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¤·····Subject: jupi.29.November

 Received; 1 December 2012 at 05:51 JST

 

Hello My Guys, After heavy rain on 29 Nov with -2 degrees weather.  I took some images you can see in SEBZ one spot near GRS that I Inform to BAA web Site.

fair seeing & poor trans PLS see you them.

 

Best Wishes

Sadegh GHOMIZADEH (Roudehen, IRAN)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 2012 November 30

 Received; 1 December 2012 at 05:42 JST

 

This morning saw unusually good seeing for this location. The diffraction pattern of Aldrebaran which I use to collimate with on screen looked almost perfect. Unfortunately there was cloud as Jupiter culminated at midnight, and it took a long time to move off. The beautiful filigree patterns in the cirrus illuminated by the moonlight, with a rainbow halo around the Moon, showed the stability of the high atmosphere. At 1am the cirrus patterns disappeared and the entire sky fugged over with a mist, but I kept monitoring Jupiter, and it cleared at 01:15 with seeing still good.

Here is oval BA rising and WS-Z near the centre of the disk. (Thanks John for the labelled map!)

 

David ARDITTI  (Middlesex, the UK)

http://www.staglaneobservatory.co.uk

HA8 5LW

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 2012 November 29

 Received; 1 December 2012 at 03:04 JST

 

Back to Jupiter imaging after visiting Australia for the eclipse and being ill since. 

I only managed to get a single RGB run of 3 mins total (about 3500 frames total) in on this occasion due to cloud, so detail is not great despite fair seeing. (The seeing this morning, the 30th, was exceptionally good).

 

David ARDITTI  (Middlesex, the UK)

http://www.staglaneobservatory.co.uk

HA8 5LW

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter, GRS, Oval Ba - Nov. 28th

 Received; 30 November 2012 at 21:33 JST

 

Saludos Mr Murakami!, Here is my most recent sessions of Jupiter under optimum conditions from November 28th.


My regards to Mr. Minami and staff, Clear Skies.

Efrain MORALES  (Puerto Rico)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Moon and Jupiter tonight

 Received; 29 November 2012 at 09:43 JST

 

I just about got Jupiter and the Moon in the same field of view with my 105mm refractor this evening


Taken with a Canon 550d camera

Cheers

 

Jamie COOPER (Northampton, the UK)

www.jamiecooperphotography.co.uk

 

 

¤·····Subject: Mons Argenteus?

 Received; 28 November 2012 at 20:37 JST

 

Dear Dr. Minami, It's now the season of the possible gMons Argenteush discussed in 2001 Mars CMO Note #12(CMO#266, 25 Nov. 2002). Attached here is a montage consists of the two drawings from the note, and an image in the MRO MARCI Weekly Weather Report released on 21 Nov. 2012. This MRO image on 16 Nov. 2012 shows Argyre Planitia just north off almost touching the SPC border. On this image, probably frosty Argyre and the northern adjoining lower flatter area in Nereidum Montes collectively looks as a bright inverted triangular patch. Its shape and extent seem to be in very good accord with the gMons Argenteush in each of the two previous drawings taken in Japan and Taiwan respectively.


Best Regards,

Reiichi KONNAÏ (Fukushima, JAPAN)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 23-Nov-2012 update

 Received; 28 November 2012 at 20:37 JST

 

Hi Guys Just experimenting with the Flea 3 colourcam data and improved the detail in the GRS on this shot from the 23rd

 


Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: Re: CMO #404 uploaded

 Received; 27 November 2012 at 09:00 JST

 

Dear Mr Murakami/Mr Minami
You may be interested a recent version of my 2012 Mars apparition map which  I have labelled with the help of Richard McKim of the BAA. This is attached.
Also here is a link to more information about it;

http://www.skyinspector.co.uk/Mars-Albedo-Maps(2376972).htm
Many thanks,
Martin LEWIS  (St. Albans, Hertfordshire, the UK)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Fw: Star that is no longer there

 Received; 26 November 2012 at 22:29 JST

 

Hi

Please find attached photograph I took of a couple of days ago of a magnitude 5 star in the constellation of Cassiopeia.

