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Enjoying picnics in kilome..

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Great views, Super FRESH Air!! and steamed goat meat from Ksh400 a kilo – beat that!!

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Mt.Kalembwani (arm chair Mt.)

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Mt.Kalembwani ©muokikioko2017

At 5141 ft Mt kalembwani a Volcanic cone within Kilome, Makueni county owned by the local community is an easy to get to day hike just off mombasa-nairobi tarmac road/highway for individuals, educational institutions or organised groups

Arm Chair – Mt.Kalembwani ©muoki kioko

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walking up kalembwani’s volcanic scree ©muokikioko2017

having erupted some 10,000yrs ago its had cultural significance to the community and provides both educational and leisure activities

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summiting kalembwani with local guides ©muokikioko2017

through community guides. It also provides brilliant opportunity for star gazing, photography, camping, birdwatching, butterfly watching and raptor watching while at same time giving splendid views of kilome topography and on clear days Africas highest Mountain – mt kilimanjaro

Local guides are always happy to arrange for local indegenous meals or free range goat meat roasting on request. Secure Car park with toilets available.

Accomodation of all categories is available nearby from budget to 5star should you want to extend your enjoyment.

 

 

Watching Sirius (the skies brightest star) from kilome

Kilome is just south of the Equator in Africa, and having no bright human lights around it makes ‘star gazing’ and star photography superb!
It’s end of march and the moon is overhead early morning

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Moon @ 8am today 29/03/2016 ©muokikioko2016

This was taken today just after 8am and the crater’s on the moon were pretty clear!
However just after sunset by 7pm stars are very clearly visible, and when you look directly overhead at that early hour you will see a set of ‘3’ stars (same size and brightness) running in a straight line: follow the line leftwards/southwards while approximating 8× the 3stars – you shall notice an unmisable bright star to the naked eye. That star is called ‘Sirius’
Sirius is the worlds brightest star

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Sirius as seen from kilome ©muokikioko2016

Here you can see it with 3 other stars, the lowest just fading off.

mythology about name:
Mythology or The early stargazers might have imagined that Sirius and the sun caused the hot weather, or dog days.
Sirius has been known since ancient times, and its name signified its nature as “scorching” or “sparkling.” It was associated with the Egyptian god Osiris and other gods. Ancient Egyptians noted that Sirius rose just before the sun each year immediately prior to the annual flooding of the Nile River. Although the floods could bring destruction, they also brought new soil and new life. Fittingly, Osiris, whom Sirius may have represented, was a god of life, death, fertility and rebirth of plant life along the Nile.

Science:
The only things that outshine Sirius in the skies are the sun, moon, planets Venus, Jupiter, and at times mercury and mars.
At about 8.6 light years away from earth (a light year is 6million miles), It’s said to have a surface area about double that of the sun and a surface temperature of about 9400°c verses the suns 5500°c.

An interesting observation from here Kilome was that as I reduced the amount of light captured to hopefully capture more details like those on the Moon above i noted

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the smaller stars turned red in colour and eventually ‘Sirius’ too had an orange red glow to it.

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Sirius with red glow ©muokikioko2016


Above is Sirius, and below are
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Star details of smaller stars ©muokikioko2016


details around the lower two (2) stars

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

The moon today from Kilome

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Moon from kilome ©muoki kioko 2016

The moon as viewed today from Kilome left more questions than answers.
– There seemed to be a pivotal point at slightly above ‘East’ that has lines running down around the moon, more like a basketball marking. Is there a north/southern pole on the moon!??
– When you draw a line at centre of image from top to bottom, there seems to be a concentration of white spots especially on top half!! What are those white sports (natural or human activity)!??
– Crater s on the Moon can be clearly seen on eastern edges.
– There’s a dark shape visible even with naked eye that’s not made of craters that takes shape of antelope head/giraffe.  Why this dark shape!?

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Photographing nite skies in Kilome

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Star watching in kilome ©muoki kioko 2016

Kilome is one of those ‘dark skies’ photography locations where you can study constellations ie star gaze or photograph the stars clearly. But also has sections with lighting that add a bit of drama

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Nite skies kilome

to both the landscape and skies when doing star photography:- done through the community.
Bring a telescope or a camera we enjoy the beautiful skies of Africa with the unforgatable amazement and curiosity..

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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