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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a close look of the Teapot pattern, and The Nova, with set of pictures showing the targets marked.
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.
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 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.
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.
And the rest of the upcoming set is the images before reaching the eclipse totally at 5 AM at local time.
And here is a photograph of what it looked like as it get closer to totally
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.
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.
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.