Over The Clouds

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This is another painting that was inspired by gazing at the clouds that form in Newhall pass sometimes from the San Fernando valley point of view.

Over The Clouds. Exoplanet view.
Over The Clouds. Exoplanet view.
I was painting the clouds 1st, then I wanted to add something interesting in the background, and this is how the exoplanet come about.

Enjoy!

-Ahmad

Out of the Atmosphere (painting)

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The most what inspire this piece is the colors. The colors were from witnessing many sunrises and sunsets.

Out of the Atmosphere
Out of the Atmosphere
The painting was done August 2011. It was a time with many new experiences and letting go of old ones while learning the lesson. I felt this was the moment in my life where I obtained many new skills that made me advance more in the knowledge of Astronomy and in exploration whether in a scholarly terms, or physical. It is also the time where I start to explore many places in south California mountains.

The painting took more than 3 hours to finish. My close friend Maurycy  was one of the 1st to see this painting and he liked it a lot and it was a time near his birthday where he talked about it again, and we talked some more of his skydiving adventures. Little did I know that 2 months later, he will help me to do my 1st skydive ever.

It was also after looking at the pictures that were took of Earth curvature from space with engineering project that was made by me 4 months earlier.

This is in short the materials that inspired this painting and the memories I remember when I take a look at this painting.

Enjoy

-Ahmad

 

Planets at Dawn

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In the early morning hours of October the 26th, the planets Jupiter, Venus, and mars aligned toward the direction of the eastern horizon and produce a beautiful triple planet conjunction show.

Followed later before Sunrise, the planet Mercury will join the morning planetary alignment

The Triple conjunction of planets Jupiter, Venus, and Mars above the San Fernando Valley
The Triple conjunction of planets Jupiter, Venus, and Mars above the San Fernando Valley
Here is a noted version of preview image:

The planets with respect to the background stars.
The planets with respect to the background stars.
The observation took place at Santa Susana pass, between the local two valleys. The weather condition didn’t prevent this night sky observation even though the valley been having cloudy nights during this month.

Orion constellation was at a good altitude above the southern horizon followed by Canis Major constellation.

Orion & Canis Major constellation.
Orion & Canis Major constellation.
The temperature was great, It was in the low 60s F or higher 50s F  (17~13 C degree)with light winds.

Closer look at the triple conjuction
Closer look at the triple conjunction
Closer look at the triple conjuction
Closer look at the triple conjunction

The planets conjunction over the hills
The planets conjunction over the hills
There were few shooting stars passed by. The most significant observed that morning were slicing the big dipper area coming from south to the Northern horizon. There was one caught on an image while photographing the conjunction of the three planets.

A shooting star frame the of conjunction
A shooting star frame the of conjunction
A shooting star frame the of triple conjunction
A shooting star frame the of triple conjunction (noted)
The shooting star is most likely from the Orionids meteor shower that is still active.

Orion was covered by passing clouds from time to time.

At this point of the night he Moon was reaching the western Horizon.

Another view of the triple conjunction near clouds.
Another view of the triple conjunction near clouds.
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Orion and the star sirius with clouds
The Moon on the Western Horizon
The Moon on the Western Horizon
Another shot of the Triple conjunction
Another shot of the Triple conjunction with passing clouds

Orion with respect to the local southern horizon which is higher than true south horizon.
Orion with respect to the local southern horizon which is higher than true south horizon.
The Pleiades were stunning as usual with Aldebaran following it. At this point of the night, Mercury was near rising, I had to take a couple more pictures of the triple conjunction and obseved the Moon set on the western horizon.

The Big Dipper was up high with it’s pattern of this time of the year and night.

Triple conjunction from Rocky Peak.
Triple conjunction from Rocky Peak.
Triple conjunction from Rocky Peak
Triple conjunction from Rocky Peak
I had to include my shadow in the frame for this one.
I had to include my shadow in the frame for this one.
The Big Dipper.
The Big Dipper.
The Big Dipper noted.
The Big Dipper noted.
A wide view of the triple conjunction from the peak over the San Fernando Valley.
A wide view of the triple conjunction from the peak over the San Fernando Valley.
The Moon set over Simi Valley
The Moon set over Simi Valley

Triple conjunction before Sunrise
Triple conjunction before Sunrise
Finally, Mercury is in the same frame image as the other planets.

Planet Mercury with the other planets
Planet Mercury with the other planets
Here is the noted version below:

Triple conjunction with Planet Mercury
Triple conjunction with Planet Mercury
The planet Mercury
The planet Mercury
One more close up of the triple conjunction. Jupiter Moons are showing easily
One more close up of the triple conjunction. Jupiter Moons are showing easily

Jupiter Left, Venus Right
Jupiter Left, Venus Right
The show of the night ended with the arrival of the most relevant start to our life, the Sun.

Sunrise October 26th-2015
Sunrise October 26th-2015
Until next time…

October-26th-2015

Rocky Peak, Santa Susana pass

Los Angeles, CA.

-Ahmad

Lunar Eclipse September 2015

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The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 was covering the majority of North America. The images featured in this article were taken from the West coast of North America around the time of Sunset or Moon rise of the 27th of the month.

The western horizon at Sunset Sept-27-2015
The western horizon at Sunset Sept-27-2015
The 1st images were taken of the Western horizon observing the clouds at sunset, and the 2nd image was taken at the same time but of the eastern horizon.

The eastern horizon at Sunset Sept-27-2015
The North eastern horizon at Sunset Sept-27-2015
By the time those pictures were taken, the eclipse has began an hour ago, but the Moon was under the horizon from the observed location which align with the coordinate of 118 degree west and 38 minute.

This Lunar Eclipse happened on Sunday, so there were a lot of people in their day off and got the chance to hike and see it and the Full Moon, Blood Moon.

