25 Hours old new Moon

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From this location of the globe in southern California, the winter crescent new Moon shine brightly over the valleys and plains . The western horizon after sunset featured a beautiful 25 hour old of age thin crescent Moon.

25 hours of age new Moon.
25 hours of age new Moon.
Another notable celestial object near by was the planet Venus, and next to it very dimly at this time of the day, the planet Mars next to it.

The thin crescent Moon and the planet Venus on the upper left.
The thin crescent Moon and the planet Venus on the upper left.
The weather felt humid, and there was a fog thin mist. The weather was getting cloudier, and the weather forecast predict to for a cloudy weekend. The temperature was dropping, after a day near the 26 Celsius degree rang (80~75F degree).

The Moon was a little more than 24 hours old from it’s last new Moon event where the Sun rays cast over the moon shift location from earth perspective. The Moon had ~1% luminosity, phase .1 .

Tomorrow, I am hopping for a better weather than what is predicted, or at least few clear windows between the clouds in the western horizon to see the crescent moon near the planets Venus and Mars.

Thin Crescent Moon close up.
Thin Crescent Moon close up.
Thin Crescent Moon
Thin Crescent Moon
Here is another photo with less exposure time where a glimpse of the lunar geological features  can be noted even with an unaided eye.

Few lunar geological features can be noted.
Few lunar geological features can be noted.
San Fernando Valley, California.

Feb-19-2015

-Ahmad

Sunset rays & Moon crescent.

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Late August, early September, the year passes by very fast. As usual, I picked up my sunset viewing location to be rocky peak. I like the trail at this time of the year. I can see the Sun set position move across the horizon from the North West, to get closer to the South West.

At this time of the year, the Sun moves away from the mountains that cover the horizon from Santa Susana point of view. The Sun moves towards a gab where in a clear day, one can see the surface of the Pacific Ocean. An ideal set up for capturing Sunset phenomena. However, the humidity might make the observation a little more difficult to do so.

After Sunset Sun rays. Sunset rays.
After Sunset Sun rays. Sunset rays.

I have captured the sunset, and with it, I caught the rare phenomena I was after, the green flash.

After the setting of the Sun behind the Distance Mountains, few Sun rays were peaking from the summits and created beautiful light phenomena that are also known as crepuscular rays, or Sun beams. The direction of rays was from the bottom to the top, which is different from when the rays are created from the clouds. Usually, when these rays are created from clouds, the direction is from the top to the ground.

The temperature was cooling off and getting lower, a welcome change from the warm day of the summer, and as it was getting darker, the crescent Moon start to take the show in the western horizon. The phase of the Moon that day was only .02 which meant 2% illuminated.

Moon crescent
Moon crescent
I observed the Moon until it sets. It is amazing how the Moon crescent shape get distorted a little under altitude of 7 degree from the horizon or so, just like the disk of the Sun.

When it was dark enough, the planets Mars and Saturn appeared in the south directions. It is amazing observing Mars near Saturn and observing its celestial movements against the background stars in the past months.

Moon crescent near the horizon.
Moon crescent near the horizon.
Moon crescent distorted as it get closer to the horizon.
Moon crescent distorted as it get closer to the horizon.
Augest-27th-2014

Santa Susana Pass, California.

-Ahmad

Ramadan Moon 2014

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Observing Ramadan Moon 2014. This Crescent Moon mark the beginning of the lunar calender month. Today also marks what I used to do 10 years ago in the desert of the Arabian Peninsula as I used to confirm to the officials the beginning of the Ramadan month/event by locating and visually confirm the crescent Moon.

Ramadan Moon 2014-1

Ramadan Moon 2014-2

 

Ramadan Crescent Moon phase was .03, The Illumination is 3%

Ramadan Moon 2014-5

Ramadan Moon 2014-6

 

According to the local weather reports, the temperature was 24~23 C degree (76~74 F degree) and humidly of 60% at 8 PM that raised to 64% at 9 PM. The winds were of 13 km per hour (8 Miles per hour). Those reports didn’t feel that much different from the trail I was in. The winds were slow in comparison to what usually is, and little haze been visible on the horizon line and blurring the mountains and hills bases from 10/16 miles range but didn’t effect tops on a noticeable way.

The images in this post were taken on June 28th-2014, around 9 PM at the local time.

Santa Susana Pass, California.

-Ahmed

Moon & Venus (August 2013)

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New moon near beautiful Venus on August the 9th 2013. Venus as always is radiant bright making it easily for People to have mistaken it for a bright evening star since the dawn of history until now including trained pilots.

Moon and V-2

Both images were taken after the sunset around 9 pm near Santa Susana Mountains. The later image is of the crescent moon setting behind far hills and mountains near the horizon.

The weather condition was clear of clouds but very heavy humidity and a strong hint of industrial haze near the horizon. Temperature was comfortable warm with beautiful cold breezes from the shadow side of the hills.

The crescent moon is three days old and 7% of its total illumination.

-Ahmed

Comet, and the crescent Moon!

Article header_simplePanSTARR Mar-12-2013 s2            Day 10 from starting observation of the Comet PanSTARRS, and day 2 since it appeared to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere from Los Angeles location point of view.

At the date March-12-2013 the comet was higher in the sky, and more apparent. It was close to the crescent moon that day, on the moon’s left to be exact. It made a beautiful view of an already spectacular show. The tail is easier to spot with the naked eye.  However, the observer might need a little averted vision technique to start locating the comet, and little knowledge of where it will be between the background stars and the moon position of that particular night helped a lot.

PanSTARR Mar-12-2013 s1

The fact that the observation made in the same location as the previews day made it easier to spot. Also, the weather was much better in this day.

Several shots with the camera were taken, and three were chosen to be submitted here in this post. The first image posted was taken at Santa Susanna Pass in southern California on March 12 at 8:04 p.m. PDT. This image was also submitted to Astronomy Magazine, and it was accepted and been published. You can go to their website and find it: www.astronomy.com/panstarrs You can also find it in the gallery of Sky & Telescope Magzine http://www.skyandtelescope.com/

Comet PANSTARRS and the crescent Moon close up.

The two other pictures are close ups with different set of lens and different timing. This is in short the observations that were made on March – 12 – 2013.

Until next time…

-Ahmed