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International Space Station1581 viewsTonight the Altadena WeatherCam caught an image of the International Space Station passing overhead. The Shuttle Atlantis (STS-122) was docked with the ISS.
The lighter dotted line is a passing airplane. The brighter line is the ISS and Shuttle. Magnitude of Brightness was estimated at -1.2

(28 votes)
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Starry Night1781 viewsA cold Winter Storm blew through the area March 11, 2006. I had just installed the WeatherCam and was lucky to catch this glimpse of the Hills dusted with snow down to the 2000 foot level.
(30 votes)
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Airplane1704 viewsThe long exposures on the WeatherCam at night (sometimes as much as 16 seconds) makes for some interesting effects. Here, a plane passes by. The lights make a streak and the dots along the line are the blinking lights on the plane.
(21 votes)
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Taurid Meteor819 viewsTaurid Meteor shower. The Taurids are linked to debris from comet 2P/Enke, and roughly every 3 years there is an outburst as Earths orbit intersects the debris cloud. They appear to eminate from the Constellation Tauris. They can be very bright.
(11 votes)
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The Lowe Fire965 viewsThe WeatherCam caught several good images of the Lowe Fire (named for nearby Mt. Lowe). Quick work from the Angeles National Forest Fire Crews along with Los Angeles County resources kept the fire to around 12 acres with no structures lost.
In this image a Water Dropping Helicopter approaches to make a drop.

(19 votes)
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Station Fire 3884 viewsSaturday August 29, the Temperature was 78 Degrees at 9:36PM. Humidity was only 12% and Winds were calm. The Star Of Palawoo can be seen on the right giving nervous residents a glimmer of hope.
(6 votes)
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Clouds1446 viewsI get a lot of nice shots of clouds. I'll try to upload a few of the more interesting ones.
(25 votes)
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Fish Bone1477 viewsThe wind made this long whispy cloud look like a fish bone.
(26 votes)
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Snowfall1953 viewsA rare sight here in Altadena. Snow actually falling. Of couse it didn't stick long.
(27 votes)
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Draconid Meteor 1399 viewsThe October Draconids, in the past also unofficially known as the Giacobinids, are a meteor shower whose parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. A Draconid meteor shower is expected to happen in early October of 2011, and the best nights for viewing are expected to be October 8–10. The Draconids are best viewed after sunset in an area with a clear dark sky. They are swift and short in length. The Altadena WeatherCam caught this one the evening before the expected peak.
(4 votes)
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Star1009 viewsThis beautiful star is visible on many nights around the holidays. It sits on a hill top above my home. I'm trying to get more info about it and will post it here.
OK, I found out a lot more about the Star.
Read about it here

(22 votes)
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Sno-Caps590 viewsRemember the Nestle Candy you used to get at the Movies? Well, that's what came to mind when thinking of a name for this image.

A very cold Low Pressure System moved down the coast from Alaska and combined with some moisture from the South to give us this beautiful snowfall down to about 3000'. This image was taken at 3:06 a.m. and the temperature dropped down to 33.1 Degrees just before sunrise.

(7 votes)
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