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Pluto’s Sputnik Planum

Hello,

This is a painting of the Planet, or currently known as Dwarf planet Pluto.

The painting is of Pluto’s Sputnik Planum. An area lay in the center of Pluto’s predominant feature the heart.

Pluto’s Sputnik Planum. The view is from an orbit or a flyby distance.

The artwork depicts the view from orbit of the dwarf planet Pluto and it moons Charon.

You can also see the two moons Hydra and Nix.

Also, lost with the background stars, the other last two moons Styx and Kerberos are included in this view.

The painting started in 2015 and finished today’s morning. It started right after the Space craft New Horizon beamed back to Earth its data after it made its flyby in 2015 after nearly 10 years journey.

The view imagined as if it would look like from a camera with a telescopic lens 21,060 miles (33,900 kilometers) above the surface.

The brightness of the sun was calculated and simulated to resemble how it would look like from there.

The moons were also simulated and the apparent size was calculated with a telescopic lens point of view in mind.

The Moon Charon, which is the largest satellite of the Plutonian system is re-imagined in a different position of its orbit than what it was like when the Space Craft made its flyby. This shift was done to fit the Plutonian system and the Sputnik Planum to be in the same frame of the image.

I assume the colors of the surface would be less saturated to the naked eye, however, a long exposure camera with the right white balance would bring a similar color.

The work done on this painting took several sessions, and many hours, and was done between two or three years.

I hope you enjoy this work, and there will be many paintings to come about this Dwarf planet and many other celestial objects in our Solar System and beyond.

 

July-8th-2017

-Ahmad

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

 

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

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

Triple Conjunction

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This evening, the after Sunset view was beautiful with its celestial triple conjunction of the Moon, and the two planets Mars and Venus. The moon is nearly 49 hours old is easier to spot after Sunset than the one day old new moon. The separation of the Moon and the Sun to the observer perspective in the western horizon is greater, and nearly 25 angular degree apart from the Sun.

A passing airplane over the triple celestial conjunction

A passing airplane over the triple celestial conjunction

Venus was really bright. In term of visual brightness magnitude, the planet Venus was -3.38 which easily outshine the planets Mars which was nearly magnitude of 1.5.

Venus, Mars, and the Moon

Venus, Mars, and the Moon

The three celestial made a beautiful evening view. The weather wasn’t as good, and the clouds were coming and the humidity was high. The clouds than were overcast.

A western horizon view  of the Crescent Moon and the planets Venus and Mars.

A western horizon view of the Crescent Moon and the planets Venus and Mars.

The weather was becoming really foggy, and limit the observation, how ever, a couple of close up pictures were take.

Close up picture of Moon Crescent, Mars, and Venus

Close up picture of Moon Crescent, Mars, and Venus

A little over exposed photo of the conjunction.

A little over exposed photo of the conjunction.

One of the things I like to observe usually in the 2nd evening of a new moon, or when the moon is nearly 48 hours of age, is the southern pole region of the moon from earths perspective. The crescent at some point due to the geological features of the Moon just disappear, as if the crescent has a hole. The look of the crescent is captured well in the next photo.

50 hours old new Moon crescent cut off. The southern pole region of the Moon (The left edge of the Moon crescent in this image)

50 hours old new Moon crescent cut off. The southern pole region of the Moon (The left edge of the Moon crescent in this image)

February- 20th-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

 

Jupiter & Venus conjunction 2014

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Today morning, August the 18th 2014 had a great conjunctions view of the planets Jupiter and Venus. The planets rose approximately an hour before Sunrise and provided a spectacular sky show.

The separation was 22 arc minute (nearly third of a degree) which is less than the angular size of the diameter of the Moon.

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Jupiter & Venus conjunction

I personally haven’t seen Jupiter and Venus be this close since November 5th 2004 in Kuwait. This year 2014 the two planets in angular size perspective where a little closer to each other than it was in 2004, however, the view was better back then because the planets rose earlier in the morning and there for, their conjunction was in near total night darkness, without the interference of the dawn light. And it was in winter, so the view lasted longer.

