Penumbral Lunar Eclipse February 10th/11th 2017

Although it wasn’t total, the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse put a great show from south west Asia from Kuwait perspective.

This is arguably the most prominent Lunar eclipse in 2017 for much of the world. Australia and the oceanic region not as lucky for this one.

An image was taken from Kuwait after the Moon enter Earth’s penumbra. the image was taken around 4:00 am local time or 1:00 UTC February 11th 2017.

February 11th 2017 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
The temperature was around 11 Celsius degree (52 Fahrenheit degree) and the winds were 13~14 kph NNW (8 mph). Humidity at 64%  with pressure of 1016 hPa. Visibility was 9 km (~5.5 miles).

Light pollution at the town did have a major impact on the Moon, but prevented any comfortable observation of the comet comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova.

Jupiter was above the southern horizon above the star Spica. The four satellites of Jupiter were all visible with very simple modest optics such is the camera lens zoom. Io and Ganymede were on the right and Europa, Callisto on the left.

Jupiter and Spica
 This is it for this entry…

Enjoy!

Kuwait

Feb-11th – 2017

-Ahmad

 

 

Five planets alignment

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Today January 30th 2016 was the morning where five planets alignments occurred. The Planets Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter.

Five planets Alignment. From left to right, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter. Lets not the Moon is included.
Five planets Alignment. From left to right, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter. Lets not the Moon is included.
Here is the same photo where the Planets and the Moon are annotated.

The five planets and the Moon annotated.
The five planets and the Moon annotated.
Yes, there were clouds, how ever, this is relatively a clear night compare to the rest of the month night. The weather forecast predict a storm coming Sunday to the southern California area. which is the next day. This make this Saturday morning the period of the calm before the storm.

The temperature was around the lower 50s degree F. (around 10 degree Celsius.) The upper wind direction were from west to east. The winds near the ground were blowing from the East. The humidity was high.

Here is a close up look of the planets Mercury and Venus in the same picture frame over the San Fernando Valley:

Mercury and Venus over the San Fernando Valley.
Mercury and Venus over the San Fernando Valley.
As the Sunrise moment was approaching, I observed the marine layer over both the Simi Valley and the San Fernando Valley. The Earth shadow casting on the pink background sky was beautiful as always. It never gets old.

Earth shadow casting on the pink sky. The southern view from Rocky peak.
Earth shadow casting on the pink sky. The southern view from Rocky peak.
Another close up of the hills tops from the southern direction of the pink sky before Sunrise. The shadow division is Earth Shadow.
Another close up of the hills tops from the southern direction of the pink sky before Sunrise. The shadow division is Earth Shadow.
The view of the pink sky and the earth shadow cast from the West direction. You can see the the marine layer over Simi Valley.
The view of the pink sky and the earth shadow cast from the West direction. You can see the the marine layer over Simi Valley.
Soon after at this time of the day at 6:52 am in local time, the Sun rose from the east another day.

Moments before Sunrise.
Moments before Sunrise.
Sunrise of January 30th 2016 over the San Fernando Valley.
Sunrise of January 30th 2016 over the San Fernando Valley.
Close up. Sunrise of January 30th 2016 over the San Fernando Valley.
Close up. Sunrise of January 30th 2016 over the San Fernando Valley.
Half way through. Sunrise of January 30th 2016 over the San Fernando Valley.
Half way through. Sunrise of January 30th 2016 over the San Fernando Valley.
Today is another day. Sunrise of January 30th 2016 over the San Fernando Valley.
Today is another day. Sunrise of January 30th 2016 over the San Fernando Valley.
I spend another 2 hours around the peak and observed the changed of the marine layer as it flow over both valleys and between hills tops.

Here is the north view from Rocky peak. Which show Oat Mountain and its many Radio towers.

Oat Mountains right after Sunrise.
Oat Mountains right after Sunrise.
The flow of the marine layer from the south direction.
The flow of the marine layer from the south direction.
That’s it for today, and catch you later!

Have a nice day!

 

 

 

January 30th 2016

Santa Susana Pass, Los Angeles, California.

-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

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

 

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