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Old 04-03-2012, 20:21   #61
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Re: Astronomy

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Both blazing in the sky tonight from South Wales (Venus and Jupiter)
They're both about 40 degrees above the horizon to the west.

If someone wants to know what stars are about then register on http://www.heavens-above.com and put in your long/lat as your observational position. Then click on Whole Sky Chart for everything you should be able to see at that time on a clear night
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:05   #62
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Re: Astronomy

Anyone on Android could also try the Google Sky Map app. That's great.

http://www.google.com/mobile/skymap/

I remember seeing something similar to the main event in the very early 1980's when walking my future wife home through her local park one evening in SE London. It all happened so quickly we could hardly believe what we were seeing - it almost looked like a very large firework shooting across the sky but heading gradually downwards.

A few years later on the day we'd moved into this house, we spent a wonderful September evening sitting in the garden of our local pub watching a fantastic meteor shower courtsesy of a beautiful clear sky. I've never since seen one as beautiful.
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Anyone on Android could also try the Google Sky Map app. That's great.

http://www.google.com/mobile/skymap/

I remember seeing something similar to the main event in the very early 1980's when walking my future wife home through her local park one evening in SE London. It all happened so quickly we could hardly believe what we were seeing - it almost looked like a very large firework shooting across the sky but heading gradually downwards.

A few years later on the day we'd moved into this house, we spent a wonderful September evening sitting in the garden of our local pub watching a fantastic meteor shower courtsesy of a beautiful clear sky. I've never since seen one as beautiful.
Yes the Google Sky map is a excellent app Osem.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:22   #64
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Re: Astronomy

I tend to use Heavens-above as it's great for predicting satellite passes, the moon/planet/star data is just an added bonus
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I tend to use Heavens-above as it's great for predicting satellite passes, the moon/planet/star data is just an added bonus
Thanks for that tip and l have thus added that to my favourites.
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Re: Astronomy

The Venus/Jupiter junction is going to get really close in the next couple of nights

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17312354

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Yes l will be keeping a close eye on this to the West in the next couple of days.
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Re: Astronomy

I was looking in the sky just now and two planets/stars seemed to be very close and very bright, now i know why!.

Lovely sight
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Re: Astronomy

If anyone's got clear skies, you may have the Northern Lights right now. Sadly cloudy here.

http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/Europe.html
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If anyone's got clear skies, you may have the Northern Lights right now. Sadly cloudy here.

http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/Europe.html
Yes its the same down here Spider again.
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Re: Astronomy

Planet Venus has put on a show for skywatchers by moving across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17745366
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Re: Astronomy

Some beautiful pictures in this slideshow for the BBC's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012
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Re: Astronomy

If you are tired of mince pies and booze, step outside right now for a rather nice conjunction of the moon & jupiter.
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Unfortunately its to cloudy here
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If you are tired of mince pies and booze, step outside right now for a rather nice conjunction of the moon & jupiter.
poor photo from my back door

http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/ite...onNwH0J47sCNBM

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