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¤·····Subject: RE: Huge prominence lift off movie

Received; 1 August 2012 at 08:16 JST


Hi Martin 

The Mars rotation video and Albedo map are beautiful! Stunning work.

I thought I would share this huge prominence lift off movie I caught today sequence between 08:42 and 09:32 usde DMK21 and standard PST, hope you like it if not sorry for any intrusion

Prominence lift off movie


Andy DEVEY (the UK)



¤·····Subject: Updated Mars 2012 Map and Rotational Video

Received; 31 July 2012 at 06:53 JST



Just to let everyone know that I have spent time in the last month making improvments to my Mars 2012 Albedo Map and Mars Rotational Animation to better match the surface details on the orginal images and to remove some minor artefacts introduced during the blending process. 

 The attached image shows a comparison between the original 7 images used to make the albedo map and frames from the animation video at the same CMs. The video was was created in Winjupos from the albedo map from the 7 images- so making the whole process go full circle.


Hope you like the results which can be seen at;


Martin LEWIS (St. Albans, Hertfordshire, the UK)



¤·····Subject: RE: How are you?

Received; 30 July 2012 at 23:25 JST


Dear Masatsugu,
   I suspect that you are right about the Parkinson's having come on gradually
 at first--I think it can be perceived as tiredness, fatigue, stiffness.  I do
 hope the medications (Sinemet I recall) has been helpful.  I suppose it must
be very difficult for you to slow down given your ambition and inquisitiveness
--it may be lucky that Mars is not in good position this year.
   I have been rather overworked this summer, and actually all year (last year
 I also had the deaths of my parents to deal with).  I made astronomy-related
trips in January (to
Austin, Texas), in February (to London for Astrofest and
then to Nice and
Paris), and again in May/June (3 weeks for the annular eclipse
and the transit of Venus), then again last week (to
Flagstaff for the First
Light of the Discovery Channel Telescope and to see Neil Armstrong).  Needless
 to say, these absences must be paid back, and since my main job is to run a
neurodevelopmental disorders program, here, I have been tasked heavily with
keeping that running, often short-staffed as many colleagues are also on vacations
This week I also have to prepare and present a major presentation for the
state of Minnesota on neurodevelopmental disorders; a complex and difficult
subject.  The hard thing is just finding time for it.
   Then I have finished translating James Lequeux's biography of Le Verrier
(from French), I still have to write up the transit observations I made at Lowel
l with the coronagraph Paolo Tanga brought from Nice, and I also have to rush
to the end of a Galaxies book I have been working on for many years now (with
Julian Baum and Chris Conselice).  I also have a new edition of a book on transits
 (expanded to cover eclipses and occultations) with John Westfall and am also
starting to gear up for a book on the Air Force Moon-mapping project at Lowell
and the astronaut training in and around Flagstaff, which is a geological
 wonderland (I had hoped to get you to Lowell sometime, but now it appears the
 window of opportunity has passed).
    Whew!  I really have hardly a spare moment these days, my head spins, and
when I do have a spare moment I am not inclined to spend it on writing.  Also,
 Mars is as far from my mind as it is from us in space these days.
   The upshot is: I don't think I can realistically write anything new; but perhaps
I can dig out an old essay on Mars for you and you can publish that if you wish.
Let me see what I can find.

   With best wishes to you,


Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)



¤·····Subject: jupitermap 2012-07-25/26/27

Received; 30 July 2012 at 16:08 JST


Hi all,
last weak I had the chance to test a DBK21AU618 at the 80 cm Cassegrain
f=10 of the Observatory Zollern-Alb in
Brittheim-Rosenfeld, Germany.
The seeing and humidity was different from day to day, so I had to
process with care and fit the colours. Here my map of a complete
rotation between 25 and 27 July...

All images captured during 60 seconds at 60 fps while the sun was over

Silvia KOWOLLIK  (Ludwigsburg, GERMANY)



¤·····Subject: MARS - July 28, 2012  -  Poor seeing

Received; 30 July 2012 at 05:25 JST


My last Mars set in poor seeing and low conditions
To fuzzy for now to much work to make it look good..


Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)



¤·····Subject: MARS - Images from July 29th

Received; 30 July 2012 at 04:09 JST


Hi all,
A lovely clear run yesterday with some decent seeing too. Plenty of wonderful activity to enjoy on the Sun at the moment. Here are a couple of full disc mosaics - h-alpha and white light, together with a couple of close-ups of the main region of activity close to the south-eastern limb.

