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Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek - Friday 05/08/2009

Tonight, we have a Full Moon that will be with us all night.  Dispite the brightness of the Moon, we'll still 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 05/08/09 at 9:39:12pm EDT (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Aries -26.7 06:11 20:33
  Mercury Taurus 2.8 06:46 21:44
  Venus Pisces -4.5 04:27 16:57
  Mars Pisces 1.2 04:47 17:26
  Jupiter Capricornus -2.3 02:50 13:21
Saturn   Leo 0.8 14:52 03:58
  Uranus Pisces 5.9 04:07 16:00
  Neptune Capricornus 7.9 02:52 13:29
  Pluto Sagittarius 14.1 23:27 09:30
Moon   Libra -12.5 20:27 06:05

 

Sun data
 
Rises:

  6:11am

Transits:

  1:22pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  8:33pm

Constellation:

Aries

Distance: 1.00949727 AU = 151,018,642 km = 93,838,635 miles = 8.41 light-minutes
Magnitude:  -26.7
Apparent size:  31.69 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

  9:01pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

  9:39pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

10:21pm - 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 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises: 8: 27pm
Transits: 1: 19am May 9 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 6: 05am May 9
Constellation:   Libra
Phase:   99.78% illuminated (waxing gibbous)
Distance:   0.00263123 AU = 393,627 km = 244,588 miles = 1.31 light-seconds
Magnitude:   -12.5
Apparent size:   30.35 arcminutes in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   174.59 (evening sky)
Age:   13.93 days since last New Moon
Next Phase:   Full Moon on Saturday May 9, 2009 at 12:01am
Next Lunar eclipse:   Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm the Moon will be 9.2 above the east-southeast horizon
and
will look like this...

Note: All graphics are correct-image representations.  A telescope will reverse this left-right and possibly invert up-down depending on type of equipment being used.

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Mercury data
 
Rises: 6: 46am
Transits: 2: 15pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 9: 44pm
Constellation:   Taurus
Phase:   7.69% illuminated
Distance:   0.6195364 AU = 92,681,326 km = 57,589,507 miles = 5.16 light-minutes
Magnitude:   2.8
Apparent size:   10.86 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   13.11 (evening sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Saturday, June 13, 2009 (23 27' 17")
Evening:   Monday, August 24, 2009 (27 21' 57")
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm Mercury will be 0.3 below the west-northwest horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises: 4: 27am
Transits: 10: 42pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 57pm
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   31.51% illuminated
Distance:   0.4825795 AU = 72,192,866 km = 44,858,568 miles = 4.02 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -4.5 (extremely bright, visible in the morning before sunrise
Apparent size:   34.58 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   41.93 (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Friday, June 05, 2009 (45 51' 07")
Evening:   Friday, August 20, 2010 (45 57' 59")
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm Venus will be 43.8 below the north-northwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises: 4: 47am
Transits: 11: 06am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 26pm
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   95.20% illuminated
Distance:   2.06860535 AU = 309,458,955 km = 192,288,882 miles = 17.23 light-minutes
Magnitude:   1.2
Apparent size:   4.52 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   35.88 (morning sky)
Next close approach:   Friday, Jan 29, 2010
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm Mars will be 40.6 below the northwest horizon

No, Mars will *not* be "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: 2: 50am May 9
Transits: 8: 05am May 9 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 1: 21pm May 9
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.01% illuminated
Distance:   5.08137539 AU = 760,162,939 km = 472,343,358 miles = 42.32 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -2.3
Apparent size:   38.80 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   83.70 (morning sky)
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm Jupiter will be 56.2 below the north-northeast horizon

Next transit of the Great Red Spot: 6:15am 5/9/2009
GRS longitude: 130.5
Jupiter moons activity:
       None visible

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Saturn data
 
Rises: 2: 52pm
Transits: 9: 25pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 3: 58am May 9
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   99.77% illuminated
Distance:   8.91263069 AU = 1,333,310,574 km = 828,480,791 miles = 1.24 light-hours
Magnitude:   0.8
Apparent size:   18.65 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   116.36 (evening sky)
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm Saturn will be 56.6 above the south horizon
and will look like this...


Note: All graphics are correct-image representations.  A telescope will reverse this left-right and possibly invert up-down depending on type of equipment being used.

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Uranus data
 
Rises: 4: 07am May 9
Transits: 10: 04am May 9 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 00pm May 9
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   99.96% illuminated
Distance:   20.68917702 AU = 3,095,056,828 km = 1,923,179,175 miles = 2.87 light-hours
Magnitude:   5.9
Apparent size:   3.41 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   53.06 (morning sky)
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm Uranus will be 50.9 below the north-northwest horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises: 2: 52am May 9
Transits: 8: 10am May 9 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 1: 29pm May 9
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.97% illuminated
Distance:   30.15086101 AU = 4,510,504,606 km = 2,802,697,660 miles = 4.19 light-hours
Magnitude:   7.9
Apparent size:   2.26 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   82.22 (morning sky)
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm Neptune will be 56.1 below the north-northeast horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises: 11: 27pm
Transits: 4: 29am May 9 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 9: 30am May 9
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   99.99% illuminated
Distance:   30.91569206 AU = 4,624,921,703 km = 2,873,793,148 miles = 4.29 light-hours
Magnitude:   14.1
Apparent size:   0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   135.28 (morning sky)
On 5/8/2009 at 9:39:12pm Pluto will be 21 below the east 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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