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News 2014

The first pearl clouds of winter were observed

On December 25, 2014 in Mikkeli and on December 31, 2014 in Oulu, the first pearl clouds of winter have been observed. The pictures in Oulu show type II pearls, in which bright colors can be seen. Now, it’s worth keeping your eyes open for these elsewhere as the sun rises and sets. The pearls of Oulu have been photographed by Marja Marttila.

The Russian rocket launch was visible in Finnish Lapland

The launch of Russia's new Angara 5 rocket was spotted on the morning of 23 December. From Salla, Finland. Antti Mikkola managed to photograph the rocket launch cloud. In its first launch, the heavy Angara 5 rocket successfully took a payload from Plesetsk directly to the geostationary orbit.

Maximum of Geminids 14.12.

14.12. in the evening, abundant geminide star flights were seen after 9 p.m. Observations of meteors brighter than the planet Venus are sought on the fireball form . The activity of the flock is measured by the number of star flights per hour, which can be reported on a solar system form by selecting a meteor flock as the target. (Photo by K. Autto)

A stunningly large speck in the sun

30.10. There was an exceptionally handsome sunspot on the surface of the sun in October. The comma is now on the other side of the Sun, but it might make a comeback . To watch the sun , you always need a 14 DIN welding glass or a protective film for sun observation. (Photo: Kari Kuure)

Northern lights all the way to southern Finland

On October 14/15/2014, handsome northern lights were seen along the southern coast of our country. The southernmost observations of the northern lights were obtained from the Turku region and Helsinki, the northernmost from Muonio. Photo: Mikko Peussa.

A handsome fireball would illuminate northern Finland

25.9. An exceptionally spectacular fireball was seen on the Kuhmo-Oulu line at around 6:15 in the morning. Elsewhere in the country, the rarity was left behind in the clouds. Read Kaleva's news about the fireball . Observations of the phenomenon are still collected on a fireball form .

Binocular comet C / 2014 E2 (Jacques)

Comet C / 2014 E2 (Jacques) is visible with binoculars in the constellation of Swan . Light nights make observation even more difficult, but the subject can already be captured with a SLR camera. (Photo by Rauno Päivinen)

The first meteorite of the Ursa observation network was found!

A large halo play over a wide area

24.6. An exceptionally fine large-scale halo play was performed in Eastern and Central Finland (photo by Ville Kuittinen). There were rare halo forms that were clearly visible to the naked eye, such as e.g. the blue line, the counter-solar arcs of Wegener and Tricker, the lower solar arch, and the arcs of Lowitz.

Night cloud season opened

10.6. The first illuminating night clouds of the summer were observed on 8./9.6. and 9./10.6. On those nights, the night clouds were still dim. The first observation was made by Toni Veikkolainen in Järvenpää . Negative observations have been made since May. (Photo by Juuso Nurmio)

You can send observations with a Windows phone

30.5. A new version of Sasken Finland's Taivaanvahti application is now available for download from the Microsoft store. It allows observations and images to be sent directly from the field. Sasken's free Sky Guard program works on Windows Phone Nokia / Microsoft Lumia phones.

The storm season began handsomely

19.5. A large thunder front rumbled over southern Finland. In the thunderclouds, strong winds, heavy lightning, hail, and exceptionally handsome cloud shapes were observed. (Photo by Markus Lindblom)

Bright halo phenomena throughout the country

14.5. Impressive halo phenomena (Photo by Olli Hintikka) have attracted attention all over Finland. In addition to the bright basic shapes, there have also been rare halo forms such as 120-degree side suns, a blue stripe, rare counter-solar arcs, and a sub-solar arch (occurring only on the opposite side of the Sun).

Birch pollen rings appeared

27.4. Circles caused by birch pollen appeared in the southern Finnish sky at the end of April. The first observation was made by Ismo Luukkonen in Turku on April 20. Wider and brighter circles appeared on 27.4 . (Photo by Veikko Mäkelä)

A big fireball in the direction of the Kola Peninsula

19.4. A remarkable fireball has been seen in the skies of Murmansk and Finnish Lapland at about 1.14 in the morning. More observations are needed on the fireball form . The phenomenon has been recorded with car cameras from Murmansk, like this video . Several dozen observations have been made on the phenomenon in Lapland.

The Aalto University team won the Sky Watch challenge

Ursa ry participated in the Spaceship event with its own challenge . The Sky Watch was won by the Sky Watchers team’s HTML5 app , which provides a device-independent, monotonous, way of observing transmission. Congratulations to Milja Asikainen, Eero Lehtonen, Heikki Pulkkinen, Enna Rane and Antti Rantala!

