Astronomical Observing at the Fishcreek Observing Site
Friday - 8/6/2010  9:30 pm

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Tonight, we're essentially Moon-free for nearly the entire night.  We have a 13% illuminated (waning crescent) Moon that won't rise until 4:55am Saturday morning.  This is one of those nights we wait for since all the faint DSOs (Deep Space Objects) will be visible due to the absence of the Moon.  Saturn is still beautiful with its nearly edge-on rings and several moons visible.  Early, we'll have Mercury and Venus, both with a lunar-first-quarter appearing phase.  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, including M31 - the Andromeda Galaxy - our closest neighboring island universe - will be ours for the asking if you stay late enough.  Bring binoculars if you have a pair and we'll show you how to find the Andromeda Galaxy with them!  Also, we'll show you how to find the beautiful "Coat hanger" cluster which is best seen in binoculars.

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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 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm (nautical twilight)

Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Cancer -26.7 06:22 20:39
  Mercury Sextans 0.4 08:47 21:40
Venus   Virgo -4.2 10:17 22:27
Mars   Virgo 1.5 10:42 22:42
  Jupiter Pisces -2.7 22:31 10:40
Saturn   Virgo 1.1 10:23 22:43
  Uranus Pisces 5.8 22:21 10:27
Neptune   Aquarius 7.8 21:03 07:42
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.2 17:38 03:34
  Moon Gemini -7.9 02:07 18:01
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Quick links:
    Inner Solar System     Outer Solar System

Sun data
 
Rises:

6:22am

Transits:

1:31pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

8:39pm

Constellation:

Cancer

Distance:

1.01421041 AU = 151,723,718 km = 94,276,749 miles = 8.45 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-26.7

Apparent size:

31.54 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

  9:07pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

  9:44pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

10:25pm - 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 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-northwest horizon

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Moon data
 
Rises:

  2:07am

Transits:

10:05am (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)

Sets:

  6:01pm

Constellation:

Gemini

Phase:

13.09% illuminated (waning crescent)

Distance:

0.00248734 AU = 372,101 km = 231,213 miles = 1.24 light-seconds

Magnitude:

-7.9

Apparent size:

32.10 arcminutes in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

42.32 (morning sky)

Age:

26d 6h 0m since last New Moon

Prior Phase:

Last Quarter on Tuesday Aug 3, 2010 at 12:59am

Next Phase:

New Moon on Monday Aug 9, 2010 at 11:08pm

Next Lunar eclipse:

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


On 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm the Moon will be 24.4 below the north-northwest 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 at 4:50am


*
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:

8:47am

Transits:

3:14pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

9:40pm

Constellation:

Sextans

Phase:

48.40% illuminated

Distance:

0.88578692 AU = 132,511,837 km = 82,339,039 miles = 7.38 light-minutes

Magnitude:

0.4

Apparent size:

7.59 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

27.37 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

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

Morning:

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


On 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm Mercury will be 1.9
below the west horizon
Mercury will be a little over 5 above the horizon at the time of Civil Twilight, so we may be able to see it!


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Venus data
 
Rises:

10:17am

Transits:

  4:22pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:27pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

55.28% illuminated

Distance:

0.7884033 AU = 117,943,455 km = 73,286,666 miles = 6.57 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-4.2 (extremely bright, the brightest thing in the evening sky except for the Moon)

Apparent size:

21.16 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

45.43 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

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

Morning:

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


On 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm Venus will be 7 above the west-southwest 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:

10:42am

Transits:

  4:42pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:42pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

93.51% illuminated

Distance:

2.02779295 AU = 303,353,507 km = 188,495,133 miles = 16.89 light-minutes

Magnitude:

1.5

Apparent size:

4.61 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

50.49 (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 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm Mars will be 9.8 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:

10:31pm

Transits:

4:36am - Aug 7 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:40am - Aug 7

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

99.41% illuminated

Distance:

4.23338376 AU = 633,305,196 km = 393,517,610 miles = 35.26 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-2.7

Apparent size:

46.57 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

131.41 (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: Friday Aug 06, 2010 at 10:25pm (The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes)
GRS longitude: 145.6
Jupiter moons activity (during darkness):
        Io eclipse begins on Saturday Aug 07, 2010 at 1:36am when Jupiter is 31.9 above the horizon
        Io occultation ends on Saturday Aug 07, 2010 at 4:52am when Jupiter is 48.5 above the horizon

On 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm Jupiter will be 10 below the east-northeast horizon

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Saturn data
 
Rises:

10:23am

Transits:

  4:33pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:43pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

99.85% illuminated

Distance:

10.20351255 AU = 1,526,423,751 km = 948,475,758 miles = 1.42 light-hours

Magnitude:

1.1

Apparent size:

16.29 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

47.01 (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 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm Saturn will be 10 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:

10:21pm

Transits:

  4:24am - Aug 7 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:27am - Aug 7

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

99.97% illuminated

Distance:

19.37174307 AU = 2,897,971,515 km = 1,800,716,038 miles = 2.69 light-hours

Magnitude:

5.8

Apparent size:

3.64 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

134.29 (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 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm Uranus will be 8.2 below the east-northeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises:

9:03pm

Transits:

2:23am - Aug 7 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

7:42am - Aug 7

Constellation:

Aquarius

Phase:

100.00% illuminated

Distance:

29.02991561 AU = 4,342,813,562 km = 2,698,499,274 miles = 4.03 light-hours

Magnitude:

7.8

Apparent size:

2.35 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

166.82 (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 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm Neptune will be 6.1 above the east-southeast horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises:

  5:38pm

Transits:

10:36pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  3:34am - Aug 7

Constellation:

Sagittarius

Phase:

99.99% illuminated

Distance:

31.11148435 AU = 4,654,211,812 km = 2,891,993,179 miles = 4.32 light-hours

Magnitude:

14.2

Apparent size:

0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

138.41 (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 8/6/2010 at 9:44:15pm Pluto will be 29.2 above the south-southeast 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 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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