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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

 

 

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

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

 

Comet still on the rise

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The comet is increasing in brightness. The weather is less humidity tonight, and little more windy which added to the chill factor. The temperature was good and around  the 11 degree Celsius (53 degree F).

A wide field image was taken to show the movement of the comet against the background stars of the winter constellations.

A wide field image of the winter constellations with Comet Lovejoy

A wide field image of the winter constellations with Comet Lovejoy

The city light glare is still in the way, but it is less distracting when the humidity level is low in the atmosphere.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 2014 over Simi Valley

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 2014 over Simi Valley

The close up images shows up a hint of the tail, which can be seen with binoculars even near city lights.

Close up of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 2014

Close up of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 2014

As the hours of the night were passing by, the comet get lower and closer to the horizon and the city light pollution. The observation also took place of the north star Polaris, the big and small dipper, The Pleiades, and the Cassiopeia while observing the setting of Andromeda galaxy go under behind the mountains. From the south side, The planet Jupiter, and the constellation Canis Major took most of the attention.

The Pleiades January 2015

The Pleiades January 2015

Canis Major and the M41 can be seen too.

Canis Major and the M41 can be seen too.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 2014

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 2014

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 2014 is getting closer to the Sun, and it’s been a good comet and steadily increasing in brightness. Let’s hope it gets even better in the next few days.

The observations were done with a goodbye image of the Planet Jupiter next to the Beehive star cluster M44 .

The star Sirius January 2015.

Planet Jupiter next to the Beehive star cluster M44 January 2015.

Until tomorrow…

Santa Susana Pass, California

January 13th/14th 2015

-Ahmad

 

Brighter Comet Tail

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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 2014 is steadily increasing in brightness every night. The Comet is moving higher in the sky with respect to the south west horizon and the Moon is rising after midnight from now until the new month.

The comet start to be very visible even in the city. It is not easy to spot, but once it’s found, it is difficult to over look it.

Comet lovejoy 2014 with respect to Taurus constellation.

Comet lovejoy 2014 with respect to Taurus constellation.

the comet is still under the constellation Taurus vicinity. The Comet is slightly right and higher than it was yesterday night. The comet is showing a relativity a bright tail that can be seen in the photos, and with binocular. The pictures taken weren’t attached to a guided mount, so the light exposure is limited, and make it difficult to get the tail clearly in the photos.

The humidity affect on the light pollution of the city.

The humidity affect on the light pollution of the city.

Today however, the humidity level were high, and the temperature is lower than usual, and getting closer to the 5 degree Celsius (40s F degree), and there were winds. The humidity increased the light glare effect of the cities near by, increasing the light pollution. Fortunately the comet is higher in the sky, and not as much affected by the light.

There were no clouds when the night was young, the clouds start to roll over after 9 pm. this allow to observe the Andromeda galaxy after using the Cassiopeia constellation as a reference.

Andromeda galaxy and Cassiopeia constellation with a hint of the Milky Way band.

Andromeda galaxy and Cassiopeia constellation with a hint of the Milky Way band.

The comet shined in this weather condition, and allow to take multiple exposure comfortably.

Comet 6C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet 6C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet 6C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet 6C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet 6C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet 6C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Before the clouds rolled over, few observation were taken of the planet Jupiter, the big dipper, and the constellation Canis Major where the open star cluster  M41 can be also seen in the photos.

Canis Major constellation and the M41

Canis Major constellation and the M41

Canis Major constellation and the M41

Canis Major and Orion constellations and the M41

The Big Dipper

The Big Dipper

Another close up photos were taken of the Comet where The V shape of constellation Taurus is included in the frame, and for the surprise, a faint shooting star passed by!!!

The comet next Taurus V shape

The comet next Taurus V shape and a shooting star

The comet next Taurus V shape with lower exposure.

The comet next Taurus V shape with lower exposure.

the Moon rose up right after midnight. between thin lower clouds of the horizon. the sky start to become more cloudy, and the temperature start to drop more, and the comet start to lose it’s color as it get lower in the horizon and getting closer to the city light pollution.

The Moon

The Moon

Moon rise after midnight.

Moon rise after midnight.

Today was another great observation session, and I can’t wait for tomorrow.

January 12th/13th 2015

Santa Susana Pass

-Ahmad

 

 

Comet Back on Track

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After a cloudy weekend and a rainy Saturday, the clouds start to go away on 5 pm Sunday around Sunset time from the location I was at.

