Archive | March, 2015

Aimlessly Beautiful

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The Surreal painting of the ring system planet is inspired by the wild life that is around me during stargazing session at this time of the year. The points of lights on the globe remind me of Simi Valley city lights from rocky peak perspective.

Aimlessly Beautiful

Aimlessly Beautiful

The type of butterfly that was featured in the painting is commonly known as Adelpha in the scientific community, and can be called sister due to similarity with other butterfly family.

The painting took roughly 10 hours of work.

March-31st-2015

-Ahmad

Comet near Cassiopeia

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Day 80 since the beginning of observation of the Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2). The comet is still alive and can be seen by binocular near the constellation Cassiopeia.

Comet Lovejoy near Cassiopeia

Comet Lovejoy near Cassiopeia

Comet Lovejoy Indicated with the yellow arrows

Comet Lovejoy Indicated with the yellow arrows

The comet is giving its display at the visual magnitude of ~8.19 according the recently released data from Astronomy institution around the globe.

The absolute magnitude of the comet is 9.3 at this time of the observation.

A wide angle view of the Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

A wide angle view of the Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 indicated with yellow arrows

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 indicated with yellow arrows

The weather was nice. The temperature was between 17 to 15 degree Celsius (66~60) at the early time of the evening.

The comet was fading, and I couldn’t see it with my unaided eye. However, the photos showed it well. So is the optics I have used down to the 50mm binocular.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 close up few.

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 close up few.

March-21-2015

Hungry Valley, California

-Ahmad

Nova in Sagittarius 2015

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This new heavenly visitor that appeared in our night sky, from earth perspective, to be near the heart of the milky way galaxy. The new Nova can be observed with the naked eye in Sagittarius constellation  a couple of hours before sunrise time.

Nova in Sagittarius.

Nova in Sagittarius.

Nova in Sagittarius (Indicated with yellow arrows )

Nova in Sagittarius (Indicated with yellow arrows )

I have enjoyed the new view of the night sky with it’s newly Nova arrival. The Nova appeared earlier this week, and it was predicted by Astronomers and Stargazers around the world that it will be visible to the unaided eye by Morning March-22. However, the star in the night sky canvas is a view that hardly ever change to the naked eye, so a visible Nova is an experience that not many got to enjoy or witness in one life time. As if the night sky had a new is drawing a new star in its canvas, even if it was temporary, after all, the whole universe is in a temporary state.

The Nova next to the Milk Way band

The Nova next to the Milk Way band

The event is worth getting up earlier, or staying up late to be witnessed even if stargazing is not the observer profession.

Personally, the experience was extremely powerful, even if it was a little point of light that barely touching the limit of the naked eye (Visible magnitude brightness  of 4.5~5).

When I saw Sagittarius, right away, I saw the new star, or more accurately, the Nova. Sagittarius wasn’t Sagittarius, at 1st glance, I realize how the new Nova altered my memory view of the constellation. The constellations positions against the starry sky, to our senses, are stationery with respect to one human life spam.

I hope this thought help understand the significance of the event.

The Milk Way Galaxy band, Scorpio constellation, and the planet Saturn near dawn time.

The Milk Way Galaxy band near dawn time.

A more centered view of the Nova in Sagittarius.

A more centered view of the Nova in Sagittarius.

Here are two more versions of the same image where in one of them, the constellation Sagittarius is highlighted, and the other where the Nova is.

Sagittarius constellation highlighted .

Sagittarius constellation highlighted .

The Nova is highlighted in this image.

The Nova is highlighted in this image.

The temperature was near 7 degree Celsius (~44 degree F). The clouds were very low near the eastern horizon, but did not interfere with the event.

The site from where I was observing featured a good dark sky, and I couldn’t help my self taking more images of it until Sunrise.

The Milky Way Galaxy band

The Milky Way Galaxy band

The Milky Way at down light

The Milky Way at dawn light

Good Morning Sun Shine.

Good Morning Sun Shine.

Hungry Valley, California.

March-22-2015

-Ahmad

Arrival to Ceres

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The dwarf Planet Ceres has been taking a considerable time from space news feeds in all sort of media. The new latest images from Ceres Dawn Mission is provoking many imagary for the imagination, specially the bright spots at the bottom of some of it’s craters.

The space craft Dawn will arrive to Ceres orbit within the next 10 days.

I can’t wait my self to see a higher resolution of the surface, and more data and knowledge of the dwarf planet Ceres and it’s elusive water, from this mission, however, until then, here is a painting of what it might look like out there soon.

Dawn Spacecraft in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres

Dawn Spacecraft in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres

The painting is inspired by the new images that was received from the spacecraft Dawn.

Let’s hope to see more updates and understanding of this celestial object very soon.

Until then…

March-2nd-2015

-Ahmad