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Showing posts from July, 2013

An Electric Night at GMARS

The evening of Friday, July 19th, and into the early morning hours of July 20th were quite electric at GMARS. The waxing gibbous moon backlit the clouds and a thunderstorm rumbled east of Landers, moving north to south.

Check out all of the images in my Zenfolio gallery:

The Colors of Rho Ophiuchi

Below is an image of the Rho Ophiuchi region. It's often considered the most beautiful part of the sky photographically because of its streaming dark nebula, vividly colored bright nebula, and the plethora of star clusters and colorful stars. Be sure to click on the image for a larger version.

More Milky Way, You Say? OK.

Here's another image of our Milky Way galaxy, this time pointing toward the Sagittarius region. This one was taken in May during my Cima Road session, which I posted about here.

Visible at the center of this image is M8, the Lagoon Nebula. Also visible are the Trifid Nebula (M20), the Eagle Nebula (M16), the Swan Nebula (M17), the Cat's Paw Nebula, as well as several other nebulae and star clusters.

Another Image of the Home Galaxy

Of all the galaxies out there, I gotta say that the Milky Way is my favorite.

Here's an image from May of the Cygnus area of the Milky Way. In the full size version, you can make out the North America Nebula, the Pelican Nebula, the Butterfly Nebula, the Crescent Nebula, most of the Veil Nebula, and even the planetary nebula, M27 (also known as the Dumbbell Nebula).

Pretty... But Bad for Astronomy

While sunset was pretty (as is often the case at GMARS), the skies aren't being very cooperative for astro-endeavors thus far.

Shapes in the Sky: The Summer Triangle

Here are a couple images of the Summer Triangle, one unlabeled and one with the asterism, its constituent stars, and a couple constellations labeled.