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Doc Willie
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Astronomical highlight for future months new
      #5626130 - 01/16/13 12:45 PM

Is there a source for astronomical highlights for the coming months? There are lots of things for the present month, but our club publicist would like to put out stuff for the future, with a 2-3 month lead. NASA's Space Calendar is the closest thing, but does not give the kind of telexcopic observational things we are interested in.

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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5626193 - 01/16/13 01:24 PM

Astronomy magazine publishes an annual year ahead supplement in December I think -- a month by month breakdown of planatary positions, etc. If you have a club member who subscribes and has that issue that should help your newsletter editor look ahead for the entire year.

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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5626200 - 01/16/13 01:26 PM

I think the various astronomy almanacs do some of this. And to some extent, farmer almanacs also give some astronomy information. The key to what you asked is the phrase "observational things we are interested in." In my opinion, the ultimate solution for your group is observation planning software, such as SkyTools 3.

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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5626518 - 01/16/13 04:23 PM

I bought a calendar with this exact sort of thing on it at Staples last year. Mine was titled "The Solar System", and each month has a picture of a different SS object and a long list of events for the month.
This website is prominant on the back: www.browntrout.com (no, it's not a joke).


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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5627112 - 01/16/13 10:05 PM

i think I should have specified that we are looking for something online. I have plenty of reference books to find this stuff. I think our publicity guy does not want to do a lot of typing, so we need an online resource that he can cut & paste.

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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5627179 - 01/16/13 10:41 PM

What kind of astronomical highlights are you looking for?

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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5627704 - 01/17/13 09:40 AM

Quote:

What kind of astronomical highlights are you looking for?



Anything visually interesting from comets to planetary conjunctions to DSOs of note. The two monthly guides that appear on CN would do, but they are not available in advance.


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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5627814 - 01/17/13 10:54 AM

Try http://lackawannaastronomicalsociety.org/?page_id=1002target=#2013 and http://astroguyz.com/2012/12/31/the-top-astronomy-events-for-2013/.

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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5627827 - 01/17/13 11:01 AM

Try the Celestial Events forum at the top of the list of forums on this site. Dave has monthly list of DSO's that you can go through and pick out the best objects to look at. Just scan back and you can see each monthly column for the whole year. You can go to http://www.Skyhound.com and check out the comets that are visible. And you can also check out http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/snimages/ for any curent Nova's that can be seen.

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Re: Astronomical highlight for future months new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5629596 - 01/18/13 10:06 AM

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Try http://lackawannaastronomicalsociety.org/?page_id=1002target=#2013 and http://astroguyz.com/2012/12/31/the-top-astronomy-events-for-2013/.



Thanks. I think that is what we are looking for.


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