Special Saturday Event!
Halloween Night Kite Flight

and Astronomical Observing night
thanks to the
Stow Parks & Recreation Dept
and the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites!!

SATURDAY 10/31/2009 at 4:00pm

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If the above link to the map doesn't work for you, here are directions from Fishcreek School:

1) From Fishcreek School, cross Fishcreek Rd and proceed east on Call Rd.

2) Follow Call Rd for 1.25 miles.

3) At the stop sign, turn left at Young Rd and follow north for .4 (4 tenths) mile.

4) Turn left into Silver Springs Park Campgrounds and follow straight back to the open pavilion.

Aerial view of campgrounds and where we'll be setting up.
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Special event night!!!

We'll be setting up telescopes at the Silver Springs camp grounds on Young Rd in conjunction with the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites for the annual Halloween Night Kite Flight at 4:00pm.  We had a ball at this event four years ago and again last year.  We fully expect to do the same this year!  The Night Kite Flight folks are great - and always welcome us with enthusiasm exceeded only by the awe expressed by us astronomy folks at the magnificence of their illuminated kites. What?! Astronomers awed by illuminated kites? I'm entirely serious about this, you have to see them to believe it.  Come out and share the joy - you won't be disappointed.

FOOD!!    Look at this!
Hotdogs, chips, pop, and hot chocolate will be provided by the Stow Parks Department. The kites will be set up at the top of the hill at the new open pavilion. All this depends, of course, on the weather. Kites, telescopes and bad weather don't mix. If you have binoculars, please bring them and we'll show you how to find some very interesting objects including the 'Coat Hanger' star cluster, M27 - the 'Dumbbell Nebula', M31 - the Andromeda Galaxy. Yes - in binoculars. Also, to better see the kites!  We'll have a very nearly full Moon that will be with us all night.  We'll also have the planet Jupiter, with its moon Europa coming out of eclipse, colorful double stars, open clusters made up of hundreds of stars, 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, will all be available to us the entire night.  Many amateur astronomers feel that late fall is the best time to observe since there are beautiful objects of all categories available and the Milky Way, the galaxy we call home, is directly overhead.  How can this be?  Come and we'll explain it!

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 fifteenth year!

Quick links:
    Inner Solar System     Outer Solar System

Note: All times are shown in EDT (Eastern Daylight Time (UT-4)) as seen from Silver Springs Campground in Stow, Ohio

Longitude:

W 81 24' 23.9"
Latitude: N 41 11' 37.6"
Altitude:

 336m


The following Sun, Moon and planet detail was calculated as it will be
on Saturday 10/31/09 at
7:23:16pm EDT (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Libra -26.7 07:52 18:25
  Mercury Virgo -1.3 07:36 18:19
  Venus Virgo -3.9 06:21 17:46
  Mars Cancer 0.4 00:04 14:45
Jupiter   Capricornus -2.5 15:00 01:11
  Saturn Virgo 1.1 04:38 17:01
Uranus   Aquarius 5.8 16:26 04:12
Neptune   Capricornus 7.9 15:13 01:43
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.2 11:50 21:49
Moon   Pisces -12.2 16:51 06:46
Click HERE for information on the planets such as orbital and rotational periods, velocities, distances, etc. not listed in the detail provided below.

 

Sun data
 
Rises:

7:52am

Transits:

1:09pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

6:25pm

Constellation:

Libra

Distance:

0.99256798 AU = 148,486,057 km = 92,264,959 miles = 8.27 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-26.7

Apparent size:

32.23 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

 6:51pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

 7:23pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

 7:55pm - Sun is 18 below the horizon

Winter Solstice:

Monday Dec 21, 2009 at 1:47pm (when Winter 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 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-southwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises:

  4:51pm

Transits:

11:43pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)

Sets:

  6:46am - Nov 1

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

96.12% illuminated (waxing gibbous)

Distance:

0.00255818 AU = 382,698 km = 237,798 miles = 1.28 light-seconds

Magnitude:

-12.2

Apparent size:

31.21 arcminutes in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

157.22 (evening sky)

Age:

13d 17h 45m since last New Moon

Prior Phase:

First Quarter on Sunday Oct 25, 2009 at 8:42pm

Next Phase:

Full Moon on Monday Nov 2, 2009 at 3:14pm

Next Lunar eclipse:

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


On 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm the Moon will be 26.6 above the east horizon
and will look like this in binoculars...
Click image of Moon for additional information Click picture of Jack-O-Lantern for information on Halloween
Hey, tonight IS Halloween, you know!

or like this at very low power* in our telescopes...