To my surprise when I reached Rocky peak, I found out it was crowded more than it usually is at this time of the day. There were less 20 people around me. this is the most I saw at this peak in one time.

I picked my spot, and set up my gears, and start taking more pictures as the Moon starts to peak out of the clouds.

The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Eclipse was reaching in and out of it’s maximum at this point. More images were taken as the Moon was sailing across the clouds over the beautiful view of my Valley.

The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
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The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.

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The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The clouds were coming from a mild tropical storm from the pacific and they were high altitude clouds.

The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
Clouds heading toward the Moon location at the sky.
Clouds heading toward the Moon location at the sky.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
And here are few close up picture of the event.

Close Up. The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
Close Up. The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
Close up. The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
Close up. The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
More of the Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
More of the Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
More of the Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
More of the Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
By this time of the phenomena, the Moon is start to brighten again considerably.

The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 over the San Fernando Valley.
Some of the clouds as they pass painted a beautiful frames

Moon, clouds, and Eclipse
Moon, clouds, and Eclipse
Moon, clouds, and Eclipse
Moon, clouds, and Eclipse
Moon, clouds, and Eclipse
Moon, clouds, and Eclipse
The landscape start to have the full Moon shine that was absent since the Moon rise.

Moon light on the landscape.
Moon light on the landscape.
Moon light on the landscape.
Moon light on the landscape.
Moon light on the landscape.
Moon light on the landscape.
The Lunar eclipse is almost at end. At this point in time, all the rest of the crowd had long gone, and I was the only observer left at the peak.

Near the end of the Lunar eclipse.
Near the end of the Lunar eclipse.
Near the the end of the eclipse over the San Fernando Valley.
Near the the end of the eclipse over the San Fernando Valley.
The End of the Lunar eclipse. It is Full Moon again.
The End of the Lunar eclipse. It is Full Moon again.
The temperature was very comfortable and cold winds coming from the North, and warm when winds come from the south east and west.

Until the next event…

September 27th 2015

Rocky Peak, Santa Susana pass

Los Angeles, CA.

-Ahmad

Venus and Jupiter conjunction 2015

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This summer, the planets Venus and Jupiter once again aligned so close to each other, within a degree of visual angular distance. From the west coast of north America, the view was beautiful, right after Sunset. The Moon was also near full, and rose after. The images were taken on July-1st-2015. The alignment lasted for few days.

Here is an image toward the western horizon. The weather was cloudy at the beginning.

The Sunset of July 1st 2015 from Rocky peak, California
The Sunset of July 1st 2015 from Rocky peak, California
 As usually, the planet Venus was the 1st bright object in night sky. The celestial canvas showed the planet Venus, and right after Jupiter.

Venus and Jupiter were the 1st celestial objects to spot on the western horizon after Sunset
Venus and Jupiter were the 1st celestial objects to spot on the western horizon after Sunset
The clouds then covered the planets for few minutes. Which gave me enough time to make contact on the Amateur Radio simplex net meeting of the local HAM radio club. Another activity I am getting more involved in recently.

Sunset
Sunset
As seen in the picture below, the planets were getting easier to spot, as it gets darker.

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after July-1st 2015 Sunset.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after July-1st 2015 Sunset.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after July-1st 2015 Sunset.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after July-1st 2015 Sunset.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after July-1st 2015 Sunset.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after July-1st 2015 Sunset.
You can even notice the Moons of Jupiter in the images taken. Ganymede was on top left of the planet Jupiter, and the other three, Europa, Io, Callisto, were bottom left.

The conjunction of Jupiter and Venus as the sky getting darker.
The conjunction of Jupiter and Venus as the sky getting darker.
The planets were covered by passing clouds later on for a short while.

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction covered by the clouds.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction covered by the clouds.
The rest of the images shows the planets as they were approaching the horizon.

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after the clouds cover.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after the clouds cover.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after the clouds cover over Simi Valley.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction after the clouds cover over Simi Valley.
The weather was humid, but at the summit, it was very windy, not cold. Which is a typical July weather.

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction close up.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction close up.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction close up as they passed visually behind the clouds.
Venus and Jupiter Conjunction close up as they passed visually behind the clouds.
The moon phase was near .99, or luminosity of 98%.

Near Full moon of July-1st-2015.
Near Full moon of July-1st-2015.
A wide angle view of the near full Moon over the San Fernando Valley from Rocky peak.
A wide angle view of the near full Moon over the San Fernando Valley from Rocky peak.
The evening was a pleasant one, as usually the case of a good stargazing session.

Again, the planets alignment did represent the view of two eyes looking down on Earth. The view never gets old.

until later…

July-1st-2o15

Rocky Peak, Santa Susana Pass, Los Angeles.

-Ahmad

Jupiter & Venus conjunction 2014

Comet from the Backyard

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This, the observation took place in Newhall city, in the Santa Clarita Valley. Although the view of the starry night was covered with thin clouds that were dimming, but not completely covering the starry background.

The winter constellation and the Comet from the backyard in Santa Clarita Valley
The winter constellation and the Comet from the backyard in Santa Clarita Valley
The temperature was above 10 degree in Celsius (above 50 degree F) and windy. However, the observation took the backyard, which gave more comfort than observing in the mountains as usual.

The comet is bright even in the light pollution, and moving upward against the background stars position and is getting closer to the Pleiades star cluster.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) (Star focus)
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) (Front ground focus)
The comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) seems to get brighter and move slower now toward a higher position in the sky form earth perspective, and the Comet it self is closer to the Sun than before.

Looking forward to see what will happen next to the Comet.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) closeup
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) closeup
January 14th/15 2015

Santa Clarita Valley, California

-Ahmad