But this is no ordinary star, in fact it is almost definitely no longer there !


Below in green text is a quote from Armenian astronomer Garik Israelian who is part of a team which has just published this unique and amazing discovery

 

"For the first time, we see a star which most probably (99%) does not exist now, in our time.

The star HR8752 is few thousand light years from us, so we are seeing it as it was a few thousand years ago.

I have estimated that when the stellar light corresponding to its present state reaches us, this star will be seen to have exploded as Supernova. Our observations indicate spectacular changes in the internal structure: the star is losing 1 solar mass every year !!! And its current mass is less than 20 solar masses. It will not "expire" in 20 years, but in less than 1000 years it will evolve so fast that the ONLY final solution for the star will be a Supernova explosion.

http://www.iac.es/divulgacion.php?op1=16&id=774&lang=en

Attention! My statement (that we are looking at a star which does not exist NOW) does not apply to any other known stars in the Galaxy Eno matter how far away they are. More than 99% of the galactic stars are stable enough that we can be sure that they are still there Ethey exist NOW.

Of course you may say "what about very distant galaxies, 10 billion light years away? The universe is less than 14 billion years old, so maybe those far away galaxies do not exist anymore?" Again, the answer is "They DO exist today".

The star HR8752 is dead. It has become a black hole of a few solar masses - ie - with a mass a few times that of our Sun."

 

I find it quite amazing to think that this normal looking star, some 4.5 thousand light years distant and easily observed with a pair of binoculars has already ended it's life.

One day in the not to distant future people here on Earth may witness an incredible sight in the sky as HR8752 is seen as a spectacular supernova in it's final death throes before disappearing forever from our night skies...

Due to the inclement weather here in the UK, I took this attached image remotely using a small refracting telescope in New Mexico, USA. The hypergiant star HR 8752 is the bright yellow star seen in the centre of the image.

Kind Regards

 

Jamie COOPER (Northampton, the UK)

www.jamiecooperphotography.co.uk

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 23Nov 2012

 Received; 26 November 2012 at 17:37 JST

 

Hi Guys.  Totally against the forecast for cloud and jetstream we had a night of quite steady seeing but a bit misty requiring more gain and less fps than normal. There was quite a bit of gain chasing required during the capture runs to keep the histogram happy.

Once again I used a colour cam. I daresay we all focus fiddle between rgb filters, but that's not in the scheme of things with a colour cam. I have put the colour channels out too for one pair of runs, Is the C14;s corrector focusing them all the same?  looks ok to me, and certainly within range of the sharpening tools,  bearing in mind that the blue channel always suffers from seeing more than the others,

 WJ derotation was between 10 and 12 minutes per image

The GRS has some pink spots on its "hollow" side edge  







Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: e-mail

 Received; 26 November 2012 at 03:34 JST

 

Dear Masatsugu,
I did not receive any e-mail from you...
I have an idea of a following of notes about the Tharsis clouds. The first one would be about morning fogs. I will try to send it to you by 15th of december is that ok ?
Best wishes,

 

Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)

 

 

¤·····Subject: jupi 16 november.

 Received; 25 November 2012 at 05:54 JST

 

Hi Guys

 Fair seeing good atmosphere but a little unstable cause wind.

 I took this image PLS see you it.

 

Sadegh GHOMIZADEH (Roudehen, IRAN)

 

 

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 21, 22 November 2012

 Received; 24 November 2012 at 23:52 JST

 

Images of Jupiter on 21, 22 November 2012



Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Solar images 18-Nov-2012

 Received; 24 November 2012 at 23:01 JST

 

Hi Guys here are a few of the shy winter sun only 19 degrees above the horizon, with another 4 downwards to go yet ! In two months time it will back up to where it is now, good grief.

