Clouds: Beauty or Beast?
Moreover, thick clouds at night are a pain in the ass. And, I’ve been seeing them for more than 4 months now. They are huge, reddish orange clouds that move slowly or quickly depending on the wind’s velocity. At worst, they appear motionless and resemble a “comforter” covering everything in the sky including the full moon.
Clouds can be a formidable obstacle for the budding astronomer, and one hell of a nuisance for the astrophotographer.
On the other hand, after reading articles found in the atmospheric optics website, I learned that clouds aren’t that bad – especially cirrus clouds. This realization lead to a new interest – that is, to hunt for atmospheric phenomena and if possible, image them. Yeah… yeah I know I’m getting weird again. But hey aren’t crepuscular rays, anti-crepuscular rays, rainbows, sun & moon halos, and cloud shapes, amazing? 😀 So far, I have seen some of these spectacular sights but I have never tried to image them before. Ever since I got interested in atmospheric optics, I always tried my best to catch one… kahit isa lang hahaha! :D. Unique & different cloud shapes are easy to spot but Sun & Moon halos are rare because they are formed through the orientation of ice crystals – usually associated with cirrus clouds and cold temperature. The Philippines is situated near the equator, making ice crystals rare.
I will start uploading pictures as soon as I catch and image rainbows, sun and moon halos, and planet pillars. I really hope I can get one before the year ends.
Merry Christmas to everyone! 😀