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Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek - Friday 05/29/2009

Tonight, we have a nearly First Quarter Moon that will be with us until it sets at 1:27am, but don't despair.  This phase is perfect for viewing detail in the craters on or near the terminator - the line separating lunar night from day.  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.

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 Friday 05/29/09 at
10:04:24pm EDT (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Taurus -26.7 05:53 20:53
  Mercury Taurus 2.5 05:22 19:21
  Venus Pisces -4.4 03:53 16:54
  Mars Pisces 1.2 04:02 17:24
  Jupiter Capricornus -2.4 01:32 12:07
Saturn   Leo 0.9 13:30 02:36
  Uranus Pisces 5.9 02:42 14:37
  Neptune Capricornus 7.9 01:30 12:07
  Pluto Sagittarius 14.1 22:03 08:05
Moon   Leo -9.6 11:28 01:27

 

Sun data
 
Rises:

  5:53am

Transits:

  1:23pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  8:53pm

Constellation:

Taurus

Distance: 1.01373329 AU = 151,652,342 km = 94,232,398 miles = 8.44 light-minutes
Magnitude:  -26.7
Apparent size: 31.55 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

  9:23pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

10:04pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

10:53pm - 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 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises: 11: 28am
Transits: 6: 34pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 1: 27am May 30
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   38.06% illuminated (waxing crescent)
Distance:   0.00245594 AU = 367,403 km = 228,294 miles = 1.23 light-seconds
Magnitude:   -9.6
Apparent size:   32.51 arcminutes in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   76.05 (evening sky)
Age:   5.58 days since last New Moon
Next Phase:   First Quarter on Saturday May 30, 2009 11:22pm
Next Lunar eclipse:   Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm the Moon will be 35.8 above the west-southwest 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: 5: 22am
Transits: 12: 22pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 7: 21pm
Constellation:   Taurus
Phase:   10.51% illuminated
Distance:   0.60659974 AU = 90,746,030 km = 56,386,970 miles = 5.05 light-minutes
Magnitude:   2.5
Apparent size:   12.02 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   16.30 (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Saturday, June 13, 2009 (23 27' 17")
Evening:   Monday, August 24, 2009 (27 21' 57")
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm Mercury will be 25.5 below the northwest horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises: 3: 53am
Transits: 10: 23am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 4: 54pm
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   45.75% illuminated
Distance:   0.64643474 AU = 96,705,260 km = 60,089,863 miles = 5.38 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -4.4 (extremely bright, visible in the morning before sunrise)
Apparent size:   25.81 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   45.67 (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Morning:   Friday, June 05, 2009 (45 51' 07")
Evening:   Friday, August 20, 2010 (45 57' 59")
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm Venus will be 41.5 below the north-northwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises: 4: 02am
Transits: 10: 43am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 24pm
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   94.14% illuminated
Distance:   2.00333833 AU = 299,695,148 km = 186,221,934 miles = 16.69 light-minutes
Magnitude:   1.2
Apparent size:   4.67 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   40.18 (morning sky)
Next close approach:   Friday, Jan 29, 2010
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm Mars will be 38 below the north-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: 1: 32am May 30
Transits: 6: 49am May 30 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 12: 07pm May 30
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.03% illuminated
Distance:   4.75158093 AU = 710,826,390 km = 441,687,047 miles = 39.58 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -2.4
Apparent size:   41.49 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   102.22 (morning sky)
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm Jupiter will be 39.8 below the east-northeast horizon

Next transit of the Great Red Spot: None visible before daylight
GRS longitude: 130.9
Jupiter moons activity:
       None visible during darkness

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Saturn data
 
Rises: 1: 30pm
Transits: 8: 03pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 2: 36am May 30
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   99.71% illuminated
Distance:   9.24648057 AU = 1,383,253,805 km = 859,514,077 miles = 1.28 light-hours
Magnitude:   0.9
Apparent size:   17.97 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   96.23 (evening sky)
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm Saturn will be 47.2 above the southwest 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: 2: 42am May 30
Transits: 8: 40am May 30 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 2: 37pm May 30
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   99.94% illuminated
Distance:   20.37828734 AU = 3,048,548,394 km = 1,894,280,174 miles = 2.83 light-hours
Magnitude:   5.9
Apparent size:   3.46 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   72.61 (morning sky)
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm Uranus will be 46.8 below the north-northeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises: 1: 30am May 30
Transits: 6: 48am May 30 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 12: 07pm May 30
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.97% illuminated
Distance:   29.79720869 AU = 4,457,598,973 km = 2,769,823,623 miles = 4.14 light-hours
Magnitude:   7.9
Apparent size:   2.29 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   102.34 (morning sky)
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm Neptune will be 39.3 below the east-northeast horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises: 10: 03pm
Transits: 3: 04am May 30 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 8: 05am May 30
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   100.00% illuminated
Distance:   30.72588284 AU = 4,596,526,648 km = 2,856,149,279 miles = 4.27 light-hours
Magnitude:   14.1
Apparent size:   0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   155.58 (morning sky)
On 5/29/2009 at 10:04:24pm Pluto will be 1 below the east-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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Very sincerely yours,
Dave Jessie
Time spent observing the heavens is not deducted from your life span

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