 




Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter, GRS, Oval Ba - November 20th, 05:24ut

 Received; 22 November 2012 at 00:55 JST

 

Helo Mr. Murakami, Here is my most recent sessions of Jupiter under optimum conditions.


My regards to Mr. Minami and staff, 

Clear Skies.

Efrain MORALES  (Puerto Rico)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter Images 18-Nov- 2012 pm

 Received; 22 November 2012 at 00:10 JST

 

Hi Guys  here are a few images from the evening of the 18th . Seeing is just not getting any better in spite of the decent altitude of Jupiter . We are having a wet and windy period punctuated by heavy frosts, scopes dripping with dew and tremulous seeing. Still it could be a lot worse !   


Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 18-Nov-2012 am

 Received; 20 November 2012 at 19:32 JST

 

Hi Guys here are a couple of images showing the NEB ovals merging, now looking like a thick folded blanket. 


Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 16, 18 November 2012

 Received; 19 November 2012 at 23:34 JST

 

Images of Jupiter on 16, 18 November 2012



Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: RE: Mercury upcoming morning apparition...

 Received; 19 November 2012 at 14:44 JST

 

Hi Frank, I will give it a try !

 

Freddy WILLEMS (HW, the USA)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Mercury upcoming morning apparition...

 Received; 19 November 2012 at 14:35 JST

 

Dear all planetary observers -

    As 2012 comes to close, I am seeking for Mercury observations for the upcoming morning apparition.

    Mercury passed inferior conjunction with the sun on November 17th. It just missed the transit of the sun by three days! Mercury will appear in the morning sky a week later but by the end of the month, it should be easily visible with the naked-eye about 45 minutes before sunrise. The prime window to observe Mercury is during the first two weeks of December with greatest elongation falls on December 4th. It will be at least 20.5 degrees west of the sun and it will appear slightly more than a half-disk (due to the elliptical orbit) at -0.4 magnitude.

    There are two things that make the apparition favorable. First: The angle of the ecliptic is quite steep so Mercury appears higher in the sky.  Second: You can use Venus as guide to find Mercury even in daylight.

    Mercury will stay within 10 degrees of Venus from November 28th to December 28th! One full month! But from December 4th to December 15th, Mercury will be just under 7 degrees of Venus!  This is the greatest opportunity to observe Mercury at its best in daylight. If you obtain both Mercury and Venus coordinations, you can easily find Mercury when you use Venus as a starting point with RA and Dec. Use low power! Also, you can focus on Venus and you are sure to find Mercury with ease.

 You can use the JPL Horizons ephemeris at the day you are observing: 

      http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/horizons.cgi#top

 

   Please, send all observations to me at Frankj12@aol.com.  

 

   Thank You,

 

    Frank J MELILLO (NY, the USA)

    ALPO Mercury Coordinator

 

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter images 13-14 november 2012

 Received; 18 November 2012 at 23:12 JST

 

Hi all, Some images taken under poor seeing.
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/J2012_11_13-14-CPE

Best wishes

Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)

 

 

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 14, 17 November 2012

 Received; 18 November 2012 at 23:06 JST

 

Images of Jupiter on 14 , 17 November 2012



Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter on evening of 11th Nov. 2012

  Received; 18 November 2012 at 20:19 JST

 

Hi Guys,  Good seeing last Saturday night for my first Jupiter of this apparition. 


http://www.skyinspector.co.uk/USERIMAGES/Jupiter_20121111_0135UTMLewis.jpg

This was my first adventure into using the derotate image function in Winjupos- thanks for help from David Arditti  and Dave Tyler for this.

 Cheers,

Martin LEWIS (St Albans, the UK)

www.skyinspector.co.uk

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter images 14-Nov-2012

  Received; 16 November 2012 at 23:47 JST

 

Hi Guys we had a bit of very welcome and useful seeing early on in the evening of the 14th, in spite of Jupiter's below 40 degree altitude. The bold features behind the GRS were handy to set focus on.  The EZ is quite spectacular with its pinks, oranges and the cyan festoons.



