What did you see in the sky tonight?

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Chris Peterson
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:32 pm

Orca wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:31 pm
Chris Peterson wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:14 pm
Two nights ago. Coming down off a hard hike up and back from a 12,500 foot pass...
That is a remarkably causal reference to a very big mountain! The highest point in OR is Mt Hood which is 11,250 feet - and that is a peak, not a pass.

Out of curiosity I compared the Cascades to the Rockies for highest peaks - Mt Rainier (14,411) is just a few feet shorter than the highest peak in the Rockies, Mt Elbert (14,433). Of course they are different types of mountain ranges and formed very differently. Not that it's a contest and I am comparing our mountains or anything! :shock:
I live at close to 10,000 feet. Almost every ride or hike I do gets up to at least 11,000. And there are dozens of 14,000+ peaks around here, so it's really common to get up over 12,000. I aim for such places, in fact, because I love being up at or above treeline, which is mostly around that hereabouts.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:30 am

The Pleiades and Mars started a conjunction junction what's your function tonight! :ssmile:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Knight of Clear Skies » Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:27 pm

Was lucky enough to see a fireball over the UK a couple nights ago. Bright, even though a nearly full Moon was out, orange (possibly due to atmospheric reddening from my perspective? it was quite low to the horizon) and with visible fragmentation. Looking at the projected track some fragments may have impacted somewhere North of Cheltenham.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:39 pm

Indeed, Mars passing by the Pleiades is a beautiful binocular object right now.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by CURRAHEE CHRIS » Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:43 am

Did anyone see a flash of red light a few degrees away from NGC 2362 in the Canis Major constellation tonight? I went out to the edge of my driveway around 9:13 EST tonight to set up and there was a bright red light shining on par (in brilliance) with the dogstar. It led me to pause as I thought it was a plane perhaps or helicopter. The point stayed fixed and after about 20-25 seconds it disappeared. I focused my telescope to that approximate region to see if I could see anything in the scope but nothing. I was curious if anyone else saw that same thing this evening. It really isnt along any flight routes that I have observed.