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Special Saturday Event!
The annual Night Kite Flight and Astronomical Observing
at Silver Springs campground
 - SATURDAY 10/25/2008

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Event report...


We had a great night of observing with many old friends and new visitors. The clouds cleared around 5:30pm and the sky stayed beautifully clear for the entire night!

 

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 the annual Halloween Night Kite Flight at 4:00pm.  The Moon doesn't rise until after 5:30am Sunday so we'll be able to view all the deep-sky objects we love.  We had a ball at this event three 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 fourteenth year!

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 fourteenth 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 Saturday 10/25/08 at 7:30:12pm (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Virgo -26.7 07:46 18:32
  Mercury Virgo -0.8 06:13 17:58
Venus   Ophiuchus -4.0 10:53 20:13
  Mars Libra 1.5 08:49 19:03
Jupiter   Sagittarius -2.2 13:36 22:56
  Saturn Leo 1.1 03:59 16:54
Uranus   Aquarius 5.8 16:40 04:15
Neptune   Capricornus 7.9 15:29 01:55
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.2 12:01 22:04
  Moon Virgo -7.2 04:21 16:46

 

Sun data
 
Rises: 7: 46am
Transits: 1: 09pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 6: 32pm
Constellation:   Virgo
Distance:   0.99411946 AU = 148,718,154 km = 92,409,178 miles = 8.28 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -26.7
Apparent size:   32.18 arcminutes in angular diameter
Twilight ends...  
Civil:  

6:

58pm  - Sun is   6 below the horizon
Nautical:  

7:

30pm  - Sun is 12 below the horizon
Astronomical:  

8:

02pm  - Sun is 18 below the horizon
Winter Solstice:   Sunday Dec 21, 2008 at 8:04am (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)
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-southwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises: 4: 21am
Transits: 10: 39am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 46pm
Constellation:   Virgo
Phase:   9.17% illuminated (waning crescent)
Distance:   0.00262274 AU = 392,357 km = 243,799 miles = 1.31 light-seconds
Magnitude:   -7.2
Apparent size:   30.45 arcminutes in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   35.17 degrees (morning sky)
Age:   26.64 days since last New Moon
Next Phase:   New Moon on Tuesday Oct 28, 2008 at 7:14pm
Next Lunar eclipse:   Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm the Moon will be 30.8 below the west-northwest horizon.
It will look like this at 5:45am Sunday after it rises...

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Mercury data
 
Rises: 6: 13am
Transits: 12: 06pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 58pm
Constellation:   Virgo
Phase:   69.37% illuminated
Distance:   1.0740414 AU = 160,674,307 km = 99,838,387 miles = 8.95 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -0.8
Apparent size:   6.26 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   17.70 degrees (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Evening:   Sunday, January 04, 2009 (19 20' 36")
Morning:   Friday, February 13, 2009 (26 05' 52")
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm Mercury will be 18.4 below the west horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises: 10: 53am
Transits: 3: 33pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 8: 13pm
Constellation:   Ophiuchus (pronounced OFF-ee-YOO-kus)
Phase:   80.05% illuminated
Distance:   1.24363544 AU = 186,045,213 km = 115,603,137 miles = 10.36 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -4.0 (Bright, but somewhat difficult with the glare of the setting sun)
Apparent size:   13.42 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   35.83 degrees (evening sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Evening:   Wednesday 1/14/2009 (47 07' 21")
Morning:   Friday 6/05/2009 (45 51' 07")
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm Venus will be 5.6 above the southwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises: 8: 49am
Transits: 1: 56pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 7: 03pm
Constellation:   Libra
Phase:   99.55% illuminated
Distance:   2.50272693 AU = 374,402,619 km = 232,643,005 miles = 20.85 light-minutes
Magnitude:   1.5 (getting dimmer)
Apparent size:   3.74 arcseconds in angular diameter (getting smaller)
Elongation from Sun:   12.01 degrees (evening sky)
Next close approach:   Friday, Jan 29, 2010
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm Mars will be 5.9 below the west-southwest 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: 1: 36pm
Transits: 6: 16pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 10: 56pm
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   99.14% illuminated
Distance:   5.33912525 AU = 798,721,769 km = 496,302,704 miles = 44.47 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -2.2
Apparent size:   36.92 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   73.05 degrees (evening sky)
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm Jupiter will be 23.7 above the south horizon

Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Tonight at 11:06pm
GRS longitude: 126.2
Jupiter moons activity:
     None tonight

Jupiter and its four visible moons will look like this...

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Saturn data
 
Rises: 3: 59am
Transits: 10: 26am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 54pm
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   99.86% illuminated
Distance:   10.02553907 AU = 1,499,799,297 km = 931,932,089 miles = 1.39 light-hours
Magnitude:   1.1
Apparent size:   16.58 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   44.91 degrees (morning sky)
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm Saturn will be 27.8 below the west-northwest horizon

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Uranus data
 
Rises: 4: 40pm
Transits: 10: 27pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 15am Oct 26
Constellation:   Aquarius
Phase:   99.97% illuminated
Distance:   19.36881558 AU = 2,897,533,568 km = 1,800,443,910 miles = 2.69 light-hours
Magnitude:   5.8
Apparent size:   3.64 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   136.24 degrees (morning sky)
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm Uranus will be 28.5 above the east-southeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises: 3: 29pm
Transits: 8: 42pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 1: 55am Oct 26
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.98% illuminated
Distance:   29.70449058 AU = 4,443,728,540 km = 2,761,204,935 miles = 4.12 light-hours
Magnitude:   7.9
Apparent size:   2.30 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   108.56 degrees (evening sky)
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm Neptune will be 31.7 above the south-southeast horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises: 12: 01pm
Transits: 5: 03pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 10: 04pm
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   99.98% illuminated
Distance:   32.08269064 AU = 4,799,502,205 km = 2,982,272,445 miles = 4.45 light-hours
Magnitude:   14.2
Apparent size:   0.10 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   56.34 degrees (evening sky)
On 10/25/2008 at 7:30:12pm Pluto will be 22.1 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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