The local and web weather  forecast foretell patches of clouds at night, with optimum observation window from 9 to 11 pm where the Moon was absent too.

The humidity level was high with something around the 89%, and temperature around the 10s degree Celsius ( 50s degree F). Water puddles were all over my usual stargazing spot  in last few days with the arrive of the new visitor Comet Lovejoy 2014 ( C/2014 Q2 ).

The stars and the winter constellation were sharper tonight because of the weather and the Moon glare being not there yet.

The comet can be seen under the star Aldebran.

The comet can be seen under the star Aldebran.

The comet was actually a naked eye celestial object to my surprise even near two cities, and it didn’t take much optical eye trick like averted vision to resolve it. You can’t see the color well with the naked eye, at least not from my eyes point of view. It was right under the Aldebaran and it’s V shape star formation it is in, or the Taurus constellation head. If the V shape is imagined to be an arrow, then it’s head the Star γ Tauri (Gamma Tauri) will point to star λ Tauri (Lambda Tauri) where the comet can be found a little under.

Comet Lovejoy 2014 C/2014 Q2

Comet Lovejoy 2014 C/2014 Q2

Comet Lovejoy 2014 C/2014 Q2 with 300 mm lens unguided

Comet Lovejoy 2014 C/2014 Q2 with 300 mm lens unguided

The clouds star to roll in in small patches. It start to come from North. As can be seen in the next photos coming form the northern constellations direction such as Cassiopeia and Ursa major and Minor.

Cassiopeia constellation with clouds.

Cassiopeia constellation with clouds.

The Big Dipper Toward the north

The Big Dipper Toward the north

The comets observation with 10×50 binocular were superb. Great little fuzzy patch of light with a hint of green. The clouds start to be in the way, and the Comet starts to dims, how ever, it made a beautiful wide field picture with the Simi Valley city lights.

Comet Lovejoy above the city lights and under the northern winter constellations.

Comet Lovejoy above the city lights and under the northern winter constellations.

Once the clouds were dimming the comet and it’s color noticeably, and the observation carried on on other celestial objects such as the pledies , Orion Nubela, few globlar cluster and the planet Jupiter.

Orion Nebula, unguided one frame shot.

Orion Nebula, unguided one frame shot.

The Pleiades in a single shot unguided.

The Pleiades in a single shot unguided.

The Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

The Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

The Moon rose up around after 10, and didn’t  great effect until later on near midnight.

The Moon rise

The Moon rise

Santa Susan Pass, California

January 11th/12th 2015

-Ahmad

 

 

 

Cloudy Comet weekend

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The 8th and 9th day of observation of the comet Lovejoy 2014 ( C/2014 Q2 )  were interpreted by the weather. The cloud cover started on Friday, and there were few windows were the observer can see the Moon and Jupiter clearly, but for a short of period of time. The winter constellation couldn’t put any show that last more than few moments.

Clouds on the South direction.

Clouds on the South direction.

The Moon peaking through the clouds

The Moon peaking through the clouds

A short open windows for the Moon through the clouds

A short open windows for the Moon through the clouds

Orion constellation and the comet couldn’t be observed. Jupiter was difficult to spot, and Arcturus can be seen through an open window in the eastern horizon.

the star Arcturus toward the Eastern horizon.

the star Arcturus toward the Eastern horizon.

And the rest of the photos were taken to observe the clouds behavior.

The weather seems to be like this until Sunday evening as the forecast stations has predicted.

The clouds above Simi Valley plains, Westward.

The clouds above Simi Valley plains, Westward.

North East direction.

North East direction.

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There was another regular companion that visit me while I stargaze on the trail, and this time it wasn’t shy to be shy in front of the camera, again.

This owl always set up the mode and the soundtrack of my stargazing session with its sounds and flapping wings.

Owl of Santa Susana Pass

Owl of Santa Susana Pass

Owl of Santa Susana Pass, (close up and blurry) The bird didn't want to stop moving.

Owl of Santa Susana Pass, (close up and blurry) The bird didn’t want to stop moving.

Until Sunday…

 

8th,9th, and 10th of January 2015

Santa Susana Pass, California

-Ahmad

 

Comet Lovejoy Closest Approach

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Day 7 since starting observing the Comet this year. The comet is Lovejoy, known as C/2014 Q2 also is in it’s closest approach to the plant Earth in its visit to the sun this time around in it’s orbital period. before it come back this close after few thousands years.

