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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2014, 07:18:58 AM »
http://www.spaceweather.com/

http://spaceweathergallery.com/   Giuseppe Petricca

PINK PLANET AT SUNSET: The Pink Planet is back. After an absence of more than 3 months, Mercury is emerging from the glare of the sun and making itself visible again in the evening sky. Giuseppe Petricca sends this picture taken last night in the Peligna Valley of central Italy.
"We had a wonderful sunset with beautiful twilight colors," says Petricca. "In the middle of my photographic session I remembered that Mercury would be visible, and indeed it was. It was the only bright dot shining through the twilight."

Mercury is mostly gray, not pink, but many observers perceive it as pink because of the surrounding rosy glow of sunset. Look west at sunset. What color do you see?

The view will improve in the evenings ahead. Mercury is heading for its best apparition of 2014 on May 25th when it willl be a full 23 degrees from the sun. Keep an eye on the sunset--and Mercury; it's a nice way to end the day.

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #31 on: June 01, 2014, 10:48:34 AM »
http://www.spaceweather.com/

LOOK WEST AT SUNSET: For the third night in a row, there's something extra in the sunset: Jupiter and the crescent Moon. Separated by less than 10o, the two bright bodies pop out of the twilight as soon as the sun goes down. Take a look! [photo gallery] http://spaceweathergallery.com/

Yowbarb Note: Here is just one of the Moon-Jupiter recent photos from Spaceweather Gallery:

Moon, Jupiter Taken by Jay on May 31, 2014 @ Cedar Island Lake, White Lake, Oakland County, Michigan

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #33 on: October 16, 2016, 04:49:36 PM »
This seems like as good a place as any to post this.

During the August 17 (or 21), 2017 total solar eclipse, visible in a band that will run diagonally across the United States from northwest, toward southeast, or vice versa, one should be able to see any cosmic or solar system objects/bodies in the apparent proximity to the sun, assuming the day is cloud free, and chemtrail free.

There will presumably be thousands of folks planning to make a trek to the penumbra for the opportunity to photograph the sun during its darkest hour, and also during which the adjacent "night sky" would show any entities in the same field of view, that may or may not be listed in the various star locator programs.

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2017, 06:50:11 AM »
The first third of this film documents changes to Saturn's north pole as witnessed by the Cassini probe before it was demolished in September:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPrm0jfQPF0

A hexagonal pattern has appeared at Saturn's north pole which narrator says resembles several crop circles.  He notes that the number 144 appears on the crop circles in repeated geometric fractals.

Some of these hexagonal crop circles have a cube in the middle, which is an ancient symbol for the deity Saturn, believed to reside on the planet named for him. 

Interesting documentary of cube worship here: http://www.nicholson1968.com/cube-saturn-worship.html .  Another way to research it is to feed "black cube" into a Google image search and see what pops up.

Anyway, not sure what the changes to Saturn's north pole mean in relation to Px, or in relation to the recent decommissioning of the Cassini probe.  Any ideas? :)
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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2017, 11:03:17 PM »
Wow, RR interesting stuff!

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2017, 11:14:38 PM »
http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/14/us/nasa-kepler-announcement-eight-planets-kepler-90/index.html

Eight planets found orbiting distant star, NASA says

By Ashley Strickland, CNN
Updated 11:47 PM ET, Thu December 14, 2017

(CNN)For the first time, eight planets have been found orbiting a distant star, Kepler-90, 2,545 light-years from Earth in the Draco constellation, NASA announced Thursday. It is the first star known to support as many planets as are orbiting our own sun, and researchers believe that this is the first of many to come.

Researchers had known that seven planets were orbiting the star. But Google Artificial Intelligence -- which enables computers to "learn" -- looked at archival data obtained by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope and uncovered the eighth planet.

With the idea of eventually differentiating among exoplanets, Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google AI in California, and Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and NASA Sagan postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, trained a computer how to differentiate between images of cats and dogs.

