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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:07 pm 
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Tomorrow night/Sunday morning (wx permitting)!

Must-See Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend: An Observer's Guide

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 12:18 am 
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The ISS is making a really nice pass over SoCal tomorrow evening at 5:47pm almost straight over head.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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^^^Thanks for reminder SnS. Was pretty cool to see, rather bright this passing and for 6 minutes.
I saw the Space Shuttle back in the mid 80's fly over at night, thought that was amazing.

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Mercury is really easy to spot right now as it's low in the western sky just after sunset - just below and to the right of Venus. That's what makes it easy to spot. It's fairly dim but easy to see if the sky is clear. I think this is the first time in my life that I've ever spotted Mercury and it couldn't be much easier right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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Has anyone spotted Mercury?

Comet Lovejoy is also visible right and it's about at its best viewing the next few nights. It's supposed to be visible naked eye but since it's fairly faint and small binoculars or telescope is better. Hopefully our clouds move out quickly so we get a good chance to see it. It's supposed to be noticeably green.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/10/us/comet- ... index.html


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:02 pm 
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Here's a pic of Venus and Mercury tonight from San Diego bay. Venus is the bright one and Mercury is to the right and slightly lower.

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:02 pm 
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Lunar eclipse this weekend for night owls or really early risers:
Pacific Daylight Time (April 4, 2015)
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 3:16 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse begins: 4:58 a.m. PDT
Greatest eclipse: 5:00 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse ends: 5:03 a.m. PDT
Partial umbral eclipse ends: 6:45 a.m. PDT

The total eclipse is pretty short with this one.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:37 pm 
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If sky is clear that should be fun for a quick look.

BTW - One can see the Moon and Jupiter fairly close together tonight; unfortunately. Rather have it clouded up with some precip.

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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Thanks for the heads up in the eclipse - I'll try to catch it, weather permitting. The Star Truk was out at our park the weekend before last. Great views of galaxies, nebulas, and Jupiter at night, then the sun the next day.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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Looks like we have good weather for viewing the eclipse here in SoCal.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:30 pm 
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^ SnS...pix?

I didn't set my alarm for the eclipse since it was set for 6:30 to get up for work. However, I ended up waking up around 4:10 and then again at 5:30 anyway, looked out our bedroom slider window and saw the event...cool!

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It wasnt a blood moon here. It was a Cosmo pink moon w a cool halo from the high clouds. So exciting I went back to sleep.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:24 am 
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Sierra Lady wrote:
^ SnS...pix?

I didn't set my alarm for the eclipse since it was set for 6:30 to get up for work. However, I ended up waking up around 4:10 and then again at 5:30 anyway, looked out our bedroom slider window and saw the event...cool!



I didn't get any great shots of the eclipse. It never went completely dark so it was tough to photograph well and I really need a longer lens to get anything spectacular. However I did get a really cool shot of the Milky Way during totality rising over the serpent metal sculpture in Borrego Springs. I'll post a pic next time I'm on my laptop or you can check it out on my Instagram feed : http://instagram.com/surfnsnowboard

The highlight of the trip came when we stopped just outside of Borrego Springs to take some pics of the view and stumbled upon a small herd of big horn sheep with two babies. At one point they were probably 25 feet away. Very cool stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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2NAKLLR wrote:
It was a Cosmo...moon

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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Wtf?


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