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Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
Astronomers Log for C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 2020
Using a new galaxy cell phone in night mode I captured a few interesting memories. using the observatories scope i was able to image the very bright nucleus, dust and gas tail @ f1.9.
It had been many years since my last memorable comet which was comet Hyakutake in 1996 so this is a real pleasure and opportunity to capture the memory with new equipment. I can only imaging in a decade what the home sky gazer will be using then.
The equiupment used for the telescopic view is as follows:
Comet C/2019 U6 (Lemmon)
SN 2020 jfo Supernova
Astronomers Log for SN 2020JFO 2020
Comet 2017 T2 Panstarrs
Asteroid 1998 OR2
Asteroid 1998 OR2April 29 2020186 x 3.0 subs The line is the Asteroid moving during the expose stack. The galaxy NGC 3463 sis at 11 o'clock.Center (RA, Dec): (163.899, -26.069)Center (RA, hms):10h 55m 35.850sCenter (Dec, dms):-26° 04' 09.600"Size:42.9 x 32.1 arcminRadius:0.447 deg Pixel scale:1.97 arcsec/pixel Orientation:Up is 86 degrees E of NIn the Constellation Hydra
Asteroid 1998 OR2
April 29 2020
Made from 3.0 subs Approximately 23 Minuets of movement across the field.
Astronomers Log for Asteroid 1998 OR2
March 11 2020
Comet Atlas 2019 Y4
Comet Atlas 2019Y4
VideoMarch 28 2020
The Corona Comet!
Distance Kilometers 156,771,172 or AU 1.047951Light Travel Time 8 minutes and 42.9323 seconds Estimated Magnitude (JPL) 14.02 Observed Magnitude (COBS )8.2 Coma Diameter (COBS) 11.0'
This comet has the potential to become a naked eye object. It very well may breakup before that happens. Only time will tell.In human history Comets have always been associated with bad events. Even in These modern times I predict this will happen again with the coronavirus pandemic. It will be interesting to see if that history repeats itself.
GOES 16 Geostationary Satellite Norad ID 41866 01/29/2020
Click here for the history of Satellite observing with amateur astronomers.
The history of satellite observing goes way back to "Operation Moonwatch" an amature science project initiated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in 1956. Its initial goal was to enlist the aid of amateur astronomers and other citizens all over the world who would help professional scientists spot the first artificial satellites. Until professionally manned optical tracking stations came on-line in 1958, this network of amateur scientists and other interested citizens played a critical role in providing crucial information regarding the world's first satellites.
Amateurs continue to make their sightings and analysis public on the internet via electronic mailing list such as SeeSat-L just as they have since those early days of the first artificial satellites.
Mercury Solar Transit
November 11, 2019
This was a very enjoyable morning event that I broadcast live to the internet so many people weathered in could watch. There was allot of guys snowed in.The weather was not great here as well with many periods of clouds moving through, The third and fourth contact was just obtained with a rouge cloud attempting to block! I was saying a few words and juggling setting with the camera at that time. One person said it looked like i was playing a piano with the camera keypad. Pretty pictures was not obtained but I believe good data was with timing and contact.The sequence of events can be seen below.
Asteroid 1999KW4 66931A near Earth object flyby of Earth May 26 2019
Binary asteroid oblate shaped primary rock just under 1 mile wide with a companion moon 1.6 miles away @ .3 miles wide with a 16 day orbit.Aten type earth crossing rock orbit 188 days around the suntraveling at Approximately 48.123 MPH or 13 miles a secondApproximately 3,000,000.000 distance from earth or 13.5 times the earth moon distancemagnitude +12.551.7% illuminated moving through the constellation HydraIt had just passed the galaxy NGC 2935 next closer encounter will be May 25 2036Imaged with a 8" sct at F1.9 and Stellacam II
Asteroid 1999KW4 is a “double asteroid” about 1.3 km wide, and does not pose any risk to Earth. In fact, astronomers know its orbit well, so the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) was able to predict this fly-by, to make sure that astronomers were ready and that telescopes were trained on it. The two components of the asteroid are separated by around 2.6 km.
This video is approx 30 minutes of travel compiled into 25 seconds.You will see an satellite zip through the image which is becoming a big problem for astrophotography.
This object was an Interesting challenge to image. I prepared for the brief opportunity to find and image this fast moving Asteroid and had excellent weather but encountered a mount problem at the worse time. Overcoming the probably self inducted technical issue. I was able to locate the Asteroid just moving past the Galaxy Ngc 2935 in the background which is just outside the image. If you use your mind's Eye and imagine the size, speed orbit as it swings past Earth that moving dot is a very interesting thing.
2019-05-21 2.26 UT
Type SNIa red shift 0.007755 in the galaxy NGC 5353 at a distance of 110 million light years in the Hickson Compact Group 68 Constellation Canes Venatici first discovered by ATLAS "Asteroid Terrestrial impact last alert system" in Hawaii 2019-05-01 at mag 18.194My estimated visual mag 14.1 At 2019-05-21 2.26 UT satellite sneaking through the frame at right side. Mind's Eye Observatory.Stellacam II, C8 Hyperstar, 256 frames unprocessed.