Astronomical Observing at the Fishcreek Observing Site
Friday - 7/23/2010  9:30 pm

Report:  Event abandoned due to thunderstorms.  Believe it or not, we had three telescopes set up waiting for darkness.  As we waited, we watched the storms moving in from the NE.  When lightning started, we decided it was time to pack up the gear and try another night.
We made the correct decision since the storms were severe!


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Tonight, we have a very bright full Moon with us the entire night.  While this phase isn't the best 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) are probably not going to be visible due to the Moon, but Saturn will be beautiful with its rings still nearly edge-on and several moons visible. Also, we have Venus showing a gibbous phase, and Mars growing smaller every night. Additionally, we'll have the opportunity to view Mercury, a fairly rare event. 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 probably won't be visible this evening due to the brightness of the full 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 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm (nautical twilight)

Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Cancer -26.7 06:09 20:54
Mercury   Leo -0.1 08:08 22:04
Venus   Leo -4.1 09:55 22:54
Mars   Virgo 1.5 10:54 23:19
  Jupiter Pisces -2.6 23:27 11:37
Saturn   Virgo 1.1 11:11 23:35
  Uranus Pisces 5.8 23:17 11:23
  Neptune Aquarius 7.8 21:59 08:39
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.2 18:34 04:31
Moon   Sagittarius -12.1 19:19 04:48
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Sun data
 
Rises:

6:09am

Transits:

1:32pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

8:54pm

Constellation:

Cancer

Distance:

1.01583104 AU = 151,966,160 km = 94,427,395 miles = 8.46 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-26.7

Apparent size:

31.49 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

  9:23pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

10:03pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

10:48pm - 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 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises:

7:19pm

Transits:

0:02am - Jul 24 (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)

Sets:

4:48am - Jul 24

Constellation:

Sagittarius

Phase:

96.41% illuminated (waxing gibbous)

Distance:

0.00264531 AU = 395,732 km = 245,896 miles = 1.32 light-seconds

Magnitude:

-12.1

Apparent size:

30.19 arcminutes in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

158.09 (evening sky)

Age:

12d 6h 28m since last New Moon

Prior Phase:

First Quarter on Sunday Jul 18, 2010 at 6:11am

Next Phase:

Full Moon on Sunday Jul 25, 2010 at 9:37pm

Next Lunar eclipse:

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


On 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm the Moon will be 19.2 above the southeast horizon
and will look like this in our telescopes at very low power*

*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:

  8:08am

Transits:

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

Sets:

10:04pm

Constellation:

Leo

Phase:

68.11% illuminated

Distance:

1.08900044 AU = 162,912,147 km = 101,228,916 miles = 9.07 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-0.1

Apparent size:

6.18 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

23.50 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

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

Morning:

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


On 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm Mercury will be 0.9
below the west horizon
Mercury will be a little over 6 above the horizon at the time of Civil Twilight, so we may be able to see it!



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Venus data
 
Rises:

  9:55am

Transits:

  4:25pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:54pm

Constellation:

Leo

Phase:

61.61% illuminated

Distance:

0.89960828 AU = 134,579,483 km = 83,623,815 miles = 7.49 light-minutes

Magnitude:

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

Apparent size:

18.55 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

43.96 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

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

Morning:

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


On 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm Venus will be 8.5 above the west horizon
and will look like this in our telescopes at high power at the time of Civil Twilight...


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Mars data
 
Rises:

10:54am

Transits:

  5:07pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

11:19pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

92.68% illuminated

Distance:

1.94661253 AU = 291,209,089 km = 180,948,941 miles = 16.21 light-minutes

Magnitude:

1.5

Apparent size:

4.81 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

55.33 (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 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm Mars will be 13.3 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:

11:27pm

Transits:

  5:32am - Jul 24 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

11:37am - Jul 24

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

99.17% illuminated

Distance:

4.41044006 AU = 659,792,442 km = 409,976,021 miles = 36.74 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-2.6

Apparent size:

44.70 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

117.70 (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 24, 2010 at 6:50am (The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes)
GRS longitude: 145.3
Jupiter moons activity (during darkness):
        Io occultation ends on Saturday Jul 24, 2010 at 1:16am when Jupiter is 19.1 above the horizon

On 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm Jupiter will be 16.8 below the east-northeast horizon

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Saturn data
 
Rises:

11:11am

Transits:

  5:23pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

11:35pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

99.79% illuminated

Distance:

10.01808654 AU = 1,498,684,415 km = 931,239,333 miles = 1.39 light-hours

Magnitude:

1.1

Apparent size:

16.59 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

59.12 (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 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm Saturn will be 16.3
above the west-southwest horizon
and will look like this in our telescopes at high power at the time of Civil Twilight...


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:

11:17pm

Transits:

  5:20am - Jul 24 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

11:23am - Jul 24

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

99.95% illuminated

Distance:

19.55658098 AU = 2,925,622,873 km = 1,817,897,795 miles = 2.71 light-hours

Magnitude:

5.8

Apparent size:

3.60 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

120.65 (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 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm Uranus will be 15.1 below the east-northeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises:

9:59pm

Transits:

3:19am - Jul 24 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

8:39am - Jul 24

Constellation:

Aquarius

Phase:

99.99% illuminated

Distance:

29.10929797 AU = 4,354,688,993 km = 2,705,878,325 miles = 4.04 light-hours

Magnitude:

7.8

Apparent size:

2.35 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

153.10 (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 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm Neptune will be 0.5 below the east horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises:

  6:34pm

Transits:

11:33pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  4:31am - Jul 24

Constellation:

Sagittarius

Phase:

99.99% illuminated

Distance:

30.9701433 AU = 4,633,067,493 km = 2,878,854,708 miles = 4.3 light-hours

Magnitude:

14.2

Apparent size:

0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

151.89 (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 7/23/2010 at 10:02:50pm Pluto will be 26.9 above the southeast horizon horizon

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Inner Solar System - the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)
You can see that both Venus and Mercury are about to reach greatest eastern elongation,
Mercury on August 7 and Venus on August 20

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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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