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#1676 BradleyB

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 10:46 PM

Now that we have clear weather, I encourage everyone to take a look at the constellation of Orion tonight.  In particular look at the red star Alpha Orionis – Betelgeuse – visually.  You may never see it this dim in your lifetime again.  Many of you may have heard about the fading of this 1st magnitude star.  It is (was) in the top 10 in brightness and is now in the bottom 20.  The fading began in October/November and it is now at about magnitude +1.6 (instead of +0.3).  It is a red supergiant variable star but is now at its faintest ever.  It will no doubt recover to its former glory.  S&T website covers it and a prediction of when it will brighten.  The AAVSO website will allow you to plot the brightness for the dates that you pick.

 

I saw it the last two nights and it was strange seeing it so much fainter than before.  In the past Rigel (beta Orionis) and Betelgeuse dominated the constellation but as of last night’s view only Rigel dominates.

 

Give it a look and see what you think.

 

Leonard

I definitely notice it, it's quite striking compared to what I expect to see.

 

Brad


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 11:59 AM

Hey group,

 

   The Olympic Astronomical Society annual spring Camp Delany Star Party is coming up.  The dates are 22 to 26 April and the sign up form is here:  https://lindahoffmei...rm-4-nights.pdf

 

As usual, the price, which has gone up $10, includes 11 meals, a place to sleep, hot showers and dark skies.  I hope you get a chance to join us.


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 10:10 PM

Betelgeuse seems to be brightening up. That's the impression I got when I looked at it last night after a couple of weeks. My wife said she read that this was indeed the case. Haven't had the time to check the AAVSO site.

 

Ajay

 

Edit: Definitely brighter tonight as well.


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:43 PM

Hi Guys,

 

I know I have been absent from this thread for a long time. Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I miss you guys and I miss my annual trips to Goldendale. Since this is my last day of work (and unfortunately pay) I may be able to attend this year.

 

On a sadder note, I wanted to let you know Asher has passed. Some of you knew him from his Star Party visits at Table Mountain and Goldendale.

 

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He has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and perhaps he will see Pixie over there. heart.png

 

Here is his thread in "Pets" if you'd like to say a word about it.

 

https://www.cloudyni...-goodbye-asher/

 

With all the love and camaraderie we shared... All the best to you guys. 

 

Stacy 

 

 


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#1680 Stacy

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 06:30 PM

And sorry about Asher marking your dob Mike. He felt bad about that. :lol:



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 06:37 PM

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Hey, welcome back Stacy !!

Sorry to hear about your furbaby passing. He was a good companion.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 12:48 PM

 

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Hey, welcome back Stacy !!

Sorry to hear about your furbaby passing. He was a good companion.

 

Thanks Ron,

 

Great pic. too. You have a good eye. :)


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Posted 28 March 2020 - 01:40 PM

Stacy,

 

Sorry to hear about Asher. We lost Lucy last September.

 

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 01:52 PM

A time lapse of the Moon through clouds.

 

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https://youtu.be/5ZR_L7DrN5c

 

If you watch this on a phone put on some headphones. Found some gorgeous music to go with this.

 

Ajay


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Posted 28 March 2020 - 02:48 PM

Sorry about Asher. Good dog.

 

I lost Gabby last May. She was 14 and very happy right up to her death.

 

I have a new dog now, Lottie. She is a 9 month old rottie pup. Real sweet heart.

 

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 09:27 PM

Sorry about Asher. Good dog.

 

I lost Gabby last May. She was 14 and very happy right up to her death.

 

I have a new dog now, Lottie. She is a 9 month old rottie pup. Real sweet heart.

Miss you brother. Mike still about? You guys been keeping up with Goldendale?

 

Sounds like a great place to practice social distancing. :lol:



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Posted Yesterday, 11:26 AM

Steve Rosenow got his picture of Venus and the Pleiades posted on www.spaceweather.com

 

Steve, It's a great picture.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 11:57 PM

Steve Rosenow got his picture of Venus and the Pleiades posted on www.spaceweather.com

 

Steve, It's a great picture.

 

Brad

Thank ya kindly, good sir!




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