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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

 

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