 10mins derotation in WJ

 

Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 10 November 2012

 Received; 13 November 2012 at 09:44 JST

 

Hi Guys Setting up earlier than normal I was surprised to find some decent seeing at low altitude. It was only 36 degrees for the first image and peaked about 22:30ut at 45 degrees. It nose-dived after 2300.


 


Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: White ovals on NEBn

 Received; 12 November 2012 at 01:22 JST

 


26 October ~ 10 November 2012

 

Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 8. 9, 10 November 2012

 Received; 11 November 2012 at 23:33 JST

 

Images of Jupiter on 8, 9 and 10 November 2012




Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 4, 5, 6, 7 November 2012

 Received; 11 November 2012 at 23:23 JST

 

Images of Jupiter on 4, 5, 6 and 7 November 2012





Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter images - 31 october 2012

 Received; 11 November 2012 at 01:16 JST

 

Hi all,
Some images taken under excellent seeing two weeks ago (did not have time to process them on the first week because of my participation to an astronomical congress in
Paris)



http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/J2012_10_31a-CPE  (LRGB, B)
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/J2012_10_31b-CPE 
(RG610, IR, CH4, UV)
They span longitudes from GRS to NNTZ LRS. Note as well a very small bright spot in NTZ, south-east of the NNTZ LRS, also bright in methane.

Best wishes,

 

Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 9 Nov 2012

 Received; 10 November 2012 at 18:19 JST

 

Hi

  On 9th November  I had fair seeing & good condition a little windy PLS see you it.


Best Wishes

 

Sadegh GHOMIZADEH (Roudehen, IRAN)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 5 Nov 2012

 Received; 8 November 2012 at 03:34 JST

 

Hi Guys Here are a few shots of Jupiter in poor seeing, with Europa in transit.   A bit of data there for the little red ring. The moon itself is visible in the first shot, against the edge dimming.


Best wishes

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter images 30 october 2012

 Received; 7 November 2012 at 03:53 JST

 

Hi all,
Some images taken under fair seeing, showing the WSZ.


http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/J2012_10_30-CPE
Best wishes,

 

Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Uranus images 30th october 2012

 Received; 6 November 2012 at 04:25 JST

 

Hi guys,
Here are some new images of Uranus, in RGB, under excellent conditions. The equatorial IR belt looks clearly detected through the Astronomik R filter.

http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/U2012_10_30_CPE

Best wishes,

Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)

 

 

 

¤·····Subject: FW: ESA: Nereidium Montes Helps Unlock Mars's Glacial Past

 Received; 4 November 2012 at 03:50 JST

 

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From: "AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg"

Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:24:48 -0400

Subject: ESA: Nereidium Montes Helps Unlock Mars's Glacial Past

 

THE FOLLOWING ITEM WAS ISSUED BY THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY IN NOORDWIJK, THE NETHERLANDS, AND IS FORWARDED FOR YOUR INFORMATION. (FORWARDING DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT BY THE AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY).

1 November 2012

 

** Contacts are listed below. **

Text & Images:

http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMO3S52Q8H_index_0.html

 

NEREIDUM MONTES HELPS UNLOCK MARSf GLACIAL PAST

 

On 6 June, the high-resolution stereo camera on ESAfs Mars Express revisited the Argyre basin as featured in our October release, but this time aiming at Nereidum Montes, some 380 km northeast of Hooke crater.

 

The stunning rugged terrain of Nereidum Montes marks the far northern extent of Argyre, one of the largest impact basins on Mars.

 

Nereidum Montes stretches almost 1150 km and was named by the noted Greek astronomer Eugène Michel Antoniadi (1870-1944).

 

Based on his extensive observations of Mars, Antoniadi famously concluded that the ecanalsf on Mars reported by Percival Lowell were, in fact, just an optical illusion.

