Painting
The night sky has many stars, and they form pattern and shapes like clouds. Unlike clouds, the pattern can stay without noticeable change to the observer eye for thousands of years.

Some shapes and patterns are recognized worldwide, the pattern called constellations. Constellations are shapes of star patterns that are agreed upon by large number of people. This will give ease from one observer to another to define an area in the night sky.

The constellation that lay on the apparent path of the Sun and planets in the celestial sphere of the night sky are called zodiac constellations. The path called the ecliptic path. And there are 13 of them recognized by stargazers and astronomers, however, 12 are used for art and lore heavily. 12 is a better number for grouping them and easier to refer to them with the months of the year.

Taurus is normally the 2nd constellation listed in the zodiac constellation. The best time to observe this constellation is between autumn and winter sessions around the month of December where it is found in the eastern horizon after Sunset and stay visible for the rest of the night until it reaches the western horizon around Sunrise.

Enjoy

-Ahmad

The rest of the set:

  1. Aries Constellation painting
  2. Taurus Constellation Painting
  3. Gemini Constellation Painting
  4. Cancer Constellation Painting
  5. Leo Constellation Painting
  6. Virgo Constellation Painting
  7. Libra Constellation Painting
  8. Scorpio Constellation Painting
  9. Sagittarius Constellation Painting
  10. Capricorn Constellation Painting
  11. Aquarius Constellation Painting
  12. Pisces Constellation Painting

Aries Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set)

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This painting is of the constellation Aries, one of the zodiac constellations of the celestial sphere.

Aries Constellation Painting
Aries Constellation Painting

The night sky has many stars, and they form pattern and shapes like clouds. Unlike clouds, the pattern can stay without noticeable change to the observer eye for thousands of years.

Some shapes and patterns are recognized worldwide, the pattern called constellations. Constellations are shapes of star patterns that are agreed upon by large number of people. This will give ease from one observer to another to define an area in the night sky.

The constellation that lay on the apparent path of the Sun and planets in the celestial sphere of the night sky are called zodiac constellations. The path called the ecliptic path. And there are 13 of them recognized by stargazers and astronomers, however, 12 are used for art, signs, astrology, and lore heavily. 12 is a better number for grouping them and easier to refer to them with the months of the year.

Aries is usually the 1st constellation listed in the zodiac constellation. The best time to observe this constellation is in autumn (Fall) session around the month of November where it is found in the eastern horizon after Sunset and stay visible for the rest of the night until it reaches the western horizon around Sunrise.

Enjoy

-Ahmad

The rest of the set:

  1. Aries Constellation painting
  2. Taurus Constellation Painting
  3. Gemini Constellation Painting
  4. Cancer Constellation Painting
  5. Leo Constellation Painting
  6. Virgo Constellation Painting
  7. Libra Constellation Painting
  8. Scorpio Constellation Painting
  9. Sagittarius Constellation Painting
  10. Capricorn Constellation Painting
  11. Aquarius Constellation Painting
  12. Pisces Constellation Painting

 

Jupiter & Venus conjunction 2014

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Today morning, August the 18th 2014 had a great conjunctions view of the planets Jupiter and Venus. The planets rose approximately an hour before Sunrise and provided a spectacular sky show.

The separation was 22 arc minute (nearly third of a degree) which is less than the angular size of the diameter of the Moon.

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Jupiter & Venus conjunction

I personally haven’t seen Jupiter and Venus be this close since November 5th 2004 in Kuwait. This year 2014 the two planets in angular size perspective where a little closer to each other than it was in 2004, however, the view was better back then because the planets rose earlier in the morning and there for, their conjunction was in near total night darkness, without the interference of the dawn light. And it was in winter, so the view lasted longer.

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Jupiter & Venus conjunction over the San Fernando Valley, CA.

In 2014, today, the brightness of the planet Jupiter was brighter than it was in 2004. The show was much shorter and limited to only an hour before sunrise. The advantage of this year was the alignments of Jupiter moons. All major four moons were presents, and produce a great viewing opportunity.

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Close up. Venus left, Jupiter and it’s four moons right.

