Phoenix Clear Sky Chart

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jupiter color and detail

This image of Jupiter was taken on 3/26/15

Sirius the brightest star in the sky

Sirius is the brightest star in the Earth's night sky. With a visual apparent magnitude of −1.46, it is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star. The name "Sirius" is derived from the Ancient Greek: Σείριος Seirios. Sirius is one of the nearest stars to us after the sun.

Distance to Earth: 8.611 light years
Magnitude: -1.46
Surface temperature: 9,940 K
Mass: 4.018E30 kg (2.02 Solar mass)
 Luminosity: 25.4 L
 Constellation: Canis Major

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mintaka Star & Mintaka B

This photo was taken 3/24/15 22:00

Mintaka is a star some 916 light years distant[4] in the constellation Orion. It has a Bayer designation of Delta Orionis (δ Ori) and a Flamsteed designation of 34 Orionis. The name Mintaka comes from منطقة manṭaqa, which means "the belt" in Arabic.[5] Together with Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) and Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis), the three stars make up the belt of Orion, known by many names among ancient cultures. When Orion is close to the meridian, Mintaka is the right-most of the belt's stars as seen by an observer in the Northern Hemisphere facing south.

Mintaka B is the bright star you see above Mintaka it is a Spectral class: B4 and its Visual magnitude is 6.8

Monday, March 23, 2015

Another attempt at Jupiter

I took a few videos of Jupiter in black and white in about 2 hours. The processing only took like 5 minutes for this image. Looks clear and shows a little more detail than the others.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Second Image of Jupiter from March 9th 2015

This is another image from March 9th 2015. I processed this image and tried to show more detail and brighter.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jupiter Image

It was a clear night so I tried to image Jupiter again and it looks better than the first time. You see some color.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rigel with companion star on its shoulder

It was a really clear night but I was to tired to setup my scope so I just sat in my back yard with my camera and took a few shots. This one came out the best considering it was a full worm moon. Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear. This picture shows Rigel and a companion star on its left shoulder.