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Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« on: February 09, 2012, 11:13:26 AM »
THE MOON AND MARS: Mars is approaching Earth for a close encounter in March. Start looking for the Red Planet now:
Tonight it is shining brighter than a 1st-magnitude star beside the waning full Moon.
The view through a backyard telescope is dynamite: sky map.
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2012/09feb12/skymap.gif

http://www.spaceweather.com/  Spaceweather
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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 08:31:20 PM »
About 9:30 PM EST I went out to see the moon and Mars and got a good look.  :)
I was able to view it on and off; cloud cover going back and forth.
It's a beautiful sight,
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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 07:36:20 PM »
I saw two bright objects up in the western sky tonight. One was amazingly bright. I remembered Spaceweather had posted about the planets lined up so yes that's what they are. Jupiter on the left  Venus, right,  the brighter one.
Below is a link to an article and video,
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Spaceweather http://www.spaceweather.com/ 
SUNSET PLANETS: The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012. You can start looking tonight.
[video]   http://youtu.be/x8br4JiFEik
Uploaded by ScienceAtNASA on Feb 16, 2012
Visit http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/17feb_winterplanets/ for more.

"The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012. Start looking tonight!"
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[full story]
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/17feb_winterplanets/

[Images: #1
http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Martin-McKenna-1-2_1329601124.jpg

#2
http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=P-M-HedAcn-Panorama-Planets-small-2_1329582593.jpg

#3
http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Jason-Evans-ISS-Venus-and-Jupiter-over-Pirelli-arch-1024x768_1329680869.jpg

#4
http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Steve-E.-Farmer-Jr.-JupiterVenus1_1329700633.jpg

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012, 05:08:23 PM »
Spaceweather  http://www.spaceweather.com/

MARS AT OPPOSITION: Mars is approaching opposition. On March 3-5, the Red Planet will be up all night long, opposite the sun and as close to Earth as it will get in 2012. Mars shines overhead at midnight 6 times brighter than a 1st magnitude star and looks great through a backyard telescope.
[sky map http://www.spaceweather.com/images2012/03mar12/skymap.gif ]

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2012, 05:11:02 PM »
I noticed an object just clearing the trees in the southern sky...maybe that's Mars...

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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2012, 12:12:58 PM »
Sounds correct.      ed

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012, 08:56:17 PM »
Beautiful displays of planets now and peaking March 12.
See info and Skymaps on spaceweather,
  http://www.spaceweather.com/

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"LOOK, THEN TURN AROUND: Just after sunset, as the evening sky fades to blue, Venus and Jupiter emerge from the twilight arrestingly close together in the western sky." [continues]
Turn around. Another planet, almost as bright and more beautifully colored can be found rising in the east. Mars is putting on a show of its own opposite Venus and Jupiter. The Red Planet is at its closest to Earth for all of 2012 on March 5th. It appears at sunset and soars overhead at midnight--an easy target for the naked eye and backyard telescopes alike

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2012, 03:06:14 AM »
http://www.spaceweather.com/

July 4th 2012, Spaceweather

A GOOD REASON TO WAKE UP AT DAWN:
The brightest planets in the solar system are converging for a beautiful sunrise sky show
that begins on the 4th of July. Get the full story and a video from Science@NASA.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/03jul_wakeupatdawn/

VIDEO:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTxazv-wdp4

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2012, 03:47:25 PM »
http://www.spaceweather.com/

PLANETS ALIGN THIS WEEKEND: The Moon, Venus, and Jupiter are lining up in the eastern sky
this weekend--right in the middle of the Perseid meteor shower. A new ScienceCast video from
NASA previews the display.  VIDEO: http://youtu.be/106ne66KAuw


Sky maps: Aug. 11, 12, 13.

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2012, 07:02:49 AM »
http://spaceweather.com/

CHRISTMAS NIGHT: The Moon and Jupiter are converging for a heavenly sky show on Dec. 25, 2012. Got a telescope? Something is happening on Jupiter that makes it an extra-interesting target for backyard optics:

VIDEO link:  http://youtu.be/NzSUo-4ctcU    3:10


ScienceCasts: Christmas Sky Show

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2013, 05:39:35 PM »
http://www.spaceweather.com/

JUPITER-MOON CONJUNCTION--TONIGHT!
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look east. The Moon and Jupiter are shining through the twilight side by side. Most sky watchers will see the two bright bodies just a fraction of a degree apart. Observers in parts of South America will witness an even closer encounter--an occultation, in which the Moon passes directly in front of Jupiter.

