Astronomical Observing from Fishcreek Observing Site - Friday 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm (nautical twilight).
                    Sunset: 7:54pm
       Civil twilight ends: 8:20pm
    Nautical twilight ends: 8:53pm
Astronomical twilight ends: 9:27pm
Moon Phase: 80.85% illuminated (waning gibbous)
      Rise: 0:27am - Apr 3
       Age: 18d 3h 50m since last New Moon
We hope to see you here soon for a night under the stars - now in our fifteenth year!
We're still waiting for the field to dry sufficiently to support our vehicles.
All times are shown in EDT (Eastern Daylight Time (UT-4)) as seen from Stow, Ohio
Longitude: W 81 25' 38.4"
 Latitude: N41 11' 11.1"
 Altitude: 337m
The following Sun, Moon and planet detail was calculated as it will be on Friday 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm (nautical twilight).
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com
ABOVE HORIZON:
Object       Mag    Const     Rise     Set
Mercury     -0.7     Ari     07:38   21:27
Venus       -3.9     Ari     07:55   21:33
Mars         0.2     Cnc     13:35   04:35
Saturn       0.6     Vir     18:32   06:58

BELOW HORIZON:
Object       Mag    Const     Rise     Set
Sun        -26.7     Psc     07:04   19:54
Jupiter     -2.0     Aqr     06:13   17:43
Uranus       5.9     Psc     06:34   18:33
Neptune      8.0     Aqr     05:22   16:03
Pluto       14.2     Sgr     02:02   12:00
Moon       -11.3     Sco     00:27   09:42
Sun data:
        Rise: 7:04am
     Transit: 1:29pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets: 7:54pm
     Constellation: Pisces
    Distance: .99970835 AU = 149,554,240 km = 92,928,698 miles = 8.33 light-minutes
   Magnitude: -26.7
     Apparent size: 32.00 arcminutes in angular diameter
            Civil twilight ends at: 8:20pm ( When the Sun is 6 below the horizon )
         Nautical twilight ends at: 8:53pm ( When the Sun is 12 below the horizon )
     Astronomical twilight ends at: 9:27pm ( When the Sun is 18 below the horizon )
     Spring began at the Vernal Equinox which occurred on Saturday Mar 20, 2010 at 1:33pm
     Summer begins at the Summer Solstice which will occur on Monday Jun 21, 2010 at 7:29am
     Next Solar Eclipse: Partial eclipse (>80%) on Monday August 21, 2017 2:30pm EDT
     Next TOTAL Solar Eclipse: Monday April 8, 2024 at 3:15pm
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm the Sun will be 12 below the west horizon
Moon data:
        Rise: 0:27am - Apr 3
     Transit: 5:05am - Apr 3 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets: 9:42am - Apr 3
     Constellation: Scorpius
             Phase: 80.85% illuminated (waning gibbous)
          Distance: 0.0025934 AU = 387,967 km = 241,072 miles = 1.3 light-seconds
         Magnitude: -11.3
     Apparent size: 30.79 arcminutes in angular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 127.98 (morning sky)
     Age: 18d 3h 50m since last New Moon
       Prior Phase: Full Moon on Monday Mar 29, 2010 at 10:25pm
        Next Phase: Last Quarter on Tuesday Apr 6, 2010 at 5:37am
     Next Lunar eclipse: Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm the Moon will be 37.7 below the east horizon
Mercury data:
        Rise: 7:38am
     Transit: 2:32pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets: 9:27pm
     Constellation: Aries
             Phase: 62.84% illuminated
          Distance: 1.03316563 AU = 154,559,378 km = 96,038,746 miles = 8.61 light-minutes
         Magnitude: -0.7
     Apparent size: 6.51 arcseconds in angular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 17.67 (evening sky)
     Next maximum elongations...
           Evening: Thursday, April 8, 2010 (19 21' 01")
           Morning: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (25 07' 48")
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm Mercury will be 5.1 above the west horizon
Venus data:
        Rise: 7:55am
     Transit: 2:43pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets: 9:33pm
     Constellation: Aries
             Phase: 94.23% illuminated
          Distance: 1.57973735 AU = 236,325,344 km = 146,845,763 miles = 13.16 light-minutes
         Magnitude: -3.9
     Apparent size: 10.56 arcseconds in angular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 19.68 (evening sky)
     Next maximum elongations...
           Evening: Friday, August 20, 2010 (45 57' 59")
           Morning: Saturday, January 8, 2011 (46 57' 24")
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm Venus will be 6.2 above the west horizon
Mars data:
        Rise: 1:35pm
     Transit: 9:05pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets: 4:35am - Apr 3
     Constellation: Cancer
             Phase: 91.30% illuminated
          Distance: 1.03289889 AU = 154,519,474 km = 96,013,951 miles = 8.6 light-minutes
         Magnitude: 0.2
     Apparent size: 9.06 arcseconds inangular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 110.08 (evening sky)
     Dates of Opposition (when Mars is closest to Earth)
          Previous: Friday Jan 29, 2010 at 2:21pm.  Distance: 99,400,435 km.  Size: 14.08 arcseconds.
              Next: Saturday Mar 3, 2012 at 3:52pm.  Distance: 100,839,728 km.  Size: 13.88 arcseconds.
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm Mars will be 70.8 above the south-southeast horizon
     No, Mars was *not* "...as big as a Full Moon on August 27!"
     Please see the following links for more information about this annual 'Mars Hoax'
                    Sky&Telescope
                    Snopes
                    Hoax-Slayer
                    UniverseToday

