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steveyo
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Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020
      #5620288 - 01/13/13 08:34 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

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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City Kid
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Loc: Northern Indiana
Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: steveyo]
      #5620311 - 01/13/13 08:58 AM

I believe the forecast is calling for cloudy skies.

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Cotts
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: steveyo]
      #5620394 - 01/13/13 09:54 AM

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

Dave


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btb
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Loc: Northeast Indiana
Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: Cotts]
      #5620415 - 01/13/13 10:06 AM

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

Edited by btb (01/13/13 12:56 PM)


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sg6
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: btb]
      #5620585 - 01/13/13 11:34 AM

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

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MG1962
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: sg6]
      #5620614 - 01/13/13 11:51 AM

Damn I have a dinner date that night

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jerwin
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: MG1962]
      #5620829 - 01/13/13 01:49 PM

Hopefully my ES 6.7 82 degree shows up by then.

Jim


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Pharquart
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: jerwin]
      #5620924 - 01/13/13 02:29 PM

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

Brian


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MikeBOKC
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: steveyo]
      #5621064 - 01/13/13 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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Qwickdraw
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5621079 - 01/13/13 03:40 PM

Quote:

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


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csrlice12
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5621411 - 01/13/13 06:40 PM

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

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mogur
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5621747 - 01/13/13 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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bherv
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 *DELETED* new [Re: steveyo]
      #5621806 - 01/13/13 10:15 PM

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CJK
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Loc: Northeast TN
Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: bherv]
      #5621811 - 01/13/13 10:18 PM

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

-- Chris


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evilmedic13
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Reged: 06/23/12

Loc: Chicago,Il
Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: CJK]
      #5621922 - 01/13/13 11:34 PM

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

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bremms
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: evilmedic13]
      #5621933 - 01/13/13 11:46 PM

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

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Mike B
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: bremms]
      #5622890 - 01/14/13 03:31 PM

Quote:

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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stevetaylor199
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: Mike B]
      #5627070 - 01/16/13 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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Meadeball
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: stevetaylor199]
      #5627977 - 01/17/13 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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ThreeD
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: Meadeball]
      #5628267 - 01/17/13 03:09 PM

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

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CJK
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Loc: Northeast TN
Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: Meadeball]
      #5628467 - 01/17/13 05:00 PM

Quote:

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.

-- Chris


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GeneT
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: steveyo]
      #5628601 - 01/17/13 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.

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CJK
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: GeneT]
      #5628784 - 01/17/13 08:02 PM

Quote:

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.




At least you'll be warm!

-- Chris


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steveyo
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Re: Saturn/Jupiter conj: 21-Dec-2020 new [Re: ThreeD]
      #5628930 - 01/17/13 09:35 PM

Quote:

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




Excellent time to visit the folks in Florida!


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