They refined their approach to identify exoplanets in Kepler data based on the change in light when a planet passed in front of its star. The neural network learned to identify these by using signals that had been vetted and confirmed in Kepler's planet catalog. Ninety-six percent of the time, it was accurate.
Since launching in 2009, Kepler has watched more than 150,000 stars in one part of the sky to determine exoplanet candidates, based on the slight dimming of stars as potential planets pass across them. Kepler gathered a dataset of 35,000 possible signals indicating planets. In order to help find weaker signals of potential planets that researchers had missed, the neural network was trained to look for weak signals in star systems that were known to support multiple planets.

"Machine learning really shines in situations where there is so much data that humans can't search it for themselves," Shallue said.
The new planet has been dubbed Kepler-90i. It's not a hospitable environment. It's small, "sizzling" hot and rocky, whirling around its star every 14.4 days. In our solar system, the closest planet to the sun, Mercury, has an orbit of 88 days.
"The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer," Vanderburg said.
Although Kepler-90 is a sun-like star, the planets are all bunched together in tight orbits around it -- the same distance that Earth is from the sun.

"Just as we expected, there are exciting discoveries lurking in our archived Kepler data, waiting for the right tool or technology to unearth them," said Paul Hertz, director of NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington."

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #37 on: December 15, 2017, 09:43:21 AM »
Good article Barb.  Have you heard of a cigar-shaped object called "Oumuamau" which passed the earth on October 19?  There is some discussion as to whether it may be a natural object, or a spacecraft.  It's name is a Hawaiian word meaning "messenger from the distant past."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/even-stephen-hawking-thinks-mysterious-11695166


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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2017, 05:32:34 PM »
The first third of this film documents changes to Saturn's north pole as witnessed by the Cassini probe before it was demolished in September:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPrm0jfQPF0
  Any ideas? :)
Ideas?  We're facing so many seeming threats, we need to start triage-ing the threats and oddities!  LOL

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #39 on: December 16, 2017, 04:53:37 AM »
You're right Ilinda! 

OTOH, this phenomenon may be part of an on-going reminder to us that the changes happening may be on a larger scale than global, and more profound than physical.   :)

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #40 on: December 16, 2017, 02:07:34 PM »
Good article Barb.  Have you heard of a cigar-shaped object called "Oumuamau" which passed the earth on October 19?  There is some discussion as to whether it may be a natural object, or a spacecraft.  It's name is a Hawaiian word meaning "messenger from the distant past."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/even-stephen-hawking-thinks-mysterious-11695166


RR - I did hear about that. I had thought there were two stories that got separated out from it.. One a definite, named space object and another, unknown thing.  :)
I will have to take a look at this story, again...

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #41 on: June 19, 2018, 10:58:36 AM »
First 'Trojan' Asteroid Companion of Uranus Found. Astronomers have discovered an unexpected, novel kind of triangle in the sky — one whose points are the sun, Uranus and a first Trojan asteroid ever seen near the tilted planet. The discovery is the first known "Trojan asteroid" for Uranus.

Latest News About Uranus, Seventh Planet from the Sun | Gas Giants ...

https://www.space.com/topics/uranus-planet-news

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #42 on: June 19, 2018, 04:10:37 PM »
That's all new to me Barb.

Here's a definition of "Trojan" from the article:

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To picture, say, Earth's Trojan asteroid, imagine the sun and Earth as being two points in a triangle whose sides are equal in length. The other point of such a triangle is known as a Trojan point, or a Lagrangian point, named after the mathematician who discovered them. At such a point, the gravitational attraction of the sun and Earth essentially balances out, meaning they are relatively stable points for asteroids or other objects.

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Re: Stars and planets to view - some new discoveries included
« Reply #43 on: June 19, 2018, 07:16:24 PM »
That's all new to me Barb.

Here's a definition of "Trojan" from the article:

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To picture, say, Earth's Trojan asteroid, imagine the sun and Earth as being two points in a triangle whose sides are equal in length. The other point of such a triangle is known as a Trojan point, or a Lagrangian point, named after the mathematician who discovered them. At such a point, the gravitational attraction of the sun and Earth essentially balances out, meaning they are relatively stable points for asteroids or other objects.

R.R.  :)  thanks for posting the definition...
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