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PostSubject: 2010 Celestial Events   Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:13 pm

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2010/26jan_mars.htm?list46786

Mars up close.

This week Earth and Mars are having a close encounter. On Jan. 27th, the Red Planet will be only 99 million kilometers away and look bigger through a telescope than at any time between 2008 and 2014. The planet's 14-arcsecond diameter will remain essentially unchanged for another week or so, setting the stage for some good observing.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:25 pm

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2010/19mar_equinox.htm?list46786

The Moon and the Pleiades are having a close encounter of rare beauty. There's so little space between the two, the edge of the Moon will actually cover some of cluster's lesser stars. According to David Dunham of the International Occultation Timing Association, this is the best Moon-Pleiades meeting over the United States until the year 2023.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:32 pm

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2010/31mar_sunsetplanets.htm?list46786


This week, Mercury is emerging from the glare of the sun and making a beeline for Venus. By week's end, the two planets will be just 3o apart, an eye-catching pair in the deep-blue twilight of sunset.

The best nights to look are April 3rd and 4th. Go outside at the end of the day and face west. Venus pops out of the twilight first, so bright it actually shines through thin clouds. Mercury follows, just below and to the right
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:36 pm

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/24jun_lunareclipse/

June 24, 2010: This Saturday morning, June 26th, there's going to be a lunar eclipse—and for many residents of the USA, it's going to be a big one.

The eclipse begins at 3:17 am PDT (10:17 UT) when the Moon enters the sunset-colored shadow of Earth. By 4:38 am PDT (11:38 UT), the moment of greatest eclipse, 54% of the Moon's diameter will be covered. From beginning to end, the event lasts almost three hours.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:32 pm

Anyone going to Easter Island?



http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/09jul_solareclipse/


On Sunday, July 11th, the new Moon will pass directly in front of the sun, producing a total eclipse over the South Pacific. The path of totality stretches across more than a thousand miles of ocean, making landfall in the Cook Islands, Easter Island, a number of French Polynesian atolls, and the southern tip of South America
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:13 pm

You know it's a good night when a beautiful alignment of planets is the second best thing that's going to happen.

Thursday, August 12th, is such a night.

The show begins at sundown when Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon pop out of the western twilight in tight conjunction. All four heavenly objects will fit within a circle about 10 degrees in diameter, beaming together through the dusky colors of sunset. No telescope is required to enjoy this naked-eye event.

The planets will hang together in the western sky until 10 pm or so. When they leave, following the sun below the horizon, you should stay, because that is when the Perseid meteor shower begins. From 10 pm until dawn, meteors will flit across the starry sky in a display that's even more exciting than a planetary get-together.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/05aug_perseids/
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:13 am

The planets are pretty bright here, saw a pretty good meteor a few nights ago.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:34 pm

I'll never forget that one that lit up the sky for like 20 seconds.. it was stephen king green outside everywhere Laughing It was that bright cyclops
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:57 pm

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/15sep_jupiter/

Closest Encounter with Jupiter until 2022

Sept. 15, 2010: Been outside at midnight lately? There's something you really need to see. Jupiter is approaching Earth for the closest encounter between the two planets in more than a decade--and it is dazzling.

The night of closest approach is Sept. 20-21st. This is also called "the night of opposition" because Jupiter will be opposite the sun, rising at sunset and soaring overhead at midnight. Among all denizens of the midnight sky, only the Moon itself will be brighter.

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I had to check out jupes lately to verify it's missing it's other stripe, yep, it's gone Laughing I'll see if I can get a pic of it.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:01 am



I was lucky to get that. I need a new telescope Neutral You can sort of see the bands.. they're like \\
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:01 pm

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/27oct_hartleyids/

Oct. 27, 2010: This month, Comet Hartley 2 has put on a good show for backyard astronomers. The comet's vivid green atmosphere and auburn tail of dust look great through small telescopes, and NASA's Deep Impact/EPOXI probe is about to return even more dramatic pictures when it flies past the comet's nucleus on Nov. 4th.

Another kind of show might be in the offing as well. Could this comet produce a meteor shower?

"Probably not," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, "but the other night we saw something that makes me wonder."

On Oct 16th, a pair of NASA all-sky cameras caught an unusual fireball streaking across the night sky over Alabama and Georgia. It was bright, slow, and--here's what made it unusual--strangely similar to a fireball that passed over eastern Canada less than five hours earlier. The Canadian fireball was recorded by another set of all-sky cameras operated by the University of Western Ontario (UWO). Because the fireballs were recorded by multiple cameras, it was possible to triangulate their positions and backtrack their orbits before they hit Earth. This led to a remarkable conclusion:

"The orbits of the two fireballs were very similar," Cooke says. "It's as if they came from a common parent."

There's a candidate only 11 million miles away: Small but active Comet Hartley 2 is making one of the closest approaches to Earth of any comet in centuries. It turns out that the orbits of the two fireballs were not only similar to one another, but also roughly similar to the orbit of the comet. Moreover, meteoroids from Comet Hartley would be expected to hit Earth's atmosphere at a relatively slow speed--just like the two fireballs did.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:34 am

Geminid Meteor Shower Defies Explanation

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/06dec_geminids/

Dec. 6, 2010: The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks this year on Dec. 13th and 14th, is the most intense meteor shower of the year. It lasts for days, is rich in fireballs, and can be seen from almost any point on Earth.

