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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!

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -5, 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: Sun Nov 16 01:39:47 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1939

Iridium 58 flare high in the Northeast.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -6, est. to be in Cepheus)
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 Nov 2 01:51:32 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1938

Iridium 45 flare high in the Northeast...lasted for about 15 seconds.

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.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Tue Oct 28 22:23:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1936

This evening, my friends & I gathered to watch the Antares Rocket come into view after its launch from Wallop's Island in Virginia. The rocket blew up after about 10-12 seconds after launch. From were I was, we first saw the rocket just above the horizon line as a bright orange object that completely blanked out after the rocket exploded. That's a first for me!

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Orange, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Oct 23 21:45:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1935

Just before sunset, my brother Anthony & I were able to view the beginning of the partial solar eclipse with eclipse glasses. The sun showed a little chunk taken out on its left side before it set. That's all we in the northeast could see.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Oct 19 05:03:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1934

I just viewed one of the largest sunspots I've ever seen with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. If we don't get a great aurora from this, we never will.

Moon (Moon, est. to be in Pisces)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Orange, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Oct 8 10:45:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1933

Lunar Eclipse in the Southwest is reddish enough to see.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3.7)
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: Wed Aug 20 01:11:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1932

I viewed the ISS as it traveled overhead, It was very bright & it moved right along.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -3.7)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: excellent
Time: Mon Aug 18 09:30:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1931

this morning, my brother Anthony, my friend Joe & I met at the West Haven beach to observe the close conjunction of Venus & Jupiter. Both planets were just .3 of a degree apart with Venus being the brighter of the two planets. Also, right above our heads, the moon & the star Aldeberan were about 4 degrees apart during there conjunction. Two conjunctions for the price of one. Not bad.

Moon (Moon)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Mon Aug 11 00:00:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1930

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Diane & I viewed the rising super moon. I always look at the full moon so I can tell it's larger than an ordinary full moon.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -8, est. to be in Lyra)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Orange, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jul 22 04:17:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1929

went out East to the closed White Tortilla Kitchen and was on the centerline(?) to see an Iridium 50 flare.

Other (Other)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Wed Jul 16 00:30:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1928

This evening, My brother Anthony, my friends Dave, Mike & I saw the most incredible sunset. Beside the great colors, we counted more than 30 Crespiculer rays. We ended up watching this sunset for more than a half an hour!

Moon (Moon)
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: Sun Jul 13 00:30:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1927

On Saturday evening, my brother Anthony & I watched the super moon rise in the east. I always like to look at the full moon all the time & this helps me appreciate the super moon even more. Next super moon will be August 10th.

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