Jupiter data:
        Rise:  6:13am
     Transit: 11:58am (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets:  5:43pm
     Constellation: Aquarius
             Phase: 99.81% illuminated
          Distance: 5.86739444 AU = 877,749,715 km = 545,408,394 miles = 48.87 light-minutes
         Magnitude: -2.0
     Apparent size: 33.60 arcseconds in angular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 25.47 (morning sky)
     Dates of Opposition (when Jupiter is closest to Earth)
          Previous: Friday Aug 14, 2009 at 1:44pm
              Next: Tuesday Sep 21, 2010 at 7:28am
     Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Saturday Apr 03, 2010 at  4:04am (The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes)
     GRS longitude: 143.1
     Jupiter satellite events (during darkness):
          none tonight
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm Jupiter will be 35.9 below the west-northwest horizon

Saturn data:
        Rise: 6:32pm
     Transit: 0:45am - Apr 3 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets: 6:58am - Apr 3
     Constellation: Virgo
             Phase:  99.99% illuminated
          Distance: 8.52635254 AU = 1,275,524,185 km = 792,573,993 miles = 1.18 light-hours
         Magnitude: 0.6
     Apparent size: 19.49 arcseconds in angular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 166.93 (evening sky)
     Dates of Opposition (when Saturn is closest to Earth)
          Previous: Sunday Mar 21, 2010 at 8:28pm
              Next: Sunday Apr 3, 2011 at 7:48pm
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm Saturn will be 24.9 above the east horizon
Uranus data:
        Rise:  6:34am
     Transit: 12:34pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets:  6:33pm
     Constellation: Pisces
             Phase: 100.00% illuminated
          Distance: 21.05634026 AU = 3,149,983,667 km = 1,957,309,131 miles = 2.92 light-hours
         Magnitude: 5.9
     Apparent size: 3.35 arcseconds in angular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 15.66 (morning sky)
     Dates of Opposition (when Uranus is closest to Earth)
          Previous: Thursday Sep 17, 2009 at 5:34am
              Next: Tuesday Sep 21, 2010 at 12:51pm
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm Uranus will be 26.8 below the west-northwest horizon
Neptune data:
        Rise:  5:22am
     Transit: 10:42am (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets:  4:03pm
     Constellation: Aquarius
             Phase: 99.99% illuminated
          Distance: 30.71587747 AU = 4,595,029,866 km = 2,855,219,222 miles = 4.26 light-hours
         Magnitude: 8.0
     Apparent size: 2.22 arcseconds in angular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 45.37 (morning sky)
     Dates of Opposition (when Neptune is closest to Earth)
          Previous: Monday Aug 17, 2009 at 4:47pm
              Next: Friday Aug 20, 2010 at 5:59am
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm Neptune will be 52.9 below the west-northwest horizon
Pluto data: (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340)
        Rise:  2:02am - Apr 3
     Transit:  7:01am - Apr 3 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)
        Sets: 12:00pm - Apr 3
     Constellation: Sagittarius
             Phase: 99.98% illuminated
          Distance: 31.66099665 AU = 4,736,417,683 km = 2,943,073,539 miles = 4.4 light-hours
         Magnitude: 14.2
     Apparent size: 0.10 arcseconds in angular diameter
     Elongation from Sun: 97.72 (morning sky)
     Dates of Opposition (when Pluto is closest to Earth)
          Previous: Tuesday Jun 23, 2009 at 3:49am
              Next: Friday Jun 25, 2010 at 2:59pm
     On 4/2/2010 at 8:52:50pm Pluto will be 57.2 below the northeast horizon

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