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Jupiter & Venus conjunction over the San Fernando Valley, CA.

In 2014, today, the brightness of the planet Jupiter was brighter than it was in 2004. The show was much shorter and limited to only an hour before sunrise. The advantage of this year was the alignments of Jupiter moons. All major four moons were presents, and produce a great viewing opportunity.

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Close up. Venus left, Jupiter and it’s four moons right.

The view of this pair of planets is always been fascinating, and my brother Jassem and I shared the same thought when we 1st glanced at it ten years ago. He voiced it 1st when he said: Don’t they look like a pair of eyes gazing back at us. As if the universe is looking back at us. He looked at me in the eyes as I was busy with my binocular and elaborate more: No wonder the ancients thought of the celestial objects of the night sky as gods, one look at this pair, and you can feel as if you were been observed, or watched.

This dawn the feeling was the same. I felt being watched by a giant. I do feel this way every time I look at the sky and the planets pair conjunction added more value to it.

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The pair at dawn.

The pictures were taken over the San Fernando Valley.

 

August 18th 2014

Santa Susan Pass, California

-Ahmed

Lunar eclipse 2014

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The Lunar eclipse of  2014 on April 14/15th  Started a minutes earlier than 11 pm at the local observing site, and ended around 3 am after midnight.

Lunar eclipse 2014-1

Lunar eclipse 2014-2

Lunar eclipse 2014-3

 

The view was beautiful where the moon started to shine less near the oragness of the planet Mars and close the relatively bright bluish star Spica.

Lunar eclipse 2014-4

Lunar eclipse 2014-5

Lunar eclipse 2014-10

Lunar eclipse 2014-11

 

There were clouds passing by, but not thick enough to cover the view, just enough to smear its crisp sharpness to the eye and the photographs. The clouds were most present at the peak of the lunar eclipse and nearly all went away after 3 am.

Lunar eclipse 2014-6

Lunar eclipse 2014-7

Lunar eclipse 2014-8

Lunar eclipse 2014-9

Lunar eclipse 2014-15

 

And the landscape glow again as the Moon uncover.

Lunar eclipse 2014-16

Lunar eclipse 2014-17

Lunar eclipse 2014-18

Lunar eclipse 2014-19

Lunar eclipse 2014-20

Lunar eclipse 2014-21

 

Santa Susana Pass – April 2014

-Ahmed

December Snow

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Ten days ago, it was Friday, I submitted the last papers that were needed to complete my primary objective of my journey to California. I have finished all the work that is needed to inquiry a bachelor degree in Engineering by the educational system. It was December 2011-26th, mixed with Christmas memories of the last couple of days, spend with close college friends family, I was in a state of mind where I felt like I had no obligations, and finally, I can rest and close my eyes, and enjoy the holidays, even if it was for a short while.

The Milky Way

The Milky Way

Driving, I was roughly a hundred miles (160 Kilometer) north of down town Los Angeles. In Mountain Pinos, near a town called Frazer Park, the snow was in good amount, and it was still occasionally falling. I saw the snow covering some of the houses seasonal decorations and roof tops as I was passing by across the town, heading for the peak’s parking lot. The temperature was low as one might expect at this time of the year. The road to the main site I was heading for was blocked due to snow. The road called Cuddy Valley Rd. and it is famous between astronomers who live nearby. So I parked on the side of the road in one of the turn outs that have relatively a good western view, to see the last moments of the Moon and Venus setting on the horizon.  Around 8240 feet elevation (~2500 meter above sea level,) the stars start to show up clear and crisp.

Planet Venus & the Moon

Planet Venus & the Moon

The colors of the sky were of blue and orange stripes, the view always reminded of Sci-Fi themed Hollywood’s movies of the 1980s and 70s.

