Archive | April, 2015

Comet LoveJoy Early April

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Comet Lovejoy ( C/2014 Q2 ) has been with us in our sky before the year started and still with us  on April and within the grasp of stargazers across the world with the aid of binocular or an instrument of equal light gathering and magnification.

The comet is hovering near the constellation Cassiopeia at this point of its journey form the perspective of stargazer on Earth. The comet is visible from early this month to be seen and observed around the dawn hours before sunrise.

Here is a photograph of Cassiopeia rising on the eastern horizon form the night/morning of April-4th-2015 the night of the lunar eclipse. 

Cassiopeia rising at early morning hours on April 4th 2015. The shooting star at the photo is actually a passing Satellite.

Cassiopeia rising at early morning hours on April 4th 2015. The shooting star at the photo is actually a passing Satellite.

The Comet can be seen at the top of the little bush a little to the left. And it is annotated in the next image.

The Comet and constellation Cassiopeia annotated

The Comet and constellation Cassiopeia annotated

 the time in which those pictures were taken was before the Lunar eclipse totality at the time.

At summit of the mountain, near the Lunar Eclipse totality, Cassiopeia was a little higher above the horizon and the condition of the comet viewing is better, but not by much. Here are a couple of images:

A wide view of the Comet  ans Cassiopeia constellation form the Summit.

A wide view of the Comet ans Cassiopeia constellation form the Summit.

A closer look of the comet and constellation Cassiopeia

A closer look of the comet and constellation Cassiopeia

Annotated, a closer look of the comet and constellation Cassiopeia

Annotated, a closer look of the comet and constellation Cassiopeia

The comet is within the 7 magnitude in brightness, and is really dim as the images shows, but still, can be observed with out heavy instruments, and if the place had a better viewing condition, and less light pollution, the view would have been great.

Here is a closer zoom in look to the Comet.

A closer look with the Comet Lovejoy

A closer look with the Comet Lovejoy

Annotated Comet Lovejoy

Annotated Comet Lovejoy

I am looking forward for the next mornings to try to capture the Comet even further more, and hope to see it even in next month in May.

Here are last two images, one crop of the comet and another wide view image of the Northbound horizon from the Summit of Rocky peak mountain.

Crop of comet Lovejoy

Crop of comet Lovejoy

A view of the North horizon from Rocky peak mountain.

A view of the North horizon from Rocky peak mountain.

The Sunrise was great.

Rocky peak mountain, CA.

April 4th- 2015

-Ahmad

 

 

Nova of Sagittarius brighten again

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The new Nova in morning night sky near Sagittarius is still giving a good show even in a light polluted areas. The images were taken in the same morning of the Lunar eclipse of April 4th 2015

The location of the observation was taken in Santa Susana Pass, and the direction of the Nova is toward the west, where it was near the San Fernando Valley light pollution.

Scorpio and Sagittures constellations and the Nova near the south direction

Scorpio and Sagittariuses constellations and the Nova near the south direction

The image above shows the Teapot pattern, or Asterism, on the lower left corner of the image.

I had to climb a little higher on trail i was taken, and to wait a title longer so the nova position will get higher in the sky and a little more away from the light pollution as I was observing the Moon eclipse.

Scorpio, Sagittariuses, the Teapot, and the Nova.

Scorpio, Sagittariuses, the Teapot, and the Nova.

Closer to the center of the frame. Scorpio, Sagittariuses, the Teapot, and the Nova.

Closer to the center of the frame. Scorpio, Sagittariuses, the Teapot, and the Nova.

Here is a close look of the Teapot pattern, and The Nova, with set of pictures showing the targets marked.

Close up of the Nova in the Teapot in Sagittarius constellation.

Close up of the Nova in the Teapot in Sagittarius constellation.

The Nova of Sagittariuses is marked

The Nova of Sagittariuses is marked

The Teapot in Sagittariuses constellation.

The Teapot in Sagittariuses constellation.

Even not far away from the city, the Nova is bright changing the image of the Teapot pattern and the Sagittariuses constellation. The Nova to our eyes is a new star in the sky.

And in the subject of changing patterns of the sky because of unusual placement of celestial object, the planet Saturn is doing a well job in disturbing the Scorpio constipation pattern.

The next set of images shows this phenomena beautifully, so enjoy it this year before it changes as the seasons past by.

part of the Scorpio constillation and the planet Saturn

part of the Scorpio constellation and the planet Saturn

part of the Scorpio constellation and the planet Saturn anotated.

part of the Scorpio constellation and the planet Saturn anotated.

You can check the observation of the Nova in the 1st morning it because visible to the naked eye here.

Santa Susana Pass, California

April-4th-2015

-Ahmad

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

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The first Lunar eclipse of the year was on the morning of April 4th 2015.  For south California, the Moon was visible most of it 6 hour eclipse duration that started on 2.01 AM and ended just after it set around 6.46 AM at Sunrise.

The visible part of the phenomena took place on 3.15 AM

The Lunar eclipse after 3.15 AM on April 4th-2015

The Lunar eclipse after 3.15 AM on April 4th-2015

The town near by, Simi valley, had the normal light pollution. The weather wasn’t humid enough to lower the quality of observation. There were little to no clouds and the temperature around the 15s Celsius degrees (60s F degree). The winds were less than 18 on the valley near the ground. However, from the Santa Susana Pass in which those photographs were taken, the  winds were at high speed, and increased the chill factor. The direction of the wind weren’t coherent near the trail head, however, from the peak, the winds coming from North, North East.

Simi Valley

Simi Valley

The eclipse was crawling on the Moon, as those set of pictures shows. The pictures were taken in different exposures. The longer exposure to show the redness color on the Moon, and the shorter exposure to show the brightness and shadow differences during the events.

The Moon still have most of it's full Moon luminosity still.

The Moon still have most of it’s full Moon luminosity still.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

A wider view again of the Lunar Eclipse April 2015

A wider view again of the Lunar Eclipse April 2015

How it looked like to the eye. Lunar Eclipse April 2015

How it looked like to the eye. Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Over exposed image to show the redness color casting on the Moon

Over exposed image to show the redness color casting on the Moon

And the rest of the upcoming set is the images before reaching the eclipse totally at 5 AM at local time.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

And here is a photograph of what it looked like as it get closer to totally

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 above Simi Valley

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 over Simi Valley.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 over Simi Valley.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 over Simi Valley

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 over Simi Valley

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Near totallty over the Simi Valley

Near totallty over the Simi Valley

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

Lunar Eclipse April 2015

The next set of images were taken after 5 Am and it show the end of the eclipse as the bright light from the Sun start to get near.

One of the most beautiful thing in this eclipse form this location is the chances to observe the phenomena and photograph it at Dawn light and colors. The eclipse looked so beautiful with the morning light and sunrise colors.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise time

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise time

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

The last and next three images show the contrast of Earth shadow, The Lunar eclipse, the landscape and the horizon with the Sunrise colors, and the Moon is setting.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise. Moon set.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 near Sunrise. Moon set.

Aside from this, the Sunrise was beautiful as always, and while  the eclipse was happening, I get the chances to observe The new Nova at Sagittarius and Comet Love joy close to the Cassiopeia constellation on Sunrise time.

Until the next sky event…

 

Santa Susana Pass

California

April 4th 2015

-Ahmad