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.
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.
Today January 30th 2016 was the morning where five planets alignments occurred. The Planets Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter.
Here is the same photo where the Planets and the Moon are 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:
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.
Soon after at this time of the day at 6:52 am in local time, the Sun rose from the east another day.
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.
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
Here is a noted version of preview image:
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.
The temperature was great, It was in the low 60s F or higher 50s F (17~13 C degree)with light winds.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, Mercury is in the same frame image as the other planets.
Here is the noted version below:
The show of the night ended with the arrival of the most relevant start to our life, the Sun.
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.
As usually, the planet Venus was the 1st bright object in night sky. The celestial canvas showed the planet Venus, and right after Jupiter.
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.
As seen in the picture below, the planets were getting easier to spot, as it gets darker.
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 planets were covered by passing clouds later on for a short while.
The rest of the images shows the planets as they were approaching the horizon.
The weather was humid, but at the summit, it was very windy, not cold. Which is a typical July weather.
The moon phase was near .99, or luminosity of 98%.
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.
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.
The city light glare is still in the way, but it is less distracting when the humidity level is low in the atmosphere.
The close up images shows up a hint of the tail, which can be seen with binoculars even near city lights.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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:
There were another event in this night, it is the conjunction of the Moon and the planet Jupiter.
The humidity and the clouds created another optical effect, which was the Moon Halo, with it’s full circular dim rainbow colors.
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.