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Astronomical Observing at Silver Springs Campground - Saturday 10/27/2007

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Sadly, rain prevented the kites from flying and us from viewing


Special Saturday Event!
The annual Night Kite Flight at Silver Springs campground

Click Here for a map to the location at 5238 Young Rd, Stow, OH 44224
If the link to the map doesn't work for you, here are directions from Fishcreek School:
    1) From Fishcreek School, cross Fishcreek Rd and proceed east on Call Rd.
    2) Follow Call Rd for 1.25 miles.
    3) At the stop sign, turn left at Young Rd and follow north for .4 (4 tenths) mile.
    4) Turn left into Silver Springs Park Campgrounds and follow straight back to the open pavilion.

Special event night...we'll be setting up telescopes at the Silver Springs camp grounds on Young Rd in conjunction with the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites for their annual Halloween Night Kite Flight at 5:00pm.  The Moon will be a day and a half past full and located exactly in the middle of the Pleiades for a highly unusual sight.  We had a ball at this event two years ago and expect to do the same this year.  In 2005, the Night Kite Flight folks were great - and they welcomed us with enthusiasm exceeded only by the awe expressed by us astronomy folks at the magnificence of their illuminated kites. What?! Astronomers awed by illuminated kites? I'm entirely serious about this, you have to see them to believe it.  Come out and share the joy - you won't be disappointed.

Aerial view of campgrounds and where we'll be setting up.
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FOOD!!    Look at this!
Hotdogs, chips, pop, and hot chocolate will be provided by the Stow Parks Department. The kites will be set up at the top of the hill at the new open pavilion. All this depends, of course, on the weather. Kites, telescopes and bad weather don't mix. If you have binoculars, please bring them and we'll show you how to find some very interesting objects including the 'Coat Hanger' star cluster, M27 - the 'Dumbbell Nebula', M31 - the Andromeda Galaxy. Yes - in binoculars. Also, to better see the kites!  We'll have the planet Jupiter, colorful double stars, open clusters made up of hundreds of stars, globular clusters comprised of hundreds of thousands of stars, planetary nebula formed by dying stars, diffuse nebula and emission nebula where stars are being born, will all be available to us the entire night.  Many amateur astronomers feel that late fall is the best time to observe since there are beautiful objects of all categories available and the Milky Way, the galaxy in which we live, is directly overhead.

We hope to see you here for a night under the stars - now in our thirteenth year!

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The following Sun, Moon and planet detail
was calculated as it will be on Friday
10/27/07 at 7:28:36pm (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from

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Sun data
Rises: 7: 47am
Transits: 1: 09pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 6: 31pm
Constellation:   Virgo
Distance:   0.99372052 AU = 148,658,474 km = 92,372,094 miles = 8.28 light-minutes
Magnitude:    -26.7
Apparent size:   32.19 arcminutes in angular diameter
Twilight ends...    
Civil:   6:56pm - Sun is 6 below the horizon
Nautical:   7:29pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon
Astronomical:   8:01pm - Sun is 18 below the horizon
Winter Solstice:   Saturday Dec 22, 2007 at 2:08am (when winter will officially be here)
Next Solar Eclipses in Stow, Ohio:
    Partial eclipse (>80%) on Monday August 21, 2017 2:30pm EDT
    Total eclipse (an amazing sight!) on Monday April 8, 2024 2:15pm EST (3:15pm EDT)
At 7:29pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-southwest horizon

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Moon data
Rises: 7: 07pm
Transits: 3: 06am Oct 28 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 11: 14am Oct 28
Constellation:   Taurus
Phase:   94.87% illuminated (waning gibbous)
Distance:   0.00239739 AU = 358,645 km = 222,852 miles = 1.2 light-seconds
Magnitude:   -12.2
Apparent size:   33.31 arcminutes in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   153.76 degrees (morning sky)
Age:   16.77 days since last New Moon
Next Phase:   Last Quarter Moon on Thursday Nov 1, 2007 at 5:18pm
Next Lunar eclipse:   Total eclipse (100%) on Wednesday Feb 20, 2008 at 9:58pm EST
At 7:29pm the Moon will be 1.9 above the northeast horizon and surrounded by stars of the Pleiades
and will look like this:

