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Title: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on November 13, 2019, 02:43:34 AM
Another interest on mine is stargazing.  Been away from it for a while; but last winter I found an older Nikon D40X on eBay.  I've been wanting to get back at backyard astronomy, but the light pollution tends to kill the hobby. My last efforts to capture images through the telescope were on film. That seems like a long time ago. At that time you had to process your own film because the labs looked for land based images, dogs & cats and people & flowers;  and all too often and star pictures were sliced through the star field than the line separating the frames.  Anyway, me and digital photography especially through a telescope or heavy duty telephoto lens, are not well known to each other yet.  Yesterday was my chance to come back.  The last transit visible from North America for 30 years happened yesterday.  I managed to catch this image of Mercury at the near end on the transit.  Years ago one of my pictures of Saturn occulted by the moon was printed in Sky and Telescope magazine.  That was fun.  I may try to send them a transit shot and see what happens.

The tiny dot between 2 and 3 o'clock is Mercury.

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZWCvmWy0/DSC-0578.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ZWCvmWy0)

Mike


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: jdbrot on November 13, 2019, 01:34:36 PM
Wish I could have seen this, thanks for your photo. Very cool.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: redeye on November 13, 2019, 01:38:39 PM
Generally interested in such events, I read about the transit but didn't observe it. Having your photo published in the magazine must have felt great.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Maggie on November 13, 2019, 02:11:02 PM
That's awesome, Mike.

Pete and I are huge stargazers.  We even watch the International Space Station every time we can catch it overhead.  For some reason it never gets old.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: sailingskier on November 13, 2019, 05:25:03 PM
Ahh the space station ..... yes, I catch it as often as the weather permits too. Judy often comes out when I tell her I see it coming and then we wave at the crew.   Think there are 6 up there right now.

Maggie, are you "connected" to Heavens-Above.com?  https://www.heavens-above.com/main.aspx?lat=38.627&lng=-90.1994&loc=St.+Louis&alt=0&tz=CST (https://www.heavens-above.com/main.aspx?lat=38.627&lng=-90.1994&loc=St.+Louis&alt=0&tz=CST)   Bookmark this page if not yet a frequent user of this informative site.  I have selected St Louis for this link.  Maybe fine tuning with lat and long will give better results for the finer predictions, like for the Iridium satellites.  .... and the 60 new ones for internet connections just launched by SpaceX the other day.

Anyone wanting specific stellar info for their home, go to the "select location" area of the web site home page.  I think it may even bring up a map so you can be sure you have the exact Lat & Long.  There is all manner of astronomical predictions listed on this site.  The ISS is just one of the many.  I have always found the predictions very exact.

Until recently, when the life cycle of the NASA HDEV project met with problems, you could see the ground from the Space Station cameras.  These pictures are a couple I caught when they passed over NS during a day with very clear skies.  Greg will be able to pick out Halifax, Peggy's Cove and probably Bedford Basin in these pictures ...and Prince Edward Island for certain ... because he was here !! :clap:

In the second picture Bedford Basin is the spot that looks like a small crater.  Look along the bottom edge of the picture to about the center, and about 1/4 up from the bottom. Looking farther up is Halifax Harbor (like a funnel ... wide part to the top).  Peggy's Cove is found by following the bulge up and around to the right.  Simple .. right ?   PEI is pretty obvious in the first.


(https://i.postimg.cc/qgYMK0Pg/ISS-4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qgYMK0Pg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/YvBrXRqH/ISS-Oct-22-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/YvBrXRqH)

There is a little story that goes with the Saturn picture. There was a prediction by renown sources that there would be no occultation visible in NS.  Two pictures I took proved, when superimposed upon each other, that Saturn did vanish from sight momentarily behind Lunar mountains. There was an interesting discussion at the time about "when nature and science disagreed ... nature was not the loser".  Orbital elements had to be altered for future calculations.Yes the publication had me giddy at the time. Fun stuff! This was in the early 1970's.  Must dig out the magazine and check my recall of the time.

The fireball over St Louis last night has been shown on the local news this morning.  Hope you saw this Maggie!

Mike

Oh ... meant to add... we have one of the stars of US politics visiting Halifax this evening for a talk ... which is sold out.
Pres. Obama is coming to town !   When Pres. George Bush,Jr visited.  He commented to the media that it was great to see all the people waving to him .... with all 5 fingers.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Maggie on November 25, 2019, 01:26:00 PM
Jupiter & Venus in conjunction, last night.   We had the perfect evening sky for viewing.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191125/73c9cb75b716a6cc3875d482560a23a0.jpg)


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: sailingskier on November 25, 2019, 02:11:50 PM
Really nice Maggie !!  Thanks.

Nasty rain and wind here last night. Might be clear tonight but they won't be quite as close as what you captured.
Thursday night shows Jupiter, Venus and the thin crescent Moon pretty tight. That should be nice. Need a clear horizon for this one. Moon set here will be roughly 6pm AST. But right now the forecast call for another big rain storm turning to snow on Friday.  :hissy:   N.Africa, most of Europe, Middle East and W Asia should see an occultation. 
This one is for Don !!

Mike


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Expat47 on November 25, 2019, 04:18:02 PM
Really nice Maggie !!  Thanks.

