Moon as Buckle in Belt of Venus

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Feb 13 19:36:01 2006 UTC

My son said the moon was the buckle in the Belt of Venus. This picture captures the golden moon better than my wider others. 13 February 2006 at sunrise about 7am in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2006 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Iridescence near sun

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Dec 18 16:05:01 2005 UTC

The colors in these clouds were beautiful, and I could see most of the ones here by blocking the sun with my hand. Be *very* careful taking such pictures. Photo with Nikon Coolpix 4500 on automatic. 17 December 2005 about noon in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2005 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Sun corona with iridescence

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Dec 18 15:49:01 2005 UTC

The colors in these clouds were beautiful but finding a way to block the sun was difficult. I need more yard ornaments. :-) Be *very* careful doing this. I have other pictures that have more sun because I was estimating where the sun, the blocking mailbox, and the corona was without looking through the viewfinder. The monitor was hard to see in such bright light. Photo with Nikon Coolpix 4500 on automatic. 17 December 2005 about noon in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2005 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Moon Corona - 14 Nov 2005

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Tue Nov 15 19:49:01 2005 UTC

This picture doesn't quite capture the beauty of the moon among these clouds. Mars is hiding here. Picture taken at 22:09 UTC 14 November 2005 from 76.4 W 40 N with a Nikon Coolpix 4500. 1/3 seconds, f 3, ISO 400 (camera on automatic). Copyright Beth Katz - katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Mars and Moon with corona - 14 Nov 2005

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Tue Nov 15 15:47:01 2005 UTC

The moon was putting on a splendid display with the clouds and Mars. This was taken at 22:26 UTC on 14 November 2005 from 76.4 W 40 N. Nikon Coolpix 4500. Shutter 1/2 sec, f 4.9, ISO 200. Copyright Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Evening Planets - 23 June 2005

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Fri Jun 24 02:29:01 2005 UTC

Saturn, Venus, and Mercury grace the sunset glow. They'll be arranged differently and more closely tomorrow. Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1 sec, f 3.4, iso 400. Copyright 2005 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Sunset - 1 June 2005

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Jun 2 13:37:01 2005 UTC

The sun lit many different layers of clouds here. I couldn't capture the deep red of the distant clouds to the right of the sun well enough to do them justice. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on June 1, 2005. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on automatic with photo cropped in iPhoto with no other adjustments. Copyright 2005 by Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Sundogs 1 June 2005

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Jun 2 12:50:01 2005 UTC

Individually, each sundog was brighter at various times during this display, but getting them both in the picture with the sun appropriately hidden became a challenge. All automatic camera settings on Nikon Coolpix 4500 then cropped in iPhoto with no adjustments. Copyright Beth Katz 2005, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Two halos 12:33 19 May 2005

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Fri May 27 00:46:01 2005 UTC

This is an hour after the first picture. The 22 degree halo is at the top. The second halo is more centered on the sun and more obviously elliptical. I have more pictures, but it was strange to see what seemed to be a "rare" elliptical halo the same day one was featured on the Earth Sciences Picture of the Day. If you have ideas, contact me at Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu. These pictures are copyrighted by Beth Katz 2005.

Two halos 11:19 19 May 2005

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Fri May 27 00:32:01 2005 UTC

This was a good day for halos in our area. I had a very good 22 degree sun halo, but my camera doesn't have a wide enough lens to capture it. The 22 degree halo is near the leaves; it was complete. I'm wondering about the other partial halo here. It seems elliptical, and I'm not sure where its center is. This was about 11:19am. Next picture is an hour later. If you have ideas, contact me at Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Sun Pillar - 25 February 2005

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Jun 2 13:07:01 2005 UTC

I was shoveling snow with very light snow falling as the sun rose. This sun pillar was better and seemed taller earlier, but I had to go in and get the camera. Photo with Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1/84 sec, f 4.2, ISO 100. Copyright 2005 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Morning Planets - 20 Dec 2004

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Dec 20 12:31:01 2004 UTC

Mercury, Venus, and Mars line up before sunrise. Venus and Mercury will get closer over the next week. Jupiter is much higher up and Saturn is over with Castor and Pollux in the west. Photo with Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1 second, f 2.6, ISO 400. Copyright 2004 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Planets and moon through clouds - 8 Dec 2004

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Dec 9 03:39:01 2004 UTC

The clouds were a problem getting this shot before Mars was lost in the early morning light. As it is, I'm missing Spica here. Lower left to upper right, we see Venus, Mars, alpha Lib, the Moon, and Jupiter. I'm hoping for a better picture on the 9th. Photo with Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1 second, f 2.6, ISO 400. Copyright 2004 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Brief Beauty (10 Nov 2004 04:02 UT)

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Wed Nov 10 21:51:02 2004 UTC

The best ten minutes of my evening from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This image was taken at 04:02 UT Nov 10 (11:02 EST). The image was an 8 second exposure with f2.6 and ISO 400 with my Nikon Coolpix 4500 using the fine format. I have more aurora photos at http://cs.millersville.edu/~katz/AuroraNov2004 Copyright 2004 Beth Katz (katz@cs.millersville.edu)

Breakfast Companions Rearranged

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Wed Nov 10 11:50:01 2004 UTC

Yesterday, the Moon was above Venus and Jupiter. Now it's below clearly demonstrating how much the Moon moves in 24 hours. Spica is peaking over the housetop. I was a little earlier this morning, so the camera chose a 1 second exposure, f 3.0, ISO 400. Check out my gallery here to see yesterday's shot. Copyright 2004 Beth Katz (katz@cs.millersville.edu)

Morning Companions - 9 Nov 2004

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Tue Nov 9 11:49:01 2004 UTC

Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon are companions at early morning breakfast. Photo with Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1/3 sec, f 3.3, iso 400. Copyright 2004 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Aurora in Lancaster County (8 Nov 2004 04:21 UT)

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Nov 8 20:00:01 2004 UTC

We watched the aurora for hours from our home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This image was taken at 04:21 UT Nov 8 (11:21 EST). The image was an 8 second exposure with f2.6 and ISO 200 with my Nikon Coolpix 4500 using the normal format. I used no special lens and did no processing to it. I have more aurora photos at http://cs.millersville.edu/~katz/AuroraNov2004 Copyright 2004 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Circumzenithal Arc - 9 Jan 2004

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sat Jan 10 03:20:01 2004 UTC

This circumzenithal arc (CZA) was above a tangent arc. The CZA disappeared and reappeared as the cirrus clouds and contrails floated by. The tangent arc bent down on the bright side. My photos of the tangent arc and sundogs were okay but not great. Photo taken 12:55 pm EST, January 9, 2004 in Lancaster County, Pennslyvania with a Nikon 4500 exposed for 1/640, ISO 100. Copyright 2004 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.


Sun Pillar - 7 December 2003

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Jun 2 13:19:01 2005 UTC

I have a new digital camera and grabbed it to take this picture of a sun pillar as the sun rose. It reminded me of a sword. The camera was on automatic, and I blocked the sun (somewhat) with a tree and the school building in the distance. December 7, 2003 with a Nikon Coolpix 4500. Copyright 2003 Beth Katz. katz@cs.millersville.edu.

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