Mars approaches the opposition when the Moon covers it
25.11. There are again good chances to spot Mars when it is closest to Earth on 12/12 and 8/12. in opposition. Here are two recent pictures, on the left from Lasse Ekblom on 18.11., on the right from Antti Taskinen on 23.11. In opposition, Mars also hides behind the Moon in the morning. The event can be seen everywhere in Finland.
Auroral arc in pictures on Sunday
22.11. On Sunday the aurora borealis didn't offer a big show, but Mikko Silvola arranged the landscape elements in Pyhäjoki to get an atmospheric picture of a peaceful auroral arc. A finalizing touch is given by The Big Dipper which, as Silvola writes, is suitably positioned at end of the road. Another version of same subject, by Tommy Lågland on the seashore in Kokkola, is not bad either.
Hard-core halo day on Sunday
20.11. Sturdy diamond dust shows were on the offing in different parts of Finland on Sunday. The view on the top left was captured by Anne Niemistö at Pelkosenniemi, next to it is a shot by Esa Pekka Isomursu from Pudasjärvi, below is a photo by Jouni Kiimalainen from Kuopio. On the lower left are pillars from the outdoor lights in Muinio the night before, photographed by Erkki Koski-Lammi Freezing weather in high pressure conditions will continue, so diamond dust halos may well be seen in the coming days.
The Leonid maximum is at hand
16.11. The normal maximum of the Leonid shooting stars is predicted at 01-02 Finnish time on 18 Nov. Numerous other peaks have also been calculated. 19 Nov. at 8:00-8:30 the most numerous Leonids may be seen. Two weaker maxima are predicted for 18 Nov at 9 and 21 Nov at 17. Of course, these times are not the best for spotting in Finland, but predictions are never certain. In Utsjoki, the radiant is above the horizon around the clock, in Helsinki after 21:33 . (photo Stellarium)
Newest commented observations
1.12.2022 at 07.15 - 07.40 - Lapua
Taken from an airplane in the morning in the east direction, height at that point approx. 5 km, with a cell phone camera. Could there be pearly clouds or could there still be illuminating night clouds at this time of the year?
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30.11.2022 at 10.40 - 10.50 - Turku
The surprising appearance of the sun and the beautifully wavy color cloud in the middle of the grayness of November made me happy.
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25.11.2022 at 00.00 - 04.30 - Victoria, Gobur, Australia
Tomi Kurri, Porin Karhunvartijat
I photographed the Large Magellanic Cloud on a moonless night in the middle of the rural darkness here in Australia. The Large Magellanic Cloud is located near the South Pole and is never visible in Finland or even in Europe. Both Magellanic Clouds are visible throughout the Australian summer high in the southern sky. The object is really spectacular and the bar structure of the galaxy can be seen with the naked eye. In the sky, the object's apparent diameter is almost 20 times that of the Moon. For example, compared to the Andromeda galaxy, the Magellanic clouds are really easy to see wit...
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23.11.2022 at 20.15 - 21.15 - Joensuu
Antti Taskinen, Joensuun Seulaset
The weather has been, to put it mildly, challenging for observing planets this fall, at least in Joensuu. When the clouds have not been in the way, the wind has been strong and the seeing has been miserable. Now finally, after a break of two and a half months, I was able to distinguish some details from the surface of Mars again. The pictures were still pretty blurry. It's great that Mars in the sky shines like this when the opposition is approaching, if only there would be better seeing there in the next few weeks. The picture shows e.g. Elysium and Mare Cimmerium, the north is below.
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(20971) 1981 DR1 (1981 DR1) A central main belt asteroid imaged on the first evening of 2022 DS days. When photographing Aquarius NGC 6772 bipolar planetary 12mag nebula, this object came into the picture. The Eunomia family asteroid was discovered by the American astronomer Schelte John "Bobby" Bus (b.1956) at the Australian Siding Spring Observatory on February 28, 1981. Bobby Bus has discovered a total of 1683 asteroids and comet 87P/Bus. Source Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schelte_J._Bus . The size of the small asteroid is 3.73 km. Spectral class S according to the family. When ...
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28.9.2022 at 00.00 - 00.45 - Torsken, Norja
Atte Ahola, Ursa (Etelä-Suomi)
Expectations for the evening were high, because we had arrived on the island of Senja to the wonderful scenery. The sky was quite clear, so we headed to the pre-planned shooting location. At the end of the Gryllefjord. The place turned out to be a very dark place when the moon did not illuminate the landscape. Perhaps it was too dark because the mountains couldn't be photographed as the shadows were visible without burning the sky. The northern lights were surprisingly quiet that night before the clouds arrived. I expected that the lights would have risen over the fjord and I would have go...
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20.11.2022 at 19.37 - 20.48 - Kajaani
It has been a cloudy and gloomy time for many weeks until it cleared up on Sunday, I was wondering if the clear weather would last until the night, luckily it lasted that long. When it got dark, I hurried to the shooting location in Paltaniemi, Kajaani, on the shore of Lake Oulujärvi, and the lights appeared on time.
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21.11.2022 at 11.14 - 11.47 - Kuusamo, Rukatunturi
Jani Päiväniemi, Ursa (Pohjois-Suomi)
On Ruka, nice halos could be seen again in the ice fog. Would there be anything else in those sauri when the stump rises up? The lower side suns may be below.
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20.11.2022 at 12.40 - 13.20 - Pelkosenniemi
I don't know the exact time for the beginning and the end. My estimate is between 12:40 and 1:20 p.m. Snow on Pyhätunturi causes ice fog, etc.
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20.11.2022 at 14.13 - 14.18 - Joensuu
The surface solar arc surprised by freezing in the shelters of the marina. The angle of the phenomenon is quite narrow, you wouldn't need to be much higher than the sun to reach out to become a Bottlinger. The moon phase is too weak to attempt it at night. I was equipped with my phone, I clicked pictures and quickly stacked 16 of them by hand. The first is the maximum stack, the second is the average stack. Thirdly, a single image which is, as it should be, significantly worse than the visual impression. Keli was perhaps not quite an archetype. In the morning there was a moderate wind acco...
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