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Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek - Friday 04/10/2009

Tonight, the Moon will be with us nearly the entire night.  It will rise at 9:34pm and clear the trees to the east around 11:00pm, but don't despair.  The phase is just past full so there's lots to see in the maria - especially Mare Crisium, Mare Tranquillitatis, Mare Fecunditatis and Mare Serenitatis.  We'll also be able to see Saturn, colorful double stars, and open clusters made up of hundreds of stars.  The 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 will be somewhat difficult in the light of the Moon.  Saturn, the ringed planet, is a beautiful sight.  With a high-power view through the telescopes, the cloud bands are now visible since the rings are nearly edge-on this entire year.  Try to catch the rings now, or as soon as possible, because they'll continue to be more difficult to see as the year progresses becoming invisible to us by early September.

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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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The following Sun, Moon and planet detail was calculated as it will be
on Friday 04/10/09 at 9:02:55pm EDT (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Pisces -26.7 06:50 20:03
  Mercury Aries -1.3 07:16 21:03
  Venus Pisces -4.4 05:37 18:24
  Mars Aquarius 1.2 05:48 17:26
  Jupiter Capricornus -2.1 04:32 14:54
Saturn   Leo 0.6 16:47 05:51
  Uranus Pisces 5.9 05:54 17:44
  Neptune Capricornus 7.9 04:45 15:20
  Pluto Sagittarius 14.2 01:19 11:21
Moon
rises at 9:34pm
  Virgo -12.2 21:34 07:31

 

Sun data
 
Rises:  

6:

50am  
Transits:  

1:

26pm  - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets:  

8:

03pm  
Constellation:   Pisces
Distance:   1.00209547 AU = 149,911,349 km = 93,150,595 miles = 8.35 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -26.7
Apparent size:   31.92 arcminutes in angular diameter
Twilight ends...  
Civil:  

8:

29pm  - Sun is   6 below the horizon
Nautical:  

9:

03pm  - Sun is 12 below the horizon
Astronomical:  

9:

38pm  - Sun is 18 below the horizon
Summer Solstice:   Sunday June 21, 2009 at 1:46am (when Summer will officially arrives)
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 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises: 9: 34pm
Transits: 2: 36am Apr 11 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 7: 31am Apr 11
Constellation:   Virgo
Phase:   97.35% illuminated (waning gibbous)
Distance:   0.00261378 AU = 391,016 km = 242,966 miles = 1.31 light-seconds
Magnitude:   -12.2
Apparent size:   30.55 arcminutes in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   161.22 (morning sky)
Age:   15.37 days since last New Moon
Next Phase:   Last Quarter on Friday Apr 17, 2009 at 9:36am
Next Lunar eclipse:   Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT
On 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm the Moon will be 6.7 below the east horizon
but
will look like this when it rises above the trees by 10:30pm...


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Mercury data
 
Rises: 7: 16am
Transits: 2: 08pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 9: 03pm
Constellation:   Aries
Phase:   87.70% illuminated
Distance:   1.21344057 AU = 181,528,126 km = 112,796,349 miles = 10.11 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -1.3
Apparent size:   5.54 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   11.63 (evening sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Evening:   Sunday, April 26, 2009 (20 25' 12")
Morning:   Saturday, June 13, 2009 (23 27' 17")
On 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm Mercury will be 1 below the west horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises: 5: 37am
Transits: 12: 01pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 6: 24pm
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   7.20% illuminated
Distance:   0.31162541 AU = 46,618,498 km = 28,967,392 miles = 2.6 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -4.4 (extremely bright, visible in the morning before sunrise
Apparent size:   53.55 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   21.88 (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Friday, June 05, 2009 (45 51' 07")
Evening:   Friday, August 20, 2010 (45 57' 59")
On 4/03/2009 at 8:54:16pm Venus will be 19.7 below the west-northwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises: 5: 48am
Transits: 11: 37am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 26pm
Constellation:   Aquarius
Phase:   96.54% illuminated
Distance:   2.15202841 AU = 321,938,868 km = 200,043,541 miles = 17.93 light-minutes
Magnitude:   1.2
Apparent size:   4.35 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   30.27 (morning sky)
Next close approach:   Friday, Jan 29, 2010
On 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm Mars will be 39.8 below the west-northwest 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: 4: 32am
Transits: 9: 43am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 2: 54pm
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.26% illuminated
Distance:   5.49989959 AU = 822,773,268 km = 511,247,613 miles = 45.81 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -2.1
Apparent size:   35.85 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   60.38 (morning sky)
On 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm Jupiter will be 62.6 below the north-northwest horizon

Next transit of the Great Red Spot: None before it sets
GRS longitude: 129.8
Jupiter moons activity:
       None visible

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Saturn data
 
Rises: 4: 47pm
Transits: 11: 19pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 51am Apr 11
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   99.90% illuminated
Distance:   8.56112192 AU = 1,280,725,610 km = 795,806,009 miles = 1.19 light-hours
Magnitude:   0.6
Apparent size:   19.41 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   144.63 (evening sky)
On 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm Saturn will be 44.7 above the east-southeast horizon
and will look like this...

Note: This is a correct-image representation.  A telescope will reverse this left-right and possibly invert up-down depending on type of equipment

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Uranus data
 
Rises: 5: 54am
Transits: 11: 49pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 44pm
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   99.99% illuminated
Distance:   20.98589833 AU = 3,139,445,704 km = 1,950,761,144 miles = 2.91 light-hours
Magnitude:   5.9
Apparent size:   3.36 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   27.08 (morning sky)
On 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm Uranus will be 36.8 below the west-northwest horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises: 4: 45am
Transits: 10: 02am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 3: 20pm
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.98% illuminated
Distance:   30.58883903 AU = 4,576,025,185 km = 2,843,410,260 miles = 4.25 light-hours
Magnitude:   7.9
Apparent size:   2.23 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   55.43 (morning sky)
On 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm Neptune will be 59.3 below the northwest horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises: 1: 19am
Transits: 6: 20am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 11: 21am
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   99.98% illuminated
Distance:   31.30428959 AU = 4,683,055,066 km = 2,909,915,546 miles = 4.35 light-hours
Magnitude:   14.2
Apparent size:   0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   107.91 (morning sky)
On 4/10/2009 at 9:02:55pm Pluto will be 48.3 below the east-northeast 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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