*
How do we change the "power" (magnification) of our telescopes?
Simple!  By changing the eyepiece to one of a longer or shorter focal length.
If the eyepiece is of shorter focal length, the "power" (magnification) is higher,
If he eyepiece is of longer focal length, the "power" (magnification) is lower.
By how much?  Here's the formula:
 
Magnification =F focal length of telescope objective lens (or mirror)
focal length of eyepiece being used      

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:

  7:36am

Transits:

12:58pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  6:19pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

99.67% illuminated

Distance:

1.41806038 AU = 212,138,814 km = 131,816,949 miles = 11.81 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-1.3

Apparent size:

4.74 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

2.85 (morning sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

Friday, December 18, 2009 (20 17' 43")

Morning:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 (24 45' 10")


On 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm Mercury will be 12.8
below the west-southwest horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises:

  6:21am

Transits:

12:04pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  5:46pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

95.48% illuminated

Distance:

1.60112188 AU = 239,524,424 km = 148,833,579 miles = 13.34 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-3.9 (extremely bright, visible in the morning before sunrise)

Apparent size:

10.42 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

17.54 (morning sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

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

Morning:

Saturday, January 8, 2011 (46 57' 24")


On 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm Venus will be 19.3 below the west horizon


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Mars data
 
Rises:

0:04am

Transits:

7:25am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

2:45pm

Constellation:

Cancer

Phase:

88.65% illuminated

Distance:

1.18357447 AU = 177,060,221 km = 110,020,122 miles = 9.86 light-minutes

Magnitude:

0.4

Apparent size:

7.91 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

91.48 (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 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm Mars will be 28.9 below the north-northwest horizon


No, Mars was *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:

3:00pm

Transits:

8:06pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

1:11am - Nov 1

Constellation:

Capricornus

Phase:

99.04% illuminated

Distance:

4.76561147 AU = 712,925,329 km = 442,991,267 miles = 39.69 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-2.5

Apparent size:

41.37 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

99.07 (evening 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


Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Sunday Nov 01, 2009 at 1:34am (The Red Spot transits about every 10 hours 56 minutes)
GRS longitude: 136.9
Jupiter moons activity (during darkness):
      Europa eclipse ends on Saturday Oct 31, 2009 at 7:39pm when Jupiter is 32 above the horizon


On 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm Jupiter will be 31.5
above the south-southeast horizon
In the animated image of Jupiter (below), notice Europa coming out Jupiter's shadow at exactly 7:39:24pm (19:39:24).
If we're lucky enough to have clear skies, just prior to this time, we'll see three moons of Jupiter (Io, Ganymede and Callisto)
and then another, Europa, will gradually appear over the course of a couple minutes as it revolves out of Jupiter's shadow.


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.

Information on Jupiter's Galilean moons:

  Io  -  mag 5.4
      Orbits in 1.8 days = 42.5 hours
      Mean orbital radius = .00281822 AU = 421,600 km = 261,970 miles = 1.41 light-seconds
      Radius: 105% of our Moon
      Mass: 122% of our Moon

  Europa  -  mag 5.5
      Orbits in 3.6 days = 85.2 hours
      Mean orbital radius = .00448469 AU = 670,900 km = 416,878 miles = 2.24 light-seconds
      Radius: 90% of our Moon
      Mass: 65% of our Moon

  Ganymede  -  mag 4.8
      Orbits in 7.2 days = 171.7 hours
      Mean orbital radius = .00715251 AU = 1,070,000 km = 664,867 miles = 3.57 light-seconds
      Radius: 150% of our Moon
      Mass: 200% of our Moon

  Callisto  -  mag 6.1
      Orbits in 16.7 days = 400.5 hours
      Mean orbital radius = 0.01258708 AU = 1,883,000 km = 1,170,042 miles = 6.29 light-seconds
      Radius: 138% of our Moon
      Mass: 146% of our Moon

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Saturn data
 
Rises:

  4:38am

Transits:

10:49am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  5:01pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

99.89% illuminated

Distance:

10.21358723 AU = 1,527,930,902 km = 949,412,258 miles = 1.42 light-hours

Magnitude:

1.1

Apparent size:

16.27 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

38.48 (morning 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 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm Saturn will be 26.8 below the west-northwest horizon

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Uranus data
 
Rises:

  4:26pm

Transits:

10:19pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  4:12am - Nov 1

Constellation:

Aquarius

Phase:

99.97% illuminated

Distance:

19.39056301 AU = 2,900,786,937 km = 1,802,465,460 miles = 2.69 light-hours

Magnitude:

5.8

Apparent size:

3.63 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

134.41 (evening sky)

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

Previous:

Thursday Sep 17, 2009 at 5:34am

Next:

Tuesday Sep 21, 2010 at 12:51pm


On 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm Uranus will be 29.9 above the east-southeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises:

3:13pm

Transits:

8:28pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

1:43am - Nov 1

Constellation:

Capricornus

Phase:

99.97% illuminated

Distance:

29.75375062 AU = 4,451,097,738 km = 2,765,783,943 miles = 4.13 light-hours

Magnitude:

7.9

Apparent size:

2.30 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

105.01 (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 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm Neptune will be 32.8 above the south-southeast horizon


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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises:

11:50am

Transits:

  4:50pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  9:49pm

Constellation:

Sagittarius

Phase:

99.98% illuminated

Distance:

32.3212831 AU = 4,835,195,130 km = 3,004,451,000 miles = 4.49 light-hours

Magnitude:

14.2

Apparent size:

0.10 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

52.81 (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 10/31/2009 at 7:23:16pm Pluto will be 20.8 above the south-southwest 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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