Daily Archives: March 17, 2014

The Sun Online and solar activity. March 17, 2014

CACTus sent out an automated alert about a partial halo CME on March 16, coming into the FOV of SOHO/LASCO at 03:24UT. The tool considered two CME’s as one, resulting in a too big angular CME width.
From 02:00UT, a filament in the SE started to rise and finally erupted. The CME coming into the LASCO FOV at 03:24UT (with an angular width of around 90 degrees) is probably linked with this filament eruption and propagates well below the ecliptic plane towards the SE.  No impact on the Earth is expected.

Equipment: Coronado 90 +  Imaging Source DMK  + LX75
Processing: Photoshop, Avistack 300 frames
Date: 03/17/14
Time UT: 13:00
Exposure 1/500 sec.

With SPONLI Space is getting closer


Warped Sky: Star Trails over Arches National Park

Image Credit & Copyright: Vincent Brady

What’s happened to the sky? A time warp, of sorts, and a digital space warp too. The time warp occurs because this image captured in a single frame a two and a half hour exposure of the night sky. As a result, prominent star trails are visible. The space warp occurs because the picture is actually a full 360 degree panorama, horizontally compressed to fit your browser. As the Earth rotated, stars appeared to circle both the North Celestial Pole, on the left, and the South Celestial Pole, just below the horizon on the right. The above panorama over Arches National Park in Utah, USA, was captured two weeks ago during early morning hours. While the eye-catching texture of ancient layered sandstone covers the image foreground, twenty-meter tall Delicate Arch is visible on the far right, and the distant arch of our Milky Way Galaxy is visible near the image center.

NASA APOD 17-Mar-2014

NGC 3576 in the Sagittarius

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NGC 3576 is a minor nebula in the Sagittarius arm of the galaxy a few thousand light-years away from the Eta Carinae nebula. Eventually this nebula even received six different classification numbers. Currently, astronomers call the entire nebula NGC 3576. A popular nickname is “The Statue of Liberty Nebula” because of the distinctive shape in the middle of the nebula.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Astro-Physics AP130 Gran Turismo
Imaging cameras: Canon 450D mono modded, Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS
Mounts: Losmandy G11
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Pentax SMC Takumar 6×7 200mm f/4
Guiding cameras: QHYCCD QHY5L-II Mono, Microsoft Lifecam Cinema HD
Software: PixInsight, Canon Digital Photo Professional, PHD guiding
Filters: Baader Planetariun Ha 7nm 2″, Hutech IDAS LPS II
Accessories: Astro-Physics Field Flattener
Dates: March 6, 2013, March 13, 2014
Baader Planetariun Ha 7nm 2″: 25×600″ ISO1600 7C bin 1×1
Hutech IDAS LPS II: 42×300″ ISO1600 bin 1×1
Integration: 7.7 hours
Darks: ~27
Flats: ~30
Bias: ~200

Author: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

17 March 2014

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