Archive | December, 2015

Capricorn Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set)

Paintings header_013

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

Capricorn Constellation Painting (Zodiac Set).

Capricorn 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 to 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.

Capricorn is normally the 10th constellation listed in the zodiac constellation. The best time to observe this constellation is in Summer session around the month of August 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

Sputnik 1 Painting

Paintings header_013

Sputnik-1 is the 1st human artificial satellite that was launched and maintained orbit successfully around the planet Earth. The space craft or the artificial satellite was launched from Kazakhstan under the USSR administration (Soviet Union) on October 4th 1957. It was equipped with sensors, and other electronics with batteries that kept collected measurements and data and transmits them back to earth using mores code through radio receivers for everyone on earth to receive and hear.

Sputnik 1 in orbit

Sputnik 1 in orbit

The painting captures how the view would have looked like from Sputnik-1 perspective. The stars field where synced to represent the stars at that time of the launch, and the earth curvature is based on the elevation of the space craft at the time. Sputnik had an elliptical orbit.

Enjoy

-Ahmad

Comet Catalina Dec2015

Article header_simple

Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is a comet discovered in 2013 and is expected to give a beautiful show from observers on planet earth perspective on the months of December 2015 and January 2016.

Comet C/2013 US10  is a morning comet, and the observation took place in the early hours of dawn toward the eastern horizon.

Observation of this comet from California was a bit difficult due to the weather condition and the brightness of the Comet. Comet Catalina was expected to be a naked eye comet, how ever, the comet didn’t reach the magnitude 4 in the scale of apparent brightness as was expected. Today, when these pictures were taken, the apparent magnitude was about 6~7 and many low clouds near the eastern horizon had played a role in making the observations more challenging.

The Moon crescent and the planet Venus with low clouds in the eastern horizon at dawn.

The Moon crescent and the planet Venus with low clouds in the eastern horizon at dawn.

Conjunction of the Moon crescent and the planet Venus. Dec-7-2015

Conjunction of the Moon crescent and the planet Venus. Dec-7-2015

This morning the comet made a small conjunction with the Moon crescent and the planet Venus as shown in the pictures. The comet is too dim to be observed with the naked eye, but the view is beautiful with telescopic aids or a camera.

Here is a couple of close up pictures of the comet where the comet was marked in the picture:

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

(Marked) Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

(Marked) Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

Near the conjunction Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

Near the conjunction Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

The brightness of the morning dawn before Sunrise was taken over, and making the background sky brighter than the Comet. However, more pictures was manged to be taken.

The Moon and Venus made a beautiful display by them self.

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

(Marked) Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

(Marked) Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

A wide view of the western horizon sky before Sunrise. December 7th 2015

A wide view of the western horizon sky before Sunrise. December 7th 2015

I hope the weather will be more cooperative in the next few days and that the comet will have a good display show for it’s observers this season.

As for now, here is more pictures of the Moon, Venus, and the comet, with the dawn glare in the back.

The observation took place between 2 hours and an hour before Sunrise.

Wind were around 4~9 mile per hour (7 to 14 KPH) and the temperature didn’t exceeded 66F (~18C degree) and was in the low 50F degrees at some point.

The Moon Venus Conjunction with the Comet

The Moon Venus Conjunction with the Comet

The Moon Venus conjunction. December 7th 2015

The Moon Venus conjunction. December 7th 2015

The conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

The conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

The conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

The conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015

Santa Susana Pass, Los Angeles county

December 7th 2015

-Ahmad