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Cool Astronomical Stuff

Wed Feb 12, 2003 5:38 am

Hey guys,

I saw some cool stuff last night.

Right now, Jupiter is in opposition, and very bright. You can see the planet and it's moons (tiny little points of light on a single axis through the planet.) It's in the constellation of Cancer.

Another cool thing was Saturns rings. Saturn is above Orion right now. The rings were hard to make out with my binoculars, but still visable.

Anyway, the serious observer has probably seen all this stuff many times. But I saw it for my first time last night. I never realized how cool it was.

'Speed
 
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RE: Cool Astronomical Stuff

Wed Feb 12, 2003 5:49 am

I have always been fascinated with the planets, comets, shooting stars and other outer space stuff, but hardly never know what direction to look in the sky for them.

I am from Long Island New York, if I wanted to see the stuff you mentioned, what direction would I have to look?
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RE: Cool Astronomical Stuff

Wed Feb 12, 2003 6:20 am

Dragon,

It'd probably be easier for you to go grab an astronomy magazine with the current star chart for the month. Or I could tell you in terms of declination and Right Ascencion, but I don't happen to know those right off. Jupiter is really bright (about -2 in magnitude), and is hard to miss, and very high in the sky - (slightly south and east) Saturn is still fairly bright, yellow, and fairly close to the moon right now.

'Speed

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RE: Cool Astronomical Stuff

Wed Feb 12, 2003 6:58 am

Thanks, I'll look for some chats or something on the web  Smile

Not sure if I will be able to see anything tonight though, it's cloudy here right now with some flurries.
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