Orion and ISS - 22 January 2010

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sat Jan 23 00:06:01 2010 UTC

I grabbed the camera and family to catch a bright (-3.4) flyover of the International Space Station. I should have noted that it would appear to go past Orion. Drat; there are clouds. But I caught it anyway with trees. It was about 6pm EST on Friday, 22 January 2010. This is an 8-second exposure. There are several extra "stars" because my camera has many bad pixels. Check out Heavens-Above (http://www.heavens-above.com/) for your opportunity to catch such moments. Copyright (c) 2010 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Halo complex combined - 18 December 2009

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Fri Dec 25 22:56:01 2009 UTC

We had a snowstorm coming in and had a spectacular natural halo complex. This picture is combined from several shots and shows a circumzenithal arc, supralateral arc (very faintly), upper tangent arc, and colorful 22-degree halo with sundogs on both sides. There was also a bright blue glow of a 120-degree parhelion off to the right. I have movies capturing it all. I'm not very good at combining images in GIMP, but this is the best I'll do for now. From Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright (c) 2009 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Halo complex - 18 December 2009

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sat Dec 19 01:36:01 2009 UTC

We have a snowstorm coming in and had a spectacular natural halo complex this afternoon. This picture was taken with my iPhone and shows a circumzenithal arc, supralateral arc (very faintly), upper tangent arc, and colorful 22-degree halo. The halo went around the sun to the horizon. There were also sun dogs and a bright blue glow at about 60 degrees around the parhelic circle. I have movies to capture it all and better pictures on my camera. But this was probably the peak of the CZA colors. From Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright (c) 2009 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Halloween Rainbow

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Dec 7 12:21:01 2009 UTC

A rainbow with colorful fall foliage on October 31, 2009 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2009 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Sundog and parhelic circle - 17 January 2009

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Jan 18 13:56:01 2009 UTC

It was cold (< 10F), but I saw this sundog and the parhelic circle about noon 17 January 2009 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The colors were rainbow rather than the usual sunrise/sunset sundogs. A short time later, there was one on the other side, but my camera was in the car at that point. When I got to the camera again, both were gone. You can also see a bit of the 22-degree halo. Copyright (c) 2009 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Sunset companions - 31 December 2008

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Jan 1 20:29:01 2009 UTC

Venus and the Moon at upper left are joined by Mercury and Jupiter at lower middle (below clouds low between the trees). About 5:45pm, 31 December 2008 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright (c) 2008 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Planets and Moon - 1 December 2008

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Dec 1 23:46:01 2008 UTC

The Moon, Venus, and Jupiter about 17:30 EST from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2008 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Mystery arc - 11 November 2008

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Nov 17 03:42:01 2008 UTC

This is a composite of two images with different exposure levels but together they are what I was seeing in the sky. On the left is what I believe is part of a superlateral arc. It had bright colors and was concave. Maybe it was part of the 46-degree halo, but those are rare. I tried various adjustments to enhance the left side, but wasn't successful. 11 November 2008 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2008 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Upper Tangent Arc - 11 November 2008

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Nov 17 03:21:01 2008 UTC

An upper tangent arc with a bit of a sun pillar on November 11, 2008 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2008 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu .

Glitter path on the grass

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Sep 14 01:57:01 2008 UTC

It was a damp morning, and I wasn't expecting bright sunlight to peek through the clouds. I was delighted to see a glitter path on the grass. Many of these blades of grass have sun reflections on their tips. 11 September 2008 about 7:12 am EDT in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2008 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Ecliptic Meeting - 2008 June 8 with spacecraft

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Jun 9 02:34:01 2008 UTC

Mars, the Moon, Regulus, and Saturn are joined by the International Space Station with connected space shuttle STS-124. From Lancaster County, Pennsylvania about 9:32pm EDT, Sunday, June 8, 2008. Compare to photo from last night - June 7. Copyright 2008 by Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu .

Ecliptic Meeting - 2008 June 7

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Jun 8 11:56:01 2008 UTC

On Saturday night, the Moon passed Mars on the way toward Regulus and Saturn tomorrow night. Maybe people with better cameras will get better pictures. Copyright 2008 by Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Tall sun dog with halo

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Fri Feb 22 01:46:01 2008 UTC

This tall bright sun dog and halo combination faded quickly while I ran into the house to grab the camera. It was impressive and brighter than what this photo shows. About 5:30pm EST 21 February 2008 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2008 by Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Lunar Eclipse in Leo

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Feb 21 05:15:01 2008 UTC

Saturn joins the moon in Leo during the total lunar eclipse 20 February 2008 over Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2008 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Lunar Eclipse - 20 February 2008

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Feb 21 04:39:01 2008 UTC

Saturn and Regulus join the eclipsed moon that never became entirely red throughout the total eclipse. 20 February 2008 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2008 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Circumzenithal Arc - 13 January 2008

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Jan 13 20:28:01 2008 UTC

This circumzenithal arc existed for only a few minutes as cirrus clouds pushed in with rain and maybe snow behind them. Photo taken about 2:40 pm EST, January 13, 2008 in Lancaster County, Pennslyvania. Copyright 2008 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Spacecraft and planets - 5 November 2007

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Nov 5 20:07:01 2007 UTC

Shuttle Discovery (STS-120) had undocked from the International Space Station less than 30 minutes before this photo, so they hadn't separated noticeably in this 2 second exposure. They appeared to fly between Saturn (upper right) and Venus and the Moon (below) as seen about 5:54 EST on 5 November 2007 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The thin clouds added texture to the sky. Nikon 4500, 2 second exposure, ISO 200. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, bethkatz@comcast.net.

