Astronomical Observing at the Fishcreek Observing Site
Friday - 7/2/2010  9:30 pm

Event Report:  Fabulous skies, fabulous people, fabulous event - what more can be said?  A wide variety of telescope types & sizes were present and presented a fabulous view of the Universe to all who attended.  See you in two weeks!

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Tonight, we have a bright gibbous Moon with us, but not until it clears the trees to the east of the observing field at 1:30am.  This phase is great for viewing detail in the craters on or near the terminator - the line separating lunar night from day, a wealth of features can still be seen. Faint DSOs (Deep Space Objects) will be available to us prior to that, however.  Saturn will be beautiful with its rings still nearly edge-on and with five of its moons visible. Also, we have Venus showing a gibbous phase, and Mars growing smaller every night. 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.  Galaxies should be visible this evening despite the brightening of the sky by the Moon.

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We hope to see you here for a night under the stars - now in our fifteenth year!

- - - - - - Our location - - - - - -

Longitude:

W 81 25' 38.4"
Latitude: N 41 11' 11.1"
Altitude:

 337m

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

The following Sun, Moon and planet detail was calculated as it will be
on Friday
7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm EDT (nautical twilight)
Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Gemini -26.7 05:53 21:05
  Mercury Gemini -1.6 06:11 21:33
Venus   Leo -4.1 09:14 23:24
Mars   Leo 1.4 11:14 00:15
  Jupiter Pisces -2.5 00:47 12:57
Saturn   Virgo 1.1 12:27 00:55
  Uranus Pisces 5.8 00:40 12:47
  Neptune Aquarius 7.9 23:22 10:04
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.2 19:59 05:56
  Moon Pisces -10.6 00:03 12:58
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Sun data
 
Rises:

5:53am

Transits:

1:29pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

9:05pm

Constellation:

Gemini

Distance:

1.01668247 AU = 152,093,533 km = 94,506,541 miles = 8.47 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-26.7

Apparent size:

31.46 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

  9:36pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

10:18pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

11:09pm - Sun is 18 below the horizon

Summer began:

at the Summer Solstice which occurred on Monday Jun 21, 2010 at 7:29am

Fall begins:

at the Autumnal Equinox which will occur on Wednesday Sep 22, 2010 at 11:10pm

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 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm the Sun will be 12 below the northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises:

0:03am - Jul 3

Transits:

6:26am - Jul 3 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)

Sets:

12:58pm - Jul 3

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

64.26% illuminated (waning gibbous)

Distance:

0.00271103 AU = 405,564 km = 252,006 miles = 1.35 light-seconds

Magnitude:

-10.6

Apparent size:

29.45 arcminutes in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

106.42 (morning sky)

Age:

20d 15h 7m since last New Moon

Prior Phase:

Full Moon on Saturday Jun 26, 2010 at 7:30am

Next Phase:

Last Quarter on Sunday Jul 4, 2010 at 10:35am

Next Lunar eclipse:

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


On 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm the Moon will be 20.3 below the east-northeast horizon
but will look like this in our telescopes at very low power* when it clears the trees to the east of the observing field around 1:30am:

 

*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:

6:11am

Transits:

1:52pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

9:33pm

Constellation:

Gemini

Phase:

97.46% illuminated

Distance:

1.31996163 AU = 197,463,449 km = 122,698,100 miles = 10.99 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-1.6

Apparent size:

5.10 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

5.77 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

Saturday, August 7, 2010 (27 22' 00")

Morning:

Sunday, September 19, 2010 (17 52' 13")


On 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm Mercury will be 7.8
below the west-northwest horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises:

  9:14am

Transits:

  4:19pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

11:24pm

Constellation:

Leo

Phase:

70.05% illuminated

Distance:

1.06153818 AU = 158,803,852 km = 98,676,140 miles = 8.84 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-4.1 (extremely bright, the brightest thing in the evening sky except for the Moon)

Apparent size:

15.72 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

40.59 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

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

Morning:

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


On 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm Venus will be 10.7 above the west horizon
and will look like this in our telescopes at high power...


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Mars_data

Mars data
 
Rises:

11:14am

Transits:

  5:44pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  0:15am - Jul 3

Constellation:

Leo

Phase:

91.48% illuminated

Distance:

1.80766078 AU = 270,422,203 km = 168,032,569 miles = 15.06 light-minutes

Magnitude:

1.4

Apparent size:

5.18 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

63.05 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Mars is closest to the 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 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm Mars will be 20.8 above the west-southwest 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:

  0:47am - Jul 3

Transits:

  6:52am - Jul 3 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

12:57pm - Jul 3

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

98.96% illuminated

Distance:

4.71722891 AU = 705,687,400 km = 438,493,827 miles = 39.29 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-2.5

Apparent size:

41.79 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

98.35 (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


Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Saturday Jul 03, 2010 at 4:31am (The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes)
GRS longitude: 144.9
Jupiter moons activity (during darkness):
        None

On 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm Jupiter will be 28.2 below the northeast horizon

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Saturn data
 
Rises:

12:27pm

Transits:

  6:41pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  0:55am - Jul 3

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

99.73% illuminated

Distance:

9.69523922 AU = 1,450,387,143 km = 901,228,800 miles = 1.35 light-hours

Magnitude:

1.1

Apparent size:

17.14 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

77.69 (evening sky)

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

Previous:

Sunday Mar 21, 2010 at 8:28pm

Next:

Sunday Apr 3, 2011 at 7:48pm


On 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm Saturn will be 27.9 above the southwest horizon
and will look like this in our telescopes at high power...

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:

  0:40am - Jul 3

Transits:

  6:43am - Jul 3 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

12:47pm - Jul 3

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

99.94% illuminated

Distance:

19.88383283 AU = 2,974,579,052 km = 1,848,317,755 miles = 2.76 light-hours

Magnitude:

5.8

Apparent size:

3.54 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

100.49 (morning 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 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm Uranus will be 27 below the northeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises:

11:22pm

Transits:

  4:43am - Jul 3 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:04am - Jul 3

Constellation:

Aquarius

Phase:

99.98% illuminated

Distance:

29.32115628 AU = 4,386,382,545 km = 2,725,571,786 miles = 4.07 light-hours

Magnitude:

7.9

Apparent size:

2.33 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

132.65 (morning 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 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm Neptune will be 13.1 below the east horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises:

7:59pm

Transits:

0:57am - Jul 3 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

5:56am - Jul 3

Constellation:

Sagittarius

Phase:

100.00% illuminated

Distance:

30.8535334 AU = 4,615,622,899 km = 2,868,015,139 miles = 4.28 light-hours

Magnitude:

14.2

Apparent size:

0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

171.21 (evening sky)

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

Previous:

Friday Jun 25, 2010 at 2:59pm

Next:

Tuesday Jun 28, 2011 at 1:23am


On 7/2/2010 at 10:18:23pm Pluto will be 20 above the southeast horizon

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Inner Solar System - the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)
If you compare Mercury's position last Friday to where it is tonight, you'll notice that it has moved from a morning object to an evening object.


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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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