Best regards,

Pete LAWRENCE (Selsey, WS, the UK)



¤·····Subject: MARS - July 27, 2012 - Very poor seeing conditions

Received; 29 July 2012 at 14:36 JST


What was I thinking when I recorded this set ?
Hardly any detail, all blurry, sorry guys for this fuzzy Mars pictures.


Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)



¤·····Subject: MARS - July 22, 2012 - Poor seeing conditions

Received; 29 July 2012 at 10:48 JST


My Mars set from July 22, 2012 - in poor seeing conditions
It's hard to get a good image from Mars at my location these days.
The NPC is very small now...hardly any detail.


Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)



¤·····Subject: MARS - July 21, 2012 - Poor seeing conditions

Received; 29 July 2012 at 10:43 JST


My Mars set from July 21, 2012 - in poor seeing conditions
It's hard to get a good image from Mars at my location these days


Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)



¤·····Subject: Some cool happenings on the sun's limb today!

Received; 29 July 2012 at 09:37 JST


Hi Folks--

Captured today, July 28, one big prominence lifting off, one just watches...

Luntanado 100 at .5A and DMK 41 camera


Thanks for looking!

Jim LAFFERTY (Redlands, CA)



¤·····Subject: Re: CMO #400 uploaded

Received; 27 July 2012 at 17:37 JST


Thanks for the report,
I still have 3 sets that I still need to process, and they show some detail.
That will be my final images....
Mars is still reasonable high in the sky.
Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)



¤·····Subject: July 25 Ha sola

Received; 27 July 2012 at 03:20 JST


Hi folks,

Yesterday, July 25, the sun seemed to be sporting a little of everything from a large bright prominence to some nice active regions.  Attached are some images of the day with a Coronado 90 at .8A, a Lunt 100 at .8A, and a Luntanado at .5A.  The camera was my DMK 41 USB.


Jim LAFFERTY (Redlands, CA)



¤·····Subject: 2 more Jupiter image sets 24-July-2012

Received; 26 July 2012 at 06:25 JST


Hi Guy these two images conclude a most rewarding imaging session from the 24th, with Jupiter climbing from 24 to 31 deg alt throughout. I would never have believed such seeing was possible at that altitude. I also imaged on the 23rd and have yet to complete those, as the 24th's stole my attention rather.


Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



¤·····Subject: Jupter 1 of 3 24thJuly 2012

Received; 26 July 2012 at 02:53 JST


Hi Guys after a month of rain we now have a heat wave, but it brought some fine seeing with it too. for two days . The GRS does not look well at all , very pale. In fact the all the "red" Jovian parts seem very pale on everyone's images I feel. The Oval within BA  has a nice dense orange.    

The EZ is very dramatic and different in each filter, looking quite spectacular in blue.

Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



¤·····Subject: jupiter-2012-07-24 04:30:16 UT

Received; 25 July 2012 at 06:19 JST


Hi all,
here my first light with DBK 21AU618. Jupiter at
Sunrise, captured with 80 cm Cassegrain at Observatory Zollern-Alb, Germany.

10% of 1800 images used. Image processing with daylight images of colour cam is a new experience, now I have to learn to use it best...

All my images this morning show the orange belt in the middle of the EZ, a lot of brown knobs, outbreaks? and a lot of blue spots and strikes. I have to process 10 more sequences between 2:30 and 8:30 UT. Enough data for a complete map I hope...

Silvia KOWOLLIK  (Ludwigsburg, GERMANY)


¤·····Subject: Mar: July 23, 2012

Received; 23 July 2012 at 13:58 JST


Hi -

   I have attached my latest image of Mars July 23, 2012 at 0:30 UT to be posted.


  Frank J MELILLO (Holtsville, NY)



¤·····Subject: Sunspot AR1525 - July 22nd, 2012

Received; 22 July 2012 at 23:20 JST


Hi all,

Now that the big spot 1520 has gone all we are left with is tiny AR1525 which is about 20" across. Patches of fairly good seeing this morning allowed a high resolution view of this small spot and surrounding granulation.

Best Wishes

Damian PEACH  (Selsey, WS, the UK)




¤·····Subject: Coronal Loops 19-July-2012

Received; 21 July 2012 at 00:29 JST


Thanks for the superb animation Andy that's excellent , a really great job there. I got a few avis before the clouds spoilt things here in UK .

Here is a still from one avi run. 

Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE




¤·····Subject: Post flare loops SW limb 19 July

Received; 21 July 2012 at 00:11 JST


Hi Guys

I thought I would share this capture with you, here is a 3-hour animation giving a look at a large post flare loop structure on the 19 July 2012. These were caught with a standard PST with two 2 x Barlows and DMK21 camera from the Sorbas area of Spain.

I have over exposed one to obviate and concentrate the eye on the loops but the sequence also shows some solar rotation. 

I hope you like them and if not sorry for the intrusion


Andy DEVEY (the UK)

More recent PST work



¤·····Subject: Drawings of Mars

Received; 19 July 2012 at 22:39 JST


Dear Dr. Minami, Finally I managed to adjust my new scanner/printer. So I am attaching here my piled up drawings.

Today I opened my dome wide just after lunch, preparing for the Mars time of this evening, expecting to catch Alba Mons cloud in its mid summer second maximum at the local late afternoon. Around 18:00 JST when I started treatment of our last patient of the day I saw a clear blue sky through the window. By 18:30, I heard a loud crash of thunder followed by cats and dogs!, hurried to shut the dome!
    Best Wishes,

Reiichi KONNAÏ@(Fukushima, Japan)



¤·····Subject: MARS July 13, 2012 - Poor seeing

Received; 19 July 2012 at 15:02 JST


Sorry made a mistake in my earlier upload, this set is from July 13, 2012.
You can check the date with the previous one from
July 12, 2012
My last Mars images, very crappy seeing here lately.

 Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)



¤·····Subject: MARS July 12, 2012 - Very poor seeing

Received; 19 July 2012 at 14:57 JST


Almost my last Mars images, absolutely no detail and crappy seeing.

 Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)



¤·····Subject: solar images 15th July-2012

Received; 18 July 2012 at 06:39 JST


Hi Guys here's an image of ar11520 heading off the disc.. I has been one of the most entertaining active regions this cycle I think.  

Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



¤·····Subject: solar images 12-Jul-2012

Received; 17 July 2012 at 01:16 JST


Hi Guys here is an Ha and an IR 742nm image of AR11520 and neighbours.  A wowsome sight in the eyepiece too. We are back in the drafty rain conditions again, 15C and 94%RH.  After the driest of Springs and wettest of Summers I wonder what winter will bring ?

Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



¤·····Subject: Scanner trouble

Received; 16 July 2012 at 00:34 JST


Dear Dr. Minami,

Sorry to keep you waiting for my drawings of Mars. I'm now adjusting my newly purchased scanner/printerchowever, somehow my PC and the new scanner don't seem to be compatible again(!). Just hope I can submit my recent nine drawings within a couple of days.

  Attached here is a montage with the images from the latest releases of MRO MARCI Weekly Weather Peport.

The mid summer second maximum of Alba Mons cloud might have started just as Christophe Pellier had mentioned and predicted in his latest CMO/ISMO noteFThe First Maximum of the Alba MonsfOrographic Cloud (ISMO 11/12 Mars Note (1), CMO#399. Adding the following MRO MARCI images may show a completegcurvehof the Alba cloud's activity beautifully showing the second maximum.
  Though I am still chasing now tiny Martian disc every clear evening, orographic activities of the huge volcanoes might almost be impossible to catch visually (CMO imagers' Big Guns still can, I guess)
GSo I am hoping for the next coming apparitions in 2014 and 2016 when we'll be able to watch for the second peak of Alba cloud with our instruments under favorable conditionsI
@Best Wishes,

Reiichi KONNAÏ@(Fukushima, Japan)



¤·····Subject: Sunspot AR1520 - July15th, 2012.

Received; 15 July 2012 at 23:14 JST


Hi all,

A brief clear spell amongst constant fast moving clouds (which quickly became solid cloud cover) allowed this view today of the main AR1520 sunspot. Seeing was fair overall. Links to both colour a BW versions are below.


Best Wishes

Damian PEACH  (Selsey, WS, the UK)




¤·····Subject: Solar images 11-July-2012

Received; 15 July 2012 at 00:34 JST


Hi guys


Crackling with flares they were. Here are two images taken 31 mins apart of the active regions. The brightest most visually noticeable, was the roughly circular flare just 4 o'clock off center on the 0850 image. I observed this visually on my Coro DS 90 before setting up to image off a single stack set-up. They always remind me of molten lava flows, not that I have ever seen one, only on TV.   

 Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



¤·····Subject: Mars: July 13, 2012

Received; 14 July 2012 at 00:50 JST


Hi -

 I have attached my latest image of Mars July 13, 2012 at 0:39 UT to be posted.


  Frank J MELILLO (Holtsville, NY)



¤·····Subject: Mars: July 11, 2012

Received; 13 July 2012 at 04:34 JST


Hi -

    I have attached my latest image of Mars July 11, 2012 at 1:17 UT to be posted.


  Frank J MELILLO (Holtsville, NY)




Received; 11 July 2012 at 05:26 JST


July 10, 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Cassini's recent travels to high orbital inclination around Saturn have
already won us some startling new finds.

Yesterday, it was our first views of Saturn's rings in about two years
that brought new revelations and insights concerning the orbits of tiny,
gap-forming moons in the rings and their likely interactions with the
ring particles they orbit among.

Today is even better.  Today, the Cassini imaging team is releasing a
near-true-color image and a movie that reveal a swirling, whirling
vortex forming high in the atmosphere overlying the south pole of Titan,
Saturn's largest moon, as the moon's southern hemisphere slowly becomes
engulfed in the darkness of deep autumn.  We've long known that the
entire winter hemisphere of Titan can exhibit a polar `hood' of haze
made of condensing organic compounds.  We suspect that this maelstrom,
clearly forming now over the south pole and spinning more than forty
times faster than the moon's solid body, may be a harbinger of what will
ultimately become a south polar hood as autumn there turns to winter. 
Of course, only time will tell.

In the meantime, go to ...

... and check out the motions and beautifully detailed cloud patterns --
very likely the result of open-cell convection -- already visible in
this fascinating phenomenon that we on Cassini have been fortunate to
capture, for the first time, in the process of being born.

(Note:  Attached please find an image advisory released to the public
only a short time ago.)



CICLOPS/Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.


Jia-Rui C. Cook (818)354-0850

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.


Image Advisory: July 10, 2012




With its recent excursion out of Saturn's equatorial plane, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has benefited from a bird's-eye view of the south pole of the planet's largest moon where its cameras spied a polar vortex in Titan's atmosphere.  Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Venus and Earth also have polar vortices.


Images captured by Cassini's imaging team during a flyby on June 27 show the polar vortex, or a mass of swirling gas around the pole in the atmosphere of the moon, as it appears to execute one full rotation in about nine hours -- faster than the moon's rotation period.


A color image and a movie showing the vortex's rotation can be seen at , and .


"We've been watching this vortex become more developed in the last three to four months, and now, captured in exquisite detail, we're seeing finer scale features within the detached haze than have been seen to date," said Jason Perry, an imaging team associate at the University of Arizona, Tucson.


Since Cassini arrived in the Saturn system in 2004, Titan has had a visible "hood" high above the north pole. It was northern winter during this period, and much of the high northern latitudes were in darkness. But the hood, or an area of denser, high altitude haze compared to the rest of the moon's atmosphere, was high enough to still be illuminated by sunlight. The seasons have been changing since Saturn's August 2009 equinox signaled the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere for the planet and its many moons. Now the high southern latitudes are moving into darkness. The formation of the vortex at Titan's south pole may be related to the coming southern winter and the start of what will be a south polar hood.


The massing of clouds around the south pole was seen as early as May 22 in infrared wavelengths by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer. And Cassini's visible light cameras have seen a concentration of yellowish haze in the detached haze layer at the south pole since at least March 27.


These new, more detailed images are only possible because of Cassini's newly inclined orbits which are the next phase of Cassini Solstice Mission. Previously, Cassini was orbiting in the equatorial plane of the planet, and the imaging team's images of the polar vortex between late March and mid-May were taken from a location over Titan's equator. At that time, images showed a brightening or yellowing of the detached haze layer on the limb, or edge of the visible disk of the moon, over the south polar region.


"I believe we are seeing some fascinating events on the way to the formation of the south polar vortex, said Bob West, an imaging team member and an atmospheric scientist at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. "Future observations of this feature will provide good tests of dynamical models of the Titan circulation, chemistry, cloud and aerosol processes in the upper atmosphere."


On Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Venus and Earth, similar vortices are centered on the north or south pole. However, the polar vortices on these planets each differ from each other in some ways. Titan's south polar vortex also appears extraordinary in that it contains what appears to be a cloud of condensing organic material, or material that contains carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. The puffy structures in this cloud are especially intriguing.


