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Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: other   Location: Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Time: Fri Jul 28 16:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2017

While on vacation in Saratoga, my friends Rich, Dave & I observed a fairly rare site. There was a thin layer of high altitude clouds. A high flying jet left its vapor trail behind for a long distance. The sun was just to the vapors trail's left side & this caused a very dark shadow right next to the vapor trail. As the vapor trail started to dissipate, the shadow became dimmer & dimmer. Wow, another astronomy first for me.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: East Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri May 26 23:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2007

This evening my friend Alicia & I saw a great rainbow. It's been awhile since I saw a really nice rainbow.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Mon Jul 18 20:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1976

Last Monday afternoon, my friend Suezie & were watching a severe thunderstorm when we saw a rare scudnato. Severe Storms often produce low hanging scud clouds which occasionally form in such a way that they look like tornadoes. Scudnatoes are quite harmless even though they look very ominous. The difference between a tornado & scudnato is a tornado will spin violently while a scudnato will just sit there motionless. It was quite a sight for both of us.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Tue Jun 14 21:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1974

Yesterday, while on the road. I saw five planes attempt to right a message in the sky. It has been many years since I saw skywriters attempt to do a message. I could see that they briefly succeeded in writing the message but before I could get closer, the upper winds quickly washed out what was written. So to sum it up, it took five airplanes to write a message that remained visible for two minutes.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Oct 7 23:15:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1958

Last evening, I watched the results of a rocket launch from Wallops Island Virginia. The rocket ejected Strontium & Barium into the Stratosphere which resulted in a pale blue circular cloud forming in the sky. The cloud then faded away after about a minute. It was quite a show. I also observed an Iridium Flare.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Sep 4 23:30:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1956

Last night, my friend Steve Borer & I saw what is known as airglow just after sunset. What we thought we saw was very high altitude Noctilucent Clouds but it wasn't clouds at all. We checked with Space Weather & it turned out that we saw was an aurora like airglow 90-100 kilometers up. The air glow looked like a wavy cloud because gravity waves made the air glow look like that. It's not really understood how an air glow forms but it is a rarely seen phenomina. We were able to watch it for 15 minutes & then it just melted away. What a sight it was!

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Time: Thu Jul 30 17:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1952

On July 30th, while vacationing in Saratoga, I saw a tornado. I was sitting on the motel balcony watching a thunderstorm when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a week tornado moving from my right to a position directly in front of me. When it did reach that position, the tornado fizzled out. I don't usually right about atmospherical phenomena but this was really something to see.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Nov 1 15:10:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1937

Rainbow seen at this location in the Northwest and it became slightly double in the North for about 30 seconds...a RARE sight.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric, est. to be in Cassiopeia)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Feb 1 07:30:00 2011 UT   Obs. no.: 1864

Last evening, Joe Cseh and I enoyed a faint aurora. For fifteen minutes we were able to view the curtains of the light green aurora. We also observed a -2 magnitude meteor and a-4 magnitude irridium flare sattellite. It was a very enjoyable fifteen minutes.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Mon Sep 1 23:45:00 2008 UT   Obs. no.: 1798

For the last two evenings I have been observing bright orangy sunsets due to a volcano erupting in Alaska. These colorful sunsets are being seen around a good part of the world. Also this evening I observed faint noctulucent clouds in the northwestern sky. These clouds faded away quite rapidly.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Sun Jun 8 20:00:00 2008 UT   Obs. no.: 1789

Yesterday while enjoying a lightning and thunder storm from my deck, I saw a lightning bolt that was a complete spiral. It almost looked like a target. I have never abolt of lightning formed as a circle before and I doubt that I will ever see one like that again.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Seeing: fair
Time: Mon May 5 21:45:00 2008 UT   Obs. no.: 1779

Last evening I observed two mock suns 22.5 degrees on either side of the sun. Each mock sun had the colors of the rainbow and they were quite bright and obvious. These mock suns can be seen any time in the late afternoon or early evening if ther are Cirrus Clouds in the sky.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Mon Mar 17 17:00:00 2008 UT   Obs. no.: 1769

This afternoon for a period of fifteen minutes I had the bluest sky I've ever seen. The dark blue sky extended all the way down to the horizon from 1:00 PM to 1:15 PM EDT before returning to its normal blue color. Usually when the sky is dark blue the horizon part of the sky is still a paler blue. I've have never seen such a blue sky before in my life. It was very interesting.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Wed Mar 12 21:45:00 2008 UT   Obs. no.: 1767

This evening when my friend Steve Borer and I were walking on the beach for good health, we noticed some very bright crespicular rays in the sky. Some of the rays were bright and others were dark as the result of the sun's shadow. It was quite a sight.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Thu Oct 25 20:50:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1723

