APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

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APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:09 am

Image Highlights of the Winter Sky

Explanation: What's up in the sky this winter? The featured graphic gives a few highlights for Earth's northern hemisphere. Viewed as a clock face centered at the bottom, early winter sky events fan out toward the left, while late winter events are projected toward the right. Objects relatively close to Earth are illustrated, in general, as nearer to the cartoon figure with the telescope at the bottom center -- although almost everything pictured can be seen without a telescope. Highlights of this winter's sky include the Geminids meteor shower peaking this week, the constellation of Orion becoming notable in the evening sky, and many planets being visible before sunrise in February. As true in every season, the International Space Station (ISS) can be sometimes be found drifting across your sky if you know just when and where to look.

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by Wombat » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:26 am

Hey APOD, unless you are a "Flat Earther" how about a summer one for the other 50% of the world...

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by geckzilla » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:58 am

I find it difficult to process the information presented in this format. It seems out of order.
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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by canopia » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:59 am

I don't see the total Lunar eclipse on 31st January 2018.

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by gadieid » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:05 am

Where the 31 Januar Eclipse gone to?
Although not visible to me from Israel but the final Penumbral phase. it is a MUST be on such a list.

anyway,
does someone know if the moon will be even more red than usual when it rises in the Penumbral phase???

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by BillT » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:56 am

It looks like the Southern hemisphere viewpoint but Gemini is out of place? Should be Taurus, Orion, Gemini then Cancer when looking at the Southern hemisphere Northern Sky going from from West to East

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by gcal » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:01 pm

Really cool graphic.

What's up with "Merkur in the Morning Sky"? Everything else in the picture seems to be in English; why is this one in German?

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by cstraitt » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:25 pm

Shouldn't Taurus be facing Orion, not sneaking up on his back?

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by Osh » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:41 pm

I'm a fan of this format and would love to see more of these. It's easy to read and see when certain events will play out. What would be even better is a dynamic app that will present this info by know where it is and be relevant to that position (so the folks at the bottom of the world would also get their views.)

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by De58te » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:47 pm

cstraitt wrote:Shouldn't Taurus be facing Orion, not sneaking up on his back?
It's confusing, but I think this isn't a graphical map of the sky, but it is a time drawing, portraying time. Like APOD said it is a clock. Taurus is high above the word December, which means it is high in the sky, or rising in the East, whatever. During the month of January it is Orion in the same position, and Taurus is off the screen to the right. In the month of February, Cancer and Gemini which appear to be taken combined, are in the same position, when Orion has moved off to the right.

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Re: APOD: Highlights of the Winter Sky (2017 Dec 12)

Post by Boomer12k » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:10 am

Interesting depiction... but a list might be easier, if not more creative....

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