Scientists interpret these new images to show open cell convection. In open cells, air sinks in the center of the cell and rises at the edge, forming clouds at cell edges. However, because the scientists can't see underneath the layer visible in these new images, they don't know what mechanisms may be at work.


"The structure inside the polar vortex is reminiscent of the open cellular convection that is often seen over Earth's oceans, said Tony Del Genio, a member of the Cassini imaging team at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, N.Y. "But unlike on Earth, where such layers are just above the surface, this one is at very high altitude, maybe a response of Titan's stratosphere to radiative cooling as southern winter approaches. But so soon in the game, we're really not sure."


The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the U.S., England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team leader (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.




Carolyn PORCO
Cassini Imaging Team Leader
Director, CICLOPS
Boulder, CO





Received; 10 July 2012 at 07:57 JST


July 9, 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

One of the main contributing factors to the enormous success we on the
Cassini mission have enjoyed in the exploration of Saturn is the
capability to view the planet and the bodies around it from a variety of
directions.  Setting the spacecraft high into orbit above Saturn's
equator provides us direct views of the equatorial and middle latitudes
on the planet and its moons, while guiding it to high inclination above
the equator plane affords the opportunity to view the polar regions of
these bodies and be treated to vertigo-inducing shots of the planet's
glorious rings.

After a residence time of almost 2.5 years in near-continuous equatorial
orbits, Cassini recently took off on a steeply inclined orbital
excursion that will send it above and below the rings, over and over
again, for three years.  Already, new results on Saturn's rings and its
largest moon, Titan, are in hand from our first few months on this new

As a dramatic opening, the Cassini imaging team is releasing today our
recent findings on the famed `propeller' features.  These features are
actually small, longitudinally limited, orbiting gaps in the rings that
are cleared out by bodies smaller than known moons but larger than
typical ring particles. First sighted a few years ago in our images,
their reappearance in approximately the position we predicted indicates
that we understand their behavior well enough to know where they should
be years later, but not well enough to get it exactly right. Our best
guess is that their orbits are being altered by interactions with the
particles in Saturn's ring ... interactions we are keen to understand as
they may hold a key to the behavior of newly formed planets growing out
of disks of matter in orbit around other stars in our galaxy and beyond.

To see our recent sighting of the propeller nicknamed "Sikorsky", after
Russian-American aviator Igor Sikorsky, go to ...

... and have a look.

In the coming days, we will be releasing our latest,  rather startling 
results on the polar regions of Titan.  So, watch this space!


Carolyn PORCO
Cassini Imaging Team Leader
Director, CICLOPS
Boulder, CO



¤·····Subject: Sunspot AR1520

Received; 10 July 2012 at 02:53 JST


Hi all,


Here are some high resolution visible lights images of spot 1520 and surrounding. A brief clear spell allowed some images. Very windy which made things a bit of a nightmare. Seeing was mostly poor. Clouds came in again before any further attempts could be made so i count myself lucky to have managed anything.


1520 main spot:

1520 outlier:

Best Wishes


Damian PEACH  (Selsey, WS, the UK)




¤·····Subject: MARS - July 01, 2012 - better seeing

Received; 4 July 2012 at 12:03 JST


Just a late and small Mars in some better seeing conditions, very windy here lately.

 Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)



¤·····Subject: Mars 2012 Albedo Map

Received; 4 July 2012 at 08:27 JST



Please find attached my albedo map of Mars for the 2012 apparition, based on several images taken around opposition and compiled using Winjupos.  

For more details have a look at the link below which also gives maps from the 2010 and 2007-2008 apparitions.

 I also hope to create a full rotation animation from this map in the next few weeks.


Martin LEWIS (St. Albans, Hertfordshire, the UK)



¤·····Subject: Mars: July 3, 2012

Received; 3 July 2012 at 13:50 JST


Hi -

  I have attached my latest image of Mars July 3, 2012 at 0:44 UT.


  Frank J MELILLO (Holtsville, NY)



¤·····Subject: Solar images 1-July-2012

Received; 2 July 2012 at 21:47 JST


Hi Guys the sun was busier today  during another brief solar appearance. There were two impressive prominences and plenty of active regions, but still no really big spots.  

 All images SM90 SS on AP130 EDT @ 80inches efl

Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



¤·····Subject: MARS - June 29, 2012 - Poor seeing

Received; 2 July 2012 at 11:47 JST


Very poor seeing for this set,  Couldn't get the color right this time.


 Freddy WILLEMS  (Waipahu, HI)

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