Astronomy: Adventures in Stargazing

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Re: Astronomy: Adventures in Stargazing

Postby stargazer » Nov 19, 2019 1:36 pm

Mark this upcoming Thursday night/Friday morning (depending on your location) on your calendar. There may be a spectacular meteor shower originating in one of the obscure constellations near Orion. The expected peak is around 0450 UTC on Friday the 22nd (2250 the previous evening US Central Time).

This article has the details, including a star chart showing where to look and a world map showing likely visibility (weather permitting). Clear skies!
But all night, Aslan and the Moon gazed upon each other with joyful and unblinking eyes.
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Re: Astronomy: Adventures in Stargazing

Postby fantasia » Nov 19, 2019 10:43 pm

Sadly the weather does not look like it's going to cooperate here. We are expecting rain and possibly snow. Even if we don't have precipitation, it'll probably be cloudy. :(
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Re: Astronomy: Adventures in Stargazing

Postby stargazer » Nov 23, 2019 11:19 am

The sky was overcast here as well. The reports I've seen indicate only a minor uptick in meteor counts, nothing close to an outburst.

Now the spotlight turns to a predictable, reliable event: the close approach of the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, low in the evening sky after sunset. They are closest on November 24 but are worth watching before and after that date.

The farther south you live, the higher and easier to spot the planets will be. Down Under they will be high, but viewers there face the long twilight of midsummer.
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Re: Astronomy: Adventures in Stargazing

Postby fantasia » Feb 17, 2020 9:08 pm

Anybody getting up early tomorrow morning to watch the moon eat Mars? ;))
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Re: Astronomy: Adventures in Stargazing

Postby stargazer » Feb 17, 2020 10:51 pm

The alarm is set, but I'm not sure about the sky clearing off in time (the snow didn't stop falling until just a few hours ago so the sky remains covered).
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Re: Astronomy: Adventures in Stargazing

Postby johobbit » Feb 18, 2020 5:02 am

The clouds over your home have reached our area, stargazer: we have a low ceiling, with a good snowfall over night, and therefore not a hint of a clear peek at the sky anywhere. :(

fantasia wrote:to watch the moon eat Mars?

Now, there's a fun way of describing this. :))

Wondering if anyone here has been able to view the sight ...
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