Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek - Friday 6/1/2007

This week, Saturn is putting on quite a show, as is Venus, Mercury and now Jupiter!  The Moon is a day past full and will be lighting up the back sides of the gazillions of water molecules present on this hot muggy day.  These conditions will render any deep sky objects invisible.  Why come out in that case?  The planets will not be affected by the moonlight and will still look great, even through the rather dense atmosphere.

We hope to see you here for a night under the stars - our twelfth year.

Observing conditions in Stow, map to our location and other useful information is available here:

ClearSkyClock for Fishcreek Site  (the darker blue the squares are, the better)

For exact directions to our location, just click on 'Road Map' in the 'Nifty Links' section immediately below the Sky Clock.

The following detail was calculated as it will be on Friday, 6/1/07 at 10:07pm (nautical twilight).
Source: Guide8 software available from
www.projectpluto.com

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All times are shown in EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) as seen from Stow, Ohio.
 

Sun data:
     Rise 5:51am
     Transit: 1:23pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Sets 8:55pm
     Constellation: Taurus
     Distance: 1.01408170 AU  =  151,704,463 km  =  94,264,784 miles
     Magnitude: -26.7
     Apparent size: 31.54 arcminutes in angular diameter
     Civil twilight ends at 9:25pm ( When the Sun is 6 degrees below the horizon )
     Nautical twilight ends at 10:07pm ( When the Sun is 12 degrees below the horizon )
     Astronomical twilight ends at 10:56pm ( When the Sun is 18 degrees below the horizon )
     Summer Solstice: Thursday June 21, 2007 at 2:06pm (when summer will officially be here)
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Moon data:
     Rise 10:02pm Jun 1
     Transit: 2:23am Jun 2 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Sets 6:44am Jun 2
     Constellation: Ophiuchus
     Phase: 98.57% illuminated (waning gibbous)
     16.28 days since last New Moon
     Distance: 0.00264518 AU  =  395,714 km  =  245,885 miles
     Magnitude: -12.3 (bright!)
     Apparent size: 30.19 arcminutes in angular diameter
     Next Phase: Last Quarter on Friday June 8, 2007 at 7:43am
     Next Lunar eclipse: Tuesday August 28, 2007 at 5:51am
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Mercury data:
     Rise 7:20am
     Transit: 3:04pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Sets 10:49pm
     Constellation: Gemini
     Phase: 37.78% illuminated (waning crescent)
     Distance: 0.82962443 AU  =  124,110,048 km  =  77,118,409 miles
     Elongation from Sun 23.36 degrees (evening sky)
     Magnitude: 0.5 (visible in the west after sunset)
     Apparent size: 8.11 arcseconds in angular diameter
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Venus data:
     Rise: 9:03am
     Transit 4:40pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Set: 0:16am Jun 2
     Constellation: Gemini
     Phase: 53.58% illuminated (waning gibbous)
     Elongation from Sun: 45.22 degrees (evening sky)
     Distance: 0.76597939 AU  =  114,588,886 km  =  71,202,234 miles
     Magnitude: mag -4.3 (VERY bright!)
     Apparent size: 21.78 arcseconds in angular diameter
    
At 10:07pm Venus will be at an altitude of 21⅓  and look like this in the telescopes
    
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Mars data:
     Rise: 3:16am Jun 2
     Transit 9:35am Jun 2 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Set: 3:55pm Jun 2
     Constellation: Pisces
     Phase: 89.13% illuminated
     Distance: 1.61810863 AU  =  242,065,606 km  =  150,412,596 miles
     Magnitude: mag 0.8
     Apparent size: 5.78 arcseconds in angular diameter (getting larger)
     Elongation from Sun: 58.02 degrees (morning sky)
     Next close approach of Mars is on Monday, Dec 24, 2007
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Jupiter data:
     Rise: 8:57pm
     Transit 1:41am Jun 2 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Set: 6:24am Jun 2
     Constellation: Ophiuchus (pronounced oh-fee-oo'-cuss)
     Phase: 99.99% illuminated
     Distance: 4.30874804 AU  =  644,579,532 km  =  400,523,157 miles
     Magnitude: mag -2.6
     Elongation from Sun: 175.74 degrees (morning sky)
     Apparent size: 45.75 arcseconds in angular diameter
     Last transit of the Great Red Spot: Friday June 1 at 7:07pm
     Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Saturday June 2 at 5:02am
    
At 10:07pm Jupiter and its four moons will be at an altitude of 9  and look like this in the telescopes
    
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Saturn data:
     Rise: 11:11am
     Transit 6:15pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Set: 1:19am Jun 2
     Constellation: Leo
     Phase: 99.74% illuminated
     Distance: 9.53494850 AU  =  1,426,407,992 km  =  886,328,846 miles
     Magnitude: mag 0.5
     Elongation from Sun: 68.56 degrees (evening sky)
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     Apparent size: 17.43 arcseconds in angular diameter
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Uranus data:
     Rise: 2:15am Jun 2
     Transit 8:02am Jun 2 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Set: 1:49pm Jun 2
     Constellation: Aquarius
     Phase: 99.94% illuminated
     Distance: 20.19487406 AU  =  3,021,110,159 km  =  1,877,230,845 miles
     Magnitude: mag 5.9
     Elongation from Sun: 82.70 degrees (morning sky)
     Apparent size:  3.49 arcseconds in angular diameter
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Neptune data:
     Rise: 1:07am Jun 2
     Transit: 6:21am Jun 2 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Set: 11:35am Jun 2
     Constellation: Capricornus
     Phase: 99.97% illuminated
     Distance: 29.69862548 AU  =  4,442,851,134 km  =  2,760,659,741 miles
     Magnitude: mag 7.9
     Elongation from Sun: 109.19 degrees (morning sky)
     Apparent size: 2.30 arcseconds in angular diameter
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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data:
     Rise: 9:30pm
     Transit 2:36am Jun 2 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
     Set: 7:42am Jun 2
     Constellation: Sagittarius
     Phase: 100.00% illuminated
     Distance: 30.32760392 AU  =  4,536,944,970 km  =  2,819,126,940 miles
     Magnitude: mag 14.1
     Elongation from Sun: 161.75 degrees (morning sky)
     Apparent size: 0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter
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Very sincerely yours,
Dave Jessie
"Time spent observing the heavens is not deducted from your life span"

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