Monday, February 16, 2009

Solar Halo and Really Big Moon



People I'm so happy. While organizing my more then 23,000 images I've taken over the last 14 months I came across a folder called "Future Posts" and found some images I'd thought I had lost.

The image above is a Solar Halo I took last May on my trip to visit my daughter and boyfriend in Winfield, near Kelowna. What is remarkable about this Solar Halo is that it was taken when it was +25c, very rare. Didn't last all that long, in fact you can see the clouds roll in to dissolve it.



Now just the other day I went out to capture a daytime Moon Set. The sky was full of ice crystals usually if you can image the Moon set low on the horizon when the atmosphere is full of ice crystals it looks unusually large, didn't disappoint. the Moon looked huge, very cool, snapped an image before it ducked below the lower clouds.



This coming February 22nd, there is going to be a beautiful conjunction to look forward to. Just before Sunrise look to the East, South East around 8:00 am CST. for a super duper gathering of the slim crescent Moon, then Mercury, then Jupiter, then Mars. Will be really pretty and rare, perfect photo op. Around 7:20 am CST, you'll see the Moon rise, then below and to the left Mercury will rise, then Jupiter, finally Mars, good luck with the viewing and imaging.

Going through my images I decided to put together a compilation of some of my "thought I'd lost images" with some older favorites. Most of them taken with my Canon 40D, some with my microscope and others like some of the Moon shots taken with my camera attached to my scopes. I have all of you to thank for these images, if I wouldn't have gotten so much encouragement from you readers I probably wouldn't have taken so much in such a little time, if you would have come back in the comments and said things like " Your images suck, this blog sucks, oh and you suck", I probably wouldn't have stood out in the -40c weather to take as many as I did. The video shows as well a never before seen on this blog a cross polarized Asteroid Vesta meteorite as well as one of my favorite Lunar DAG 400 meteorites, it looks cool, gray and cratered , much like the Lunar surface itself, hope you enjoy.

58 comments:

Max said...

Hey Lord of the Astropics :D!

What a magical Solar Halo photo, Bob!! It looks beautiful *applauding*! You kept this photo away from us for almost a year? Not cool [LOL ;)]!

Whoah, that is one huge moon indeed! And you captured it extremely well. During summer, here, we have some huge moons as well...I love it!

«" Your images suck, this blog sucks, oh and you suck",» if someone would say this I would kick his/her butt until it'd become red LOL...no one can insult the Lord of Astropics like that...at least not on my watch!

-40ยบ C...man, you deserve an award for your art and dedication! And I thank you for sacrificing your warmth so that we can get to see (and learn about) these marvellous phenomenons :D!

Oh Bob, your video is so delightful!! And I loved the music too (so soothing)...who plays it?

Congrats, you did an excellent job (once again)!! :D

Have a blessed week!

Stephanie said...

Lovely images, of course. I also applaud the exceptional solar halo and liked the lacy edge of clouds impinging on it. In fact, in your montage, I have a particular fondness for the moon on a cloudy night pictures. What was that second picture of, by the way? Fireworks? Gorgeous work, all of it, down to the incomparable photos of the milky way.

AngelBaby said...

Wow, just awesome! You do amazing photography. These pictures are incredible, so beautiful. I really enjoyed everyone of them. Thank you for sharing these, keep up the good work! Wow!

Love and Blessings,
AngelBaby

Ruth said...

Wow, I feel like I hit the jackpot looking at and reading this post.

The solar halo looks like an eye!

The photo montage is incredible, and perfect with the music. I sat and looked and chills and tears started to form. I thought, well the rare solar halo, finding pictures you thought you lost, and these photos from your spot up there that all look like fantasy worlds, and I just want to sit here and dream now.

Loved your line "Your images suck, this blog sucks, oh and you suck" - you are just way too funny.

Thank you, Bob. This is such a treat coming here.

Daisy said...

I'm glad you take all those great photos so I get to see stuff I never would have known about!

Anne Vis said...

Awesome shots!!!

Ivanhoe said...

Oh my goodness, Bob, that's a huge moon! I enjoyed the slide show as well. It looks like few of the pics were made by fish eye lense. Very cool!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Max, it was like opening a Christmas present finding that folder.

Glad you like the Video Max, the music I used was from the soundtrack of "In The Shadow Of The Moon", kind of haunting and cool and soothing.

Thanks for your kind remarks Max and have a great week.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Stephanie, yes you are right, it is fireworks, was taken during on July 1st celebrations, I was lucky to capture it at the right time, it was really different, looked like a space bug,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks so much Angelbaby, glad you like the images, it was cool to view them after a year, almost like they were somebody else's work,\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Wow, thanks Ruth, and cool about the Solar Halo looking like an eye, funny I never noticed, focused on what I thought it should look like, now how cool, I see an eye, thanks.

