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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

Does anyone else here enjoy Planet and Stargazing? I absolutely love doing this on those clear nights, there has been quite a few here in the last week here in the UK. At the moment it is a very great time to do this as right now in March 5 of the 8 planets are visible to the naked eye which are Mercury, Venus (2nd brightest object in the night sky), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Also you won't miss the brightest star Sirius A which is 25 times most luminous than the Sun and twice the size.

So anyone else like looking up at night at the wide yonder known as Space?


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User currently offlineRaginMav From United States of America, joined May 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Count me in! I spend some time in the summer boating with my family. My brother and I go out on a lake, away from the lights, to check out the stars. Once we had a bit of a competition to see who could spot the ISS first (I lost, for the record).

I think my fascination with the heavens started at about age 9. I walked outside on a cold clear night, in a rural area, and looked up at more stars than I had previously thought possible... I was hooked, and have been ever since!

This month, the Moon, Jupiter and Venus will be in very close concert on the western horizon at dusk. I got a good look at them last week, a beautiful site, indeed!


User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Quoting RaginMav (Reply 1):
RaginMav

I find it just so amazing looking up at the heavens, last night was fantastic here! Also saw a shooting star while I was looking at Mars.   A few days ago Venus was the closest to the Moon all month, what an amazing sight.

I have tried spotting the ISS but I have never seen it, but my mission it to try and see it.

This might interest you very much, it tells you where the Moon, Planets and Stars are going to be at night. If you check back each day it will give you the info on where to see them in the sky that night. It has helped me alot, so interesting!  http://earthsky.org/tonight



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User currently offlinedragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

I love star and planet gazing! It's just so fascinating! One day I hope to own one of those real expensive telescopes to help out when I look at the planets.

And "The Universe" and "How the Universe Works" are the best progams on TV! (It's to bad only 8 episodes of How the Universe Works was made)

[Edited 2012-03-02 14:39:21]


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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 3):
I love star and planet gazing! It's just so fascinating! One day I hope to own one of those real expensive telescopes to help out when I look at the planets.

And "The Universe" and "How the Universe Works" are the best progams on TV! (It's to bad only 8 episodes of How the Universe Works was made)

Yep I agree 100% with you about both! Ha at the moment I am only using a pair of binoculars, maybe one time like you say i'll would also like to get an expensive telescope. Would make for some great viewing!

Also yes The Universe is a brilliant programme, watch it all the time. I don't think I have seen How the Universe Works though, i'll have to try and have a look sometime.



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User currently offlinedragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 4):
I don't think I have seen How the Universe Works though, i'll have to try and have a look sometime.

If you have The Science Channel it is sometimes shown on that channel. It's the one narrated by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs. Here is one episode on Youtube (it's only part of the episode).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9DgPWBdT7A&feature=related

[Edited 2012-03-02 15:10:19]


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10104 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
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Heck yeah. My dad's a space scientist, so it's in my blood. I've been looking up at the night sky since I was a kid.

I've been taking photos lately, too - I posted a few photos in the Non-Av Photo thread(s). You can see them all here:

http://www.vksphoto.com/Skyscapes

I try to update it as I take more photos.



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 5):
If you have The Science Channel it is sometimes shown on that channel. It's the one narrated by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs. Here is one episode on Youtube (it's only part of the episode).

Interesting, thanks for that!  
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6):
Heck yeah. My dad's a space scientist, so it's in my blood. I've been looking up at the night sky since I was a kid.

I've been taking photos lately, too - I posted a few photos in the Non-Av Photo thread(s). You can see them all here:

http://www.vksphoto.com/Skyscapes

I try to update it as I take more photos.

Thats brilliant, does he work in a observatory?

Brilliant pics, thank you for sharing!   My favourite shot was the Moon with the halo around it.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10104 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
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Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 7):

Thats brilliant, does he work in a observatory?