Comet Holmes with Cassiopeia and Perseus

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Tue Oct 30 14:01:01 2007 UTC

Comet 17/P Holmes has changed the appearance of Perseus. This picture shows the naked eye and low power evening view. The left panel shows Cassiopeia and Perseus while the right one zooms in to the comet in Perseus. The comet is the greenish "star" at the lower left of the picture on the right. Photo taken in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 29 October 2007. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, bethkatz@comcast.net.

Saturn above Venus

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Jul 1 02:02:01 2007 UTC

Saturn hangs just above Venus in a veil of thin clouds. 30 June 2007 about 9:35 pm EDT in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1 sec, f 4.2, ISO 400. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, bethkatz@comcast.net.

Shuttle and Space Station pass the Moon

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Jun 21 03:26:01 2007 UTC

Shuttle Atlantis (STS-117) trailed by the International Space Station pass the overexposed Moon. An airplane joined the picture and my husband said it would be cheating to erase it. Regulus is at lower right. 20 June 2007 about 22:56 pm EDT in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nikon Coolpix 4500, 8 sec, f 3.3, ISO 400. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Saturn, Moon, and Venus above Oak Tree

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Tue Jun 19 15:51:01 2007 UTC

Saturn, the Moon, and Venus the next evening above an oak tree. I wanted a matching dogwood picture, but the wind made the leaves too blurry. 18 June 2007 about 9:22 pm EDT in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1 sec, f 3.7, ISO 400. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Venus and Moon caught in Dogwood Tree

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Jun 18 20:20:01 2007 UTC

Venus and Moon are caught in a dogwood tree in early twilight. I wanted to catch the pastel colors before they faded. 17 June 2007 about 8:45 pm EDT in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (40 degrees north). Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1/30 sec, f 2.6, ISO 100. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Sun Pillars - 28 Feb and 01 March 2007

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu Mar 1 21:51:01 2007 UTC

Two days in a row I've had sun pillars at sunrise in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The photo on the left is from 7:05am 28 Feb, 2007. The sun was higher above the horizon and there was some iridescence in the clouds. The photo on the right is from 6:46am 01 March. The pillar is more of a fan. Photo with Nikon Coolpix 4500, landscape mode, ISO 100. Photos cropped in iPhoto and combined in Graphic Converter. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Venus and moon - 19 February 2007

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Tue Feb 20 03:08:01 2007 UTC

Venus and Moon rearranged a day later. Note how the Moon has slipped past Venus and now is above it. 19 February 2007 about 6:15 pm EST (23:15 UT) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (40 degrees north). Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1 sec, f 4.3, iso 400. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Venus and moon - 18 February 2007

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Mon Feb 19 00:33:01 2007 UTC

Venus and Moon with Earth-shine after the clouds moved out of the way. 18 February 2007 about 6:30 pm EST in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (40 degrees north). I hope to get another one tomorrow. Anyone else have photos of this to compare? Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1 sec, f 3.2, iso 400. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Venus and Mercury - 8 February 2007

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Wed Feb 14 01:33:01 2007 UTC

Venus and Mercury as the sunset fades. 8 February 2007 about 6:13 pm EST in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nikon Coolpix 4500, 1 sec, f 3.3, iso 400. Copyright 2007 Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Trio of Arcs - 3 December 2006

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Dec 3 22:31:01 2006 UTC

From top to bottom we see a circumzenithal arc, a Parry arc, and an upper tangent arc. There were also sun dogs in this display. The arcs would come and go in intensity but were best when I went for a walk without my camera. From Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 1pm with sun about 26 degree altitude. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on automatic but exposure bias -2. Copyright 2006 by Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Tangent and Parry arcs - 3 December 2006

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Sun Dec 3 22:12:01 2006 UTC

The upward curving arc is an upper tangent arc while the downward one is a Parry arc. The accompanying picture also shows the circumzenithal arc. The arcs would come and go in intensity but were best when I went for a walk without my camera. From Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 1pm with sun about 26 degree altitude. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on automatic but exposure bias -2. Copyright 2006 by Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Halo with feathery shadows from contrail

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Fri Sep 1 02:37:01 2006 UTC

The shadows from the contrail enhance the not quite circular 22 degree sun halo. 31 August 2006 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on automatic. Copyright 2006 by Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

Sun halo around local noon

Submitted by: Beth Katz at Thu May 4 20:55:01 2006 UTC

This 22 degree sun halo had more color than is shown here, but it faded while I ran in to grab my camera. I don't think I had ever seen so much color in a 22 degree halo. It was around local noon and the sun was rather high in the sky (about 64 degrees according to http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/AltAz.html). Nikon Coolpix 4500 on automatic with photo cropped in iPhoto with no other adjustments. Copyright 2006 by Beth Katz, katz@cs.millersville.edu.

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