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Re: Astronomy!

Postby 2dimes on Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:34 am

Hmmm, webcam is stalled. There has been some clear nights recently.

https://cam01.sci.ucalgary.ca/AllSkyCam ... tImage.JPG

Bernie Sanders wrote:
2dimes wrote:Feb 22, sky clear.

I noticed when I came home the sky was clear. It was too cold out for me to hang around but I did pause in the yard to take a look.

Forgot to update this blog but just noticed JP4 was about so that reminded me.





You boys need to exchange phone numbers.


No, I'm good hanging out with him here.


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Re: Astronomy!

Postby 2dimes on Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:02 am

Probably should not bother to rescue this topic but..

Here's a link discussing April. https://cosmicpursuits.com/night-sky-this-month/

The sky is clearing up here but I froze my toe today wearing improper footwear to dig some snow.
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby WILLIAMS5232 on Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:26 pm

https://stardate.org/
Here is also a good site I use
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby jusplay4fun on Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:30 pm

I think Jupiter is now very near the Moon; Saturn is in the sky, but very low in the horzon at his hour.

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Re: Astronomy!

Postby Dukasaur on Tue May 01, 2018 7:14 am

jusplay4fun wrote:I think Jupiter is now very near the Moon; Saturn is in the sky, but very low in the horzon at his hour.

JP4F


Yeah, I've been watching Jupiter for a few nights now. Very bright.
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby KoolBak on Tue May 01, 2018 7:06 pm

http://www.thespaceacademy.org/2018/03/astronomers-admit-we-were-wrong100.html

Bet there's lots o pilgrims a-lookin back at you ;o) Cool article.....(exerpt)

.....Estimates by astronomers indicate that there could be more than 100 BILLION Earth-like worlds in the Milky Way that could be home to life. Think that’s a big number? According to astronomers, there are roughly 500 billion galaxies in the known universe, which means there are around 50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (5×1022) habitable planets. That’s of course if there’s just ONE universe.
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby 2dimes on Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:00 am

justplay4fun did you quit conquer club and/or the Internet?

I was looking at an article and noticed another about Saturn. Serendipity.

https://www.straight.com/news/1096631/p ... -your-mind
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby notyou2 on Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:33 am

2dimes wrote:I love to visit the city. Get me some doner kebab.

I'd like to live in the country with a heated shop, near a small airstrip, with a 2 on the bortle scale, where I can eat me a lot of peaches, tend a veggie garden, gather some eggs for breakfast and walk to a river or pond with my canines to catch some tasty fish.

I don't ask much, that ranch is probably only a few million bucks Canadian plus an airplane.


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Re: Astronomy!

Postby jusplay4fun on Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:16 pm

I am still on CC. I JUS have not posted here because:

1) nothing interesting in the night sky to comment on, really; and

2) too many trolls take the FUN out of posting.

If you say anything REMOTELY controversial, the TROLLS jump all over it. These trolls start calling you and your MOM names and the insults happen like a storm: a few at first, then the deluge. I will let the trolls have their "fun" at someone else's postings.

I did get some books on different astronomy topics, mostly history stuff, and I may share some of that soon. The one I am looking at now discusses the discovery of the 4 largest moons of Jupiter by Galileo, as published in the Starry Messenger.

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2dimes wrote:justplay4fun did you quit conquer club and/or the Internet?

I was looking at an article and noticed another about Saturn. Serendipity.

https://www.straight.com/news/1096631/p ... -your-mind
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby 2dimes on Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:28 pm

I probably spend too much time online. I don't pay much attention to the junk.
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby jusplay4fun on Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:20 am

Pluto Aligns with the Rest of the Solar System for the First Time in Nearly a Century

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/pluto-aligns-with-the-rest-of-the-solar-system-for-the-first-time-in-nearly-a-century/ar-AAA2tm2?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout

Thursday was a special day for Pluto. On July 12, the dwarf planet crossed the plane of the solar system for only the second time since its discovery. It will be another 161 years before it does so again. The opportunity provides scientists a unique chance to look at Pluto using telescopes from Earth.

{......Read More at the link above.....}

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Re: Astronomy!

Postby jusplay4fun on Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:20 am

Pssst! Wanna see Saturn's rings? Get ready to blow your mind

https://www.straight.com/news/1096631/pssst-wanna-see-saturns-rings-get-ready-blow-your-mind

Most people don't know that you can see virtually all the planets in our solar system just by glancing skyward at night.
Sometimes you can see one, sometimes a "companion" or two, and sometimes, spectacularly, three, four, or even five. It just depends on the time of year and where they are in relation to the Earth and the sun.

The "red" colour of Mars is discernible with the naked eye, if you know where and when to look, and Venus's ultrabright presence is a familiar one. Sometimes they are low on the horizon, other times arrayed around our moon during its various phases, but some of the distant planets, like Jupiter (the largest) or Saturn, are not as easy to pick out among the many stars in our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and beyond, where even other galaxies vie for attention.

{......Read More at the link above.....}

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Re: Astronomy!

Postby 2dimes on Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:15 am

It might be cool to actually see Pluto, I'll alert you if I win enough money to buy you a good enough telescope to see it.

Unfortunately it will be too late, but at least we could look at Saturn again in much better detail.
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby Dukasaur on Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:00 am

I love to watch Jupiter. I don't know why. It's just a bright dot in the sky, but somehow it makes me feel like I'm greeting an old friend.

One night when I was younger and more ambitious, me and a friend of mine calculated the orbit of Jupiter using measurements taken on my front porch with crude home-made instruments. We were within 2% of the actual value, which I felt as something of a triumph. Perhaps I'm being nostalgic about that.

Or perhaps it's nostalgia for 2001 A Space Odyssey.

Or perhaps it's the enigma of Jupiter. The fact that we don't really know what's hidden beneath those swirling clouds. Despite several theories, we don't really know what's at the core of Jupiter. There's also the fact that Jupiter could have life. The clouds are dense enough and persistent enough that living cells could exist in them.

When Jupiter is close, it's just so bright, it feels like a palpable presence.
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Re: Astronomy!

Postby KoolBak on Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:00 pm

Nice. I've read a lot of theories about what life could theoretically propegate in the various layers / chemical makeups of Jupiter. Super fascinating. And its diversity of moons is amazing.....watched a special solely on them on the science channel the other day.
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