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Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 6-mm Dobsonian reflector   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Jan 1 23:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 1995

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friends Steve, Joe, R.J., Ben & I brought two pair of Binoculars & a 6" Dob & 10" Dob to the West Haven beach were we had an impromptu star party. The first thing we viewed was the conjunction of The crescent moon & the crescent Venus. That alone was quite a sight. We also saw Mars & Neptune very close to each other with orange Mars contrasting very nicely with bluish Neptune. We also observed the Orion Nebula, as well as both the Pleaides & Hyades open clusters. Finally we saw a few satellites pass by overhead. What a way to start the new year.

Meteor (Meteor)
Observer: Joe Caggiano (e-mail: fishermanjoe523@gmail.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Glenside, PA, USA
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Dec 14 11:43:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1994

Just an addendum to my last post, the planet in the morning sky was Jupiter, not Saturn.

Meteor (Meteor, est. mag -6, est. to be in Ophiuchus)
Observer: Joe Caggiano (e-mail: fishermanjoe523@gmail.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Glenside, PA, USA
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Dec 14 11:43:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1993

Just saw a phenominal fireball streak past just a few degrees from Saturn. It travelled South by SouthEast and was a beautiful bright blue-green color. It was visible for almost a second and started about the zenith point to just past Saturn's declination. I was looking at Saturn at the time that it became visible. Very very bright with at least 2 pieces that broke off from the main fireball, much like an air rocket on independence day with sparks flying off. It was the best meteor I have seen in about 10 years.

Moon (Moon)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 35-mm binoculars   Location: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Dec 3 22:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1992

This evening, my friend Steve & I observed the crescent moon, Mars & Venus together in the western sky after sunset. We also spotted the ISS going across the sky directly above us. It was quite an astronomical show!

Moon (Moon)
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: Sun Dec 4 02:05:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1991

"young" crescent passing Venus and Mars was a nice sight in the SW.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3)
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: Wed Nov 30 02:05:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1990

another good weather ISS Passage going near Venus in the Southwest to NE into the Earth's shadow.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -8, est. to be in Cassiopeia)
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: Mon Nov 28 01:57:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1989

DOUBLE Iridium 23 Flare high in the NNE and also about -3 Mag. in Camelopardalis.

Moon (Moon, est. to be in Taurus)
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: Mon Nov 14 03:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1988

Supermoon rising and was bright.

Moon (Moon)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Nov 13 21:23:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1987

This evening, My brother Anthony, my friends Joe, Steve & I watched the super moon rise over the West Haven beach. When you look at the full moon every month, you can see the difference in size & brightness when observing the full moon. At the same time, we had an extremely low tide while the moon was rising. It was one of the lowest tides I ever saw thus giving all of us two different views of the moon's closeness to Earth.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -4)
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: Mon Nov 7 01:52:05 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1986

Iridium 62 Flare high in the NNE between Cassiopeia and Cepheus.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -7, est. to be in Camelopardalis)
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: Thu Oct 27 02:50:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1985

Iridium 70 toward the NE

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -1)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Oct 17 19:45:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1984

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friends Joe, Steve, Leo & I watched the Anteres Rocket go by the West Haven beach on its way to the ISS from Wollop's Island Virginia. We knew when the first stage dropped off by the bright flash that appeared as the rocket gained altitude. We were then able to watch the rocket go on looking like an orange light in the sky. It as quite an event to see.

Satellite (Satellite, est. to be in Aquila)
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: Thu Sep 15 02:55:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1983

"double" Iridium flares below Altair.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3, est. to be in Aquila)
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: Wed Sep 14 03:00:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1982

Iridium 13 under Altair

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -6)
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: Tue Aug 23 03:00:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1981

Iridium 5 flare in mid-twilight high in the SE

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -6, est. to be in Sagitta)
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: Wed Aug 10 04:00:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1980

another Iridium flare high in the east (Summer Triangle) lasted longer than usual.

Jupiter (Planet)
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 Aug 6 03:00:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1979

above the Moon was a nice sight.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -7, est. to be in Cygnus)
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: Fri Jul 29 04:54:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1978

BRIGHT Iridium 35 flare below the Summer Triangle.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3, est. to be in Lyra)
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: Thu Jul 28 03:45:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1977

Another good ISS Pass from Southwest to Northeast passing Vega.

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.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.5, est. to be in Scorpius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Jun 20 03:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1975

Last evening, I viewed Mars through my 127mm MAK. There was a large area of limb haze at the edge of Mars. I also noticed The South Polar Hood was easier for me to see than the North Polar Ice Cap. I also noticed Mars has started to shrink in my scope as it begins to move further away.

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.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.5, est. to be in Scorpius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 8-inch refractor   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jun 14 21:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1973

On Tuesday evening, My friend Becky, her grandson Noah & I went to Leitner Observatory at Yale to observer Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & the moon with the various telescopes on the scene. Jupiter's equatorial belts were both equally bright which surprised me since the northern belt is usually brighter than the southern belt. Three of Jupiter's moons were also visible. Saturn's noth equatorial belt was very visible as well as the Cassini Division on Saturn's rings. On Mars, I was only able to glimpse the North Polar Ice Cap, & a few Dark areas of the Mars. The craters on the moon were glorious to see. The three of us are planning another trip there when Venus is higher in the sky in August.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.5, est. to be in Scorpius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 8-inch refractor   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jun 14 21:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1972

On Tuesday evening, My friend Becky, her grandson Noah & I went to Leitner Observatory at Yale to observer Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & the moon with the various telescopes on the scene. Jupiter's equatorial belts were both equally bright which surprised me since the northern belt is usually brighter than the southern belt. Three of Jupiter's moons were also visible. Saturn's noth equatorial belt was very visible as well as the Cassini Division on Saturn's rings. On Mars, I was only able to glimpse the North Polar Ice Cap, & a few Dark areas of the Mars. The craters on the moon were glorious to see. The three of us are planning another trip there when Venus is higher in the sky in August.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.4, est. to be in Scorpius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Jun 10 04:15:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1971

This evening, I observed Mars with my 127mm MAK. Once again, I was able to view the north polar icecap as well as the south polar hood. I was not able to see any limb haze this time around but I did see plenty of dark areas on Mars' surface. I then pointed my scope to Saturn. There I was able to see the northern hemisphere of Saturn with two cloud belts going across the Saturn's face. I did manage to glimpse the Cassini division on Saturn's ring system as well as seeing Saturn's moon Titan. what a night of viewing!

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