Cloudy Nights (Painting)

This painting started in March 2013. It was inspired from the days when I was hunting for comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS).

Cloudy Nights by Ahmad Alromeadheen.

The painting also takes inspiration from the many evenings and nights I was stargazing from Rocky Peak at Simi Valley, California. The observatory was inspired from few real life ones like the one In Kuwait (Al Aujairy Observatory), and the one in Mt. Wilson California (Mount Wilson observatory).

In a way, this painting can be cross over reference of the night sky from location I visited in the Arabic Peninsula and the West states of U.S.A.

This work is a fantasy view of the night sky. Usually observatories don’t have the lights on at this level of brightness, unless if there is a maintenance of some sort, upgrade in the system, or special event.

The colors of the clouds and the Starry nights are a work of fiction. Although the clouds can have these colors in real life, and the night sky background can have this view of the stars, the two views normally can’t occur at the same time. The colors of the clouds indicate that the time of the day is either an evening or dawn where the stars is not fully visible, or not at this number of abundance.

However, the observer can retain this imagery of one night in their mind.

The painting also show a general frustration of the weather when an observer or observers try to see an event in the sky where the clouds can block the view.

Still, the clouds can and always paint the sky with their own beauty.

The painting took many hours to complete, and easily exceeded more than 20 hours of work since 2013 until tonight April 18th/19th 2017.

Enjoy.

April 18th/19th, 2017

-Ahmad

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If you are interested to see the images taken of the Comet in 2013 by the author,

visit the links below:

 

 

Comet Catalina Dec2015

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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

 

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