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#1 grif 678

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Posted 07 November 2019 - 08:32 PM

First Mars, now Jupiter, soon Saturn will leave the night skies for a while, Mars for nearly two years. So for the die hard planetary viewers, what will your plans be during this time.



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Posted 07 November 2019 - 08:48 PM

First Mars, now Jupiter, soon Saturn will leave the night skies for a while, Mars for nearly two years. So for the die hard planetary viewers, what will your plans be during this time.

Mars opposition is in less than a year. October 13th 2020. Some really cool Mars-Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions in the morning sky in March.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:04 PM

1.  They get more sleep.

 

2.  Neptune, Uranus, Mercury, Venus are still up there.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:11 PM

Ah, most likely we will be watching reruns of Gilligan's Island?

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.... So for the die hard planetary viewers, what will your plans be during this time.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:39 PM

Ah, most likely we will be watching reruns of Gilligan's Island?

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Those poor people!!! frown.gif  wink.gif


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:55 PM

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Low, yes. Gone, no.

 

Mars opposition is every other year.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 11:14 PM

Eastern quadrature for Neptune is the early morning of December 8th, for Uranus, just past midnight on January 23rd.  Venus reaches its highest point in the sky in late March with a spectacular crescent late April through May.  Saturn and Jupiter return with oppositions a week apart in July, and Mars will (with any luck) give a more wonderful apparition in October of 2020, sans planet-wide dust storms.  In the mean time, the moon belly dances through her wonderful phases this entire time, and a host of double stars bedazzle us all as well.

 

But November 2019 is hardly over yet.  One can still catch Jupiter and Saturn for a little longer, below rising Venus, and watch Venus slowly overtake Jupiter, with their closest on the 24th of this month, when she overtakes Great Jove.  And her ascending scenario repeats with Saturn throughout the first half of December.

 

Plenty to see from now until next November.  Enjoy your night skies, folks!  If it's cloudy, you can watch Gilligan's Isle, but there's also Star Trek.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 01:20 AM

Those poor people!!! frown.gif  wink.gif

For those that don't recall the reference:  link for Galaxy Quest


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 01:57 AM

Hoping that a nice bright comet might suddenly make a spectacular appearance, a la Hale-Bopp!

 

Otherwise, I always have the Moon.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 01:41 PM

Ghost of Jupiter is out now, its a pretty cool object to observe. Saturn Nebula also, another nice planetary nebula. All Planetary nebulars are usually easy to find using small refractors.

Double stars are fun for refractor guys with small portable back yard scopes.

Asterisms are pretty fun to observe, open clusters, objects like this which are easy to locate and have fun with, with small refractors.

I had some nice views of Uranus and Neptune last weekend. Its takes some magnification to realize they are planets and not stars.

Are people really in this hobby just to look at the planets?

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:58 PM

Luna has lots to offer and it is up every clear night! :D


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM

Well from my latitude I'm waiting for Uranus to transit and clear my neighbours walnut tree before midnight! I'm looking forward to having some long spells observing this blue-green stranger and hopefully getting some high magnification if the seeing allows. Apparent size and magnitude are still very good for a couple of months. I'm also getting the scope out every clear evening to view Venus and will start looking for Mars in the morning sky sometime next month. That's the great thing about astronomy - there's always something wondrous to look forward too and it's never the same twice.


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 03:02 AM

Uranus' size and magnitude don't change all that much throughout the year because of its distance.



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:01 AM

Apparently, Mars Season has begun: https://www.cloudyni...-season-begins/



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 12:46 PM

When I have the energy, I suppose I will enjoy the night sky through a low power eyepiece just wandering around.  Of course my new found excitement with observing the moon will be appeased!

 

Clear and steady skies,

 

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:47 PM

Apparently, Mars Season has begun: https://www.cloudyni...-season-begins/

And Visually..........might have been more by now had we ever got more breaks from the rain here.........

 

https://www.cloudyni...8-mars-returns/


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 02:24 PM

Apparently, Mars Season has begun: https://www.cloudyni...-season-begins/

Yay Mars Season! *dusts off Mars filters*

 

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 03:08 PM

Ghost of Jupiter is out now, its a pretty cool object to observe. Saturn Nebula also, another nice planetary nebula. All Planetary nebulars are usually easy to find using small refractors.

Double stars are fun for refractor guys with small portable back yard scopes.

Asterisms are pretty fun to observe, open clusters, objects like this which are easy to locate and have fun with, with small refractors.

I had some nice views of Uranus and Neptune last weekend. Its takes some magnification to realize they are planets and not stars.

Are people really in this hobby just to look at the planets?

...Ralph

If we all had very dark skies, the other objects in the sky would be a lot of fun also. But where I live, the last several years with all the new houses and businesses coming up close by, the moon and the planets are about all one can see, except for the few brightest stars.


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 04:27 PM

Uranus' size and magnitude don't change all that much throughout the year because of its distance.

This is true, and although the change is not great, from my urban location and with my small scope, observation at the opposition time of the year is clearly better than at conjunction.



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Posted 10 November 2019 - 11:49 PM

My skies are pretty bad where I live in my back yard. SQM 18.79 over here based on this sites infomation:

 

https://www.lightpol...s=0BFFFFFTFFFTF

 

I can still see almost all the messiers in my back yard with my 92mm refractor, but I no longer star hop and use my AVX mount with starsense, so maybe thats cheating?

 

Before my AVX mount, it was a struggle finding objects in my back yard unless it was a dark moon night with very good transparancy.

 

...Ralph

 

 

If we all had very dark skies, the other objects in the sky would be a lot of fun also. But where I live, the last several years with all the new houses and businesses coming up close by, the moon and the planets are about all one can see, except for the few brightest stars.



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:21 AM

Well I guess I’ll have to start going to sleep early at night so I can get up at two or three in the morning to see Jupiter and Saturn. 

 

Joe


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 02:32 AM

This is true, and although the change is not great, from my urban location and with my small scope, observation at the opposition time of the year is clearly better than at conjunction.

Conjunction won't work since the outer planets will be on the other side of the Sun.  I typically observe in the span between quadrature (~6 months for the ice giants).  From western quadrature through opposition and eastern quadrature Uranus and Neptune's ranges in this opposition cycle were/are:

 

Uranus__Mag___Size (")

WQ_____5.79___3.6

Opp_____5.67___3.7

EQ_____5.79___3.6

 

Neptune__Mag___Size (")

WQ_____7.89___2.3

Opp_____7.82___2.4

EQ_____7.89___2.3

 

Other than clearing very specific local obstacles, there isn't a lot going on that differs over those 6 months.  Color, size, and brightness are not perceptibly different respectively for those events.  I observe them down to 50mm aperture.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 04:59 PM

I really would like to avoid spending any more time in the freezing cold at night.  Winter is a good time for daytime Solar observing.  Cold crisp clear skies, and Terran perihelion is on 2020-01-05, when Sol is at its largest angular size.  Just waiting for some sunspots.


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Posted 18 November 2019 - 02:24 PM

IIRC Venus is going to be in a great position early next year. One of the best separations from the Sun in years. I will definitely be taking a shot at her. I've got some new color filters and I'm itching to see any kind of detail on the closest planet to Earth.

 

After that, assuming Mars doesn't cloud over this time, 2020 is arguably going to be better for nothern hemisphere planetary observers than 2019 was.


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Posted 19 November 2019 - 01:32 PM

The next big event for the Eastern USA is the partial penumbral Lunar eclipse of July 4, 2020.  There will be two Lunar eclipses and two supermoons in 2020, in addition to the Mars opposition.


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