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Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020

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#1 steveyo

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

Mark the date!

Starting about Dec 1, 2020, our two greatest solar system neighbors will be a couple degrees apart. On the 21st of December, 2020 I'll be posting myself and a good scope on a mountain with low western horizons, because Jupiter and Saturn will be with one quarter of a degree of each other! Oh unbounded joy!

Plug it into Stellarium! It's going to breathtaking, though unfortunately swimming in the horizon-soup.

Is everyone ready?

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#2 City Kid

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:58 AM

I believe the forecast is calling for cloudy skies. :grin:

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

I'll be busy doing laundry. It will have been piling up for some time......

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:06 AM

Hope on one buys any astro gear 3 months prior to this event, don't need no stinkin' curse.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:34 AM

Better check up if I can expect to live that long. :question:

#6 MG1962

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

Damn I have a dinner date that night :(

#7 jerwin

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

Hopefully my ES 6.7 82 degree shows up by then.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

I think the ancient Incan medium-count calendar runs out in November that year. Sorry.

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#9 MikeBOKC

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

So about June of 2020 the internet will come alive with all sorts of bizarre predictions of earthquakes, plagues and fiery portents in the sky because Jupiter and Saturn are going to collide in December . . . .

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:40 PM

So about June of 2020 the internet will come alive with all sorts of bizarre predictions of earthquakes, plagues and fiery portents in the sky because Jupiter and Saturn are going to collide in December . . . .


I think it just did :grin:

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:40 PM

Oddly enough, that's just about the time I expect to see clear skies again................

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

20th or 21st will be good. Hope one of those nights are clear. Ya only about 12 degrees above horizon here, but then again we just want to see it, not try to glean all sorts of detail on the planets.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:15 PM

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:18 PM

I may possibly have worked all the way up the Astro-Physics waiting list by then! (Then again, maybe not.) :refractor:

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

Something to plan for! Hopefully, my, by then, 11 yo will want to see it with me.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

Might have my D&G lens by then.. Really it's not that bad.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

the internet will come alive with all sorts of bizarre predictions...


Yeah, but will Mars appear larger than the full Moon? Or does that come later that year...
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

I found this conjunction too! It's just too bad that the two planets will be so far past opposition. It will be interesting too see where we are with the state of imaging, so that we can capture a wide dynamic range between the planets and their moons.

I remember the last time when Jupiter and Saturn were close together, in 2000 IIRC. I was on one of my revisits to the hobby, and found it amazingly convenient to swing my Coulter from planet to planet -- not far from the zenith, no less.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

I would pencil it in, but since the calendar on my wall ends on December 31, 2013, I must assume that the world is going to end that day.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

One could always travel closer to the equator to gain some altitude...

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

I would pencil it in, but since the calendar on my wall ends on December 31, 2013, I must assume that the world is going to end that day.


Mayan sidereal calendar, I see.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

I'm pushing 70. If I am around, the views should be great. If I am not, the views should be spectacular--unless I am in the other place. :grin:

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

I'm pushing 70. If I am around, the views should be great. If I am not, the views should be spectacular--unless I am in the other place. :grin:


At least you'll be warm! :mrevil:

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

One could always travel closer to the equator to gain some altitude...


Excellent time to visit the folks in Florida!






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