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What astronomical events are you looking forward to this year ?

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#1 aa6ww

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 02:35 AM

What astronomical events are you looking forward to this year?

 

There are two main ones for me.

 

The Mars Opposition because it will take months and months to enjoy as it gets larger in the night sky. Mars will be the focus in the sky onces is visible. Its fun to watch these well before they peek in brightness.

Also along the same lines, I'm interested in watching the Mars Rover launch into space for its 2021 landing. 

 

The other is Coment C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) reaching perihelion in early May 2020. Like Mars, I'm already watching it when its clear, watching it get closer.

 

Other then that, I look forward to watching the Lunar X and Lunar Y events every few months and any transits I can catch on Jupiters moons crossing the surface.

 

What others could be out there this year?

 

...Ralph 


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#2 DLuders

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 04:45 AM

The December 21, 2020 planetary conjunction between Jupiter & Saturn will be special (if we're not clouded-out) -- they can both be seen together at high magnification (like 150x) in a telescope eyepiece!  smile.gif   

 

Here is what the spectacular view will look like --  https://www.cloudyni...2020/?p=9418592


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 05:44 AM

The December 21, 2020 planetary conjunction between Jupiter & Saturn will be special (if we're not clouded-out) -- they can both be seen together at high magnification (like 150x) in a telescope eyepiece! smile.gif

Here is what the spectacular view will look like -- https://www.cloudyni...2020/?p=9418592


For me this will be the big one that I don't want to miss, hoping to image it.

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 09:10 AM

That's right. I remember reading about this just recently. December is always a bad month for weather but its definately something to look forward to.

 

....Ralph



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 01:00 PM

Mars opposition -- nearly as big in the sky as in 2018. Let's just hope there's no dust storms!


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 01:03 PM

The December 21, 2020 planetary conjunction between Jupiter & Saturn will be special (if we're not clouded-out) -- they can both be seen together at high magnification (like 150x) in a telescope eyepiece!  smile.gif   

 

Here is what the spectacular view will look like --  https://www.cloudyni...2020/?p=9418592

it will be spectacular.

 

Mars opposition -- nearly as big in the sky as in 2018. Let's just hope there's no dust storms!

that too 



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 03:13 PM

Comet 2P/Encke reaching magnitude 7.31 on 29th of June.


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 08:20 PM

Mars



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:49 PM

Jupiter and Saturn conjunction on Dec 21, 2020.

 

Stellarium has the seperation at less then 8 arc minutes at Sunset here in Northern Calif. 20 degs above the horizon. 

 

Alt Az at about 218 degs, 20 degs on Dec 21st.

 

On Dec16th they are half a degree apart which is still plenty good for most scopes. considering how low it will be in the sky, at least on the west coast.

 

...Ralph

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 10:31 AM

Here's my growing list:

 

18-Feb   7:25am Moon occults Mars! (From my location)
20-Mar   Mars-Jupiter conjunction
31-Mar   Mars Saturn conjunction
3-Apr      Venus passes through Pleiades
21-May   Mercury and Venus in same EP at night
5-Sep     Mars and Moon in same EP at night
5-Oct      Venus in same EP as Regulus in morning
6-Oct      Mars at its highest point since 2003
21-Dec   Jupiter-Saturn conjunction


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Posted 07 January 2020 - 11:13 AM

Do clear skies count?
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Posted 07 January 2020 - 03:08 PM

I'm not seeing much news on Comet 2P/Encke but its still early in the year now.

 

...Ralph

 

 

Comet 2P/Encke reaching magnitude 7.31 on 29th of June.



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 06:44 PM

The Jup-Sat conjunction is the most exciting to me by a long shot, I just hope there are no clouds...  I have to make all of my astro purchases earlier in the year.

 

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 09:00 PM

A few more suggestions

 

Dec 14 Total solar eclipse (chile and argentina)    July 4 and Nov 29 Penumbral lunar eclipse in North America,  

2020 has a quite favorable Moon for several great meteor showers- especially the Lyrids, Leonids and Geminids that will have hardly any Moon at all  (1-5%)

 

The Mars Occultation and Jupiter/Saturn are other big events as noted.

 

Maybe Betelgeuse will flare up ? even a nice "cough" would be great. Perhaps the Sun will sputter some activity breaking the blank Sun drought.

 

and something unexpected  - one can hope like breaking the comet drought


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Posted 08 January 2020 - 12:49 AM

Mars.

Venus as a crescent again (June)

2P/Encke

Jupiter reaches 46.03" - even bigger than last year!

All of those nice conjunctions.

NEO - (52768) 1998 OR2 at opposition in April/May and 10.8 magnitude. At 2 - 4km, this will be my smallest observed asteroid if I manage it.



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Posted 09 January 2020 - 07:09 PM

Mars.  I’ve seen it many times but it never loses it’s allure.  Of course, it’ll be centuries until it’s as magnificent as that time it appeared as big as the full moon!



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Posted 10 January 2020 - 03:59 AM

I must have missed that one, the moon sized Mars.

 

I do remember Comet Holmes being as big as the moon however.

 

...Ralph

 

Mars.  I’ve seen it many times but it never loses it’s allure.  Of course, it’ll be centuries until it’s as magnificent as that time it appeared as big as the full moon!


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 08:38 AM

When I was young I got to watch the Uranus-Neptune conjunction.  Both were visible in the same field of view, it was amazing.  A Jupiter-Saturn conjunction that close will be incredible.

 

Mars is always a treat.  Hopefully no planet-wide dust storm this time.


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 12:26 PM

Thanks for the answers here, I did not know about the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction and I will do everything in my power to see it.

 

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 02:50 PM

https://www.cloudyni...events-of-2020/

 

https://www.cloudyni...ter-and-saturn/



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Posted 11 January 2020 - 07:29 PM

Looking at Dave Mitsky  list , it is my impression the June 19, 2020 Occultation of Venus by the very thin crescent Moon will not be visible from Eastern USA .

 

It happens when both are below the eastern horizon in the morning sky.

 

Anyone else confirm  this? Just to be sure I;m looking at this correctly.



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Posted 12 January 2020 - 12:16 AM

I believe that's correct, John.

According to the RASC Observer's Handbook 2020, the occultation will be visible from Mongolia, northern and central Russia, the northwestern half of Europe, the Azores, the Canary Islands, Greenland, and eastern and northern Canada.  SkyNews is a Canadian magazine.

http://www.lunar-occ...anets/venus.jpg



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:49 AM

Thanks Dave on the update on the location from where the event is observable. I did not known the region  where this event could be view from. Was aware that the event would take place, and knew it would not be possible to view it from my location.

 

Each year I put together a list of close approaches of the Moon to the  planets and bright stars. These are place on the astronomy club's web page.  Some of the software I used to create his list is able to filter by my local time, another software does not take my local time into consideration. These I check with TheSky X to insure the event can be seen from my location, or twilight skies make the event difficult to view.  

 

An example of this is the Occultation of Mercury by a thin crescent Moon on Nov 3, 2021. It is unfortunate the Sun is still well up on horizon also.

 

John 




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