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

 

 

Snow Moon 2017 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

This is a quick reminder of tonight’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The Phenomena will be visible Most of Asia, All of Africa, and All of South America, and nearly all of North America. It was calculated from sources to be around 10 Feb 2017, 22:34:14 UTC.

Snow Moon, Full Moon of 10 February 2017. Nearly 6~5 hours before the Eclipse.
It was taken from Al Qurain, Kuwait. with temperature of 14 Celsius degree with wind of SSW wind of 8 kph  (~58 Fahrenheit degree, 5 mph) and humidity of 56%.

Enjoy the Moon and the Comet right after this early morning in dawn and the couple next morning as well if you are privilege with a dark site. Regardless the location, it is worth trying looking for.

Enjoy,

Feb-10th – 2017

-Ahmad

Update: Here is the post of the event that contain a couple of images Penumbral Lunar Eclipse February 10th/11th 2017

 

 

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

 

Full Moon Rise

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Full Moon of January 2016 was on the 23rd. The view as always was magnificent. The clouds were still around the high mountains of Angeles forest, and covering a lot of the horizon from all directions.

Clouds passing throw the mountains of Angeles Forest. The location is Little Rock town, CA.
Clouds passing throw the mountains of Angeles Forest. The location is Little Rock town, CA.

The Angeles Forest mountains at the southern horizon from Little Rock town, California.
The Angeles Forest mountains at the southern horizon from Little Rock town, California.
My observation of the Full Moon rise on that day were taken from a small  town in southern California called Little Rock.

Right after Sunset, The moon was peaking up through the clouds from the eastern horizon.

Full Moon rise from Little Rock town, CA.
Full Moon rise from Little Rock town, CA.
The weather was clearing up in general, the southern California area had a wet week with rain. The humidity through the evening was decreasing and reaching below 50%.

The Angeles Forest mountains were covered with snow. A welcome change after the severe drought that was present in the region.

The snow covering the mountains peak of Angeles Forest from Little Rock Town of California perspective.
The snow covering the mountains peak of Angeles Forest from Little Rock Town of California perspective.
Through the evening, the clouds were around the mountains peaks. Another stop was made in Lake Palmdale at the turn out of Aerospace Valley Monument for more few pictures.

The view of Lake Palmdale from Aerospace Valley Monument, California.
The view of Lake Palmdale from Aerospace Valley Monument, California.
Another view of the lake from Aerospace Valley Monument turn out, California.
Another view of the lake from Aerospace Valley Monument turn out, California.
The view were breath taken, however, the high speed wind and the clouds covering the Moon made the Astronomical observation a little difficult. Yet, we still manged to take few more close up pictures of the lake and it’s Wind mill.

The Wind Mill of Lake Palmdale of California at night.
The Wind Mill of Lake Palmdale of California at night.
One more view of the Lake Palmdale from Aerospace Valley Monument.
One more view of the Lake Palmdale from Aerospace Valley Monument.
The trip I was taken was with my wife, my sister, nieces and nephew. My sister wanted to show us the San Fernando Valley view from Sandy Canyon road which lay in the Santa Clarita/ Canyon Country area.

The view from the top was great, and the clouds were clearing up, and the Full Moon was lighten up the mountains and canyons.

San Fernando Valley view from Sandy Canyon Road, California.
San Fernando Valley view from Sandy Canyon Road, California.
Full Moon of January 2016 over Santa Clarita and Canyon Country, California.
Full Moon of January 2016 over Santa Clarita and Canyon Country, California.
Full Moon of January 2016
Full Moon of January 2016
Moon light over the clouds and canyons .
Moon light over the clouds and canyons .
Orion Constellation in a Full Moon night.
Orion Constellation in a Full Moon night.
That was is for the night. The weather was cooled and windy.

The temperature varied with elevation, and it ranged from the higher 40s F degree to the lower 30s F (between 0 C and 8 C degree)

Here are a couple of pictures of the Astronomer logger enjoying the views and the night.