Lol, thank goodness you don't think this site sucks, glad you like coming here.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Well thank you Daisy, glad you like coming here and looking and learning about space stuff.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Anne, and thanks for dropping by.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Ivanhoe, the Moon was surreal in person. Yes a lot of my images are taken with the fisheye. I never leave home without it, great for meteor images as well as Solar/Lunar Halos, it is a Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens.\m/\m/

Stephen Cochrane said...

Once again your talent has left me breathless. I know it can be pretty relieving to find something that's important to you that you thought was lost. Glad everything worked out.

Moonshadow said...

More GREAT shots Bob!

Do you read Discover? They had some nice links in the last issue, you may already know of these...
http://cas.sdss.org

http://astro.uchicago.edu/cosmus/projects/#sdss

http://www.galaxyzoo.org/

Somewhere I read something about this being the "Year of Astronomy" or month or something like that. I was going to ask you about it but I can't find where I read it. :(

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Stephen, glad you like the images. It was pretty cool to find something I thought I lost, this stuff you just can't replace.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks for the links Moonshadow, I do frequent them often.

I have been thinking of getting a subscription to Discover, excellent mag.

Yes, It is the International Year Of Astronomy in 2009. I have blogged about it a couple times and have made up posters for my own little tour of the cosmos when it warms up a little.

Posters can be seen in this post link,

http://blackholesandastrostuff.blogspot.com/2009/01/2009-perigee-moon.html

I talked a bit about it as well in the link below.

http://blackholesandastrostuff.blogspot.com/2009/01/international-year-of-astronomy-2009.html

Cashmere said...

Huge moon!
Over here it wasn't as big as your image. The one in your image is huuuuge.. And the solar halo.. Wow!

kml said...

Wow - that is really too cool! The clouds look like an eyelid with the moon being the eyeball. Excellent! So glad you found these guys!

Shinade said...

Okay it's official I have fallen in love with you.

This is one of the most incredible, inspiring, beautiful, and yes very romantic video I have ever seen.

You are simply a master of incredible beauty.

I do so hope that we meet on the other side when we get to travel through these worlds and other's unknown.

I don't know what else to say except that I have just been blown completely away!!

Wow:-)))))

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Cashmere, I really got the Moon at the right time, very lucky, as well as lucky to get the Halo, wasn't expecting it at all.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Me too Kathy, and the Halo looking like an eyeball, glad the clouds did roll in, looks cool.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Shinade, so glad you liked the video, I figure it's one of my better ones. There is just so much I want to say with this blog, and images and music just make it a little more easy. The cosmos is so beautiful and captivating.

Genie said...

I'm getting tired of saying, "Wow!" "Awesome!" "Amazing!"

I mean, really, all this awesomeness is getting old, Bob. Why don't you bore us for once. A girl can only take some much celestial inspiration. And I'm running out of words of praise to shower you with.

Howabout I just say, "Wow, infinity!" And you can consider that every blog entry you post from this moment forward will be wowing me?

I hope you know I'm being sarcastic. This really is wow, awesome, and amazing. Always in a new way, but always fantastic.

Sadia Hussain said...

The Solar Halo is amazing Bob! I've never seen it before.
Remarkable work! Take care.

Swubird said...

Bob:

Huge moon shots. Really nice. I didn't know that ice crystals magnified the moon. Fantastic.

On the video, it only shows two images. Where there supposed to be more?

By the way, did you see the big meteor over Texas? I read about it this morning. They say it was about the size of a car. That's big. Yahoo posted a photo.

23,000 images! And you still have time for video games, and blogging, and work, and the kids, and the wife, and the relatives? When do you sleep?

Happy trails.

Sherer said...

Bob,

I love pictures of the huge moon! Sometimes I wish the moon were closer, just imagine a huge orb in the sky at all times. Or if we had a multiple moon system - that would indeed be beautiful! Maybe one day I'll get to see one of those.

Jesse

Kristine said...

Thank you again, Bob, for a beautiful, inspiring entry.
I'm sure I'm silly, but what is \m/\m/ ?

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Genie, love the wow infinity. I'll tell you a secret, sometimes I just don't know what I am going to blog about till the time for me to blog, lucky for me there is always something cool when it comes to our universe.

I do it for the satisfaction of seeing people like you enjoy it and in your case run out to take great images because of something I said, win-win situation.

Thanks for the great comments Genie and good luck with the conjunction on the 22nd, also the 21st, the Moon will be higher but still should be able to get all 4 in the pic, as well as the 23rd, Moon will be lower and still may be able to get all 4 before it is too light.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks a lot Sadia, glad you liked the Halo that almost wasn't,lol.\m/\m/

Lynda Lehmann said...

WOW, Bob, you did a great job!! I love the images and the music. Watching and listening gave me goosebumps. I'll have to be a Mystic tonight, and it's all your doing!

