Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek - Friday 8/21/2009


UPDATE: Friday, 8/21/09 at 5:00pm...

This is sad, indeed...
We're forced to cancel tonight's event
because of, believe it or not, PAVING!
The parking lot is completely blocked
due to fresh paving.

We'll try again next Friday.
They had to pick a new-moon Friday...<sigh>
 

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OK, deep-sky dim-object aficionados... Tonight's the night you've been waiting for!  We're Moonless the entire night.  It only happens once a month, and it seems to never happen on a Friday.  We'll have a dark night for this entire observing session.  Unfortunately, Saturn is now too low on the horizon to allow quality images to be seen but Jupiter is now with us!  Also, we have the colorful double stars, 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 we can observe since the light of the Moon won't drown out the dim light of these distant island universes.  Jupiter is now in view as soon as it gets dark and you'll see why it's called the King of the Planets.  Perhaps we'll even catch a glimpse of the scar left by an impact of an unknown object.  If you don't know to what I'm referring, please click HERE for information.  To top it off, Jupiter reached opposition last Friday, so it will appear closest and largest tonight until Sept 21, 2010.  If you want to get a great look at Jupiter, tonight is the night!  If the skies to the west are cloud-free just after sunset, we still might be able to catch a glimpse of Mercury - a very difficult object, due to its closeness to the Sun.

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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 08/21/09 at
9:19:29pm EDT (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Leo -26.7 06:38 20:18
  Mercury Virgo 0.2 09:00 21:13
  Venus Gemini -4.0 03:43 18:33
  Mars Taurus 1.0 01:36 16:49
Jupiter   Capricornus -2.9 19:49 06:07
  Saturn Leo 1.1 08:34 21:20
Uranus   Pisces 5.7 21:11 09:04
Neptune   Capricornus 7.8 19:56 06:29
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.2 16:26 02:27
  Moon Leo -5.8 08:07 20:46

 

Sun data
 
Rises:

6:38am

Transits:

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

Sets:

8:18pm

Constellation:

Leo

Distance:

1.01148028 AU = 151,315,296 km = 94,022,967 miles = 8.42 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-26.7

Apparent size:

31.62 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

 8:44pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

 9:19pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

 9:57pm - 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 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises:

8:07am

Transits:

2:33pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)

Sets:

8:46pm

Constellation:

Leo

Phase:

3.88% illuminated (waxing crescent)

Distance:

0.00245533 AU = 367,312 km = 228,237 miles = 1.23 light-seconds

Magnitude:

-5.8

Apparent size:

32.52 arcminutes in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

22.67 (evening sky)

Age:

1d 15h 21m since last New Moon

Next Phase:

First Quarter on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 at 7:42am

Next Lunar eclipse:

Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm the Moon will be 7.5 below the west horizon

The Moon will look like this before it sets at 8:46pm...

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:

9:00am

Transits:

3:07pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

9:13pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

56.57% illuminated

Distance:

0.96080817 AU = 143,734,856 km = 89,312,700 miles = 8 light-minutes

Magnitude:

0.2

Apparent size:

7.00 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

27.22 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

Monday, August 24, 2009 (27 21' 57")

Morning:

Morning: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 (17 56' 43")

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm Mercury will be 2.4 below the west horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises:

  3:43am

Transits:

11:08am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  6:33pm

Constellation:

Gemini

Phase:

80.28% illuminated

Distance:

1.26970357 AU = 189,944,951 km = 118,026,322 miles = 10.58 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-4.0 (extremely bright, visible in the morning before sunrise)

Apparent size:

13.14 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

34.59 (morning sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

Friday, August 20, 2010 (45 57' 59")

Morning:

Saturday, January 08, 2011 (46 57' 24")

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm Venus will be 23.1 below the northwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises:

1:36am - Aug 22

Transits:

9:12am - Aug 22 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

4:49pm - Aug 22

Constellation:

Taurus

Phase:

