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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a clear northern sky tonight, you should be able to see Jupiter to the southwest.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1L wrote:
If you have a clear northern sky tonight, you should be able to see Jupiter to the southwest.


Yes, Jupiter is transiting through Taurus right now, and is pretty easy to find on a clear night. My parents got my daughter a Toys R Us telescope for Christmas, and Jupiter has quickly become the target of choice.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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1L wrote:
If you have a clear northern sky tonight, you should be able to see Jupiter to the southwest.


Yes, Jupiter is transiting through Taurus right now, and is pretty easy to find on a clear night. My parents got my daughter a Toys R Us telescope for Christmas, and Jupiter has quickly become the target of choice.


But when will Peace Guide The Planets? And when will Love Steer The Stars?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no twitch muscles wrote:
GBN wrote:
1L wrote:
If you have a clear northern sky tonight, you should be able to see Jupiter to the southwest.


Yes, Jupiter is transiting through Taurus right now, and is pretty easy to find on a clear night. My parents got my daughter a Toys R Us telescope for Christmas, and Jupiter has quickly become the target of choice.


But when will Peace Guide The Planets? And when will Love Steer The Stars?


The Age of Aquarius begins when vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. There’s no definitive answer as to when that will be.

According to the Belgian astronomer and mathematical wizard Jean Meeus (bio here), who does adhere to the IAU’s definitions, the sun at the March equinox passed from being in front of the constellation Aries and to being in front of the constellation Pisces in 68 B.C. Looking ahead, again according to Jean Meeus, the March equinox will cross over into the constellation Aquarius in 2597. Once again, these are the astronomical dates, based on IAU constellation boundaries established in 1930.

PS. Jupiter has been quite bright this past week. No problem viewing it with the naked eye even in NY.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately it had been too cloudy here at night to see Jupiter which is a bummer - hopefully we will have a clear night before the sky changes. My daughter is taking Astronomy this semester, so I hope to get more insights as to what can be seen. We have a local planetarium with telescope that is open to the public most Sat and Sun nights.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately it had been too cloudy here at night to see Jupiter which is a bummer - hopefully we will have a clear night before the sky changes. My daughter is taking Astronomy this semester, so I hope to get more insights as to what can be seen. We have a local planetarium with telescope that is open to the public most Sat and Sun nights.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no twitch muscles wrote:


And when will Love Steer The Stars?


is that a new reality competition show on Fox?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmy Jam wrote:
Like staring down the barrel of a gun.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/01/04/mt_vesuvius_from_space_photo_of_volcano_from_space_station.html


That's a great photo! And Naples needs to look over their other shoulder too, as the Campi Flegrei Caldera may be acting up too...

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/the-restless-campi-flegrei-caldera-volcano/
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1L wrote:
If you have a clear northern sky tonight, you should be able to see Jupiter to the southwest.


Tomorrow night, they'll be almost kissing.

http://earthsky.org/space/get-ready-for-closest-moon-jupiter-conjunction-until-2026-with-these-awesome-photos

Off the subject, here's another cool story about a guy who allows another runner to win the race. Because I don't run anymore, I'm gonna bury it here.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/18/ivan-fernandez-anaya-hone_n_2505360.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool stuff in the Space Station!!
http://www.wimp.com/orbitaltour/
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

littlewally and farnk wrote:
Cool stuff in the Space Station!!
http://www.wimp.com/orbitaltour/


Female astronauts are HOT! And female astronauts with jars of marshmallow Fluff are off the charts!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She reminds me of Sugar Mama and MQ combined!

edit....not sure either one would eat fluff!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw my first Iridium Flare the other night - clear skys and .7 something intensity. Like a star popping in then winking out again. Pretty cool...

http://www.satobs.org/iridium.html
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Saw my first Iridium Flare the other night - clear skys and .7 something intensity. Like a star popping in then winking out again. Pretty cool...

http://www.satobs.org/iridium.html


The hell you say. That was a UFO.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this real-time computer simulation of the asteroid swinging by earth later today:

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roid rage?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324162304578305163574597722.html
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Roid rage?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324162304578305163574597722.html
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy 540th to Copernicus.



(annimated if you go to google.com)
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I don't for a second understand any of this, but still...it's pretty cool to watch.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/02/21/coronal_rain_streams_of_ionized_gas_rain_on_sun_after_a_solar_flare.html
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmy Jam wrote:
I don't for a second understand any of this, but still...it's pretty cool to watch.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/02/21/coronal_rain_streams_of_ionized_gas_rain_on_sun_after_a_solar_flare.html


Holy crap, that is unreal!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love catching a sight of the International Space Station passing over head, but I always forget to look up when it will be passing by. Problem solved, now I get an email from NASA anytime the ISS will be visible in my area (text messages available too):

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kent wrote:
I love catching a sight of the International Space Station passing over head, but I always forget to look up when it will be passing by. Problem solved, now I get an email from NASA anytime the ISS will be visible in my area (text messages available too):

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/


Thanks, Kent. I just signed up.

