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Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek - Friday 6/27/2008

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This event has been cancelled due to heavy cloud cover and storms to the west.  We'll try again next Friday 7/4/08.
 

 

Tonight's event will feature a moonless sky for us since it doesn't rise until 1:41am Saturday.  We'll be able to see the beautiful planet Saturn, 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, and galaxies galore will be available to us until the Moon rises above the trees around 2:15am.  Saturn is beautiful beyond words!  If you've never seen Saturn through a telescope, you owe it to yourself to do so.  See it now while the rings are still visible - it is heading into the west earlier and earlier in the evening and in 2009, the rings will be edge-on and almost totally invisible.  It's said that one picture is worth a thousand words, but no picture can match the majesty of the real thing!  Jupiter will be visible, if you stay after 11:30pm or so when it will be high enough to clear the trees to our east.

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

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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
6/27/08 at 10:19:24pm (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: 5: 51am
Transits: 1: 28pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 9: 06pm
Constellation:   Gemini
Distance:   1.01664148 AU = 152,087,401 km = 94,502,731 miles = 8.47 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -26.7
Apparent size:   31.46 arcminutes in angular diameter
Twilight ends...    
Civil:   9:36pm - Sun is 6 below the horizon
Nautical:   10:19pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon
Astronomical:   11:11pm - Sun is 18 below the horizon
Fall Equinox:   Monday Sept 22, 2008 at 11:45am (when Fall 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)
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm the Sun will be 12 below the northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises: 1: 41am June 28
Transits: 8: 56am June 28 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 25pm June 28
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   32.58% illuminated (waning gibbous)
Distance:   0.00249378 AU = 373,064 km = 231,811 miles = 1.25 light-seconds
Magnitude:   -9.3
Apparent size:   32.02 arcminutes in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   69.48 degrees (morning sky)
Age:   24.29 days since last New Moon
Next Phase:   New Moon on Wednesday July 2, 2008 at 10:19pm
Next Lunar eclipse:   Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm the Moon will be 29.6 below the north-northeast horizon
but will look like this at 3:13am when it clears the trees to the east...


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Mercury data
 
Rises: 4: 44am
Transits: 12: 00pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 7: 16pm
Constellation:   Taurus
Phase:   27.98% illuminated
Distance:   0.76602906 AU = 114,596,317 km = 71,206,851 miles = 6.38 light-minutes
Magnitude:   0.9
Apparent size:   8.78 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   21.30 degrees (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Tuesday, July 01, 2008 (21 47' 03")
Evening:   Thursday, September 11, 2008 (26 52' 17")
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm Mercury will be 25.6 below the northwest horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises: 6: 13am
Transits: 1: 51pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 9: 29pm
Constellation:   Gemini
Phase:   99.58% illuminated
Distance:   1.72517266 AU = 258,082,157 km = 160,364,820 miles = 14.37 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -3.9 (bright, but lost in the glare of the rising Sun)
Apparent size:   9.67 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   5.24 degrees (evening sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Evening:   Wednesday 1/14/2009 (47 07' 21")
Morning:   Friday 6/05/2009 (45 51' 07")
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm Venus will be 8.6 below the west-northwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises: 10: 07am
Transits: 5: 01pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 11: 55pm
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   93.92% illuminated
Distance:   2.0923487 AU = 313,010,910 km = 194,495,965 miles = 17.43 light-minutes
Magnitude:   1.6 (getting dimmer)
Apparent size:   4.47 arcseconds in angular diameter (getting smaller)
Elongation from Sun:   51.11 degrees (evening sky)
Next close approach:   Friday, Jan 29, 2010
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm Mars will be 16.6 above the west 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: 9: 38pm
Transits: 2: 20am June 28 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 7: 02am June 28
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   99.96% illuminated
Distance:   4.1836396 AU = 625,863,576 km = 388,893,601 miles = 34.85 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -2.7
Apparent size:   47.12 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   167.88 degrees (morning sky)
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm Jupiter will be 5.4 above the east-southeast horizon
Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Friday June 27, 2008 11:51pm
GRS longitude: 123.6
Jupiter moons activity:
      Io goes into eclipse on Saturday June 28, 2008 at 3:46am
      Europa goes into eclipse on Saturday June 28, 2008 at 5:01am
Jupiter and its four visible moons will look like this at 11:51pm when the GRS transits...


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Saturn data
 
Rises: 10: 40am
Transits: 5: 27pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 0: 13am June 28
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   99.79% illuminated
Distance:   9.82093287 AU = 1,469,190,646 km = 912,912,755 miles = 1.36 light-hours
Magnitude:   0.8
Apparent size:   16.92 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   57.50 degrees (evening sky)
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm Saturn will be 20.2 above the west-southwest horizon

This is how Saturn and five of its brightest moons will look at 10:19pm.
This image is neither inverted nor reversed - Saturn would look like this in a non-inverting telescope.
 

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Uranus data
 
Rises: 0: 40am June 28
Transits: 6: 32am June 28 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 12: 24pm June 28
Constellation:   Aquarius
Phase:   99.94% illuminated
Distance:   19.82549646 AU = 2,965,852,056 km = 1,842,895,051 miles = 2.75 light-hours
Magnitude:   5.8
Apparent size:   3.56 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   104.12 degrees (morning sky)
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm Uranus will be 27.2 below the east-northeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises: 11: 28pm
Transits: 4: 44am June 28 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 9: 59am June 28
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.98% illuminated
Distance:   29.33852094 AU = 4,388,980,261 km = 2,727,185,932 miles = 4.07 light-hours
Magnitude:   7.9
Apparent size:   2.33 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   132.79 degrees (morning sky)
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm Neptune will be 13.9 below the east horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises: 7: 54pm
Transits: 0: 57am June 28 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 6: 01am June 28
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   100.00% illuminated
Distance:   30.47992852 AU = 4,559,732,405 km = 2,833,286,396 miles = 4.23 light-hours
Magnitude:   14.1
Apparent size:   0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   170.44 degrees (evening sky)
On 6/27/2008 at 10:19:24pm Pluto will be 21.2 above the southeast 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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