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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

 

 

Lunar Eclipse, Oct-2014

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The Lunar eclipse this morning started after midnight with Earth’s Penumbral closing in. The event wasn’t very noticeable to the eye until the partial eclipse started a little after 2 am Los Angeles area time.

Around 2 am.

Around 2 am.

The eclipse continued until the total eclipse took place around 3:30 am. The landscape was lit up all night by the bright Moon light, however, everything become really dark when the event reached its peak,  and the stars filled up the sky more since the light pollution from the Moon was absent at the peak of the total eclipse.

Near 3:30 am

Near 3:30 am

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Totality

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~3:30 am

 

The temperature of the place of which I observed the lunar eclipse had a good weather temperature, and little wind, an ideal situation. The temperature was around 17C (~62F).

The visible eclipse or the partial eclipse ended around 5:30 am. And the event finished an hour after.

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4:48 am

5:31 am

5:31 am

5:51 am.

5:51 am.

The observation and the experience were beautiful as always with any astronomical or celestial phenomena.  There were 3 shooting stars passed by, they part of the Orionid meteor shower based on their radiant source and path.

This year, two lunar eclipses took place, the one earlier this year on April was logged and can be found here.

Another eclipse will take place this year, this time it will be solar. The solar eclipse will be in Oct 23rd – 2014.

Santa Susana Pass, California

Oct – 8th -2014

-Ahmad

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.

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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.

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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.

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And the landscape glow again as the Moon uncover.

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Santa Susana Pass – April 2014

-Ahmed