Here's some more cool news from the Cassini Project probing Saturn.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/26/solar-particle-accelerator-saturn-nasa-cassini_n_2766084.html#slide=more238678

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html

The "Ourobouros" (storm choking on it's own tail) story is pretty amazing.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I signed up as well. I remember this past summer in VT, without any clue that the ISS was orbiting, and just randomly looking in the sky and seeing it.
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Any of our happily married couples interested in this? If I didn't have kids, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-space-marsbre91r014-20130227,0,160902.story
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I was going to ask my wife until I remembered that I got whiplash on Space Mountain.
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Faintly visable comet next week.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/07/comet_pan_starrs_bright_comet_will_be_visible_starting_around_march_8.html
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Jimmy Jam wrote:
Faintly visable comet next week.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/07/comet_pan_starrs_bright_comet_will_be_visible_starting_around_march_8.html


No comet viewing for me, I don't have a clear view of the western horizon.

Interesting video showing a new Space X rocket taking off, flying vertically and then landing exactly from where it took off. All this from the guy that brought us the Tesla too!

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/03/second-spacex-launch-hovers/
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Pretty cool, kent. I see why they call it "Grasshopper."

Speaking of cool, here's a time-lapse of Pan-STARRS. This particular photographer didn't have a clear Western view either, so he climbed nearly 10,000 into the Austrian Alps to shoot it.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/18/comet_and_the_moon_time_lapse_video_of_new_comet.html
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a good view of it thru binoculars last week. It was just below the rising moon in the western sky.

Saw another irridium flare Sunday night - and more ISS viewings on tap.

Nice to live with a RocketMan!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: Star Gazing Reply with quote

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My Mother was a star gazer. Orion & Betelgeuse were 2 of her favorites. She always made a point to point them out in the sky if she could.


Orion, the Hunter. To this day, I can't look at that constellation and not think of my Mom.

Enjoy this short article. http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/25/orion_nebula_nasa_s_wise_spacecraft_photo_of_the_star_forming_gas_cloud.html?wpisrc=most_viral

That photo over the temple in Chichen Itza is phenomenal!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:43 am    Post subject: MARS Panorama Reply with quote

Very cool view from the red planet!
http://www.360cities.net/image/mars-gigapixel-panorama-curiosity-solar-days-136-149#91.07,0.02,15.0
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:29 pm    Post subject: Re: MARS Panorama Reply with quote

littlewally and farnk wrote:
Very cool view from the red planet!
http://www.360cities.net/image/mars-gigapixel-panorama-curiosity-solar-days-136-149#91.07,0.02,15.0


Amazing 360 shot! Thanks fo the link, Frank.

Here's another pretty cool photo (& lucky, as the author notes) of a shooting star through the Northern lights.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/04/01/stunningly_beautiful_astrophotos_aurorae_a_comet_and_a_meteor.html
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32 years ago today...the first shuttle mission, STS-1, launched! While many can argue the politics, money, and even the scientific value of the shuttle program, I can think of no other endeavour (pun intended!) that stirred the imagination and hope of a generation.

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. Carl Sagan



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32? WOW!
I still think of the whole Shuttle Program as new.

Fascinates me beyond words!!
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The Eagle has landed!
Never seen this before nor much of the footage! COOL! (except for the static)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPWSUy75pIo
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Star Gazing Reply with quote

Jimmy Jam wrote:
My Mother was a star gazer. Orion & Betelgeuse were 2 of her favorites. She always made a point to point them out in the sky if she could.


Apparently Betelgeuse may not be long for this universe:

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/04/thirty-supernovas-per-second-in-the-universe-is-red-giant-betelgeuse-next.html
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GBN wrote:
Jimmy Jam wrote:
My Mother was a star gazer. Orion & Betelgeuse were 2 of her favorites. She always made a point to point them out in the sky if she could.


Apparently Betelgeuse may not be long for this universe:

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/04/thirty-supernovas-per-second-in-the-universe-is-red-giant-betelgeuse-next.html


As comforting as it is to learn that Betelgeuse won't kill us when it blows, it is scary to know that we are in the "death beam distance" if a star less than 25 light years from here explodes:

If Betelgeuse goes nova, it could offer Earth's astronomers an up close look at how supernovae evolve and the physics that governs how they work. The problem is that it is not clear when that will happen. While stories have been circulating that the star could explode in 2012, the odds of that are actually quite small. Betelgeuse may explode tomorrow night, or it may not go nova until the year 100,000 A.D. It's impossible to know.

