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Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -5, 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: Sun Feb 14 02:50:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1964

Iridium 21 flare seen clearly toward the NNE

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3, est. to be in Eridanus)
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 Jan 30 02:34:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1963

Iridium 77 Flare in the south despite high clouds.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3.5)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: East Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Oct 21 23:05:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1962

Last evening after work, I was able to view the ISS flying overhead. It was a nice sight.

Mercury (Planet, est. mag -1)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Durham, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Oct 17 09:50:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1961

this morning before we started hunting for pheasant, my friend Joe & I enjoyed a four planetary lineup in the eastern sky. Mercury was just above the horizon & it was fairly bright. Above Mercury was Jupiter & Mars in conjunction. Mars was less than half a degree from Jupiter. Finally above them all, was the brightest planet Venus. That was quite a show.

Moon (Moon, est. mag -6)
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 14 22:30:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1960

This evening, I stepped outside to observe the sliver crescent moon. There was even a little earthshine in it. A nice sight.

Mars (Planet, est. mag 1.5)
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: Sat Oct 10 10:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1959

Yesterday morning, before we went on a road trip, my brother Anthony, my friends Dave & Mike & I observed a beautiful planetary lineup in the eastern sky. The waning crescent moon was on the bottom with Jupiter above the moon. Mars was next above Jupiter, followed by very bright Venus. Finally, above Venus, was the star Regulus.

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.

Moon (Moon, est. mag -6)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Sep 28 00:13:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1957

This evening, my brother Anthony & I observed the total lunar eclipse of the super moon. This eclipse seemed to be on the darker side which I attributed to the ongoing forest fires on the west coast. I rated the eclipse darkness on the Dijon Scale to be L= 2.0. The super moon itself actually did look larger than the average full moon.

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!

Saturn (Planet, est. mag 0.0)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 40-mm refractor   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Sep 2 00:30:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1955

On Tuesday evening my brother Anthony showed everyone Saturn with his small spotting scope. The tiny image of Saturn & its rings were sharp & clear even though no details were seen. It was a beautiful view of Saturn's ring system.

Sun (Sun)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Wed Aug 19 17:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1954

This afternoon I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. I was able to view one faint sunspot group #2401. It looked like a simple complex & the sun continues to remain quiet.

Meteor (Meteor, est. mag -3, 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: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Aug 13 03:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1953

Last evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Steve & I observed The Perseid Meteor Shower from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM. During the two hours we observed, we saw about fifty meteors with several of these being blue & bright. we also used our binoculars to view the Pleides open cluster, M45 & the Andromeda Galaxy, M31. It was a very enjoyable night of meteor watching.

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.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.7, est. to be in Leo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jun 30 01:15:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1951

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Joe & I observed the close conjunction Of the Planets Venus & Jupiter. Jupiter was less than .4 of a degree above & left of Venus. In binoculars, Venus was a waning crescent while a couple of Jupiter's moons were in View. Tomorrow night, These two planets will be just .3 of a degree apart.

Pluto (Planet)
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: Sat Jun 20 00:39:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1950

A new app came out which shows what it would be like on Pluto at high noon. For me to find out what it's like on Pluto at high noon I had to step out of my condo at 8:39 PM, which was exactly nine minutes after sunset. It is not very bright on Pluto at noon. Even without the app, anyone can get a sense of what it is like on Pluto at noon by stepping outside between eight & ten minutes before sunrise or between eight & ten minutes after sunrise. It is something to behold. One other item, it was New Years Day on Mars yesterday.

Saturn (Planet, est. mag 0.0, est. to be in Libra)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 12-inch refractor   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun May 17 01:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1949

Last evening, My friends Mike Recchia, Steve Borer & I took a trip to Leitner Observatory at Yale to see a planetarium show & then afterwards to do some observing with Yale's Telescopes. The first planet we viewed was Saturn which the observatory's 12" refractor was trained on. The rings were in great view & Saturn's moon Titan was easily seen. With two smaller scopes, we were able to observe Jupiter & its four moons. The belts of Jupiter were easily seen. Finally we observed Venus which is now a waning crescent. I did some dark areas on Venus' cloud deck. All in all it was a great evening of astronomy.

Moon (Moon, est. mag -5)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Wed May 20 00:15:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1948

This evening while driving home, I observed a tiny sliver crescent moon low in the western sky below Venus. This was one of my most slenderest of moons I have ever seen.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -4, est. to be in Hydra)
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 Mar 22 03:32:35 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1947

Iridium 6 DOUBLE Flare below Jupiter.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -8, est. to be in Orion)
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 Mar 15 02:20:35 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1946

Iridium 32 Flare high in the South.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Fri Feb 20 23:30:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1945

This evening, my friend Mike & I viewed the conjunction of Mars, Venus & the crescent moon. All three were within one degree of each other. It was an awesome sight.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -5, est. to be in Lepus)
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 Feb 11 03:04:35 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1944

Iridium 76 flare down in the SE

Comet (Comet, est. mag 4.5, est. to be in Eridanus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Jan 16 01:10:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1943

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Joe & I observed Comet Lovejoy. In 10X50 Binoculars, the comet was a big smudge with a nice fantail. A longer faint tail extended out of the fantail. We also viewed the Orion Nebula in the binos & it was brighter than the comet. A great evening of astronomy.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -8, 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: Tue Jan 13 02:26:35 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1942

another good Iridium 77 flare North of Capella.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -9, est. to be in Andromeda)
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 Jan 3 01:22:55 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1941

Iridium 54 Flare high in the East...1st observation in 2015.

Meteor (Meteor, est. mag -4, est. to be in Orion)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Dec 15 04:00:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1940

This evening, while observing the Geminid Meteor Shower, I saw a bright -4 magnitude meteor pass through Orion. It was a blue meteor with a short trail. Very Impressive!

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