Venus and Moon close up.

Venus and Moon close up.

The view of the planet Venus near the moon is a beautiful sight that kept amazing my, and many other eyes and minds throughout our collective history and culture. Now that I’ve enjoyed the view, I start to check the location I am in and the state of the car.

Looking back at my car.

Looking back at my car.

The Pleiades were up in the sky, chased right after by an orange reddish colored star Aldebaran. Those stars and constellations were the same where ever I travel. They might shift their position in the sky, but they keep their shape nearly all the time. The stars fixed position give comfort to the observer. I remember when my brother Jassem and I start to recognize those stars and constellations well, from the roof tops of our temporary home back in early winter 2004, and he was saying something along the lines of how knowing their names and seeing them in after few consecutive nights made him feel like the night sky is welcoming and that those points of light became friends.

The Pleiades, the Bull, and the Hunter.

The Pleiades, the Bull, and the Hunter.

Back in early 2000s, my passion for Astronomy took a new turn. It wasn’t just stargazing with an unaided eye anymore, and more time had been spend on the practical side, the theory part and reading about it also increased. I didn’t know that it will take me to California, be scholar and study engineering. Along the way, I met so many interesting people and all sort of characters, and boost my passion to the night sky even further.

The thoughts and memories of Stargazing were getting together in my head the entire holidays season time. I was done with college and possibly spending last couple of months in California enjoying the landscape at day and the night sky, before I go back to two job offers in Middle East.

Orion the Hunter

Orion the Hunter

As I was thinking of what will happen in the near future, I set up my camera to capture the night sky and leave it work autonomously under live supervision. I took the binocular out from the trunk of the car and start mounting and pointing it to the Andromeda galaxy, Orion’s sword, and few star clusters among other objects. There was a slight light pollution in one single direction from a nearby town that usually at the top Mt Pinos won’t be obviousness at all, because it will be covered by the side of the mountain and the remain covered by the side trees, that wasn’t the case in my location. It wasn’t bad, I didn’t notice it really, and it added nice ambient background light to the pictures captured that night.

The temperature was really low, and it felt really cold. After all, the snow was on each side of the road, and around me. So I had to go inside the car to cover up and warm up every now and then, without turning the engine on. I can look through the window to see the stars, but it feels a little beside the point, when a good amount of driving time was spent to reach the location, even if the idea sounds convenient to just sit.

Three hours spend in stargazing and capturing the night sky on the side of a mountain road in somehow a wild natural place. It was a quiet place, with passes of few cars and airplanes. There was also many wild life sounds and braking tweaks sounds either by animals or snow fall, or my imagination. Speaking of imaginations, I spend about ten minutes checking pair of eyes seeing me back in the middle of the woods. It was the other road cat’s eye road signal. I checked.

I thought that this was the last time I am going to stargaze in this mountain for a long time. So the trip was my way to say goodbye to Mt. Pinos in a sense.  I was wrong. As I was driving down, I stopped by the local Denny’s restaurant before I hit the I-5 highway. I got a meal and hot coco, and review the pictures on my camera, and reached to the conclusion of what to do in the next two years. I have an opportunity to continue using my scholarship to get a master degree. I thought, if I use it, then I can spend more time walking the landscape and the mountains around me, and Stargaze more.

A very cheerful young “nerd” tall blonde waitress brought the check for me and told me randomly that she likes my smile and how cheerful I am, and I should stay here and not go. She was being nice and showing gust hospitality. As if it was a sign, I thought everything is welcoming. I should stay the next two years post graduation time in California.

Another reason that encouraged me to choose to stay longer in the state is to finish a new sky related activity course program that involved jumping from flying vehicles and land softly and safely twenty five times.  I only did it twice as I was reaching my final conclusion to stay in this stargazing trip. Little did I knew, that it will have a great impact on my sky obsession.

December – 26th – 2011

-Ahmed

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