Comet Lovejoy, 2014 C/2014 Q2 through the clouds

Comet Lovejoy, 2014 C/2014 Q2 through the clouds

The temperature is much warmer, and comfortably more than 10 degree Celsius, or more than 50 degree Fahrenheit.  However, this night/morning, the sky is cloudy, and nearly covered everything. There were gabs in which the Moon peak through, and few winter constellations.

Even with all this, the Comet was observed, and the it’s colored was confirmed, and given the weather conditions, I think the Comet is brighter, since it is bright enough to be visible through the clouds in some period of times.

A wide field view of the clouds to ward the west (Orion constellation is showing)

A wide field view of the clouds to ward the west (Orion constellation is showing)

Another capture of the cloudy night.

Another capture of the cloudy night.

North East direction. The Big Dipper.

North East direction. The Big Dipper.

The clouds gave beautiful effect to the background stars. The clouds seems as if they were deep space nebula objects in the captured pictures. Orion, Taurus , and the Pleiades looked great, and here are few examples:

Orion constellation against the thin night clouds.

Orion constellation against the thin night clouds.

Orion constellation again

Orion constellation again

Taurus constellation and the Pleiades

Taurus constellation and the Pleiades

There were another event in this night, it is the conjunction of the Moon and the planet Jupiter.

Moon and planet Jupiter conjunction

Moon and planet Jupiter conjunction

The humidity and the clouds created another optical effect, which was the Moon Halo, with it’s full circular dim rainbow colors.

The Moon Halo wide view

The Moon Halo wide view

The Moon halo closeup

The Moon halo closeup

Center close up of  the Moon Halo phenomena

Center close up of the Moon Halo phenomena

It was a bit of disappointment to see the clouds coming in this night, however, there were many alternative objects to observe in that particle night, and the comet was captured even through thin clouds.

Here is one more capture of the cloudy night

Cloudy nights

Cloudy nights

January 7th/8th 2015

Santa Susana Pass, California

-Ahmad

 

 

The sixth day with Comet Lovejoy

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Comet Lovejoy was getting slightly brighter each day, and the viewing condition is better in term of weather to the previews days. There were few passing clouds that were moving fast and out of the view. The quality of the air seems to be sharper and had less dust and humidity in it, and the Moon is getting less bright, which make the comet’s green color shine with better saturation.

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 and it's green color.

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 and it’s green color.

The Moon with clouds next to the planet Jupiter and the Star Regulus.

The Moon with clouds next to the planet Jupiter and the Star Regulus.

The temperature is getting much warmer and getting closer to 10 degree Celsius (~50 degree F). and although the winds were calmer at the plain of the San Fernando Valley, the winds were at higher speed at the Santa Susana Pass.

The Moon on January 6th/7th of 2015.

The Moon on January 6th/7th of 2015.

The Comet it self C/2014 Q2 is showing obvious signs of movement against the background stars to the unaided eyes and the images of the camera alike compare with the previews days. The Comet is higher in the sky with respect to the horizon line. Which puts it also higher from the glare of the city lights.

The math shows that tomorrow  the comet will be at it’s closest distance with our planet Earth. Which will enhance the viewing condition. The comet will get even closet to the Sun by the end of the month and predicted to be brighter.

Orion Nebula (Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976)

Orion Nebula (Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976)

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The comet, and he winter Constellations over Simi Valley.

 

The weather was comfortable for more observation of Jupiter and it’s moons, and the Moon, and the winter constellation.

Orion with the Horizon

Orion with the Horizon

January 6th/7th 2015

Santa Susana Pass, California.

-Ahmad

 

Comet lovejoy C/2014 Q2 day5

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The comet seem to be brighter to the unaided eye at the night and morning of January 5th/6th 2015. The weather condition was better in that observation session for the comet C/2014 Q2 also known as Comet Lovejoy 2014. So the increase brightness might had extra helping factors, along with the fact that the comet is reaching its closest approach to our planet,Earth.

C/2014 Q2

C/2014 Q2

A side form the good weather, the temperature was warmer and only a jacket or another layer of clothing was needed to keep warm.  The winds were calmer that night, the opposite to what was happening at the plain of the San Fernando valley, where palm trees were moving.

The Moon was getting closer to be in the south east to the point of view of the location of the observation. This can be another helping factor that added up to the brightness of the comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2.

Jupiter and it’s moons were high above the horizon and pleasant to see and beautiful.

Comet Lovejoy on January 5th/6th 2015

Comet Lovejoy on January 5th/6th 2015

Tomorrow the weather forecast predict a better condition for the observation.

January 5th/6th 2015

Santa Susana Pass, California

-Ahmad