89.88% illuminated

Distance:

1.65862366 AU = 248,126,568 km = 154,178,703 miles = 13.82 light-minutes

Magnitude:

1.0

Apparent size:

5.64 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

61.45 (morning sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Mars is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Monday Dec 24, 2007 at 2:29pm

Next:

Friday Jan 29, 2010 at 3:21pm

Next close approach:

Friday Jan 29, 2010

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm Mars will be 25.4 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:

7:49pm

Transits:

0:58am - Aug 22 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

6:07am - Aug 22

Constellation:

Capricornus

Phase:

99.98% illuminated

Distance:

4.03497061 AU = 603,623,011 km = 375,073,955 miles = 33.61 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-2.9

Apparent size:

48.86 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

171.93 (morning sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Jupiter is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Friday Aug 14, 2009 at 1:44pm

Next:

Tuesday Sep 21, 2010 at 7:28am

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm Jupiter will be 13.9 above the east-southeast horizon
and will look like this when it clears the trees to the east of the observing field at 9:30pm

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.

Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Friday Aug 21, 2009 at 9:55pm
GRS longitude: 135.4
Jupiter moons activity (during darkness):
      none


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Saturn data
 
Rises:

8:34am

Transits:

2:57pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

9:20pm

Constellation:

Leo

Phase:

99.96% illuminated

Distance:

10.36064019 AU = 1,549,929,712 km = 963,081,685 miles = 1.44 light-hours

Magnitude:

1.1

Apparent size:

16.04 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

22.70 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Saturn is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Sunday Mar 8, 2009 at 3:44pm

Next:

Sunday Mar 21, 2010 at 8:28pm

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm Saturn will be 1 below the west horizon
and would look like this IF we could see it.  Unfortunately, it will be too low on the horizon to observe.
Notice how incredibly thin the rings now appear.  They will disappear completely the first week of September as they do every 14 years or so.

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:

9:11pm

Transits:

3:08am - Aug 22 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

9:04am - Aug 22

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

99.99% illuminated

Distance:

19.18826356 AU = 2,870,523,371 km = 1,783,660,552 miles = 2.66 light-hours

Magnitude:

5.7

Apparent size:

3.67 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

153.46 (morning sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Uranus is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Friday Sep 12, 2008 at 10:14pm

Next:

Thursday Sep 17, 2009 at 5:34am

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm Uranus will be 0.3 above the east horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises:

7:56pm

Transits:

1:12am - Aug 22 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

6:29am - Aug 22

Constellation:

Capricornus

Phase:

100.00% illuminated

Distance:

29.0191836 AU = 4,341,208,076 km = 2,697,501,672 miles = 4.03 light-hours

Magnitude:

7.8

Apparent size:

2.35 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

175.83 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Neptune is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Monday Aug 17, 2009 at 4:47pm

Next:

Friday Aug 20, 2010 at 5:59am

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm Neptune will be 13.2 above the east-southeast horizon horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises:

4:26pm

Transits:

9:26pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

2:27am - Aug 22

Constellation:

Sagittarius

Phase:

99.98% illuminated

Distance:

31.15460361 AU = 4,660,662,362 km = 2,896,001,365 miles = 4.32 light-hours

Magnitude:

14.2

Apparent size:

0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

121.49 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Pluto is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Tuesday Jun 23, 2009 at 3:49am

Next:

Friday Jun 25, 2010 at 2:59pm

On 8/21/2009 at 9:19:29pm Pluto will be 30.9 above the south-southeast horizon

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Inner Solar System - the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)
Notice that Mercury is very nearly at maximum eastern elongation (visible in the evening) which occurs on Monday, August 24th, and that
Venus is now past its maximum western elongation (visible in the morning) which occurred on Friday, June 5th.


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Outer Solar System - the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)
Notice that Neptune recently reached opposition on Aug 17 2009 and likewise Jupiter on Aug 14th



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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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