Solar prominence 31 October 2014

Short animation of the ever changing solar prominence. It consists of 38 frames at frame-rate of 15 fps. Still frames were acquired from 11:10 to 11:50 UT. Every still frame is registered and processed imaged, made out of 45 seconds long video. Seeing conditions were very poor.
Object: Solar prominence animation
Date: 31 October 2014
Equipment: Basler acA640-100gm, Lunt 60 mm + 2xBarlow
Capture and processing : FireCapture, AutoStakkert2, Gimp
Object: Solar prominence
Date: 31 October 2014 11:05 UT
Equipment: Basler acA640-100gm, Lunt 60 mm + 2xBarlow
Capture and processing : FireCapture, AutoStakkert2, Gimp
Object: Solar prominence
Date: 31 October 2014 11:47 UT
Equipment: Basler acA640-100gm, Lunt 60 mm + 2xBarlow
Capture and processing : FireCapture, AutoStakkert2, Gimp

Sunspot AR2192 28 October 2014

The biggest sunspot in the last 25 years. It has unleashed many strong X-class and M-class solar flares. The most intense of these flares have caused HF radio blackouts and other communication disturbances on the dayside of Earth.

Weather here was very unfavorable for any telescopic high resolution imaging of this enormous sunspot. Here is a quick image I took with telephoto lens during my job time.

Object: Sun and sunspots
Date: 28. October 2014 12:56 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tamron 70-300@300mm, f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/640s

Sky this month – October 2014

Here is a list of astronomical events for given month. Location dependent events listed here are visible from central Europe.

OCTOBER 2014:

1 – Asteroid (258) Tyche occults a +11.8 magnitude star at 19:39 UT for 7 s and magnitude drops for 0.3, detailed info.

4 – Asteroid (1) Ceres passes just 30’ north of Saturn.

7 – Planet Uranus at opposition.

8 – Full Moon at 10:52 UT.

8 – The Draconids (DRA) meteor shower peaks at ~23:3O UT, with ZHR up to ~30. Observing will be affected by full Moon.

9 – Asteroid (455) Bruchsalia occults a +12.1 magnitude star at 03:37 UT for 4 s and magnitude drops for 2.2, detailed info.

9 – Asteroid (690) Wratislavia occults a +9.9 magnitude star at 17:25 UT for 6 s and magnitude drops for 4, detailed info.

19 – Comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) at its brightest. It may reach +6th magnitude for Southern hemisphere observers.

19 – Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passes just 7’ from the planet Mars. Globular cluster NGC 6401 also lies nearby.

21 – The Orionids (ORI) meteor shower peak, with ZHR up to ~25. Nearly Moon free conditions this year are perfect for observing this shower.

23 – New Moon at 21:58 UT.

24 – The Leonis Minorids (LMI) meteor shower peak, with ZHR around 2. Radiant seen only from Northern hemisphere.

25 – Occultation of the planet Saturn by the Moon at 15:43 UT. For Europe this event happens low in the sky, near the horizon. Detailed info.

25 – Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) crosses perihelion.

25 – Venus at superior solar conjunction. Not observable as the planet is placed behind the Sun.

28 – Conjunction between planet Mars and NGC 6530 (open cluster inside Lagoona nebula).