 

The images captured by Mars Express show a portion of the region, displaying multiple fluvial, glacial and wind-driven features.

 

Extensive dendritic drainage patterns, seen towards the north (lower right side) of the first and topographic images, were formed when liquid water drained into deeper regions within the area.

 

On Earth, tree-like channels of this kind are usually formed by surface runoff after significant rainfall, or when snow or ice melts. Similar processes are thought to have occurred on Mars in the distant past, when scientists now know there to have been water on the surface of the Red Planet.

 

Several of the craters within the region, particularly in eastern parts (lower section) of the first image, show concentric crater fill, a distinctive Martian process marked by rings of surface fluctuations within a crater rim.

 

The ratios between the diameter and depth of the filled craters suggest that there may still be water ice, possibly in the form of ancient glaciers, present below the dry surface debris cover.

 

Scientists have estimated that the water-ice depth in these craters varies from several tens up to hundreds of meters.

 

The largest crater on the south western side (top-left half) of the first and topographic images appears to have spilled out a glacier-like formation towards lower-lying parts of the region (shown as blue in the topographic image).

 

A smooth area to the east of (below) the glacial feature appears to be the youngest within the image, evidenced by an almost complete lack of cratering.

 

Another indication of subsurface water is seen in the fluidized ejecta blanket surrounding the crater at the northern edge (right-hand side) of the first and topographic images.

 

These ejecta structures can develop when a comet or asteroid hits a surface saturated with water or water ice.

 

Finally, throughout the images and often near the wind-sheltered sides of mounds and canyons, extensive rippling sand dune fields are seen to have formed.

 

In-depth studies of regions such as Nereidum Montes play an essential role in unlocking the geological past of our terrestrial neighbor, as well as helping to find exciting regions for future robotic and human explorers to visit.

 

Media Contact:

Markus Bauer

ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Communication Officer

markus.bauer@esa.int

 

Science Contact:

Olivier Witasse

ESA Mars Express Project Scientist

Olivier.Witasse@esa.int

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Bill SHEEHAN  (Willmar, MN)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 2 November 2012

 Received; 4 November 2012 at 12:20 JST

 

Images of Jupiter on 2 November 2012


Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 3-Nov-2012

 Received; 4 November 2012 at 03:06 JST

 

Hi Guys here is an image from the 3rd in poor seeing but a welcome clear sky .  

You might find it interesting to compare the small red spot positions between these two dates.  


 


Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

¤·····Subject: Occultation by the Jupiter, 2 November 2012

 Received; 4 November 2012 at 01:19 JST

 


Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 2012 October 15

 Received; 3 November 2012 at 02:58 JST

 

My best image this apparition (and porobably ever). RGB,RGB,RGB sequence, all at 1 min 30 fps.


David ARDITTI  (Middlesex, the UK)

http://www.staglaneobservatory.co.uk

HA8 5LW

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 1 November 2012

 Received; 2 November 2012 at 15:05 JST

 

Images of Jupiter on 1 November 2012


Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Fw: Another record of Nov. 2003 terminator protrusion?

 Received; 1 November 2012 at 20:16 JST

 ----- Original Message -----
Date:
Sat, 27 Oct 2012 22:16:56 +0900 (JST)

 

Dear Dr. Minami, Christophe, When I was searching in the 2003 CMO Mars Gallery the other day for unintended Martian stereo pair images, I stumbled across another candidate for the record of the prominent terminator projection observed in Nov. 2003, a color drawing by Mario FRASSATI on 17 Nov. 2003. I have attached here a montage including his drawing. How was the solar activity then?


Best Regards,

Reiichi KONNAÏ (Fukushima, JAPAN)

 

 

¤·····Subject: Jupiter 31 October 2012

 Received; 1 November 2012 at 11:49 JST

 

Images of Jupiter on 31 October 2012


Tomio@AKUTSU (Cebu, the PHILIPPINES)


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