This is a painting inspired by all the manuscripts of the old and upcoming space missions to the planet Venus, the closest planet to Earth, Earth’s twin sister.
The planet Venus to me is more interesting than the Planet Mars. I personally believe that colonizing and exploring the planet Venues could be much easier than going after the planet Mars 1st.
If it was for me, I would send a mission to every celestial object there is out there to explore it, and keep going back for more.
The Painting took several days to finish. The Venus planet express mission by the European agency and the the saved Japaneses mission AKATSUKI of Venus had a lot of inspiration in making this piece of art. Although both missions didn’t had a weather balloon in their payload or tasks, still, they played a big part as a muse for this painting, and hopefully for more future science and art missions.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
This evening, the after Sunset view was beautiful with its celestial triple conjunction of the Moon, and the two planets Mars and Venus. The moon is nearly 49 hours old is easier to spot after Sunset than the one day old new moon. The separation of the Moon and the Sun to the observer perspective in the western horizon is greater, and nearly 25 angular degree apart from the Sun.
Venus was really bright. In term of visual brightness magnitude, the planet Venus was -3.38 which easily outshine the planets Mars which was nearly magnitude of 1.5.
The three celestial made a beautiful evening view. The weather wasn’t as good, and the clouds were coming and the humidity was high. The clouds than were overcast.
The weather was becoming really foggy, and limit the observation, how ever, a couple of close up pictures were take.
One of the things I like to observe usually in the 2nd evening of a new moon, or when the moon is nearly 48 hours of age, is the southern pole region of the moon from earths perspective. The crescent at some point due to the geological features of the Moon just disappear, as if the crescent has a hole. The look of the crescent is captured well in the next photo.