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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: The sky at night   Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:26 pm

Tonight if you have a chance, look at the moon. Just a bit above it from the horizon you can see Mars. This'll be the closest they will be to each other until next month.

Check it out! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:58 am

Darn, missed it.
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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:18 am

Is it to the E-SE and low in the sky? I've been seeing a very bright star on my pre-dawn walks lately and figured this was a planet.


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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:12 am

Not sure about the orientation Rande but, depending on its phase, from your description it could be Venus. Very bright and white?

Mars has an orange hue to it and is less bright.
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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:16 am

Stick wrote:
Not sure about the orientation Rande but, depending on its phase, from your description it could be Venus.  Very bright and white?

Mars has an orange hue to it and is less bright.

Yes, very bright and white. Large too. By your description it could be Venus.


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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:07 am

And check out the ISS floating by.

And don’t neglect the “Black Knight” alien satellite that’s in a decaying polar orbit!   Rolling Eyes



I remember as a kid watching SPUTNIK cruising by high up against the stars. It was launched in October of 1957 (more than 60 years ago) and did a little over 1400 orbits.

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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:19 am

Tonight in this area, there will be the Leonid Meteor shower. O.W., check it out early early in the morning, looking towards the SouthEast.
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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:57 pm

Brewdude, early morning would be Venus. Mars is about 90 degrees on the horizon at sunset in the southern part of the sky in the northern hemisphere.

The Leonid shower is good too! I hope to catch some of that!
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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:28 pm

Ozark Wizard wrote:
Brewdude, early morning would be Venus. Mars is about 90 degrees on the horizon at sunset in the southern part of the sky in the northern hemisphere.

The Leonid shower is good too! I hope to catch some of that!

Roger that. I'll be watching!


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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:17 pm

If you haven't found it already folks, check out this software:

https://stellarium.org/

A very good resource for working out what's what. It'd certainly help with identifying your object, Rande.

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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:07 pm

There is also smartphone apps such as Google skymap that you can point you phones camera at the sky and it will identify all the stuff in the sky, it's pretty neat.
-Dan
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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:16 pm

I drove through the NM Desert on my way to AZ Thursday night and saw a few dozen shooting stars. A couple were big and lasted a few seconds. Venus was low and bright in the eastern sky even after day break. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:52 pm

D.L.Ruth wrote:
There is also smartphone apps such as Google skymap that you can point you phones camera at the sky and it will identify all the stuff in the sky, it's pretty neat.
-Dan

Yup. I'm a big fan of Google Sky... And NASA.gov
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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:02 pm

Ozark Wizard wrote:
D.L.Ruth wrote:
There is also smartphone apps such as Google skymap that you can point you phones camera at the sky and it will identify all the stuff in the sky, it's pretty neat.
-Dan

Yup. I'm a big fan of Google Sky... And NASA.gov


I like the one you can go outside with on your device and its on-screen star map orients itself to the direction and altitude you’re pointing the phone, etc. Awesome.

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PostSubject: Re: The sky at night   Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:25 pm

Didn't see any activity on my pre-dawn walk today. The sky wasn't totally clear as it has a slight cloud cover so I could have missed seeing anything. I'll be watching tomorrow and hope the skies will be clearer.

The surrounding lighting is pretty minimal where I walk so hope to spot at least a couple. Think the last I witnessed a shooting star was as a lad in boy scout camp eons ago!


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