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John Chumack
Works at University of Dayton Research Institute
Lives in Dayton, Ohio USA
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I wish you all were here with me!!!!!! The Alaskan Aurora Raged So Insanely Bright Last Night,, Our 10th night of Auroras, it Turned the Snow Green!!!! Here are a hand full of the 1200 shots i took last night, they are all amazing images..but only have time to post a few....some of my shots show our 2015 Tour - Aurora Hunters and vehicles to give you a good idea of scale!!! My next PhotoTour/Workshop recruits arrives Thursday,  and I get to see the Aurora all over again, so more to come & more details at my website  about next years tours. 

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wow!!! Thats AMAZING.!!!!!!!
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Yeah Solar Activity, Just what I needed, a # 3 or  Sea Turtle head on the Sun!
Here are my shots of the Sun yesterday and close-up of Erupting Sunspot 2297...captured from my backyard in Dayton on 03-08-2015 with my Lunt 60mm/50F HA scope & QHY5IIL Camera. Emerging sunspot AR2297 has erupted again, producing its strongest flare yet: an M9-class explosion on March 7th at 22:22 UT. According to NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, it captured the extreme ultraviolet flash: and It ionized Earth's Upper atmosphere causing radio Blackouts!!! I hope it keeps erupting for the next few weeks, so we can get some Aurora Borealis, as I will be in Alaska the rest of the Month leading our Annual Aurora Tour/Workshop!!!!

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Thanks for forgiving me !! N sry for calling u an astrologer ;-)
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Jupiter & Moon Ganymede reappearance from behind Jupiter at Opposition on 02-06-2015 at 03:40 U.T. Had better than average seeing for the Midwest that is, and tad bit noisy, but hey I'll take this over the horrible seeing we usually get, I was even able to pickup a small albedo feature on Ganymede as well!!!
I did captured a movie of Ganymede reappearing from behind Jupiter in the red channel, so I will post that later..
10" sct scope, 2x barlow, QHY5LII CCD camera, Astronomik RGB, 51 fps avi, 3000 frames stacked in Registax, separate RGB combined in Maxim DL.
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Thank you NASA for featuring my Jupiter & Io Shadow Transit photo as their EPOD "Earth Science Picture of the Day" today!!!! Perfect timing too, as Jupiter is at opposition Friday Night, Feb 6, 2015!!! I hope it is clear so I can take another shot of it! http://epod.usra.edu/…/2…/02/jupiter-transit-and-shadow.html
The Earth Science Picture of the Day highlights the diverse processes and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives. EPOD will collect and archive photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. The community is invited to contribute digital imagery, short captions and relevant links.
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Thanks Terry!
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Rare Triple Shadow Transit Alert!
Jupiter with Moons Io & shadow Transit, Europa, & Ganymede,
Jupiter's GRS = Great Red Spot on 01-08-2015. Io was casting the inky black shadow onto Jupiter's cloud tops! Taken from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio USA.
Seeing was rather poor , so I did not crank up the power, but the lower power FOV allowed me to capture Europa & Ganymede too...the 4th Galilean moon Callisto was way out of the frame.
QHY5IIL & 10" SCT(1600mm)...2400 avi frames stacked in Registax6 & assemble RGB in Maxim DL software. I Can't wait for the Very Rare Triple Shadow Transit this Friday Night 23 into Saturday Morning 24th , January 2015,  The event is perfectly positioned for North America around 11:30pm until 3:00am EST, with all three shadows visible around 1:30am EST,  You will need a telescope at powers above 75x to see the shadows transiting, but when all 3 shadows are on the disk, you may be able to notice the dark spots in binoculars mounted on a tripod. Hopefully it will be clear for us all!  After Friday night it won't happen again until 2032!