No, he didn't. He's retired now, anyway.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 7):
Brilliant pics, thank you for sharing! My favourite shot was the Moon with the halo around it.

Thanks! Yeah, that moon halo was the best one I can remember seeing. Especially in LA, where light pollution is terrible.



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User currently offlinehomsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

I love doing so, unfortunately I almost never get the chance. I live in the city, so all I ever see are the planets and some of the brighter stars.

A few weeks ago, I happened upon the opportunity to look at the night sky in the middle of nowhere on a clear night, and it was certainly beautiful. I put off going to sleep for at least an hour just to look at it.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Thread starter):
So anyone else like looking up at night at the wide yonder known as Space?

My undergraduate degree is a physics / astronomy double, so yes, I'd count myself in as enjoying stargazing. One thing that's interesting to do is grazing occultations of the Moon's limb. It gives you a profile of the limb and an idea of how tall the mountains are there. Did a lot of that atop University College (University of Manitoba) forty years ago. Bloody cold in the winter though and you had to wait until the optics in the telescope thermally stabilized in the cold air. We were using a 12" reflector, which was a beast to move around.



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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2559 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

You bet - ever since I was a kid. As a teenager I spent countless nights out at a friend's house who had a 6 inch telescope. Used to drive my Dad crazy, being out til the wee hours almost every night all summer. He was sure I wasn't up to anything good. In truth, it was far more innocent than he could have imagined.
Still love getting out of the city and away from the lights on clear nights and gazing in awe at the incredible number of stars and thinking about what lies beyond.


User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2841 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

I absolutely love stargazing. A few years ago I climbed up a mountain in the N. Cascade Mountain range here in Washington state and camped on the summit. It wasn't incredibly high but a tall mountain for Washington. I was all by myself 30 or so miles from any city and could see an incredible amount of stars. The light pollution was so low I could see satellites too. One of my favorite memories was a night camping when I was on a long canoe trip in Manitoba. The northern lights were spectacular one evening.

Google Sky Maps has been a great app to use when I'm out in the country. I always hated star charts, but now I can just point my phone at the sky and it tells me what I'm looking at. If I didn't live just a few miles from downtown Seattle I'd invest in a good telescope.



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User currently offline737tdi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 899 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1998 times:
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Every Night when I drive home I see Orion's belt, since my daughter and niece are the same age we used to go skiing together in New Mexico (Taos). We would be driving back to Texas and one day (when they were 10 or 11) I pointed out Orion's Belt. They were intrigued for 2 small girls, well at that time I named the stars after them and the other dogstar. That was 20 years ago and they both still remember that trip home and Orion's belt. I am way out in the country and can see the milky way and satellites and beautiful views of the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter etc.. I just don't see how anyone can look up and out and say we are the only intelligent life. Great topic. Keep looking up

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11669 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Anyone here see the meteorite over the UK last night? I didn't, typically it was the first cloudy night for ages.


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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1940 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 14):
Anyone here see the meteorite over the UK last night? I didn't, typically it was the first cloudy night for ages.

Damn that was a shame, I would have loved to have seen it. Here it was cloudy a second night in a row, the thing was though it was such a sunny clear afternoon, shame the clouds came!  
Quoting 737tdi (Reply 13):
I just don't see how anyone can look up and out and say we are the only intelligent life. Great topic. Keep looking up

Yes I very much agree, the Universe is so vast that the nearest intelligent life is probably and most likely too far out of reach for Humans to ever get there! But... saying that who knows, maybe one day we will meet other life out there. As you say, "keep looking up" because that's they way we'll find out if any are up there...  



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

I don't really go out watching, but I am fascinated by everything. The "Google Sky Map" app on my phone is great for pointing out what it is you're actually looking at.

I also enjoyed the 3-episode show on TV last month "Stargazing Like" with Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain.

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User currently offline737tdi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 899 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1907 times:
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Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 15):
As you say, "keep looking up" because that's they way we'll find out if any are up there...




