Apod: A dark and stormy night

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Apod: A dark and stormy night

Post by orin stepanek » Sun Oct 30, 2005 2:35 pm

A beautiful photograph. Reminds me as a kid; wishing on a star. Mars and especially Venus were often the first visible stars at night.
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Post by craterchains » Mon Oct 31, 2005 9:23 pm

uhmmmm, I thought Venus and Mars were planets!?!? :wink:

Just kidding.

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Post by orin stepanek » Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:56 am

Yes I know! And I know your just kidding; but you know that when viewing the lights in the sky they are thought of as stars.
I see I also misspelled stormy. I ran a spell check but must not check the subject line. The October 31 APOD has as even better view of Mars. The APOD's get better all the time.
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Post by makc » Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:07 am

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Post by crosscountry » Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:07 pm

it's common that people mistake planets for stars.


Just part of many misconceptions that people have about astronomy. We should be diligent and keep our own errors to a minimum - to avoid furthering those false ideas.

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Post by orin stepanek » Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:10 pm

The point I was trying to make was that the old rhyme of starlight star bright usually was looking at planets. As kids; unless you know they are planets; they usually are the first stars [planets] you see at night.
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