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John Chumack
Works at University of Dayton Research Institute
Lives in Dayton, Ohio USA
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Thank You Universetoday!!!!,  for featuring my image of the Blue Moon in an article about the upcoming Blue moon this month!!!!   Its Blue Moon time Again! Please Read David's article to see what that means & Why it occurs!

http://www.universetoday.com/121496/blues-for-the-second-full-moon-of-july/#more-121496
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Saturn on 07-01-2015 from my backyard in Dayton, Ohio. Right now Saturn is about 857 Million miles from Earth, or 9.22 Au, or 1.28 light hours away.
After rain & clouds for months...Actually the worst Spring/Summer I can remember as far as lack of clear skies...plus with Wildfires in Canada making the sky really not clear, even when there are no clouds. I got a couple of hours of clear skies after the front moved through..I noticed the seeing was decent, so I decided to cranked up the power with a Televue 5x Barlow, with my old orange tube C8 Scope & Qhy5IIL CCD camera, LRGB, 3200 frames stacked in Registax 6. It is not as clean as I would like, but considering our usual poor seeing in the midwest, but it has nice color, & now that we are past opposition you can see the Saturn's shadow starting to fall on the rings at top left, so i'll take it while hoping for another good stable clear night soon! 
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Incredibly close Planetary Conjunction with the two brightest Planets Venus & Jupiter converging in the western Sky after Sunset on  06-28-2015 to 06-30-2015 while at a Tropical paradise for some R&R!
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Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights on March 31st 2015 at Chena Hot Springs in  Alaska. This is another one of my Panning Time Lapse Movies, this time # 7  captured during my annual Aurora Borealis Tours/Workshop.  This was captured under nearly Full Moon light. Surprising the Aurora shined through nicely and about 10 man made Satellites crossing through the field as well.  This was 1.5 hours...compressed to 1.5 minutes for your quick viewing enjoyment.  Canon 6D DSLR,  Star Adventurer panning device, 10 second exposures for 1.5 hours.   The flash of light on the trees near the end was the Alien ship beaming me up!!! LOL!!!  Okay it was really our SnowCat headlights telling us it was time to head back down the mountain!    https://youtu.be/eWGCvPfq-d0
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A Very Nice Conjunction / Triangle in the West above my backyard observatory tonight...06-20-2015. The Moon w/Earthshine (left), The Planet Jupiter (top), and The Planet Venus on the right.
Canon 6D DSLR & 70mm lens, F6.3, ISO 400, 0.8 second exposure..
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Thank you Astronomy Magazine for Featuring both my First & Last Quarter Moon Photos in the July 2015 Issue, I just received it today, and it looks cool illustrated with a really nice Article on "Catching Moon Rays" on pages 52 to 55!
Often overlooked features on the Moon....Yes, its true most haven't seen all the Moon has to offer!!!
Definitely my favorite magazine on the Planet!
You guys are the best!!
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John Chumack
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I captured an air ship (blimp) heading toward the center of the Galaxy!!!l LOL! Captured the air ship approaching the Sun through clouds here at my Astrophotography Exhibit in Ann Arbor, MI. Using my iphone 6 to capture it, this pic reminds me of the center of a Galaxy or Black Hole and came out kinda of a cool looking with clouds & silhouette ship!!!
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The Tropical Dippers!

I have just returned from some R&R with my Family!
Despite the bright moonlight,  
I simply could not resist shooting the night sky while on vacation.
Here is a shot of what I call the Tropical Dippers!  
I’m so used to seeing the Dippers nice and high in Ohio, It seemed strange to see them so low,
but was pleasantly surprised to be able see both dippers without obstruction from this far South (26 degrees).
Luckily the Island has no real high obstructions, and with perfect timing when most of the clouds cleared off,
I was able to grab this shot from the beach in front of our condo on Sanibel Island, Florida.
Looking North…
You can see Both “The Big Dipper” in Ursa Major  & “The Little Dipper” in Ursa Minor.
Also known as the Big Bear & Little Bear.   
I illustrated the image to help you find Polaris “The North Star” & The Little Dipper by using the two front stars in the Bowl of The Big Dipper to point the way.

Canon 6D DSLR & 24mm F1.4 Lens, ISO 1250, 10 second exposure.

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My Aurora time lapse Video #7 is now featured up on Space.com ....you will have to wait for the advertisement to finish to view it...
http://www.space.com/29754-northern-lights-dance-over-alaska-in-time-lapse-video.html

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Astrophotographer John Chumack (galacticimages.com) captured about 1.5 hours of aurora images on March 31st, 2015, and time-lapsed them. He used a Canon 6D DSLR with a Star Adventurer panning device.
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The Sun on 06-24-2015 in Hydrogen Alpha Light lots of Prominences & Giant Active Sunspot Group AR 2371 was the culprit that gave us Northern lights on Monday Night!
and more Aurora last night for those further North as another CME arrived last night .
Captured from my backyard in Dayton,with my Lunt 60mm/50F HA Scope & QHY5IIL, 1/54 sec exp, 683 frames stacked in Registax 6.
I included my negative blue version to help you see fine details on the Solar Surface.
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My Pluto photo!!!!
WOW! Thank you Once Again Astronomy Magazine!!!! I just realized they Published my Pluto Shot in the July 2015 Issue also!!!! My Pluto image crossing Barnard 92 Dark Nebula is featured in a great Article on how to Hunt down Pluto....Perfect timing as New Horizon's space craft will be Getting the first ever close-up shots of Pluto and it's 5 moons in July!
A lot of Super Articles in the July issue of Astronomy magazine!
If you don't have a subscription to Astronomy Magazine????...it is available at most newsstands, or subscribe on their website astronomy.com
There is also a digital online version you can subscribe to as well.
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John Chumack
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