[  Occultation      http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/planets/0122jupiter.htm  ]

[   Sky map  http://www.spaceweather.com/images2013/21jan13/skymap.gif    ]


PHOTO:

Hedén and his children watched the pair converging over Vallentuna, Sweden/
"It was a very nice sight, indeed," says Heden, who snapped the photo at the prettiest moment
of the day, when the the conjunction was framed by twilight-blue.

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2013, 12:51:34 PM »
http://www.spaceweather.com/

SEE:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2013/25mar13/planets_anim.gif?PHPSESSID=8656of9cdbrr2c3mh369iq9g56

DAYLIGHT ALIGNMENT OF PLANETS:

Venus, Mars and Uranus are gathering for a remarkable alignment. But don't bother looking for the conjunction; it is happening in the daylight sky within a few degrees of the glaring sun. Using an opaque disk to block the glare, coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) are able to track the planets:

DAYLIGHT ALIGNMENT OF PLANETS: Venus, Mars and Uranus are gathering for a remarkable alignment. But don't bother looking for the conjunction; it is happening in the daylight sky within a few degrees of the glaring sun. Using an opaque disk to block the glare, coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) are able to track the planets:

SEE:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2013/25mar13/planets_anim.gif?PHPSESSID=8656of9cdbrr2c3mh369iq9g56

Venus and Uranus will cross paths within 1.5 degrees of the sun on March 27-28. Mars and Venus have their own very close encounter on April 6-7. Mars will be so close to the sun throughout the month of April that it will limit NASA's contact with the Mars rovers and orbiters.

According to a NASA press release, "Mars will be passing almost directly behind the sun [as seen from Earth]. The sun can easily disrupt radio transmissions between the two planets during the near-alignment. To prevent an impaired command from reaching an orbiter or rover, mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., are preparing to suspend sending any commands to spacecraft at Mars for weeks in April. Transmissions from Mars to Earth will also be reduced." Mars will be at its closest to the sun, a slim 0.4 degrees on April 17th.

The ongoing dance of the sun and planets is invisible to the human eye, but coronagraphs can see the show. Join SOHO for a ringside seat.

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2013, 01:23:55 PM »
http://spaceweather.com/

COLLISION COURSE?

A comet is heading for Mars, and there is a chance that it might hit the Red Planet in October 2014. An impact wouldn't necessarily mean the end of NASA's Mars program, but it would transform the program along with Mars itself.
Get the full story http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/26mar_marscomet/

and a video from Science@NASA:  http://youtu.be/1T2eBSexgX4

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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2013, 08:37:50 AM »
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury

By Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd in
Tonight | Astronomy Essentials  on Mar 31, 2013
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials

April 2013 guide to the five visible planets

Only two of the five visible planets – Jupiter and Saturn – will be easy to spot in the April 2013 night sky as seen from around the globe. And how beautiful they are! Jupiter continues to be bright, as always, and Saturn’s best time of year is approaching. Meanwhile, if you live the Southern Hemisphere, however, you also have a good chance of catching Mercury in the predawn or dawn sky during the first few weeks of April 2013. Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet, reached its greatest elongation of 28o west of the rising sun on March 31, so it’s still far west of the sun in early April. Unfortunately for temperate and Arctic latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, Mercury is hard to catch because the narrow angle of the ecliptic submerges Mercury in the glare of morning twilight.

Mars and Venus will be especially difficult to see from anywhere worldwide in April 2013. Mars will pass behind the sun this month, whereas Venus recently swung behind the sun on March 28, 2013. The two planets are going in opposite directions, with Mars passing into the morning sky and Venus shifting over into the evening sky. The two shall meet up for a conjunction on April 6, though it’ll be lost in the glare of the setting sun.
[ Continues ]   
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury

 

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