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Mercury data
Rises: 7: 10am
Transits: 12: 39pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 6: 09pm
Constellation:   Virgo
Phase:   5.84% illuminated
Distance:   0.70726686 AU = 105,805,617 km = 65,744,563 miles = 5.89 light-minutes
Magnitude:   2.8
Apparent size:   9.51 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   8.47 degrees (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Thursday 11/08/2007 (18 58' 34")
Evening:   Tuesday 1/22/2008 (18 38' 41")
At 7:29pm Mercury will be 15.9 below the west horizon

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Venus data
Rises: 3: 52am
Transits: 10: 16am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 40pm
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   50.18% illuminated (waxing gibbous)
Distance:   0.68709621 AU = 102,788,130 km = 63,869,584 miles = 5.72 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -4.4 Bright, visible in the morning before sunrise
Apparent size:   24.29 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   46.47 degrees (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Sunday 10/28/2007 (46 27' 59")
Evening:   Wednesday 1/14/2009 (47 07' 21")
At 7:29pm Venus will be 30 below the west-northwest horizon

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Mars data
Rises: 10: 08pm
Transits: 5: 45am Oct 28 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 1: 23pm Oct 28
Constellation:   Gemini
Phase:   89.83% illuminated
Distance:   0.79419327 AU = 118,809,622 km = 73,824,877 miles = 6.62 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -0.5 (getting brighter)
Apparent size:   11.78 arcseconds in angular diameter (getting larger)
Elongation from Sun:   113.91 degrees (morning sky)
Next close approach:   Monday Dec 24, 2007
At 7:29pm Mars will be 20.8 below the north-northeast horizon

No, Mars was *not* " big as a Full Moon on August 27!"
Please see the following links for more information about this annual 'Mars Hoax'
    Sky & Telescope article article
    Hoax-slayer article
    Universe Today article

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Jupiter data
Rises: 11: 33am
Transits: 4: 13pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 8: 54pm
Constellation:   Ophiuchus (pronounced oh-fee-oo'-cuss)
Phase:   99.56% illuminated
Distance:   5.93107546 AU = 887,276,260 km = 551,327,914 miles = 49.4 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -1.9
Apparent size:   33.24 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   44.67 degrees (evening sky)
At 7:29pm Jupiter will be 11.8 above the southwest horizon
Next transit of the Great Red Spot:  Friday Oct 27, 2007 at 9:36pm
GRS longitude: 117.9
No Jupiter satellite events tonight:

This image is neither inverted nor reversed,
Jupiter and its moons will look like this in binoculars or a non-inverting telescope
Callisto is off-screen to the right

The apparent eastward (left) motion of Jupiter and its moons relative to the background
stars is due to the combined motion of Jupiter and Earth in their orbits around the Sun.

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Saturn data
Rises: 2: 54am
Transits: 9: 37am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 20pm
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   99.79% illuminated
Distance:   9.73707026 AU = 1,456,644,977 km = 905,117,237 miles = 1.35 light-hours
Magnitude:   0.8
Apparent size:   17.07 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   58.03 degrees (morning sky)
At 7:29pm Saturn will be 30.5 below the northwest horizon

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Uranus data
Rises: 4: 25pm
Transits: 10: 07pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 3: 49am Oct 28
Constellation:   Aquarius
Phase:   99.97% illuminated
Distance:   19.42944413 AU = 2,906,603,470 km = 1,806,079,686 miles = 2.7 light-hours
Magnitude:   5.8
Apparent size:   3.63 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   130.91 degrees (evening sky)
At 7:29pm Uranus will be 29.8 above the east-southeast horizon

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Neptune data
Rises: 3: 18pm
Transits: 8: 28pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 1: 39am Oct 28
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.97% illuminated
Distance:   29.76999563 AU = 4,453,527,956 km = 2,767,294,010 miles = 4.13 light-hours
Magnitude:   7.9
Apparent size:   2.29 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   105.09 degrees (evening sky)
At 7:29pm Neptune will be 31.8 above the south-southeast horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
Rises: 11: 45am
Transits: 4: 49pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 9: 53pm
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   99.98% illuminated
Distance:   31.95032249 AU = 4,779,700,212 km = 2,969,968,056 miles = 4.44 light-hours
Magnitude:   14.2
Apparent size:   0.10 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   53.07 degrees (evening sky)
At 7:29pm Pluto will be 21.2 above the south-southwest horizon

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Inner Solar System - the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)

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Outer Solar System - the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)

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General Information you should know about our events - Q&A of Where, When and What

Very sincerely yours,
Dave Jessie
"Time spent observing the heavens is not deducted from your life span"

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