What did you see in the sky tonight?

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Ann » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:57 am

Fred the Cat wrote:
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Beautiful sunrise this morning
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But as the Earth rotates in our solar system
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Gravity makes it hard to sense its perspective like this :wink:
Really nice, but... hey, Fred, I thought folks like you were upside down? :wink:

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Ann » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:02 am

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Rising moon and mountain bluebird, set in the Belt of Venus. Moon one day post equinox, one day pre full.
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Lovely picture. Lovely composition, lovely colors.

Three thoughts: I once showed a colleague the full Moon when it was not in the Belt of Venus, but in the blue of the rising Earth shadow. She couldn't believe how the Moon could be seen so clearly right through that "cloud bank", and I had to explain it to her.

I wish I could see the plumage of that mountain blue bird!

And I envy you for being visited by mountain blue birds.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:21 am

Ann wrote:
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And I envy you for being visited by mountain blue birds.
They are one of our primary harbingers of spring, showing up in mid-February, the males intensely sky blue. Now, they are close to leaving for the winter, and the males have faded considerably, and are only a little more colorful than the females.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by BDanielMayfield » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:27 am

Mars (I think) in a remarkable close conjunction with a bright star? When I saw it tonight I did a double-take because Mars and the other object were so close. I hope someone can take and post a photo of it.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Ann » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:51 am

BDanielMayfield wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:27 am
Mars (I think) in a remarkable close conjunction with a bright star? When I saw it tonight I did a double-take because Mars and the other object were so close. I hope someone can take and post a photo of it.

Bruce
How strange. This page says nothing about a conjunction of any kind on October 7 or 8. As for Mars, it is in Capricorn, and there are no bright stars or (at present) any other planets in Capricorn.

I wonder what you saw.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by BDanielMayfield » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:11 am

Ann wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:51 am
BDanielMayfield wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:27 am
Mars (I think) in a remarkable close conjunction with a bright star? When I saw it tonight I did a double-take because Mars and the other object were so close. I hope someone can take and post a photo of it.

Bruce
How strange. This page says nothing about a conjunction of any kind on October 7 or 8. As for Mars, it is in Capricorn, and there are no bright stars or (at present) any other planets in Capricorn.

I wonder what you saw.

Ann
It was strange. Tonight the seeing is excellent, better than last night, and there was Mars, looking as bright as last night but completely normal. Last night I remember even rubbing my eyes a little because I couldn't hardly believe what I was seeing. Then I went inside to get a pair of binoculars, went back out and there were apparently two objects, both orange white and of about equal brightness, aligned vertically. I thought, wow, Mars must be right on top of Antares, but no, Antares isn't in this part of the sky, is it? I came inside, quickly fired off last night's post and then did my own search of S&T's and Astronomy's websites to see if there was anything special happening with Mars. Nada.

I can only conclude that I was seeing a doubled image of Mars, but why? I wasn't drunk (had had only one beer hours earlier), and nothing else appeared doubled. The doubling effect was confirmed through binoculars, and there was no stellar twinkling apparent on either object. It must have been some kind of a mirage effect, but Mars was about 35 degrees above my horizon, which was concealed behind trees along our neighbors fenceline.

Is seeing a reflected image of a planet that high above the horizon possible? I wouldn't have thought so before last night, but it apparently happened.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:53 am

There were rings "around" the moon tonight. :ssmile:
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On high res' anyways! :wink:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by BDanielMayfield » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:16 am

BDanielMayfield wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:11 am
Ann wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:51 am
BDanielMayfield wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:27 am
Mars (I think) in a remarkable close conjunction with a bright star? When I saw it tonight I did a double-take because Mars and the other object were so close. I hope someone can take and post a photo of it.

Bruce
How strange. This page says nothing about a conjunction of any kind on October 7 or 8. As for Mars, it is in Capricorn, and there are no bright stars or (at present) any other planets in Capricorn.

I wonder what you saw.

Ann
It was strange. Tonight the seeing is excellent, better than last night, and there was Mars, looking as bright as last night but completely normal. Last night I remember even rubbing my eyes a little because I couldn't hardly believe what I was seeing. Then I went inside to get a pair of binoculars, went back out and there were apparently two objects, both orange white and of about equal brightness, aligned vertically. I thought, wow, Mars must be right on top of Antares, but no, Antares isn't in this part of the sky, is it? I came inside, quickly fired off last night's post and then did my own search of S&T's and Astronomy's websites to see if there was anything special happening with Mars. Nada.

I can only conclude that I was seeing a doubled image of Mars, but why? I wasn't drunk (had had only one beer hours earlier), and nothing else appeared doubled. The doubling effect was confirmed through binoculars, and there was no stellar twinkling apparent on either object. It must have been some kind of a mirage effect, but Mars was about 35 degrees above my horizon, which was concealed behind trees along our neighbors fenceline.

Is seeing a reflected image of a planet that high above the horizon possible? I wouldn't have thought so before last night, but it apparently happened.

Bruce
No, it didn't, really.

Tonight I saw a similar looking doubled Mars, but then I squinted my eyes and the doubling effect went away. I looked for other bright points of light and there it was, a double image of distant man made lights and just barely of the brighter stars. I could make this effect go away by squinting.

Clearly, this is something happening with my vision. :shock: I turned 60 this summer and I wear eyeglasses for nearsightedness. This is something to watch and talk to an optometrist about at my next eye exam.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:28 pm

BDanielMayfield wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:16 am
BDanielMayfield wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:11 am
Ann wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:51 am


How strange. This page says nothing about a conjunction of any kind on October 7 or 8. As for Mars, it is in Capricorn, and there are no bright stars or (at present) any other planets in Capricorn.

I wonder what you saw.

Ann
It was strange. Tonight the seeing is excellent, better than last night, and there was Mars, looking as bright as last night but completely normal. Last night I remember even rubbing my eyes a little because I couldn't hardly believe what I was seeing. Then I went inside to get a pair of binoculars, went back out and there were apparently two objects, both orange white and of about equal brightness, aligned vertically. I thought, wow, Mars must be right on top of Antares, but no, Antares isn't in this part of the sky, is it? I came inside, quickly fired off last night's post and then did my own search of S&T's and Astronomy's websites to see if there was anything special happening with Mars. Nada.

I can only conclude that I was seeing a doubled image of Mars, but why? I wasn't drunk (had had only one beer hours earlier), and nothing else appeared doubled. The doubling effect was confirmed through binoculars, and there was no stellar twinkling apparent on either object. It must have been some kind of a mirage effect, but Mars was about 35 degrees above my horizon, which was concealed behind trees along our neighbors fenceline.

Is seeing a reflected image of a planet that high above the horizon possible? I wouldn't have thought so before last night, but it apparently happened.

Bruce
No, it didn't, really.

Tonight I saw a similar looking doubled Mars, but then I squinted my eyes and the doubling effect went away. I looked for other bright points of light and there it was, a double image of distant man made lights and just barely of the brighter stars. I could make this effect go away by squinting.

Clearly, this is something happening with my vision. :shock: I turned 60 this summer and I wear eyeglasses for nearsightedness. This is something to watch and talk to an optometrist about at my next eye exam.

Bruce
I suffer from astigmatism and often see stars as two points until I refocus. Optics have really helped humans on the world; looking outward and inward. :thumb_up:

People have different views of the world depending on how they perceive it but, for most, it's from a physical condition rather than one formed from a mental perspective. Of course then I wouldn't expect the universe to be flat. :?
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