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Newest commented observations

Rare halos

18.5.2022 at 08.17 - 08.30 - Muurame (IV)

When I left for work, a bright "ordinary" halo was visible, but luckily I had to glance higher, there was more ... "rainbow colors" in the halo clearly visible. A strange unexplained light "dot" appears under the rainbow, in other places in other pictures. In the pictures I took, about one in three shows a comma, but not pixels at the same point, and the shape varies ...? And it doesn’t look like a reflection of optics in your own eye. Something or other? The other pictures I took are dotted. Taking pictures: 8:19, 8:19, 8:20, 8:22. The direction of shooting is completely east, well, it can be...

Images: 4 pcs • Comments: 1 pcs

Rare halos

18.5.2022 at 08.20 - Muurame, Verkkoniemi (IV)
Arto Oksanen, Jyväskylän Sirius

Nice and bright halos in the morning sky.

Comments: 1 pcs

Other special clouds

17.5.2022 at 09.33 - 09.35 - Helsinki (III)
Kirka Turtiainen

Apparently the Horseshoe Swirl was visible above the center of Helsinki for a while. The vortex lasted for an estimated maximum of 2 minutes. The pictures were taken from Jätkäsaari in the direction of Eira on a mobile phone in a hurry.

Images: 2 pcs • Comments: 1 pcs

Several halo forms

17.5.2022 at 20.30 - 21.15 - Turku (II)
Paula Mattila

Finally in the evening in the sky some event, first side suns, then 22r.

Images: 2 pcs • Comments: 2 pcs

UGC 9749 Ursa Minor Dwarf

11.5.2022 at 02.00 - Fregenal de la Sierra, Espanja (I)
Tapio Lahtinen, Tampereen Ursa

I’ve photographed some of these Milky Way dwarf galaxies and now in the spring I saw a picture of this rather challenging galaxy online. The distance in this dwarf galaxy is about 225,000 light-years. The galaxy is mainly made up of old stars and there is hardly any new star formation there. That’s why it’s so challenging when gas is no longer visible.

Images: 2 pcs • Comments: 2 pcs

Rho Ophiuchi pilvikompleksi

9.5.2022 at 02.47 - 03.51 - Estreito da Calheta (IV)
Otto Vehviläinen, Ursa (Etelä-Suomi)

During the holiday trip in Madeira, you had the opportunity to photograph the objects near the center of the Milky Way from the dark sky. Here’s a shot from the area of Antares and Rho Ophiuch combined with photos from a few nights. During the first night, the clouds rolled over, but on the second night, it was already possible to shoot as long as patience was enough to stand alone in the museum parking lot.

Images: 2 pcs • Comments: 1 pcs

A fireball at night, brighter than the venus

15.5.2022 at 23.42 - Helsinki (III)
Rauno Kontro

15.5. 2022 around 23:42 1-2s lasting flash in the sky in a south-southeast direction. Height with a fist length of about 40 degrees. The brightness was estimated to be about 2-3 times brighter than Venus at its brightest, which I have seen. Checked flight Radar, when the suspicion that the aircraft landing lights had flashed, no aircraft was found. No movement was observed during that time. No sound, and no fading plane lights. Attached are pictures of the location and direction of observation, as well as a flightradar image of the aircraft.

Images: 2 pcs • Comments: 3 pcs

Primary rainbow

15.5.2022 at 22.04 - 22.07 - Kuopio (III)

A pink vertical pillar is visible for about three minutes at sunset. Straight up, not curved like a rainbow, but clearly due to the sun. I can't name, officially identify this?

Images: 5 pcs • Comments: 1 pcs

One halo form

15.5.2022 at 12.10 - 12.15 - Turku (I)
Paula Mattila

22r was visible in the cloud where no thoughts were expected because about 10 min earlier it had a nice perimeter in the sun

Images: 3 pcs • Comments: 2 pcs

Moon

15.5.2022 at 00.15 - 00.40 - Lohja (III)
Ilona Rasa, Ursa (Helsinki)

At night again, I got flying for the video. I combined them from two different videos into one piece, the first one could have a bird, in the other - I don't know ... anything :)

Comments: 2 pcs