I'm glad you found the shots you thought were missing. I once lost my whole life's worth of "best photos" a few years back. I think they were lifted, cause I had them in a pile in a public place and I left them alone for a few minutes. Serves me right. It was a terrible feeling. They were about 5 x 7 size prints, as this was before the digicam revolution. I've never found them, and don't have any digital backups.... :( Woe is me.

That large moon is exquisite! Thanks again for sharing your passion for the skies, with us!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks swubird, I heard about it and saw it on TV yesterday, very cool they got images, it will be interesting to see if anything made it to the ground.

There are lots of images on the clip, if you aren't seeing them you could try and double click so it takes you to my you tube site, it might work there, or you could try if you aren't already using the Firefox Browser, I've always had problems with IE on youtube.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Jesse, I hear you, I often wonder about a larger Moon and even more then 1. We are so lucky to have the one we have, it is so beautiful as well as inspirational.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Kristine, the \m/ is a symbol for a rocking out alien, unfortunately you can't see it on this type of page, to see them and other icons just double click on the title of the post, it will take you to a dark background with the post and comments where you will see all the little symbols come to life.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, thanks a lot Lynda.

Wow, too bad about your images, that would have been terrible, images are so irreplaceable,some once in a lifetime image into our past, I was very lucky I found mine. I have lost some before as well, never to be found that's why I back up everything asap, plus I store them on various computers and folders as well as DVDs, unfortunately even DVDs only last for around 10 years.m/\m/

Lynda Lehmann said...

Yes, it was awful and I felt ripped off.

No point in looking back. I'm drowning in new images, anyway!

Off to make dinner...

Phyl said...

These are just stunning! Thank you!

Bob Johnson said...

Again too bad Lynda, but like you say there is always more, I have taken around 20,000 plus images since I lost the first ones, too bad I couldn`t come over for dinner, having day old pizza,lol.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Phyl!!

Lynda Lehmann said...

I knew I should have invited you! Marinated chicken tenders with very sweet, lightly cooked, tender spinach (which my husband doesn't like but I do) and broccoli (which I don't like but my husband does!) Can't please everyone.

And cherries for desert. (And I must confess, two oreo type cookies...)

Bob Johnson said...

Oh yeah, rub it in, I love spinach, hey I just had the rest of my cold hard pizza, boxed pizza at that, with salt and a warm pepsi, oh and pringles chips on the side,mmm mmm good,lol.

Lynda Lehmann said...

All I can say is that for once, MY meal sounds better than the next guy's! :) No offense, lol...

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Lynda, none taken.\m/\m/

Susanne49 said...

Beautiful photos again - as always!!!!

Finally I got some good connection time to visit your blog again - sorry for the long absence!
Susanne

Sue's Daily Photography

TheFortunes said...

WOW Bob, simply spectacular your Sun's helo and the Moon by day time, and so gorgeous and large :)
And I definitely hope to be able to see the conjunction on the 22nd, even though chances will be pretty slim with the clouded sky here lately...but the hope is last to die :)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Susanne, thanks for dropping by, hope you guys are having a great time.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Tatiana, never say never, you have 3 days, 21,22 and the 23 when the Moon will be in the area for a shot if the clouds are in the way on the 22, good luck.\m/\m/

betchai said...

wow, i don't think i have seen a solar halo before....the image is so amazing. i am glad i am learning a lot here and next time i try to be more aware of the different possibilities and occurrences to look for

Roger said...

It always good to rediscover something you thought you had lost aye Bob! greeat post!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks betchai, the sky is full of unexpected gems, just have to be aware.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Roger, it was a good day finding these images for sure.\m/\m/

JD Beaudoin said...

Finding "lost images" is like finding money. It's always a great thing when it happens! LOL

This coming February 22nd, there is going to be a beautiful conjunction to look forward to
Bob, if it would ever stop damn snowing here in the maritimes maybe I'd be able to take you up on this.

~JD

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, JD, hey it is going to be snowing here too, at the very least it will be cloudy.\m/\m/

Rose said...

Bob.. Your blog sucks.............. I'm soo joking. I'm glad you found these lovely images. Your photography is wonderful.

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, thanks Rose.\m/\m/

Anna said...

Wow Bob that is one big moon. You know twice in my life I saw big moon like that. One of them it was over 10 years ago I was driving to the moon, because it was facing me when I was on the road. Usually people get sun in their eyes, and I had moon. It was so powerful. Nice solar halo too. So 23,000 images, you are getting closer to me, at no time you will be reaching 80,000 lol. Anna :) Last time 2 years ago I checked I was at 50k :).

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Anna,wow 50,000 images 2 years ago, I got a few more clicks to go to get there yet,lol. thanks for dropping by.\m/\m/