Actually that is not my saying. It is from a man off of PBS and a show called Star Gazer. His name was Jack Horkheimer and he passed away in 2010. He used to do little shorts about the stars and our universe. Google his name, he is a great read.


User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4516 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

I've been interested in space and stargazing most of my life. Somewhere around age 14 or so though my old telescope disappeared, and I didn't really do much stargazing again until I bought a pair of Celestron 15x70mm binoculars in 2009. Those were amazing, low-powered options with a good field of view, and you could even just make out Jupiter's moons in them. Gave them to my fiancee who is also a star watcher.

Now I'm about to buy my first telescope since childhood, but being on a budget I can't afford the fancy ones. Been doing a lot of research, got a few good options but haven't decided which one yet. Looking at:

Meade NG70-SM 70x700 Altazimuth Refractor $74

Celestron PowerSeeker 70x700 Altazimuth Refractor $90

Tasco SpaceStation 70x800 Altazimuth Refractor $92

Celestron AstroMaster 70x900 Altazimuth Refractor $110

Zhumell Aurora 70 Motor Drive Equatorial Refractor $120

[Edited 2012-03-04 10:55:14]

User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Quoting 737tdi (Reply 17):
Actually that is not my saying. It is from a man off of PBS and a show called Star Gazer. His name was Jack Horkheimer and he passed away in 2010. He used to do little shorts about the stars and our universe. Google his name, he is a great read.

No I meant your saying as in what you said in that post if you understand what I mean, but anyway yes I will have a read up. Cheers.  



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2997 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

Absolutely. Astronomy was one of my first merit badges in the Scouts- I did it at Camp Chawanakee here in Southern California. A requirement for that merit badge is to do a night hike- Well, we did one; but we slept outside all night. It was a beautiful summer night, and about a mile from camp there was this huge, flat rock on top of which they had a very nice big telescope. Laid out the sleeping bag, and stayed the night- One of the best nights sleep I've ever had, for sure, but I stayed up most of the time stargazing. Because we were so far from anything, we could see every single star in the sky. One could see sattelites, planets... Beatuiful. One of the most memorable experiences of my short life.


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User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Thread starter):
So anyone else like looking up at night at the wide yonder known as Space?

Absolutely, and I look up into the sky (about 40 or 50 miles outside of Phoenix) in the open Sonoran desert and just look up in complete wonder. I grew up in Philadelphia, and NEVER realized how stunningly gorgeous the night sky was until I moved to the Arizona desert.

My local Arizona friends thought I was insane to take a cooler of beverages, and a big blanket out into the desert and just sit there by myself for most of a Saturday night looking up at the sky. It was the one thing that gave me perspective in my life - that I am a very small cog in a very HUGE multi-verse.



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1740 times:

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 21):

Absolutely, and I look up into the sky (about 40 or 50 miles outside of Phoenix) in the open Sonoran desert and just look up in complete wonder. I grew up in Philadelphia, and NEVER realized how stunningly gorgeous the night sky was until I moved to the Arizona desert.

Yeah I bet, light pollution only makes you able to see maybe just a few of the brightest objects. Now you are in AZ I bet the night sky is just fantastic!

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 21):

My local Arizona friends thought I was insane to take a cooler of beverages, and a big blanket out into the desert and just sit there by myself for most of a Saturday night looking up at the sky. It was the one thing that gave me perspective in my life - that I am a very small cog in a very HUGE multi-verse.

Ha I'd say that it would be crazy not to do that, I'd do the same as you if I lived where you did.   Yes I agree about the perspective on life that it makes us feel, looking at all the Stars, Planets etc... does make you feel how small we are in the Universe!

One thing you might be interested in is the size of this Star called Canis Majoris which is a BILLION times bigger than our Sun, now that does make us humans feel small!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdA83AKRX8



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1736 times:

Also to everyone, tonight Mars will be the brightest and biggest until 2014. So if it is clear where you are tonight then you should be able to see the Red Planet clearly. Last night here in the UK it was one of the best nights, in the East the Moon was quite large with Mars shining bright to the left of it. And then to the West was the very bright planets Venus and Jupiter.


