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 » Sun May 01, 2022 2:43 pm

What did I see in the day? Jupiter and Venus passing at their closest, imaged around local noon under a bright blue sky!
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Mon May 16, 2022 7:13 am

Cloudy early, then the stars and moon finally came out
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and it turned out to be a great eclipse!
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Then the clouds and moon came back. :content:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by owlice » Tue May 31, 2022 7:43 pm

Did anyone else see meteors last night? It was a good night for them!
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Cousin Ricky » Tue May 31, 2022 10:18 pm

owlice wrote: Tue May 31, 2022 7:43 pm Did anyone else see meteors last night? It was a good night for them!
I looked out my front door shortly after 12:30 last night, and it was immediately clear that I wouldn’t see anything over the neighborhood streetlights. So I got dressed and drove to an unlit scenic lookout.

There was no meteor storm here; more like a failed meteor drizzle. You know, how you feel a lone raindrop, and you look up, and there’s not even a cloud above you? That’s what the meteors were like.

I started observing shortly before 1 a.m. AST (5 a.m. GMT), and stopped at 2 a.m. I saw a total of 5 meteors, all of which were short duration, and all of which traced back to Boötes:
  • 1:25 in Pegasus, bright, orange, and slow. This first meteor showed just as I was about to give up for the night.
  • Ca. 1:30 in central Boötes, a very brief orange flash, no perceptible proper motion.
  • 1:37 in Lyra, faint, white, and fast.
  • 1:38 in eastern Boötes, orange and slow, on a path that traced east of Arcturus.
  • 1:51 between Cygnus and Pegasus, white and fast.
It occurred to me that I spent most of the time facing northeast, because there was a hill to my southwest, but also because the light pollution in St. Thomas is mostly on the south side of the island. The northeast bias seems to show in my observations, as few as they were.

As far as the sky conditions, the Milky Way was faintly visible, and I could barely make out M5 naked eye. I could not confirm M13 naked eye.

I seem to see less and less in the night sky as the years pass. I don’t know whether it is declining night vision or the increasing light pollution, though I suspect the latter. The sky from the dark lookout last night was as washed out as my suburban sky was 20 years ago.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Wed Jun 01, 2022 2:12 am

owlice wrote: Tue May 31, 2022 7:43 pm Did anyone else see meteors last night? It was a good night for them!
Well, a so-so night, anyway. Not as high of activity as we hoped (against the odds) for. I didn't see any visually (I didn't spend a lot of time looking, though). But I had three cameras on the sky, two allsky video cameras and a DSLR with a wide angle lens shooting continuous 30-second images towards the southwest. The more sensitive allsky camera caught 21 Tau Herculids between 21:30 and 02:26 MDT. The image below, a stack of seven images collected from 22:17 to 23:23 MDT contains 8 Tau Herculids.

The meteors are unusual. No matter where in the sky they were, they were yellow and had very short trails, suggesting they burned up very quickly (and were therefore made up of fragile material). But four of the meteors I caught on the DSLR left dust/ion trails that drifted away over two minutes or more. So the meteoroids may have been fairly large. Also below is an animated GIF of one of those (you might have to open it in a new tab to get the animation). The frames are each 30 seconds.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Wed Jun 15, 2022 12:44 am

The full Moon, colored by heavy smoke drifting up from a fire in Arizona, more than 400 miles away. The smoke was so thick I couldn't even see the Moon rise. It didn't show up until it was a good 15° above the horizon.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Fri Jun 24, 2022 2:20 pm

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Venus rising with the Pleades just above. :ssmile:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Jul 05, 2022 5:46 am

Kind of cool. My allsky camera (which is for meteors, but which I also let run in the day) caught a nice double rainbow yesterday.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Fred the Cat » Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:21 pm

Longest meteor trail? We shall see. :roll:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Mon Aug 08, 2022 1:37 am

Impressive display of anticrepuscular rays, framed by a rainbow. The rays continued overhead and behind me, becoming crepuscular rays, but didn't reach all the way back down to the western horizon.
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Post by Ann » Tue Aug 09, 2022 4:21 am

Chris Peterson wrote: Mon Aug 08, 2022 1:37 am Impressive display of anticrepuscular rays, framed by a rainbow. The rays continued overhead and behind me, becoming crepuscular rays, but didn't reach all the way back down to the western horizon.
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Wow, Chris. Amazing!! :shock:

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Wed Aug 24, 2022 10:15 pm

Nice ISS pass this morning, caught on my allsky camera. Came into sunlight near Jupiter in the lower right, crossed above Mars and Aldebaran and just below Capella, then faded out on the horizon near Venus. Orion is in the lower right (Betelgeuse and Rigel are most obvious). The bright spot near the bottom is probably a satellite flare, lasting less then a few seconds during the two-minute pass.
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Post by THX1138 » Sat Sep 10, 2022 3:51 am

A few nights ago; so it wasn't actually tonight, we here in San Luis Obispo were treated to another launch from Vandenburg AFB. This last one was a smaller rocket but they are all pretty cool to watch and most especially the large rockets. The base is about a two hour drive from here but once in awhile we will make the drive to watch them launch however its always risky business as one never knows if the launch will be scratched ( I hate when that happens) Nonetheless if anyone reading this comment has never watched one of those big boys take off you can't imagine how loud they are like even from many miles away heck your whole body vibrates as well. If you have never had the experience I highly recommend that you do sosometime.
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Post by Joseph Hedhli Buell » Sat Sep 17, 2022 7:46 pm

At around 9:45 CDT, I saw a big red fiery tail headed by a red bulb, slowly descending, straight down, a few miles south, maybe, of Normandy, MO. I saw it and immediately told two friends standing next to me that it was a shooting star (Is that probably what it was; what else could it be?).

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