Sunset rays & Moon crescent.

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Late August, early September, the year passes by very fast. As usual, I picked up my sunset viewing location to be rocky peak. I like the trail at this time of the year. I can see the Sun set position move across the horizon from the North West, to get closer to the South West.

At this time of the year, the Sun moves away from the mountains that cover the horizon from Santa Susana point of view. The Sun moves towards a gab where in a clear day, one can see the surface of the Pacific Ocean. An ideal set up for capturing Sunset phenomena. However, the humidity might make the observation a little more difficult to do so.

After Sunset Sun rays. Sunset rays.
After Sunset Sun rays. Sunset rays.

I have captured the sunset, and with it, I caught the rare phenomena I was after, the green flash.

After the setting of the Sun behind the Distance Mountains, few Sun rays were peaking from the summits and created beautiful light phenomena that are also known as crepuscular rays, or Sun beams. The direction of rays was from the bottom to the top, which is different from when the rays are created from the clouds. Usually, when these rays are created from clouds, the direction is from the top to the ground.

The temperature was cooling off and getting lower, a welcome change from the warm day of the summer, and as it was getting darker, the crescent Moon start to take the show in the western horizon. The phase of the Moon that day was only .02 which meant 2% illuminated.

Moon crescent
Moon crescent
I observed the Moon until it sets. It is amazing how the Moon crescent shape get distorted a little under altitude of 7 degree from the horizon or so, just like the disk of the Sun.

When it was dark enough, the planets Mars and Saturn appeared in the south directions. It is amazing observing Mars near Saturn and observing its celestial movements against the background stars in the past months.

Moon crescent near the horizon.
Moon crescent near the horizon.
Moon crescent distorted as it get closer to the horizon.
Moon crescent distorted as it get closer to the horizon.
Augest-27th-2014

Santa Susana Pass, California.

-Ahmad

Flouting Creek

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An abstract painting that involves terrestrial subjects, and celestial ones. Triple planets or moons system and a flouting platform or mini island that holds a tree, and a mysteries creek.

Sometime when I look at the stars, I imagine them hanging of a tree branch.

Flouting Creek
Flouting Creek

I liked to use the color orange heavily on this one. There was some purple and blue for the background and shadows.

The painting is inspired from stargazing and California landscapes.

Enjoy

Sept-2014

-Ahmad

Cancer Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set)

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

Cancer Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set)
Cancer 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.

Cancer is normally the 4th constellation listed in the zodiac constellation. The best time to observe this constellation is in winter session around the month of February 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