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Quote schmikbob Replybullet Posted: 12 July 2014 at 8:08am
all right , finally looked at your pictures. Moon is low on the horizon in all of them and VERY hazy and there is lots of lights from buildings near. This is why I said you probably have light pollution, because you do. I'm not sure why you said "none of the above" unless you did not understand the term. Can't tell if there is a smog inversion layer from the city but I bet it's a hot location and there's more than a few cars. Only a few stars are visible because all the lights from the city interfere with your seeing them. There is nothing miraculous going on but you go right on believing because that's what you do.
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Quote Abu Loren Replybullet Posted: 12 July 2014 at 12:25pm
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all right , finally looked at your pictures. Moon is low on the horizon in all of them and VERY hazy and there is lots of lights from buildings near. This is why I said you probably have light pollution, because you do. I'm not sure why you said "none of the above" unless you did not understand the term. Can't tell if there is a smog inversion layer from the city but I bet it's a hot location and there's more than a few cars. Only a few stars are visible because all the lights from the city interfere with your seeing them. There is nothing miraculous going on but you go right on believing because that's what you do.
None of the above.
 
You can't make that call from five thousand miles away looking at a hazy pic. 
 
If there are any members here living in the Arabian Peninsula please confirm of deny that there are few stars visible here.
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Quote Lachi Replybullet Posted: 12 July 2014 at 2:09pm
I'm not sure what you are seeing, Abu Loren. If it's a miracle for you, then what does if signify?

As to the level of light and air pollution in Sharjah = here is a photo of Sharjah, so people can judge for themselves;


[IMG]http//www.theculturist.com/storage/Vantage%20Points%20Sharjah_Yazan%20Khalili_2.jpg__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1378243464470" />http://www.theculturist.com/home/tag/sharjah?currentPage=2

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Quote schmikbob Replybullet Posted: 12 July 2014 at 10:51pm
Wow, so that's Sharjah. Big city, lots of lights, no wonder you can only see a few stars. The Arabian Peninsula must be a truly miraculous place if you could get out of the city and civilization a only see 4 or 5 stars.
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Quote Abu Loren Replybullet Posted: 13 July 2014 at 2:46am
Originally posted by Lachi

I'm not sure what you are seeing, Abu Loren. If it's a miracle for you, then what does if signify?

As to the level of light and air pollution in Sharjah = here is a photo of Sharjah, so people can judge for themselves;


[IMG]http//www.theculturist.com/storage/Vantage%20Points%20Sharjah_Yazan%20Khalili_2.jpg__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1378243464470" />http://www.theculturist.com/home/tag/sharjah?currentPage=2


So that's Sharjah?
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Quote schmikbob Replybullet Posted: 13 July 2014 at 7:37am
Abu Loren, in your pictures what are all the lights on the ground. I thought they were quite a few buildings. I suppose I could be wrong.
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Quote Ron Webb Replybullet Posted: 13 July 2014 at 11:42am
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You can't make that call from five thousand miles away looking at a hazy pic.

 Actually, we pretty much can.  The fact that the picture is hazy tells us that there's some kind of pollution interfering.  It could just be a bad photo, but the fact that you say there are only four or five stars visible tells us it's not the photo that's the problem.  And of course we can see that you are surrounded by artificial lighting.  Not a good observing location at all, unfortunately.  Is there nowhere you can go to get away from the street lights?
 
If there are any members here living in the Arabian Peninsula please confirm of deny that there are few stars visible here.

Did you know that you have a planetarium in Sharjah?  I can't tell from their Web site if they have shows open to the general public, but they do presentations for schools etc., and if you get a chance to attend one of them you might find it interesting.  At any rate, they could certainly tell you what stars ought to be visible in your area.

The planetarium Web site also linked to a very cool site called Heavens Above, which can show you the night sky (and a whole lot more) for any location on the planet.  Here is the current view for Sharjah.  See if you can identify any of the stars.  Mars and Saturn are also visible, or would be if the atmosphere wasn't interfering.

I'm really enjoying this topic, by the way.  It reminds me of my first year Astronomy class.  We were asked to make daily observations of the moon throughout the semester, much like Abu Loren is doing.  I don't think any of us really did it properly, though, so kudos to Abu Loren!  Clap
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Quote Abu Loren Replybullet Posted: 13 July 2014 at 12:51pm
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Abu Loren, in your pictures what are all the lights on the ground. I thought they were quite a few buildings. I suppose I could be wrong.


The lights are lighting a walkway beside the road, like a promenade. All the buildings are to the left of the picture. Right next to the domed building in the centre there is a powerhouse which generates electricity for the City.
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