The transit of the exoplanet was recorded in Tampere

8.4. Tampere-based star enthusiast Tapio Lahtinen recorded the exoplanet Qatar 2b passing in front of the parent star. An exoplanet is a celestial body that orbits a star other than the Sun. Enthusiasts can also detect these objects by measuring changes in the light curve of the parent star.

Service outage over

8.4. The Sky Watch was serviced between 12 and 3 p.m. The system was down for a few hours during the changes.


4.4. The Atmospheric Division’s traditional halo-April observation campaign has begun again. The aim of the observation campaign is to detect halo shapes visible during the month as comprehensively as possible. (Photo: Mauri Korpi)

A cloud of rocket launch was observed in Finland

24.3. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket, loaded with the Glonass-M navigation satellite, was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 00.53 Finnish time. Shortly before five o'clock in the morning, a rocket launch cloud resembling night clouds was observed in Finland, e.g. In Helsinki and Vilppula.

The Sky Guard challenges the coders to the race

Ursa ry participates in the Spaceship event with its own challenge . The goal is to make mobile detection smoother. Assemble a team and make an app to send observations! The Spaceship event in Tampere will be answered on April 11-13. also to NASA’s Space Apps challenges.

A bright fireball was visible above Central Finland

10.3. Monday night saw a bright fireball just before eight. There have been many observations of the phenomenon in the Sky Watch. If you saw the flight of the song, you can record your own observations on the fireball form . The fireball scattered above the eastern border was recorded in the cameras of Voitto Pitkänen and Timo Kantola.

Large comma groups

3.3. There are several large comma groups on the surface of our star. If there are still particle eruptions in the area of the spots, new northern lights plays can be watched in the coming days . A solar filter is required for safe observation and photography of the sun. You can also build the filter yourself. (Photo by Vesa Vauhkonen)

A large northern lights storm was seen in eastern Finland

27.2.-28.2. a great storm of northern lights extended all the way to the British Isles. In Finland, the view was left behind the cloud cover almost all over the country, but a rare fine fire was enjoyed on the Savonlinna-Joensuu axis. Karri Pasanen , Satu Juvonen and Kari Kuninkaanniemi got the best picture from the play.

Oksanen and Kehusmaa found a gamma-ray burst

6.2. The target discovered this morning by Finnish star enthusiasts Arto Oksanen and Petri Kehusmaa has been confirmed as the glow of the gamma-ray burst . This is only the third afterglow found by enthusiasts. The former were recorded for Berto Monard in South Africa in 2003 and for Oksanen in 2007.

The flash of the fireball stood out through the cloud cover

2.2. On Sunday at 7.40 in Southern Finland, a strong flash was observed through the cloud cover. The direction of Lohja was clear, and there the observers saw the flight of the fireball itself. It has been the fall of a relatively large piece, from which more observations are hoped for on the fireball form . (Photo by Esko Lyytinen)

Supernova ignited the galaxy M82

26.1. A bright supernova with the symbol SN 2014J has been observed in the galaxy M82 ("Cigar Galaxy") of the Big Bear constellation. Supernova (Photo: Samuli Ikäheimo) reached its maximum brightness (10.5 mag) on 31 January 2014.

Tuesday 28.1. outage in the Sky Watch

There was a maintenance outage in the Taivaanvihti observation service on Tuesday 28.1. 9-11. At the same time, a few new features were released to the system.

The cold brought halo phenomena

14.1. With the arrival of the winter frosts, halo phenomena have been admired all over Finland. In addition to conventional artificial light pillars, there have also been rarities such as ellipticals. Sauli Koski discovered in Lapland on 15.1. to the brightest and Jari Luomanen at Nokia 13.1. a large ellipse . Photo: Jaakko Kuivanen.

Browse Sky Watch's observations with your Jolla smartphone

15.12. The content of the Sky Guard can now be browsed with the brand new Jolla application developed by Kalle Vahlman. SailfishOS phone owners can download the free program directly from the Jolla Store.

Comet ISON was destroyed

29.11. The astronaut ISON, which had received much publicity in advance, disintegrated and was eventually destroyed by the passing of the Sun. The bypass briefly survived the remnant of the nucleus, which developed a gas and dust tail, otherwise it later disappeared into the cadres. Picture of Nasa.

26.11.-4.12. Flight warfare exercise

27.11. There is an extensive flight war exercise going on, where the flares used cause light phenomena around the country. Torches appear in the night sky as clusters of moving lights. Torches are fired from aircraft while practicing the control of thermally guided missiles. (Photo by Air Force)

Binocular comet Lovejoy

26.11. Comet C / 2013 R1 (Lovejoy) will be visible in the morning sky well into the 2014 side. It stands out in good conditions even to the naked eye, but is at its best with binoculars or a telescope. Lovejoy moves far from the Sun, making it stand out in the dark night sky. Photo: Toni Veikkolainen.