Sunday, June 27, 2010

Only one.. meteor and the partial lunar eclipse evening before

 Sky stayed cloudy most of the time

Partial lunar eclipse 7:40pm - 9:00pm Saturday 6/26 - it was quite a sight with '50%' moon at ~ 20 degree elevation. Eclipse already at maximum coverage and shadow moving away from lunar. This time i used a pair of 10x70 binoculars to have a good look at the earth's curve shadow [ another proof that the earth is round ]. Mintron is too sensitive and depending what shutter speed you set the 'terminator' varies. Another star shared the same FOV in binos. Neighbors stood around at 12th floor common area chatting and enjoying the sight too. A quick refresher course of sun-earth-moon with our mother earth casting the shadow on lunar surface explanation was dished out. When i looked up again around 9:45pm everything was back in normal as if nothing had happened... it was just one of the numerous celestial alignment.  

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Low pass of Hubble Telescope in Triangulum Australia - the southern triangle

HST - passing the southern triangle. Map courtesy of
The 3.5+ mag Hubble Space Telescope making a low angle pass  in the exposure below.

Meteors in early am hours and a satellite flash

Monday, June 14, 2010

Look hard you can find a meteor there

Actually not that difficult..  look for a linear streak ..

Sunday, June 13, 2010

cloudy sky meteor with multiple flares

Meteor with visible flares.

This slow meteor had visible trailing debris cloud..

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 12 am '10 - meteors and Iridium 1/2 flare caught by chance

3 sporadic meteors  in  May 12 5:00-6:00 (+8) am hr slot..
 Minutes after i set up the system around 8:22 pm I noticed the approach of a bright object at upper left corner and  hit the rec button. A quick navigation to  confirmed my suspicion - it was a iridium flare. Iridium # 81 was on South bound and  i just caught half a flare.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

June 05 20'10

Cloudy all the way from mid nite June 04 to June 05. A nice meteor with bright terminal flash.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Cloudy sky and yet...

22:26 pm.. the system detected a bright slow meteor..
Earlier on, i was scanning the sky using Fujinon 10x70s. Looking at the Crux - Eta Carina areas. One sat drifted by the background stars and shortly after a yellowing white meteor with fringing green zoom pass the 5 degree pass FOV. 

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

June 01 '10

A nice meteor lower left...
 A tiny slow meteor..
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