What did you see in the sky tonight?

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:29 pm

Ah, well. As I was rather expecting, clouds to the west blocked my view of the setting eclipsed Moon. I got a few shots of the partial phase while it was still above the clouds.
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I was nicely situated to catch the total phase setting over the Continental Divide, but it never showed up. Would have been a nice shot... when I took this, the red Moon was just above the mountains on the right side of the picture.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:16 am

Fred the Cat wrote:
Fred the Cat wrote:Just to followup I messed up again. I thought the azimuth needed, for the moon rising, was 65 degrees so I captured the rising moon (camera attached to my 4 inch Celestron this time) coming up the hillside.

When I double-checked my records, it needed to be 69 degrees. Good news is - that's the azimuth when I look at the January 31st full moon. Now if only the weather and everything else goes right that night.
I guess it'll be a fun date in the Gem state!
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It was just right...
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Then the clouds came :bang:

Oh, the life of a wannabe astro p :cry: and, I suspect, the good ones too :wink:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:39 am

Nice zodiacal light the last few nights. This is about 1.5 hours after sunset, and I could see it from the horizon all the way across the Pleiades overhead and finally intersecting the Milky Way just past that.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:37 am

Nice conjunction tonight!
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:52 am

A nice trio. :ssmile:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:19 am

Fred the Cat wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:52 am
A nice trio. :ssmile:
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Nice. I was all prepped for getting that shot tonight, and a snowstorm blew through. Which is crazy, because we haven't had any snow to speak of this winter. Or much winter, for that matter. But tonight, of course...
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Ann » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:40 am

Chris Peterson wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:19 am
Fred the Cat wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:52 am
A nice trio. :ssmile:
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Nice. I was all prepped for getting that shot tonight, and a snowstorm blew through. Which is crazy, because we haven't had any snow to speak of this winter. Or much winter, for that matter. But tonight, of course...
Very nice, Fred! :D

We didn't have much winter to speak of until late February, but then the King of Winter really established his reign. Now it looks as if he may stay until April (well, not really, but that is what it feels like).

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Three lights in the sky: Antares, Jupiter and Arcturus

Post by Ann » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:30 pm

This winter and cold spring, the sky has been almost constantly overcast where I live. So when I had to get up early this Sunday, and the still-dark sky was clear (if misty), I decided to grab the opportunity to try to spot Antares from my balcony. At my latitude, Antares is a rare sight indeed, and my best chance of seeing it from my home is before dawn in early April.

So I searched the area where I knew that Antares should be, and there! - very faint and very reddened, I saw it.

Otherwise, there were only two bright lights to see in the sky that morning. One was so bright and so far away from where the Sun would rise that it had to be Jupiter. But there was another startlingly bright light quite high in the sky, and I just assumed it was another planet, because it was so bright. But later, when I checked, there were no other bright planets in that part of the sky.

So I assume I saw Arcturus. I know it has happened to me in the past in the months of April and May, that there has only been one light in the sky visible from my balcony, and that has been Arcturus.

It was a strange morning sky: There was one extremely faint and red star, one brilliantly bright planet, and one star very high in the sky that was so bright it looked like a planet.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:07 am

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Bummer! I hate it when you only have your cell phone. :evil: Then you remember it's better with your own eyes. :ssmile: Cool conjunction tonight.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by CURRAHEE CHRIS » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:09 pm

This morning was one of the clearest we have had since I started observing. I had beautiful views of Jupiter and 4 of her moons, Mars and Saturn.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Fri May 18, 2018 4:25 am

Another in the current cycle of monthly meetings between the Moon and Venus in the early evening sky.
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