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Moon, Venus and Jupiter on parade in west...
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post Feb 24 2012, 10:48 PM
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FINALLY the cloud cleared today, and feeling like Trinity seeing the clear sky for the first time, in the Matrix sequel, I went up to the castle and got some pics...

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That last one shows the ISS moving through the sky too...


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post Feb 24 2012, 11:04 PM
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That last one is blink.gif amazing!
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post Feb 25 2012, 02:51 AM
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And here's the view from Boulder, Colorado a few hours later- the Moon edging closer to Venus. Maybe we can take this all the way round the world and back to Stu again- who's next?

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post Feb 25 2012, 03:03 AM
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Great shots! But I'm clouded out here in New York. Maybe I'll catch them when Tiangong 1 passes through tomorrow night:
http://heavens-above.com/PassDetails.asp?S...;Mouse=?431,524
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post Feb 25 2012, 06:13 AM
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Might be possible to spot Mercury too, right? It's about as high above the sun in the sky as possible right now.
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post Feb 25 2012, 12:21 PM
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Mercury reaches its greatest distance out from the sun in the evening sky on March 5th. Check out This Week's Sky at a Glance at Sky and Telescope's web site to see when they suggest looking - early next week.
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance

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post Feb 25 2012, 03:52 PM
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Ahhh.... turns out I *did* manage to capture Mercury on one of my pics after all...

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Wrote up last night's (wonderful!!) observing session on my blog, if anyone wants a read...

http://cumbriansky.wordpress.com/2012/02/2...ets-on-parade-3

Sigh. What an **idiot**... checked through the images I discarded after last night and yep, there it is, Mercury, higher and brighter, on one of them...

http://cumbriansky.files.wordpress.com/201...m-m-circled.jpg

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post Feb 25 2012, 06:44 PM
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Saw Venus about 12:30pm - 1/2 a thumb-length directly below the moon! The moon wasn't hard to find, but a sky with broken coverage of cumulus clouds were very bright, but blocked the sun and help focus the eye at a distance.
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post Feb 25 2012, 08:32 PM
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Once again working in Arica Chile.
I can tell you that it's even more spectacular sitting on a beach, wearing shorts and having a beer wink.gif . I'll try to take a shot tonight.


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post Feb 27 2012, 01:05 AM
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Admiring dazzling Venus on this chilly Michigan evening I wondered this: if it had a moon of similar size and orbital characteristics to our own, would it be a naked eye object?


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post Feb 27 2012, 02:11 AM
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QUOTE (NickF @ Feb 26 2012, 08:05 PM) *
Admiring dazzling Venus on this chilly Michigan evening I wondered this: if it had a moon of similar size and orbital characteristics to our own, would it be a naked eye object?


Yes, easily, but it might get lost in Venus' glare if you didn't block out Venus. Jupiter's Galilean satellites can be seen with the naked eye in dark skies if you occult Jupiter with a tree or the edge of a building.


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post Feb 27 2012, 09:48 AM
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Saw Mercury for only the 2nd time in my life last night. Very low near the horizon after sunset and nowhere near the dazzling brightness of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter, but still a distinctly different color.


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post Feb 27 2012, 02:35 PM
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I know what you mean... I always get a real buzz whenever I catch a glimpse of Mercury. As for its colour, yep, with you there, very different to the others. Don't know if it's because it's only ever seen in dusk- or dawn-light, but Mercury seems to shine with an almost liquid gold light. I was looking at it through binocs on Friday night while photographing the planet parade and thought that if a piece of amber could burn, its flame would be the colour Mercury shines in the sky. Quite beautiful.


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post Feb 27 2012, 07:41 PM
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Saw the whole group about one hour ago (19:30 local time) and Mercury was quite easy to find, following the line made by Jupiter and Venus (of course), about five-ten degrees above the horizon.
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post Feb 28 2012, 01:35 AM
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I was snowed out on Saturday evening, but the photos I took on Sunday of the planets are up on my blog.
http://bkellysky.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/...t-after-sunset/

I've seen (but no photos) Venus in the afternoon daylight Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, without optical aid. The moon in the sky helps me focus to find Venus.

On Sunday, I needed binoculars to see Jupiter, even though it was near the Moon. But the I spent about a half-an-hour viewing Venus and Jupiter on Sunday afternoon, with my 200mm reflector. The half-phase of Venus is easier to see in the bright sky and I could make out the brighter of the two major cloud bands on Jupiter in the daylight sky.

One of my co-workers took a six-year-old neighbor out to see the planets on Sunday night. This is getting exciting!!
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