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Old 12-13-20, 02:48 PM
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Jupiter and Saturn

Do you have plans to watch? Will anybody from foo be standing out in the cold with a camera?

I just read that you can resolve four Jovian moons with a 200 mm lens.

NASA photography tips
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Old 12-13-20, 04:46 PM
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Both of them have been in the night sky for the past 4-5 months, along with Mars (currently) and earlier this year with Venus. Great views in those earlier months when they were overhead at night (9PM PST). When the event happens on Dec 21 they'll be pretty low in the western sky for a few hours during and after sunset (5PM to 8PM), so you better have good optics to see what's going on if there's still a lot of sunlight coming over the horizon where you are.

Mars is really good right now, almost directly overhead (and a little bit south) around 9PM.
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Old 12-13-20, 05:33 PM
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this is the dawning of the
Age of Aquarius
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You think their is a Walmart on Pluto?
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Old 12-14-20, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
You think their is a Walmart on Pluto?
Did you know Pluto was the god of hell?
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Old 12-14-20, 12:35 AM
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Yup, God of the underworld or a goofy Disney dog.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
this is the dawning of the
Age of Aquarius
Really itís just a drawing of the age of Aquarius
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They're all coming out of that horse's butt
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https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Great Conjunction: Saturn and Jupiter Converge
Illustration Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer
Explanation: It's happening. Saturn and Jupiter are moving closer and will soon appear in almost exactly the same direction. Coincidentally, on the night of the December solstice -- the longest night of the year in the north and the longest day in the south -- the long-awaited Great Conjunction will occur. Then, about six days from now, Saturn and Jupiter will be right next to each other -- as they are every 20 years. But this juxtaposition is not just any Great Conjunction -- it will be the closest since 1623 because the two planetary giants will pass only 1/10th of a degree from each other -- well less than the apparent diameter of a full moon. In the next few days a crescent moon will also pass a few degrees away from the converging planets and give a preliminary opportunity for iconic photos. The featured illustration shows the approach of Saturn and Jupiter during November and December over the French Alps.
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They were super clear in the low SSW direction from my front yard last evening at about 5:45pm
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oh, i thought this was going to be a thread about The Pink Floyd.

sorry.
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Sweet, I'll have to remember to stop and turn around and look at some point on my generally southeastern commute home tonight
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You think their is a Walmart on Pluto?
.... NO !!! Walmart only locates on PLANETS but you might find a STRIPES
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I'm hoping we get a clear night again soon. It's been over cast the last 4 nights.

If we do get at least one good night, I might try to take my telescope out to a dark parking lot I know and see if I can get some pictures. I don't have an adapter yet, but I've had decent luck just aiming a camera through the eyepiece a few times.

Also, a Foo thread about planets, and it's gone this long with any Uranus jokes? I am disappoint.
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Old 12-15-20, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
Also, a Foo thread about planets, and it's gone this long with any Uranus jokes? I am disappoint.
FACTS about Uranus:
1. He was the god of the sky.
2. He was born without a male parent - his mom Gaia produced him without sperm, although didn't claim to be a virgin.
3. He married his mom, and then pissed her off so she ordered her staff to castrate him, which they did.
4. His testicles fell into the ocean and that's where sea foam comes from.

This is too crazy to be fiction - it must be true!
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Last night 6:30pm from my front yard. Picture is from wife's Google Pixel 3a with bottom third cropped away.
It is a poor snapshot only intended to show good visibility even with the glare of Christmas lights

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I forgot to look last night
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Still overcast here...solid through today and into tomorrow if not friday. I don't want to have to drive over an hour to get to clear skies, but I'm thinking about it.
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It occurred to me last night that with as cloudy as it always is here, I should start trying to see them now. Unfortunately, I didn't go out last night, and tonight it has been snowing all day so is-- wait for it-- cloudy. Hopefully soon, though. I know a nearby parking garage where I can get up at least a bit above the trees, even if it's only about 4 levels tall. I'll take the binoculars, though I suspect they're slightly out of collimation and I need to figure out what to do about that, and if Security shows up like they did when I was looking at Neowise, I'll show it to them the way I did the comet and then I can call it "outreach" and put in for the Astronomical League certificate, right?


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Sounds very 2020.
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https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Conjunction after Sunset
Image Credit & Copyright: Alireza Vafa
Explanation: How close will Jupiter and Saturn be at their Great Conjunction? Consider this beautiful triple conjunction of Moon, Jupiter and Saturn captured through clouds in the wintry twilight. The telephoto view looks toward the western horizon and the Alborz Mountains in Iran after sunset on December 17. The celestial gathering makes it easy to see Jupiter and fainter Saturn are separated on that date by roughly the diameter of the waxing crescent Moon. On the day of their Great Conjunction, solstice day December 21, Jupiter and Saturn may seem to nearly merge though. In their closest conjunction in 400 years they will be separated on the sky by only about 1/5 the apparent diameter of the Moon. By then the two largest worlds in the Solar System and their moons will be sharing the same field of view in telescopes around planet Earth.
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Old 12-19-20, 08:17 PM
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Nice!

Here it will likely be too cloudy to see anything. I tried last night when someone from my astronomy club posted on Facebook that the sky was clear, but I couldn't find them-- I think I was just too late and they had already set. Disappointing. Tonight too cloudy; cloudiness forecast for days and days. Very disappointing, but typical of here.
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Clear skies this evening. My sister for Xmas got me a decent pair of binoculars since I love hiking and stuff like that, anyways clear sky and got a good view of the close to aligning planets. Jupiter and Saturn and they are getting close to making a shining star. I am staying calm since it is a natural event and there is nothing on an apocalyptic scale is going to happen.
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poor cell phone pic taken through not very powerful binoculars, about 6:40pm
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Saw it. Now I can say I saw it.
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