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A Fabulous night!!  Lots of telescopes and many enthusiastic visitors - some who had never before looked through a telescope.  We were out until after 2:00am and the sky was still crystal clear.
 


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Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek - Friday 06/26/2009

Tonight, we have a relatively thin crescent Moon that will be with us until it sets at 11:55pm.  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.

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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 06/26/09 at 10:19:31pm EDT (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Gemini -26.7 05:51 21:06
  Mercury Taurus -0.6 04:41 19:37
  Venus Aries -4.2 03:20 17:24
  Mars Aries 1.1 03:04 17:20
  Jupiter Capricornus -2.6 23:43 10:17
Saturn   Leo 1.0 11:46 00:48
  Uranus Pisces 5.8 00:53 12:49
  Neptune Capricornus 7.9 23:39 10:16
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.1 20:10 06:12
Moon   Sextans -8.8 10:26 23:55

 

Sun data
 
Rises:

  5:51am

Transits:

  1:28pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  9:06pm

Constellation:

Gemini

Distance:  Distance: 1.01657328 AU = 152,077,198 km = 94,496,391 miles = 8.47 light-minutes
Magnitude:  -26.7
Apparent size:  31.47 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

Autumnal Equinox: Tuesday Sept 22, 2009 at 5:19pm (when Fall 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 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm the Sun will be 12 below the northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises: 10: 26am
Transits: 5: 17pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 11: 55pm
Constellation:   Sextans
Phase:   24.44% illuminated (waxing crescent)
Distance:   0.00245352 AU = 367,041 km = 228,069 miles = 1.23 light-seconds
Magnitude:   -8.8
Apparent size:   32.55 arcminutes in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   59.14 (evening sky)
Age:   4.28 days since last New Moon
Next Phase:   First Quarter on Monday June 29, 2009 at 7:28am
Next Lunar eclipse:   Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm the Moon will be 16.4 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: 4: 41am
Transits: 12: 09pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 7: 37pm
Constellation:   Taurus
Phase:   69.54% illuminated
Distance:   1.10036539 AU = 164,612,319 km = 102,285,354 miles = 9.17 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -0.6
Apparent size:   6.11 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   18.12 (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Evening:   Monday, August 24, 2009 (27 21' 57")
Morning:   Morning: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 (17 56' 43")
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm Mercury will be 22.2 below the northwest horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises: 3: 20am
Transits: 10: 21am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 24pm
Constellation:   Aries
Phase:   60.02% illuminated
Distance:   0.87031115 AU = 130,196,695 km = 80,900,477 miles = 7.25 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -4.20 (extremely bright, visible in the morning before sunrise)
Apparent size:   19.17 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   44.55 (morning sky)
Next maximum elongations...
Evening:   Friday, August 20, 2010 (45 57' 59")
Morning:   Saturday, January 08, 2011 (46 57' 24")
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm Venus will be 33.4 below the north-northwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises: 3: 04am
Transits: 10: 12am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 5: 20pm
Constellation:   Aries
Phase:   92.69% illuminated
Distance:   1.90766622 AU = 285,382,805 km = 177,328,656 miles = 15.89 light-minutes
Magnitude:   1.1
Apparent size:   4.90 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   46.31 (morning sky)
Next close approach:   Friday, Jan 29, 2010
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm Mars will be 31.9 below the north 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: 11: 43pm
Transits: 5: 00am June 27 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 10: 17am June 27
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.38% illuminated
Distance:   4.35584029 AU = 651,624,433 km = 404,900,656 miles = 36.28 light-minutes
Magnitude:   -2.6
Apparent size:   45.26 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   128.80 (morning sky)
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm Jupiter will be 16.7 below the east horizon

Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Saturday June 27, 2009 at 1:44am
GRS longitude: 131.5
Jupiter moons activity:
       Io shadow transits ends at 11:06pm with Jupiter 8 below horizon
       Io transit ends at 0:10am with Jupiter 3.6 above horizon
       Ganymede eclipse begins at 0:35am with Jupiter 7.9 above horizon
       Ganymede eclipse ends at 4:14am with Jupiter 34.3 above horizon
       Ganymede occultation begins at 4:52am with Jupiter 35.3 above horizon

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Saturn data
 
Rises: 11: 46am
Transits: 6: 17pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 0: 48am Jun 27
Constellation:   Leo
Phase:   99.74% illuminated
Distance:   9.70525994 AU = 1,451,886,221 km = 902,160,283 miles = 1.35 light-hours
Magnitude:   1.0
Apparent size:   17.12 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   70.74 (evening sky)
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm Saturn will be 26.8 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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Uranus data
 
Rises: 0: 53am Jun 27
Transits: 6: 51am Jun 27 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 12: 49pm Jun 27
Constellation:   Pisces
Phase:   99.94% illuminated
Distance:   19.91480161 AU = 2,979,211,916 km = 1,851,196,483 miles = 2.76 light-hours
Magnitude:   5.8
Apparent size:   3.54 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   98.98 (morning sky)
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm Uranus will be 29.4 below the northeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises: 11: 39pm
Transits: 4: 57am Jun 27 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 10: 16pm Jun 27
Constellation:   Capricornus
Phase:   99.98% illuminated
Distance:   29.37487012 AU = 4,394,418,022 km = 2,730,564,800 miles = 4.08 light-hours
Magnitude:   7.9
Apparent size:   2.32 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   129.34 (morning sky)
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm Neptune will be 16 below the east horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises: 8: 10pm
Transits: 1: 11am Jun 27 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South
Sets: 6: 12am Jun 27
Constellation:   Sagittarius
Phase:   100.00% illuminated
Distance:   30.65646162 AU = 4,586,141,381 km = 2,849,696,173 miles = 4.26 light-hours
Magnitude:   14.1
Apparent size:   0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter
Elongation from Sun:   173.16 (evening sky)
On 6/26/2009 at 10:19:31pm Pluto will be 18.8 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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Very sincerely yours,
Dave Jessie
Time spent observing the heavens is not deducted from your life span

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