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Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you NASA for featuring my Sea Turtle Sunspot, a close-up of AR 2297 Photo on their spaceweather page!!!! smile emoticon
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php
The Super active sunspot harbor some complex magnetic fields, and has a 40% chance of Erupting again soon!!! Perfect timing for me as I'm heading to Alaska with John Slonina for our Annual Aurora Photography Workshop/Tours!!! Slonina Nature Photography Tours!!! Stay tuned for some more Great Aurora Photos from Alaska!
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Sunspot number: 23. What is the sunspot number? Updated 09 Mar 2015. Spotless Days Current Stretch: 0 days 2015 total: 0 days (0%) 2014 total: 1 day (<1%) 2013 total: 0 days (0%) 2012 total: 0 days (0%) 2011 total: 2 days (<1%) 2010 total: 51 days (14%) 2009 total: 260 days (71%) ...
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Into the Heart of the Beast! Ever wonder what is deep inside the bright Core of M31 The Andromeda Galaxy?
Here is my attempt to image past the overwhelming bright central glow of the Galaxy &  to peak into the core to see all those dusty lanes, stars, & gas Spiraling into the central 100 million solar mass Black Hole.
The double nucleus, recently discovered by Hubble, was found not to be two black holes as some first speculated. The double nucleus is actually an elliptical ring of old reddish stars in orbit around the black hole,
When the stars are at the farthest point in their orbit they move slower, like cars piled up on a crowded freeway. This gives the illusion of a second nucleus.
I took 60 minutes worth of various short exposures ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes and layered them in Adobe to cut through the bright light to try to see the details in the core. I've been working on this on and off since Sept of 2014, and finally finished the processing last weekend.
M31 is Our Sister Galaxy, Closest spiral to us at 2.5 Million Light years away & contains over 1 trillion stars. M31 Andromeda is visible to the unaided eye from a dark location. M31 The Andromeda Galaxy and our Milky Way Galaxy
will experience a Galactic Collision in about 4 billion years.
Attached is an Image I  captured with a QHY8 cooled Color CCD camera, and my Home-built 16"diameter Newtonian telescope, from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio 09/19/2014.

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No Offense taken Shawn,  The extreme high dynamic range of the region, makes it a very difficult image to process,  there are many subtle variations in the core, A lot more than you think...but alas it was my attempt at it...but thanks for the offer to help!
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WOW! A huge Solar Filament on the Sun today!!!!..The filament covers nearly 1/4 of the diameter of the Sun.  You could fit about 27 Earth Diameters along the length of it, it spans approximately (347,840km) or 217,400 miles long. The Sunspot group 2280 is near the bottom edge of it.
I captured this image at lunch time today from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio USA.  There were some very nice Solar prominences on the western limb as well..but seeing was not the best...but took a shot anyway since we have had nothing but clouds & snow for a while.  Lunt 60mm/50F Hydrogen Alpha Solar Scope, 2x barlow, Qhy5LII CCD camera, 740 frames stacked in Registax6
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Almost the Earth-Moon distance.
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The Potentially Hazardous (PHA) Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) swung past the Earth today, within 745,00 miles of Earth, 3x the distance of the Moon, The Asteroid was about 9th magnitude last night, easy to see in any small telescope, until the darn clouds rolled in and killed my view as can be seen in the video!
I captured this from my backyard in the city of Dayton, Ohio on 01-27-2015 ~ 02:00 UT. I was very lucky to capture this in between sucker holes in the clouds!!!....Sucker Hole Success!!
I used an 80mm Refractor telescope and my Canon 6D DSLR for 10 second exposures @ ISO 3200 and I animated the 49 frames in Maxim DL software to make the short movie clip, I also ran the movie clip back at 5fps, 10fps, and 15fps.
Also NASA's Goldstone Radar has confirmed this asteroid is 1100 feet across & also has a moon orbiting it , the little moon is 230 feet across!!! Watch my youtube video here http://youtu.be/Plkw6XmMV_4
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until the next episode-that thing was close man
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WOW!!! Thank You NASA & Dr. Phillips!!!
For featuring my Photo of Jupiter & Io Shadow Transit on the Front page of NASA's Spaceweather today!!!! And for giving everyone a heads up about the rare event on Jupiter this evening! I hope you all get clear skies to watch the Triple Shadow Transit on Jupiter tonight!!!! Get more details here... http://spaceweather.com/
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NEGATIVE POLARITY SOLAR WIND: In the solar wind flowing past Earth, magnetic fields are tilting south. This is the kind of "negative polarity solar wind stream" that can produce intense polar auroras. Sky watchers around the Arctic Circle should be alert for bright lights in the night sky on Jan ...
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Hyades Cluster, Pleiades Cluster M45, NGC-1647 Cluster, and Comet Lovejoy Q2!!!
This time with my Canon 6D DSLR & 50mm lens shot ~ 40% crop from original FOV, to show you The Hyades, Pleiades, & Comet Lovejoy on 01-15-2015, also to the very left edge near Bright Orange Aldebaran is a little open star cluster (40'x40' arcmin) called NGC-1647.
This one was at ISO 800, 180 sec. sub exp. stacked for 27 minutes total. Unfortunately I had some high bands of very thin clouds floating through so had to do some hard processing and crop the original image..I also included a negative image to help you see the length of the tail.
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Ah, the tracking mount. That changes everything. 
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