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Post by Paulie pchris00 on Nov 16, 2014 20:18:46 GMT -6
I didn't have much time for observing this summer, let alone going through any data and processing for web publishing, so now that I have a little more free time, I'm trying to go back and post some interesting observations from months ago. Bear with me, please.
On July 4, Bill, Javier, and I spent the night observing at Conway Observatory, tracking down the historic close conjunction of asteroids 1 Ceres and 4 Vesta, among other things. As morning twilight brightened the eastern sky, Bill and Javier left. I was finishing closing the observatory, and was also about to leave when I noticed a beam of pinkish-orange light jutting above the horizon, about where the Sun should rise. I stayed at the observatory nearly another hour documenting this rare sight through photos. It could still be seen even after sunrise, and was even visible for awhile when I was driving home. I found it interesting to watch as the intensity and color of the Sun pillar changed over time. Here are some of my photos.
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Nov 27, 2014 0:17:40 GMT -6
Thanks. Nothing but luck and a cell phone.
Even among my astronomer friends I seem to see more atmospheric effects like this, sundogs, and refraction halos than anybody else. I bought Fred Schaaf's Seeing the Sky a little over a year ago, and I occasionally go through it. I started trying to organize a lot of my images from the summer a couple weeks ago, and after I went through the hundreds of pics I took of a circumzenithal arc one morning, I decided to email Fred about some of the images. He was particularly impressed with this Sun pillar, and asked that I keep in touch with any new sightings of such phenomena.