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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

 

 

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