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#151 twidget

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 02:54 PM

Russ,

 

Your name for that lunar eclipse, "Cracker-jack Catsup Banana-Slug Baloney Moon", is quite a tasty name !! (Except for the "-slug" part tongue2.gif )  I love it !!

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#152 kksmith

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 03:43 PM

Hey - it' s Super Worm Moon Wensday!

 

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 06:19 PM

Hey - it' s Super Worm Moon Wensday!

 

Ken

 

How about the "Super Worm Equinox Moon'?  roflmao.gif

 

https://www.nbcnews....2019-ncna984861

 

I wish the news media would just drop this whole "super moon" thing.


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Posted 23 March 2019 - 07:07 AM

How about the "Super Worm Equinox Moon'? roflmao.gif

https://www.nbcnews....2019-ncna984861

I wish the news media would just drop this whole "super moon" thing.

It began in our farmer's almanacs. When to expect the Robins to appear on your lawn looking for worms, etc. I'd have to look it up, but it may even date back to Native American culture. Yea, it sounds kind of (is lame the right word?), but it's been with us for a while. Kind of like to hang onto some traditions. Still, some folks get all excited about a blood moon as if it's the end of the world...this time, for sure. Have we ever had a super blue blood worm moon? You know, the second full moon during the month in the spring and totally eclipsed at perigee...all at the same time. If we have, that's what they'd call it. smile.gif

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 09:18 AM

This is what I call ANY full moon...."That ****ed Moon!!" .


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Posted 23 March 2019 - 09:40 AM

(but only when the sky is otherwise shootable, which is only when the moon is within 4 days of full, around here lately crazy.gif )

 

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 11:47 PM

This is what I call ANY full moon...."That ****ed Moon!!" .

God's street light. 

 

Yea, if you can beat them, observe them. And name them (subtle segue back to topic).  smile.gif


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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:59 AM

God's street light. 

 

Yea, if you can beat them, observe them. And name them (subtle segue back to topic).  smile.gif

 

That name for the Moon is exactly on-topic lol.gif 

 

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 09:29 PM

March 2019 Astronomy did it again. Ive been observing since 1974. Thats 45 years (April 22 is the date and my anniversary is coming up!). I have never, ever, EVER, in my entire life EVER heard of the very well known M82 referred to as the cigar galaxy, yet there it is! Boy am I dumb to not know that. Never mind I have regularly been observing M81-82 since 1977, show it to people whenever they are over and it is up, and along with M81 is a dual galaxy showpiece in a small scope. The cigar galaxy. Oh and M81 is now Bodes Galaxy. Sigh.....


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Posted 17 April 2019 - 10:20 PM

March 2019 Astronomy did it again. Ive been observing since 1974. Thats 45 years (April 22 is the date and my anniversary is coming up!). I have never, ever, EVER, in my entire life EVER heard of the very well known M82 referred to as the cigar galaxy, yet there it is! Boy am I dumb to not know that. Never mind I have regularly been observing M81-82 since 1977, show it to people whenever they are over and it is up, and along with M81 is a dual galaxy showpiece in a small scope. The cigar galaxy. Oh and M81 is now Bodes Galaxy. Sigh.....

At least someone isn't calling it the Blood Galaxy. The Blood Moon business ignores the fact that not all eclipsed Moons are reddish. Some are very dark, grey, sometimes bluish. I suppose in such cases someone will come up with another moniker. But the color of an upcoming lunar eclipse is next to impossible to predict. As far as the Bode's Galaxy tag, that one is well established since J.E. Bode discovered both M81 and M82 at Berlin in December 1774. While Burnham's Celestial Handbook makes note of their discoverer, it doesn't refer to the pair as "Bode's Galaxies". But that name has been used from time to time as far back as I can remember. As for the Cigar Galaxy, who knows when that one emerged. There are so many names that who knows who attached. I would hardly call these common names. 

 

I prefer to stick with traditional names like the Swan and Eagle Nebulae, the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae. I'm not much for the Wild Duck (M11). But I'm OK with whatever might get people to look away from their computer screens and actually look up at something in the night sky, whatever they call it.


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Posted 17 April 2019 - 11:58 PM

March 2019 Astronomy did it again. Ive been observing since 1974. Thats 45 years (April 22 is the date and my anniversary is coming up!). I have never, ever, EVER, in my entire life EVER heard of the very well known M82 referred to as the cigar galaxy, yet there it is! Boy am I dumb to not know that. Never mind I have regularly been observing M81-82 since 1977, show it to people whenever they are over and it is up, and along with M81 is a dual galaxy showpiece in a small scope. The cigar galaxy. Oh and M81 is now Bodes Galaxy. Sigh.....

danmdak,

 

Not to be rubbing salt in the wound, but my folders for those two fuzzies have those monikers in the folder names, and have had since the folders were created in July, 2017. I think I picked them up on the old DSO-Browser site.  Personally, I'm on your side.  And, I don't think M82 looks like a very-well-rolled cigar.