Yours truly, with San Fernando Valley in the back.
Yours truly, with San Fernando Valley in the back.
The Astronomer under the Starry cloudy Full Moon night.
The Astronomer under the Starry cloudy Full Moon night. The brightest star in the frame is Sirius.
Until the next log…

January 23rd 2016

Canyon Country, California.

-Ahmad

 

Full Moon Halo January 2016

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This month’s full Moon was accompanied with light fog clouds. This photo was taken in Santa Clarita area in California. The time this photo was taken was nearly an hour before midnight January 22nd/23rd 2016.

The humidity was nearly 90% with wind around 1 or 2 mile per hour (2 kilometer per hour) from the south east. The visibility condition according to the weather station agency was about 10 miles (16 Kilometer)  with expectation of morning rain.

The condition allowed for this phenomena to occur to the observer and created this beautiful view.

Full Moon Halo of January 2016 in Santa Clarita, California.
Full Moon Halo of January 2016 in Santa Clarita, California.
It was really great to see this astronomical weather phenomena. The weather was preventing from observing the planets alignment at dawn. Comet Catalina was also very difficult to observe.

Here is another Photo of Full Moon Halo phenomena.

Full Moon Halo. January 2016.
Full Moon Halo. January 2016.
I hope more observers or casual sky gazer have enjoyed this rare weather phenomena. As for now, Enjoy the pictures.

Santa Clarita, California.

January 22nd 2016

-Ahmad

Comet Catalina Dec2015

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Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is a comet discovered in 2013 and is expected to give a beautiful show from observers on planet earth perspective on the months of December 2015 and January 2016.

Comet C/2013 US10  is a morning comet, and the observation took place in the early hours of dawn toward the eastern horizon.

Observation of this comet from California was a bit difficult due to the weather condition and the brightness of the Comet. Comet Catalina was expected to be a naked eye comet, how ever, the comet didn’t reach the magnitude 4 in the scale of apparent brightness as was expected. Today, when these pictures were taken, the apparent magnitude was about 6~7 and many low clouds near the eastern horizon had played a role in making the observations more challenging.

The Moon crescent and the planet Venus with low clouds in the eastern horizon at dawn.
The Moon crescent and the planet Venus with low clouds in the eastern horizon at dawn.

Conjunction of the Moon crescent and the planet Venus. Dec-7-2015
Conjunction of the Moon crescent and the planet Venus. Dec-7-2015
This morning the comet made a small conjunction with the Moon crescent and the planet Venus as shown in the pictures. The comet is too dim to be observed with the naked eye, but the view is beautiful with telescopic aids or a camera.

Here is a couple of close up pictures of the comet where the comet was marked in the picture:

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
(Marked) Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
(Marked) Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
Near the conjunction Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
Near the conjunction Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
The brightness of the morning dawn before Sunrise was taken over, and making the background sky brighter than the Comet. However, more pictures was manged to be taken.

The Moon and Venus made a beautiful display by them self.

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
(Marked) Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
(Marked) Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
A wide view of the western horizon sky before Sunrise. December 7th 2015
A wide view of the western horizon sky before Sunrise. December 7th 2015
I hope the weather will be more cooperative in the next few days and that the comet will have a good display show for it’s observers this season.

As for now, here is more pictures of the Moon, Venus, and the comet, with the dawn glare in the back.

The observation took place between 2 hours and an hour before Sunrise.

Wind were around 4~9 mile per hour (7 to 14 KPH) and the temperature didn’t exceeded 66F (~18C degree) and was in the low 50F degrees at some point.

The Moon Venus Conjunction with the Comet
The Moon Venus Conjunction with the Comet
The Moon Venus conjunction. December 7th 2015
The Moon Venus conjunction. December 7th 2015
The conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
The conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
The conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
The conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 December 7th 2015
Santa Susana Pass, Los Angeles county

December 7th 2015

-Ahmad