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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

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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

 

 

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

Day & Night at the Death Valley

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The Death Valley is a great place to stargaze. Many Astronomical events take place there. I am aware of several events that took place around New Year time usually, and got invitations few time to attend star parties (Stargazers and Astronomers meet up events).

A little journal entry were written earlier in this Log Book of the weekend of February the 15th and the 16th of 2013, right after the Chelyabinsk meteor event, or more accurately, the Chelyabinsk meteoroids event since the debris from the meteor has reached the surface of the planet Earth.

The journal entry was about the road to the Death Valley, and the night in which the Star Trails photo was taken. The journal entry can be viewed here.

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The night of observation on the 15th near my yellow tent was beautiful, with little light pollution which is something expected in this national park.

The night featured the planet Jupiter next to the star Aldebaran of the constellation Taurus, the bull, following the beautiful young Pleiades. The observation was made with the aid of 100 mm binoculars that gave me splendid view of the Andromeda Galaxy.

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This view always remind me of the Arabic old mythology version of the night sky where the star Aldebaran is an old shepherd man following the teenager Pleiades and trying to merry her by giving her his sheep. The sheep represented in the story as the star cluster Hyades. The exact translation of the word Aldebaran from Arabic is not really the follower, but more like the planer, the person who plan a strategy that no one else know about, and in the story, the strategy is following the Pleiades. The word stalker is better used as a translation than the follower since stalker plans his strategy, and makes sure no one know the plan, until they capture what they stalk.

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Which in other topic, the Sun might be part of this cluster Hyades due to the proximity of the cluster distance and star composition to the Sun, and the share of the motion trajectory in space. Although the mythology was created, or borrowed long time ago, the story is not much different from today understanding, at least in term of age. Aldebaran is an old star that used up most of its hydrogen fuel and starts to burn Helium. The Pleiades is young star cluster that might not even be bright enough to see when the dinosaurs were around.

The hunter, Orion Constellation and his dog, Canis Major constellation are following the stars mentioned earlier making this typical winter night sky view.

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The next day was spent hiking around the geological featured of the Death Valley such as Red Cathedral which featured beautiful red rocks, Zabriskie Point with its black peak in the middle of yellow golden hills that feature the Golden Canyon trail, and the lake which called Bad Water.

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The lake is mostly dry, and has considerable amount of salt, and happens to be the lowest known surface in North America.

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At the end of the day, I was so dehydrated, even when I drank about 3 liters of water. Yes it was winter, and there were clouds, but it was still hot, and the air near the surface is very dry.

Before I went back to Los Angeles, I took a moment to visit the sign of the national park, and observed again the Andromeda Galaxy and took a photo with them all in the same frame.

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Some of the clouds survived the mountain range from the west and were heading to the east. Their shape showed the effect of the low pressure and temperature of the mountain peak, where they moist into clouds, and going back to the lower elevation where they start to dissipate. I framed this with a photograph that included my car.

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February 15th & 16th – 2014

The Death Valley, California.

-Ahmed

Fall sky at the Sierra

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I was on the road with 3 friends to Big pine town, California after 9 pm. The weather was cold as expected at this time of the year, which was November the 8th 2013. We made a stop halfway through to get more supplies to spend in the Sierra all weekend long. We were all carpooling in one car.  After getting what we needed, we filled the car with a full tank of gas, and our stomach with warm coffee.

The day started for most of us as early as 4:30 am. My friend and I met in the south bay area and headed to Perris airport to skydive all day long. We managed to jump nearly five jumps. After we finished, he suggested to me to join him on a trip with a couple of his friends to the Sierra Mountains. I remember telling him the best adventures I had are the one I didn’t planned in advance, so I agreed to do so and notified my Michelle on where I was going.

We reached our destination near Big pine around 3 am Saturday morning. Each one of us took their sleeping bag out, and slept in the open. Although it was cold, there were almost no winds at our location. So the sleeping bag provided enough warmth before Sunrise.

Of course, I was looking at the stars, and I couldn’t pass the low light pollution night sky, and stargazed for a couple of hours. I took few shots of the constellation Orin which lay toward the southern horizon. Then I went to sleep an hour before sunrise.

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After sleeping for 2 hours, we get up, and got ready for a day of activities. Two of our friends went to a nearby lake for a half day of fishing. I stayed with the rest of the group. The winds start to pick up. It wasn’t strong, but it was good enough for a short glide.  I got to see my friends and photograph them glide over the sierra, and enjoyed the views of the mountains as always. I wasn’t going to glide, so I helped driving the car back down after it took us to the top of the hill where the launch site was.

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Soon after around 1:30 pm (nearly an hour and half after it’s true rising time), the Moon starts to peak above the eastern hills with its half illuminated face which made it bright enough to be seen comfortably against the blue sky background in daytime. A view inspired many in all type of fiction and nonfiction work of humanity. The phase of the moon was ~46% and I concluded from its natural cycle, it will be with us until midnight.

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No wonder the Sierra was and still is a location of many passions. Just that day alone, we got to stargaze, paraglide, fish, grill and later on rock climb and camp. As if the mountains surrounding the area is blocking the noise of the busy modern world and leave us alone to enjoy life as it is.

After we regrouped with our fishing friends, we headed down south to Lone pine town, a town very near to a famous mountain, Mount Whitney, a mountain in which I have good memories with.

We reached Lone pine, we rock climbed around a nearby area of Alabama hills. I set up my tent, knowing that I will head to sleep very soon, since I didn’t get to sleep as much the previews two nights. However, I couldn’t resist the night sky, and I ended up staying up.

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In term of planets, Venus was there as the poetic term evening star, and Jupiter later on with the Hunter constellation.

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Although the moon was bright, it actually gave a good luminosity to the exotic beautiful rock formation. I took most of the photographs toward the east anyway. The Pleiades was rising. The Milky Way band was present comfortably to the naked eye even with the bright moon around from south to near north. To give a good sense of measure, the open cluster IC 4665 was also accessible to the eye even with this condition.

Near midnight, after the moon set, I set up the camera next to my tent to take long exposures to generate a star trail photo. I took one last photo of the Milky Way with no tracking mount with the absent of the Moon interference, and I lit up the rocks with a red flash light.

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I woke up with the Sunrise, and went to the camera, and changed its battery, and took few last shots of the long shadows of early morning.

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We stayed a little more to enjoy the mountains, and head back to reach Los Angeles County by Sunday night.

November – 8th~10th – 2013

California

-Ahmed

 

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Here is the Star trail photo of this Weekend: Star Trail