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Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek - Friday 11/2/2007

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We had a perfect night of observing...
The comet was incredible!

 

Special attraction:  Come see the COMET!!!

Tonight's event will feature a Moonless sky for us since it sets at 3:13pm this afternoon and won't rise until 1:41am Saturday.  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.

Click Here for a list of DeepSky Objects that will be available to us this session.

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

For observing conditions at our site, please click on the link below: 

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

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The following Sun, Moon and planet detail
was calculated as it will be on Friday
11/2/07 at 7:21:33pm (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon
  Sun
  Mercury
  Venus
  Moon
(rises at 1:41am Saturday)
  Mars
Jupiter  
  Saturn
Uranus  
Neptune  
Pluto  

 

Sun data
 
Rises: 7: 54am
Transits: 1: 09pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 6: 23pm
Constellation:   Libra
Distance:   0.99217713 AU = 148,427,586 km = 92,228,627 miles = 8.26 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -26.7
Apparent size:   32.24 arcminutes in angular diameter
Twilight ends...    
Civil:   6:49pm - Sun is 6 below the horizon
Nautical:   7:22pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon
Astronomical:   7:54pm - 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 7:22pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-southwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises: 1: 41am Nov 3
Transits: 7: 59am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 3: 13pm
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   38.94% illuminated (waning crescent)
Distance:   0.00263336 AU = 393,946 km = 244,787 miles = 1.32 light-seconds
Magnitude:   -9.5
Apparent size:   30.32 arcminutes in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   77.08 degrees (morning sky)
Age:   22.76 days since last New Moon
Next Phase:   New Moon on Friday Nov 9, 2007 at 7:03pm
Next Lunar eclipse:   Total eclipse (100%) on Wednesday Feb 20, 2008 at 9:58pm EST
At 7:22pm the Moon will be 33.1 below the north-northwest horizon
but will look like this after it clears the trees at 3:22am Saturday morning


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Mercury data
 
Rises: 6: 29am
Transits: 12: 08pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 47pm
Constellation:   Virgo
Phase:   31.29% illuminated
Distance:   0.83427243 AU = 124,805,379 km = 77,550,468 miles = 6.95 light-minutes
Magnitude:   0.3
Apparent size:   8.06 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   16.79 degrees (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Thursday 11/08/2007 (18 58' 34")
Evening:   Tuesday 1/22/2008 (18 38' 41")
At 7:22pm Mercury will be 18.8 below the west horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises: 3: 59am
Transits: 10: 16am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 33pm
Constellation:   Virgo
Phase:   53.32% illuminated (waxing crescent)
Distance:   0.73230170 AU = 109,550,774 km = 68,071,696 miles = 6.1 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -4.4  Bright, visible in the morning well before sunrise
Apparent size:   22.79 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   46.38 degrees (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Evening:   Wednesday 1/14/2009 (47 07' 21")
Morning:   Friday 6/05/2009 (45 51' 07")
At 7:22pm Venus will be 30.5 below the west-northwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises: 9: 49pm
Transits: 5: 27am Nov 3 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 1: 05pm Nov 3
Constellation:   Gemini
Phase:   90.87% illuminated
Distance:   0.75784009 AU = 113,371,264 km = 70,445,638 miles = 6.31 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -0.7 (getting brighter)
Apparent size:   12.35 arcseconds in angular diameter (getting larger)
Elongation from Sun:   118.73 degrees (morning sky)
Next close approach:   Monday Dec 24, 2007
At 7:22pm Mars will be 19.7 below the north-northeast horizon

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

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Jupiter data
 
Rises: 11: 15am
Transits: 3: 55pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 8: 35pm
Constellation:   Ophiuchus (pronounced oh-fee-oo'-cuss)
Phase:   99.63% illuminated
Distance:   5.99198945 AU = 896,388,863 km = 556,990,223 miles = 49.91 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -1.9
Apparent size:   32.90 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   39.85 degrees (evening sky)
At 7:22pm Jupiter will be 10.1 above the southwest horizon
Next transit of the Great Red Spot:  Saturday Nov 3 2007 at 2:34am
GRS longitude: 118.1
Jupiter moons activity:
     None tonight, but a nice view of all four with two on each side of Jupiter
This animated GIF of Jupiter and its moons begins at 6:20pm EDT and runs until Jupiter is below the horizon.
You can read the altitude and azimuth in the caption below Jupiter.  This image is neither inverted nor reversed
and is oriented as it would appear in binoculars or a non-inverting telescope.  Frames are 10 minutes apart.
'Alt' is degrees above the horizon, 'Az' is degrees of azimuth: 0 is north, 90 is east, 180 is south and 270 is west

Animation is centered on Jupiter to better show the motion of the moons

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Saturn data
 
Rises: 2: 33am
Transits: 9: 15am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 3: 57pm
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   99.77% illuminated
Distance:   9.65052354 AU = 1,443,697,773 km = 897,072,218 miles = 1.34 light-hours
Magnitude:   0.8
Apparent size:   17.22 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   63.52 degrees (morning sky)
At 7:22pm Saturn will be 32.3 below the northwest horizon

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Uranus data
 
Rises: 4: 02pm
Transits: 9: 43pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 3: 25am Nov 3
Constellation:   Aquarius
Phase:   99.96% illuminated
Distance:   19.51155190 AU = 2,918,886,619 km = 1,813,712,081 miles = 2.71 light-hours
Magnitude:   5.8
Apparent size:   3.61 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   124.80 degrees (evening sky)
At 7:22pm Uranus will be 32.1 above the southeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises: 2: 55pm
Transits: 8: 05pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 1: 15am Oct 20
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.97% illuminated
Distance:   29.87105698 AU = 4,468,646,519 km = 2,776,688,250 miles = 4.15 light-hours
Magnitude:   7.9
Apparent size:   2.29 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   99.09 degrees (evening sky)
At 7:22pm Neptune will be 32.6 above the south-southeast horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises: 11: 22am
Transits: 4: 26pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 9: 30pm
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   99.99% illuminated
Distance:   32.03064046 AU = 4,791,715,610 km = 2,977,434,079 miles = 4.45 light-hours
Magnitude:   14.2
Apparent size:   0.10 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   47.30 degrees (evening sky)
At 7:22pm Pluto will be 19.1 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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Very sincerely yours,
Dave Jessie
"Time spent observing the heavens is not deducted from your life span"

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