 

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 12:41 AM

The early name for the Swan Nebula was the Omega Nebula (all they saw was the curved part).
I've seen recent references calling it the Checkmark Nebula (after, I presume, its appearance in a small scope).
In dark skies with a 12.5" aperture, and using a good nebula filter, it appears like a giant cloud with the "swan" part of it at most 20% of the visible nebula, and nebulosity can be seen connecting it with M16 a few degrees away.
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Posted 28 April 2019 - 08:43 PM

The early name for the Swan Nebula was the Omega Nebula (all they saw was the curved part).
I've seen recent references calling it the Checkmark Nebula (after, I presume, its appearance in a small scope).
In dark skies with a 12.5" aperture, and using a good nebula filter, it appears like a giant cloud with the "swan" part of it at most 20% of the visible nebula, and nebulosity can be seen connecting it with M16 a few degrees away.

I've also heard this one called the "Checkmark Nebula". But I'm partial to the Swan or Omega designations. It is amazing how many of our familiar deep sky wonders are just the brighter parts of a vastly larger array. Here is where astrophotography really shines. But seeing these images can help visual observers appreciate the brighter parts.



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Posted 30 July 2019 - 11:37 AM

Oh my, now my non astronomy friends are asking me about the "black moon" and how to view it and how rare is it..... I had ZERO idea what they were asking about. Just saw now, on the news sources (if we can actually call them that) ,the hype about the "Black Moon". Of course, now in my friends eyes, I am simply uninformed about astronomy.....It just never ends......

I guess we only have ourselves to blame. It needed to be stopped a decade ago or so when it really started taking off.


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 11:45 AM

Aw man, you didn't  know about our second moon, the one we never see? How can you call yourself an astrologer?  No Black Moon party for you! wink.gif


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 01:32 PM

Didn't Beany and Cecil have the Schmoon that was hidden behind our moon so it could never bee seen from Earth?



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Posted 30 July 2019 - 03:02 PM

Didn't Beany and Cecil have the Schmoon that was hidden behind our moon so it could never bee seen from Earth?

"Trip To The Schmoon" aired Jan 27, 1962. https://youtu.be/qBGXYl354JY

 

I loved B&C as a kid. Just a tad campy for my adult self. tongue2.gif


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 04:18 PM

Ahem... Excuse me, but I read that it's a "super black Moon" 

In which case it really deserves media hype.  The first reference I saw was actually about how it would affect your horoscope.  I've been waiting for someone to bring this up.  I was starting to think I was the only one appalled by this junk.  

I know we've all seen the mis-information spread by the "media" but I also saw a story about the meteor showers peaking this weekend and how nobody should miss the high number of "shooting stars and comets" that would be visible in the night skies.  Yep "comets".  There is NO fact checking anymore. 


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 04:56 PM

There is one particular bright star I have always called... The John McEnroe Star. 4.gif blahblah.gif


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 11:25 AM

Just for fun, I'm going to call the wife "W1" and see how that goes.

Before I moved I called my neighbors children PITA 1 and 2.



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Posted 31 July 2019 - 12:57 PM

I have dibs on when the full moon is close to occluding a 'hair bow' asterism. That will be called a "Hello Kitty" moon.


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Posted 04 September 2019 - 11:08 AM

I have no problem with Wolf Moon. Names for moons of various seasons have a long history and, even as is true, they mean nothing, I'm fine with it.

 

The super moon craze is utter BS. A full moon at perigee is unnoticeably bigger and brighter than a full moon at apogee. If it were twice as big, sure, calling it a super moon would make sense.

 

As for blood moon, you guys saw it. If that was the color of your blood, you should seek medical attention ASAP. 

Agreed. The apparent size difference of the full moon at apogee and perigee is virtually unnoticeable (except in the imagination) to the human eye.


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Posted 04 September 2019 - 11:15 AM

... The super moon craze is utter BS. A full moon at perigee is unnoticeably bigger and brighter than a full moon at apogee. If it were twice as big, sure, calling it a super moon would make sense.

I just received my October Issue of Astronomy magazine.  In it, on page 17, Bob Berman shows a photo comparison of a "regular" full Moon to the Super Moon that appeared in March 2011.  The Super Moon is slightly bigger visually, but apart from the side-by-side comparison, I don't think that anyone would really be able to tell, IMO.  It's a nice brief article titled:  "The Media's Universe."

 

I've read elsewhere that the visual difference between "regular" and "Super" Moon is about 14%, but while that seems a small number, the visual in the article helps me out a lot with confirming what I've thought all along.

 

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 01:47 PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter last February:

 

"If tonight’s “Supermoon" were a 16-inch pizza, then December 2018’s non-super Moon would be a 15.99-inch pizza."



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Posted 04 September 2019 - 02:07 PM

I guess we can be thankful that we don't have objects like "The Great Nebula in Orion, Brought to you by Diet Pepsi"...yet. smile.gif


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