Betelgeuse is beyond the death beam distance -- somewhere within 30 light years range -- where it could do ultimate damage to Earth. The explosion won't do the Earth any harm, as a star has to be relatively close -- on the order of 25 light years -- to do that. Betelgeuse is about 600 light years distant.
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These videos of eruptions on the sun always amaze me. They don't always mention the how far out the eruptions go, but looking at the video this eruption went several times the diameter of the sun. That would be roughly equivalent to a volcano on earth erupting and ejecting material out to the moon.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=162731811
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Simply brilliant, I can't believe no other astronaut had done this before.
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kent wrote:
Simply brilliant, I can't believe no other astronaut had done this before.


That was awesome, Kent. Thanks. This is cool, too.
http://www.universetoday.com/102154/chris-hadfields-5-month-space-mission-in-90-seconds/

Apparantly, Commander Hadfield is multi-talented. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/14/183942357/chris-hadfield-space-chef-in-chief

We've come a long way from the days of Tang.
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kent wrote:
Simply brilliant, I can't believe no other astronaut had done this before.


That was awesome, Kent. Thanks. This is cool, too.
http://www.universetoday.com/102154/chris-hadfields-5-month-space-mission-in-90-seconds/

Apparantly, Commander Hadfield is multi-talented. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/14/183942357/chris-hadfield-space-chef-in-chief

We've come a long way from the days of Tang.


I suspect we'll be seeing a lot of Hadfield in the future, he seems like a natural to host a science program on TV.
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I keep using superlatives whenever I post in this thread, and I'm going to do it again. No picture or video this time, just a link to an amazingly awesome fantastic Kickstarter campaign:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1458134548/arkyd-a-space-telescope-for-everyone-0

Probably easiest just to show you what you get for $25 - a photo of your photo displayed on the side of a satellite orbiting the earth.



How incredibly cool is that? What a unique holiday card or birthday gift that would be. Or how about proposing to the love of your life this way? Sure beats doing it at a Cubs game. And for just a few dollars more you can actually point the telescope at any object in the sky and get your own personal photograph of that object.

What really excites me is the explosion we are about to see in space exploration and eventually space travel. Both Space X and Virgin Galactic have shown that low earth orbit is achievable at a fraction of what it used to cost - you don't need massive rockets and a huge infrastructure anymore. And with programs like Kickstarter, most anyone with a good idea can fund their own space exploration program.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sunrise like no other, from the International Space Station. Courtesy of the Italian astronaut, Luca Parmitano. Luca posts some incredible photos on his twitter account, @astro_luca.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:03 am    Post subject: Ride, Sally Ride Reply with quote

Instead of laughing at Miss Utah, take the time to teach your kids about Sally Ride. Thirty years ago today, she became the first American woman to travel into space. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/07/23/sally_ride_in_space_not_exactly_a_great_moment_for_feminism_.html

Amelia Earhart & Jerrie Cobb would be proud. https://www.mtholyoke.edu/media/nasas-sexism-lost-nostalgia-over-glenn-flight
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Summer Solstice & Super Moon in one weekend!

Enjoy it!

http://earthsky.org/tonight/is-biggest-and-closest-full-moon-on-june-23-2013-a-supermoon
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmy Jam wrote:
Summer Solstice & Super Moon in one weekend!

Enjoy it!

http://earthsky.org/tonight/is-biggest-and-closest-full-moon-on-june-23-2013-a-supermoon


It was a perfect night in the Bay area to view the supermoon with crystal clear skies. I don't remember ever seeing the moon quite so bright before. We were also treated to a transit of the ISS, and it too seemed much brighter than normal.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Voyager mission just blows me away. http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/index.html

For over 15 years, Voyager 1 & Voyager 2 have been the most distant man made objects in space (traveling around 38,000mph) yet they are still within our solar system.

But maybe not for long. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/nasa-voyager-1-spacecraft-newfound-region-solar-system_n_3515547.html
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Beautiful image of the comet ISON:


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Thousands of years from now, our generation will be noted for a singular event, which happened 44 years ago today.

There would be no "one small step..." if not for "the Eagle has landed."

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/07/20/time_lapse_video_a_quarter_million_miles_and_apollo_11_s_michael_collins.html?wpisrc=flyouts

Be sure to click onto the video, which features original music by Simon Lacey, inspired by Apollo 11's Michael Collin's: "Carrying the Fire."

Pretty cool!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmy Jam wrote:
Thousands of years from now, our generation will be noted for a singular event, which happened 44 years ago today.

There would be no "one small step..." if not for "the Eagle has landed."

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/07/20/time_lapse_video_a_quarter_million_miles_and_apollo_11_s_michael_collins.html?wpisrc=flyouts

Be sure to click onto the video, which features original music by Simon Lacey, inspired by Apollo 11's Michael Collin's: "Carrying the Fire."

Pretty cool!


Great video, love the shots of the aurora borealis shot from above.

Re the anniversary: I remember seeing a quote Armstrong made after visiting a school, something along the lines of: "They used to talk about me in science class, now they talk about me in history class." Hard to believe 44 years have passed.
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