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10104 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
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Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 23):
Also to everyone, tonight Mars will be the brightest and biggest until 2014. So if it is clear where you are tonight then you should be able to see the Red Planet clearly. Last night here in the UK it was one of the best nights, in the East the Moon was quite large with Mars shining bright to the left of it. And then to the West was the very bright planets Venus and Jupiter.

Not only that, but you could possibly see Mercury, Uranus, and Ceres down below Venus and Jupiter soon after sunset:

http://www.space.com/14839-full-moon-mars-planets-skywatching.html

I'll be trying to get photos of as much as I can....



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25 Post contains images LGWflyer : I knew you could see Mercury but it lies very low on the horizon and from where I am it is hard to see it which is a shame. Also that is interesting
26 Post contains links iakobos : And for the newbies, this is (imho) an excellent software that shows you YOUR sky in realtime, making it easy to recognize stars and planets. http://w
27 vikkyvik : I don't think you can with the unaided eye, unless you're in a ridiculously dark place. But the article says you can see them with binoculars, which
28 LGWflyer : I have a good pair of binoculars, so i'll have a try anyway. I'll start tomorrow as tonight is very cloudy here now.
29 Post contains links vikkyvik : Hey, thanks for that link. I downloaded the program earlier tonight, and it's quite cool! Pretty much exactly what I'd needed to plan when to go out
30 LGWflyer : Brilliant, thanks for sharing! By the way what is the other line to the right of the pic?
31 einsteinboricua : I can only hope to either: 1. Win the lottery 2. Win a badass telescope I once saw Saturn through one and I'm just itching to get a powerful one. In t
32 LGWflyer : I bet that was brilliant! Supposedly you can see the outlines of the Moons when you look at Jupiter and Saturn through a telescope. Yes indeed, same
33 vikkyvik : Even through a relatively-low-power telescope, you can see Saturn's rings and the 4 Galilean moons of Jupiter (Europa, Ganymede, Io, and whatever-the
34 einsteinboricua : Callisto...
35 vikkyvik : Any luck? I haven't been able to get out early enough to try and see Mercury and the rest. Now that we started daylight saving time today, hopefully
36 ER757 : I remember the first time I saw Saturn through my friend's telescope. We stayed up til about 3:30 AM to wait for it to come into view. When he got it
37 Post contains images LGWflyer : Last night was so clear here and also so is tonight here, loads of Stars and also Mars and the pair of Venus and Jupiter are shining bright and they
38 Post contains links vikkyvik : Ask and ye shall receive. Jupiter and Venus over Redondo Beach tonight. Wanted to get them all the way to the horizon, but clouds came up.... http://
39 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : Do you enjoy looking at Uranus? (Someone had to say it! )
40 Post contains images LGWflyer : Thank you another great one, keep em coming! Haha!
41 ER757 : Hey April - glad it was you and not me....I'd probably get banned. Hope all is well, good to see your name pop up again.
42 canoecarrier : Great photos Vik. This reminded me back in '96 or '97 I got to see the Hale–Bopp comet through my university observatory's telescope. They opened it
43 Post contains links and images flyboyseven : I am glad there are others who like to look up as much as me. My, well I dont want to call it an obsession, started the fall of last year in earnest.
44 Arsenal@LHR : I've become really interested in Astronoomy in recent years, so much so that the only channels i watch these days is Discovery and National Geographic
45 Post contains images vikkyvik : Same here. If only the LA sky had less light and air pollution.... Nice photo! Thanks! Last one of the Venus-and-Jupiter series:
46 flyboyseven : Ooo! I quite like that photo of Jupiter and Venus over the beach. That is my second biggest problem here as well after the darn clouds. Victoria is no
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