The view of this pair of planets is always been fascinating, and my brother Jassem and I shared the same thought when we 1st glanced at it ten years ago. He voiced it 1st when he said: Don’t they look like a pair of eyes gazing back at us. As if the universe is looking back at us. He looked at me in the eyes as I was busy with my binocular and elaborate more: No wonder the ancients thought of the celestial objects of the night sky as gods, one look at this pair, and you can feel as if you were been observed, or watched.

This dawn the feeling was the same. I felt being watched by a giant. I do feel this way every time I look at the sky and the planets pair conjunction added more value to it.

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The pair at dawn.

The pictures were taken over the San Fernando Valley.

 

August 18th 2014

Santa Susan Pass, California

-Ahmed

Perseid Meteor Shower 2014

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This morning, the Perseid meteor shower preformed really well even with present of nearly full Moon. The observations were made near Castaic Lake at elevation of ~2500 feet (760 meter).

The weather cooperated in the last minute. There were clouds in the Los Angeles area, however, about 60 miles north, the clouds were non existence and the sky was clear. The temperature was cold compare to the summer daytime. Humidity was less than it was in Los Angeles. The meteor shower was relatively strong and did not disappoint.

The Moon was really bright, and effected the observation. The majority of the meteors were very faint, and there were no fire balls.

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A meteor

The average was about 40 meteors an hour. Most of them were observed from the north east side of the sky, however, some were on the south and very few from the west. The peak was between 3 am to 4 am.  This is almost third of the amount of meteors compare to last year.

The camera captured 8 meteors. One was bright enough to outshine the brightest stars.

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Orion Constellation over Castaic Lake
Orion Constellation, Taurus constellation and Pleiades.
Orion Constellation, Taurus constellation and Pleiades.
 

Orion constellation rose in the east majestically declaring the stargazing session end is near.

Venus was present, and Jupiter was covered by the distance mountain tops in the eastern horizon.

The planet Venus rising, mistakenly known as the morning star.
The planet Venus rising, mistakenly known as the morning star.

Until Next Year…

 

August- 13th– 2014

Castaic Lake, CA

-Ahmed

A day before Perseid meteor shower

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The Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight and the morning of August the 12th, and the 13th. This year, the meteor shower will go against the brightness of the nearly Full Moon. Also, the weather for the people who are in south California will be partially cloudy to heavily cloudy with thunderstorms.

I have been observing the Perseid meteor shower last night the 11th of August, to early morning of the 12th, a day before the peak this year. The location I picked was Rocky peak at Santa Susana Pass, for I had a great experience last year with it and for the fact that a long drive in a cloudy weather is not efficient for time and energy.

Looking south. Clouds and bright near full Moon.
Looking south. Clouds and bright near full Moon.

Last year the peak was between the 11th to the 12th of August. This year, the peak will be from the 12th, to the 13th of August.

The clouds this year were heavy, and they were coming from the south going north. The temperature was much warmer than last year at the exact time, and the winds at lower altitude were week. However, from the speed of the passing clouds, the upper winds were going at a much faster rate. The low altitude clouds that were around 5~ 6 thousands feet were covering the bright Moon light. There were higher altitude clouds also.

Even with all those factors, I managed to spot two faint meteor shower, and one extremely bright, it wasn’t a fireball for it was fast moving, and smaller, but the luminosity was great, and it was from the radiant center to the east. So the total number was 3 shooting stars. None was capture in camera.

Tonight, at the peak, an observation will be made in a different location, and further away from the light pollution, with the hope of a better weather. Although, light clouds might add up more beauty if a picture was captured of a shooting star that will cast some of its luminosity on the clouds.

Looking toward North east. The constellation Cassiopeia is peaking between the clouds.
Looking toward North east. The constellation Cassiopeia is peaking between the clouds.

If Perseus constellation was difficult to locate, try to look for Cassiopeia constellation, and look under a little under it for the radiant center of the meteor shower. The Pleiades and constellation Taurus can serve as a way point to locate east between the clouds.

Here are two links for last year experience with the Perseid meteor shower:

1-      A short report an hour after from the peak of the meteor shower 2013.

2-      A longer journal entry of the peak of the meteor shower 2013

 

Santa Susana Pass, California

August 11th~12th 2014

-Ahmed