It's also NASA astronomer Bill Cooke's favorite meteor shower—but not for any of the reasons listed above.

"The Geminids are my favorite," he explains, "because they defy explanation."

Most meteor showers come from comets, which spew ample meteoroids for a night of 'shooting stars.' The Geminids are different. The parent is not a comet but a weird rocky object named 3200 Phaethon that sheds very little dusty debris—not nearly enough to explain the Geminids.

"Of all the debris streams Earth passes through every year, the Geminids' is by far the most massive," says Cooke. "When we add up the amount of dust in the Geminid stream, it outweighs other streams by factors of 5 to 500."

This makes the Geminids the 900-lb gorilla of meteor showers. Yet 3200 Phaethon is more of a 98-lb weakling.

3200 Phaethon was discovered in 1983 by NASA's IRAS satellite and promptly classified as an asteroid. What else could it be? It did not have a tail; its orbit intersected the main asteroid belt; and its colors strongly resembled that of other asteroids. Indeed, 3200 Phaethon resembles main belt asteroid Pallas so much, it might be a 5-kilometer chip off that 544 km block.



"If 3200 Phaethon broke apart from asteroid Pallas, as some researchers believe, then Geminid meteoroids might be debris from the breakup," speculates Cooke. "But that doesn't agree with other things we know."

Researchers have looked carefully at the orbits of Geminid meteoroids and concluded that they were ejected from 3200 Phaethon when Phaethon was close to the sun—not when it was out in the asteroid belt breaking up with Pallas. The eccentric orbit of 3200 Phaethon brings it well inside the orbit of Mercury every 1.4 years. The rocky body thus receives a regular blast of solar heating that might boil jets of dust into the Geminid stream.

Could this be the answer?

To test the hypothesis, researchers turned to NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft, which are designed to study solar activity. Coronagraphs onboard STEREO can detect sungrazing asteroids and comets, and in June 2009 they detected 3200 Phaethon only 15 solar diameters from the sun's surface.

What happened next surprised UCLA planetary scientists David Jewitt and Jing Li, who analyzed the data. "3200 Phaethon unexpectedly brightened by a factor of two," they wrote. "The most likely explanation is that Phaethon ejected dust, perhaps in response to a break-down of surface rocks (through thermal fracture and decomposition cracking of hydrated minerals) in the intense heat of the Sun."

Jewett and Li's "rock comet" hypothesis is compelling, but they point out a problem: The amount of dust 3200 Phaethon ejected during its 2009 sun-encounter added a mere 0.01% to the mass of the Geminid debris stream—not nearly enough to keep the stream replenished over time. Perhaps the rock comet was more active in the past …?

"We just don't know," says Cooke. "Every new thing we learn about the Geminids seems to deepen the mystery."

This month Earth will pass through the Geminid debris stream, producing as many as 120 meteors per hour over dark-sky sites. The best time to look is probably between local midnight and sunrise on Tuesday, Dec. 14th, when the Moon is low and the constellation Gemini is high overhead, spitting bright Geminids across a sparkling starry sky.

Bundle up, go outside, and savor the mystery.


Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:26 pm

Very interesting. Hope I remember to look, and that we're not socked in with fog.



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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:48 am

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/17dec_solsticeeclipse/

Dec. 17, 2010: Everyone knows that "the moon on the breast of new-fallen snow gives the luster of mid-day to objects below."

That is, except during a lunar eclipse.

See for yourself on Dec. 21st, the first day of northern winter, when the full Moon passes almost dead-center through Earth's shadow. For 72 minutes of eerie totality, an amber light will play across the snows of North America, throwing landscapes into an unusual state of ruddy shadow.

The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). At that time, Earth's shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the "bite" to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.

If you're planning to dash out for only one quick look -­ it is December, after all -­ choose this moment: 03:17 am EST (17 minutes past midnight PST). That's when the Moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.




I spose I should fix my telescope Razz
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:49 pm

Oooh, neat!

We've been having fog the past few days, and now we have rain off and on for the next week or so. No

Only if I am very, very lucky.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:02 pm

Thanks! Here lately I'm up that late so hope I remember
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:37 pm

Telescope is fixed and ready
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:10 pm

Good luck!! Very Happy

Los Angeles... Rain, rain and more rain... for days...

Crying or Very sad Bad timing. Crying or Very sad


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:20 am



I was wondering why I had a hard time adjusting the pitch of the scope, the crack was probably there for years, then when it fell over the last time it just broke. Ah well, ready to go! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:42 pm

No luck here, we had snow and rain.

Rivers leaving the bank, the area is in the news, and not in a good way.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:51 pm

I got some pics but they aren't very good... but some have warp speed sections Razz One day I'll upload a few.

It was cloudy a bit before the eclipse and cleared then clouded over when it was full eclipse.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:07 am

Raining again (still); I hear it on my roof and vents. BIG storm predicted tonight, with morning commuter hell to be expected. L.A. is simply not used to all of this wet stuff... all at once, especially. Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:22 pm

At least the LA river will get a good cleaning out Razz Maybe they'll film something while it's full Razz
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:24 pm

There's flooding down the highway from us. Putting off holiday travel, because our route down the I-15 is the exact path of the storm.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Celestial Events   Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:36 pm

Here's a link to see some photos of the eclipse.

http://bb.nightskylive.net/asterisk/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=22361

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