Astronomical Observing from Fishcreek Observing Site - Friday 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm (nautical twilight).

                    Sunset: 8:02pm
       Civil twilight ends: 8:28pm
    Nautical twilight ends: 9:01pm
Astronomical twilight ends: 9:37pm

Moon Phase: 18.53% illuminated (waning crescent)
      Rise: 4:26am
       Age: 25d 4h 4m 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 & planet detail was calculated as it will be on Friday 
4/30/2010 at 9:28:16pm (nautical twilight).
Source: Guide8 software available from ProjectPluto
ABOVE HORIZON: Object Mag Const Rise Set Mercury 0.2 Ari 07:28 21:45 Venus -3.9 Ari 07:48 21:50 Mars 0.4 Cnc 13:18 04:12 Saturn 0.7 Vir 18:02 06:29 BELOW HORIZON: Object Mag Const Rise Set Sun -26.7 Psc 06:52 20:02 Jupiter -2.1 Aqr 05:49 17:23 Uranus 5.9 Psc 06:08 18:07 Neptune 7.9 Aqr 04:55 15:36 Pluto 14.2 Sgr 01:35 11:33 Moon -8.2 Aqr 04:26 15:35 Sun data: Rise: 6:52am Transit: 1:27pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 8:02pm Constellation: Pisces Distance: 1.00175689 AU = 149,860,698 km = 93,119,122 miles = 8.34 light-minutes Magnitude: -26.7 Apparent size: 31.93 arcminutes in angular diameter Civil twilight ends at: 8:28pm ( When the Sun is 6 below the horizon ) Nautical twilight ends at: 9:01pm ( When the Sun is 12 below the horizon ) Astronomical twilight ends at: 9:37pm ( 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 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm the Sun will be 12 below the west horizon Moon data: Rise: 4:26am Transit: 9:56am (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 3:35pm Constellation: Aquarius Phase: 18.53% illuminated (waning crescent) Distance: 0.00273819 AU = 409,627 km = 254,530 miles = 1.37 light-seconds Magnitude: -8.2 Apparent size: 29.16 arcminutes in angular diameter Elongation from Sun: 50.88 (morning sky) Age: 25d 4h 4m since last New Moon Prior Phase: Last Quarter on Tuesday Apr 6, 2010 at 5:37am Next Phase: New Moon on Wednesday Apr 14, 2010 at 8:29am Next Lunar eclipse: Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT On 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm the Moon will be 53.9 below the northwest horizon Mercury data: Rise: 7:28am Transit: 2:36pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 9:45pm Constellation: Aries Phase: 36.34% illuminated Distance: .85150761 AU = 127,383,725 km = 79,152,578 miles = 7.09 light-minutes Magnitude: 0.2 Apparent size: 7.90 arcseconds in angular diameter Elongation from Sun: 19.29 (evening sky) Next maximum elongations... Morning: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (25 07' 48") Evening: Saturday, August 7, 2010 (27 22' 00") On 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm Mercury will be 6.7 above the west horizon Venus data: Rise: 7:48am Transit: 2:49pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 9:50pm Constellation: Aries Phase: 93.10% illuminated Distance: 1.5541178 AU = 232,492,714 km = 144,464,277 miles = 12.94 light-minutes Magnitude: -3.9 Apparent size: 10.74 arcseconds in angular diameter Elongation from Sun: 21.39 (evening sky) Next maximum elongations... Evening: Friday, August 20, 2010 (45 57' 59") Morning: Saturday, January 8, 2011 (46 57' 24") On 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm Venus will be 7.7 above the west horizon Mars data: Rise: 1:18pm Transit: 8:45pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 4:12am - Apr 10 Constellation: Cancer Phase: 90.70% illuminated Distance: 1.09564713 AU = 163,906,477 km = 101,846,764 miles = 9.13 light-minutes Magnitude: 0.4 Apparent size: 8.54 arcseconds inangular diameter Elongation from Sun: 105.04 (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 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm Mars will be 70.1 above the south 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: 5:49am Transit: 11:36am (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 5:23pm Constellation: Aquarius Phase: 99.73% illuminated Distance: 5.81637831 AU = 870,117,810 km = 540,666,148 miles = 48.45 light-minutes Magnitude: -2.1 Apparent size: 33.89 arcseconds in angular diameter Elongation from Sun: 30.77 (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 10, 2010 at 4:53am The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes GRS longitude: 143.3 Jupiter satellite events (during darkness): none On 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm Jupiter will be 40.2 below the west-northwest horizon Saturn data: Rise: 6:02pm Transit: 0:15am - Apr 10 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 6:29am - Apr 10 Constellation: Virgo Phase: 99.97% illuminated Distance: 8.55954543 AU = 1,280,489,770 km = 795,659,465 miles = 1.19 light-hours Magnitude: 0.7 Apparent size: 19.42 arcseconds in angular diameter Elongation from Sun: 159.61 (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 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm Saturn will be 31.5 above the east-southeast horizon Uranus data: Rise: 6:08am Transit: 12:07pm (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 6:07pm Constellation: Pisces Phase: 99.99% illuminated Distance: 21.01960213 AU = 3,144,487,721 km = 1,953,894,109 miles = 2.92 light-hours Magnitude: 5.9 Apparent size: 3.35 arcseconds in angular diameter Elongation from Sun: 22.17 (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 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm Uranus will be 32.5 below the west-northwest horizon Neptune data: Rise: 4:55am Transit: 10:16am (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 3:36pm Constellation: Aquarius Phase: 99.98% illuminated Distance: 30.62715383 AU = 4,581,756,998 km = 2,846,971,844 miles = 4.25 light-hours Magnitude: 7.9 Apparent size: 2.23 arcseconds in angular diameter Elongation from Sun: 52.07 (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 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm Neptune will be 57.2 below the northwest horizon Pluto data: (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) Rise: 1:35am - Apr 10 Transit: 6:34am - Apr 10 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South) Sets: 11:33am - Apr 10 Constellation: Sagittarius Phase: 99.98% illuminated Distance: 31.54737119 AU = 4,719,419,556 km = 2,932,511,393 miles = 4.38 light-hours Magnitude: 14.2 Apparent size: 0.10 arcseconds in angular diameter Elongation from Sun: 104.59 (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 4/9/2010 at 9:01:20pm Pluto will be 51.4 below the northeast horizon

 

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