This afternoon I observed a mock sun to the right of our own sun. Cirrus clouds caused this to happen. The mock sun had the colors of the rainbow in it and it was quite a sight. As winter approaches these mock suns will be a much more common sight in the sky.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Time: Mon Sep 3 18:30:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1706

Yesterday, my brother Bob and our friend Tony attended a minor league baseball game. During the second inning a huge well formed dust devil formed in the bullpen of the opposing team. It looked like a small tornado and it enveloped the opposing relief pitchers as they sat in the bullpen watching the game. The dust devil then moved to the grassy area and disapated. This was the best formed dust devil I've seen since the ones I observed in Vietnam during the dry season. It was quite a sight.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Sun Aug 19 18:00:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1698

Today while I was at a Civil War reenactment I noticed jet contrails across the sky with shadows caused by the contrails running along side the contrails. The further the contrails were from the sun, then the farther the shadows were from the contrails. This is the first time I've seen shadows caused by jet contrails ever.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Seeing: good
Time: Mon May 14 18:15:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1654

This afternoon while I was outside, I noticed what are called Wave Clouds in the sky. These clouds looded like waves that are cresting. This was my first time I ever saw them.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue May 1 01:15:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1648

Last night after walking the beach, my friend Steve Borer and I observed a genuine blue moon. For five minutes the moon was actually tinted blue as we gawked at it. It then returned to its white color. My other friend Mike Dzubaty had just left for home after the three of us walked and he missed it. To figure out what caused a five minute blue moon, I rushed home to check the weather satellite images. The cause of the five minute blue moon was a thin stripe of high thin clouds than crossed the moon's face. These clouds were so faint we did not notice they were over the moon's face. Now I know what it's like to see a blue moon.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: none   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Feb 25 16:00:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1626

On Sunday, my friends Mike Dzubaty, Steve Borer and I noticed a colorful halo around the sun as we set out for a trip to the northwest hills of Connecticut. When we reached there the halo around the sun was as bright and colorful as ever. The colors where orange, yellow and blue. The halo was caused by high clouds in advance of a minor snowstorm that hit that night.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Jan 5 01:00:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1607

Last evening, my friends, Steve Borer, Mike Dzubaty and I were observing the full moon through high thin clouds while we were walking the beach. At first we were able to see the ring around the moon but then we noticed that on either side of the moon were mock moons or moon dogs as they are sometimes called. Unlike sundogs, which have a lot of color to them, these moondogs were essesially colorless. This was the first time I was able to see moondogs.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Dec 15 01:30:00 2006 UT   Obs. no.: 1599

A few posts back I said if sunspot 930 did not send a CME to earth resulting in auroras, I would then eat my telescope. Well I got lucky. The aurora arrived full force. The red part of the aurora actually extended well to our south. After about 30 minutes, the red part dissapated. My brother Anthony and I from our location and my friend, Joe Cseh from his location, turned to the northwest. Here the color of the aurora was orangy yellow and this part was very bright. This part of the aurora was still going strong when we went in for the night.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Thu Apr 13 22:00:00 2006 UT   Obs. no.: 1524

While this observation is more meteorlogical than astronomical, I still want to write about it because I think it is a very interesting sky observation. While I was at home, I was watching a weather broadcast that showed a big thunderstorm well to my north that was heading in an ESE direction. On the radar, the storm had a hook echo attached to it which indicated that the storm may have a tornado involved. With this in mind, I rushed to the beach to join my friend Dave Maltese to observe the storm which was well to our east. The thunderstorm itself was a huge billowing storm that had a rather large funnel cloud attatched to it. We watched the funnel cloud for about half an hour when it finally spit out a small wriggly rope tornado. The rope tornado lasted about two or three minutes in which it would get stronger and then weaker before the whole funnel cloud finally dissapated. Also, during the 30 minutes the funnel cloud lasted, we were seeing bolts of lightning shooting down towards the ground. These bolts of lightning were right next to the funnel cloud. Now its back to astronomical observations.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Sat Nov 5 20:30:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1393

This afternoon, my friends, Steve Borer, Mike Dzubaty, Mike's son Mike and I were leaving the Yale football game when we observed the brightest mock sun any of us have ever seen. The oranges, reds and yellows were very bright and there was a tinge of blue also. It was quite a sight.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Milford, Connecticut, United States
Time: Sat May 28 00:15:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1235

This evening, after a thunderstorm, I observed a completely orange rainbow. I turned to the west and I saw a very orange sun about to set. I guess the rainbow was orange because the very low in the horizon sun was very orange. Seeing an orange rainbow was a first for me.

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