Comet Leonard meets M13
4.12. Comet Leonard continues to brighten. Here is Tapio Lahtinen's photo of the comet together with the globular star cluster M13. Lahtinen took the picture with a remote telescope in Spain on the morning of 3 December. The same combo was also photographed by Petri Kuossari in Tervakoski, Janakkala.
Dark fog LBN 569
3.12. On the moonless nights of the last three months, Erik Pirtala collected light from the dark nebula LBN 569 in the constellation of Cepheus. This is the first observation in Taivaanvahti of this faint target that Pirtala says is rarely photographed. The total exposure time was 29 hours.
Fireball on December 1st.
1.12 . A bright fireball was seen on Wednesday at 17:06 with 21 observations reported to Skywarden. Three of these are pictures from automatic cameras, here is shown the great shot by Ville Miettinen's camera at Kangaslammi. Many fireballs have been seen in recent days, a one on the evening of 29.11 was reported by 28 observers.
November diamond dust halos
28.11. With temperatures plummeting across the country, diamond dust halos have taken the stage. At the bottom right is a Lunar display in Jämsä, photographed by Jari Luomanen on Friday night. At the top left is a display next day in Ylöjärvi as pictured by Veli-Pekka Soini. Below is a shot by Jani Päiväniemi of light pillars seen during the race in Ruka on the following evening. And at the top right is an earlier 19 Nov. Lunar display in Pelkosenniemi by Tuula Hilli, which seems to contain the very rarely seen Mikkilä arc.
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4.12.2021 at 18.30 - 20.05 - Turku
Markku Sirén, Ursa (Länsi-Suomi)
We visited the Light Path light art works made by the City of Turku. I grabbed a picture of Vartiovuorenmäki's Blue Atmosphere work in the market square and noticed the artificial light pillars in the background. On the way home a little later I went around through a small hook and grabbed a couple of pictures from Majakkaranta in the direction of Hirvensalo and the harbor.
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1.12.2021 at 21.00 - 22.30 - Lahti
Reima Eresmaa, Ursa (Etelä-Suomi)
Artificial light pillars were visible in many places in the Lahti Urban Area, and I drove around looking for denser ice mist. On the outskirts of Joutjärvi church, the fog was already quite dense and the side lamps with their 3D effects were visible on all the slightly brighter lanterns. I found the best view in the yard of a warehouse building in a nearby industrial area, and there I was quietly focused on filming. The top suns here were the brightest I have ever seen. I took a series of pictures from a few different places so I was also able to vary the height of the light source somewhat. F...
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3.12.2021 at 14.24 - Espoo
Kari Helander, Ursa (Helsinki)
385 Ilmatar Asteroid 385 Ilmatar is moving in the constellation of Pisces at this time. The location is a little down from theta Piscium. I noticed it in a few clear evenings in November, when, of course, the moonlight caused harm. As a Finn, I also wanted some pictures of it. The target is named after a Finnish asteroid with a diameter of about 100 km and was discovered in 1894. The camera was my Sky-Watcher tube with a diameter of 254 mm and a focal length of 1200 mm (f / 4.7) in Focus. From the picture, it is easier to identify the Air Force with the help of the Astrometry map application. ...
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3.12.2021 at 04.30 - 05.30 - Janakkala, Tervakoski
Petri Kuossari, Riihimäen tähtit. yhdistys
Luckily I didn’t believe the weather reports and I put a tube to cool out the night before going to bed. The clock was waking up at four in the morning, a glance out the window and a positive surprise as the stars appeared in the sky. Quick dress and 12 degree frost to align the tube. With Bakhtinov's mask, the Arcturus star is focused and the comet Leonard is bursting from the thrill. Wow that's it now with a wonderfully open ball set M3. I take 1-2 minutes of exposure for about half an hour until I take out the Optolong L-Pro filter and continue for another half hour I was still comp...
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1.12.2021 at 17.06 - Varkaus
Veli-Pekka Hentunen, Warkauden Kassiopeia
The fireball was left in the picture taken by the Oculus allsky camera at the Härkämäki observatory.
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2.12.2021 at 11.30 - 13.30 - Juva
Petri Martikainen, Ursa (Itä-Suomi)
The almost clear and calm frosty day drove the halo chaser to the outskirts of Hasamäki again in the hope of ice fog. Frost readings varied between 15 and 22 degrees depending on location. At Hasamäki, the scenery was completely obscured, but it seemed that the formation of crystals was weak. The fog was only close to the ground in a layer about 30-35 meters thick, and when the Sun was partly behind the clouds, the halosoot was modest. The icy mist was released by the drone, however, the moderate sub-side suns and the lower sun. There were also basic hugs in the upper clouds. The main picture ...
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1.12.2021 at 22.09 - 22.30 - Lahti
A momentary mudslide swept through Lahti, bringing the beautiful artificial light pillars to Orion's friend. Lucky timing for the evening walk. Temperature: -11
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2.12.2021 at 11.45 - 14.33 - Turku
Slightly foggy 22r from here on the site in the morning with clearer side sun.
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1.12.2021 at 22.00 - 01.30 - Valtimo
Simply a magnificent sub storm all at once. The main picture shows the red flame sea of the sub-storm expansion phase and below the images in the order of the sub-storm from its expansion. In the last picture, the pulsating northern lights created by the Chorus waves in the morning hours.
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29.11.2021 at 19.24 - Vaala
Jarmo Moilanen, Ursa (Pohjois-Suomi)
For once, it happened in the middle of the field of view of a fireball camera. Admittedly, a thin cloud curtain slightly in front. The video lasts 4.76 seconds. The UFO software gave a brightness of -5.2 magnitude but the brightness was probably closer to full moon. I haven’t really learned to rely on UFOAnalyzer magnitude estimates. This apparently belonged to the northern taurids that came surprisingly down into the atmosphere.
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