Nasty rain and wind here last night. Might be clear tonight but they won't be quite as close as what you captured.
Thursday night shows Jupiter, Venus and the thin crescent Moon pretty tight. That should be nice. Need a clear horizon for this one. Moon set here will be roughly 6pm AST. But right now the forecast call for another big rain storm turning to snow on Friday.  :hissy:   N.Africa, most of Europe, Middle East and W Asia should see an occultation. 
This one is for Don !!

Mike

Nope! Don goes to bed with the chickens & gets his views of heavenly bodies from ah..... ahem.... well, to be frank.... NASA images.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Maggie on November 26, 2019, 01:40:02 AM
Thanks, Mike. I forgot to mention the picture was taken with our drone.  I sent it up above the tree line to capture without interference.

Tonight the ISS is much to low on the horizon to capture even with the drone. 

Jupiter was out tonight over the tree on the left.  I never saw Venus.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191125/86a1610fd894a4f96224281fc9b934d7.jpg)



Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: sailingskier on November 26, 2019, 01:50:48 AM
Maggie that's way cool ... astrophotography by drone .... aaaa... super cooled photography !!!!

Thanks ... good to know trees can't block your view.  Hope your Thursday weather is clear and you catch the moon, Jupiter and Venus.  Don and his chickens will have retired for the night. :whistle:

It was a little challenging to see Jupiter but I found it.  Venus must have been in the tree.

Mike


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Greg on November 26, 2019, 06:33:36 AM
No stars or planets, here, but I did get the auroras.  Great New Year’s Eve catch, just north of Palmer.


(https://i.postimg.cc/RW5C8yJQ/3-D74-F3-DB-43-D0-4145-A1-CD-437-C1-C32-DC39.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RW5C8yJQ)

(https://i.postimg.cc/F16Hb796/F62-B4760-C766-4590-A029-AD41-F01-D1-BB1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F16Hb796)

(https://i.postimg.cc/R6yxtJcQ/8079-D711-4-CA9-4-CEF-BBB3-684-F1851-AEA7.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/R6yxtJcQ)


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: jdbrot on November 26, 2019, 02:11:27 PM
Love all of your photos.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 26, 2019, 06:04:41 PM
Jupiter & Venus in conjunction, last night.   We had the perfect evening sky for viewing.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191125/73c9cb75b716a6cc3875d482560a23a0.jpg)

So if you are viewing Venus in the evening you are looking to the west?  I would like to see that but where I live I can't see anything to the west unless I leave the house.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: redeye on November 26, 2019, 06:52:06 PM
Now I'm looking at the early evening sky. Hopefully, these images are showing Venus and Jupiter, just above the horizon.

(https://i.imgur.com/q9SnVPw.jpg)

Also wondering if Saturn appears near the top, left of center. Seems to agree with an on-line description I read.
Photo location is north Georgia, looking west, est. 6:30 PM, and planets set below the horizon very quickly after.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 27, 2019, 05:50:36 AM
Nothing here but clouds tonight.


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: sailingskier on November 27, 2019, 05:04:26 PM
Clouds weren't too bad here last night.  But heavy rain and a little snow expected for Thursday night/ Friday morning. 

Here's my Venus/Jupiter effort from last night near 5pm.  Missed an ISS fly over near 6 pm.   :violin:  Hoping for clear skies tonight as it passes over at 5:18 and at 78° from the horizon.


(https://i.postimg.cc/6T30BZRg/Venus-Jupiter-Nov-26-2019-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/6T30BZRg)

Mike


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 28, 2019, 01:32:40 AM
Thanks to Sailingskier  for this thread. I wasn't aware of what was in our night sky. Here's my shot of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th brightest lights in the sky. Venus on the left with Jupiter near the center and a crescent moon down in the trees to the right.  Things cleared tonight so I took a short drive to get this shot.
(https://i.postimg.cc/ns9tvXy1/IMG-6434.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ns9tvXy1)


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: sailingskier on November 28, 2019, 03:17:37 AM
Now I'm looking at the early evening sky. Hopefully, these images are showing Venus and Jupiter, just above the horizon.

(https://i.imgur.com/q9SnVPw.jpg)

Also wondering if Saturn appears near the top, left of center. Seems to agree with an on-line description I read.
Photo location is north Georgia, looking west, est. 6:30 PM, and planets set below the horizon very quickly after.

Yup, Saturn.  We each captured 4 planets with one shot .... Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and also Earth !  Corney but true.  You have you click on the + that come up after clicking on my picture in the post to see Saturn... to the left from Venus by about 3 times the separation of Venus and Jupiter ... but it is there ...LOL

Mike


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: sailingskier on November 28, 2019, 03:27:03 AM
Yellow Jacket,

That is an impressive shot.  WOW being a descriptor  for sure.  Glad you caught the thin crescent moon.  I had thought that wouldn't be visible until tomorrow. Really new moon ! Nice !!! :clap: :clap: :clap: 

The Observer's Handbook of the RASC, lists this for the 28th and says Venus is to be 1.9° south of the Moon.

Mike


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 28, 2019, 04:51:52 AM
Wish I had looked for Saturn but didn't read your post in time to know it was out there. Probably too far away from the rest to get it into the shot anyway. Is Saturn the 5th brightest object in the sky? Long time ago a bought a Walmart telescope. I remember how surprised I was to see 4 moons around Jupiter, the rings around Saturn, and seeing a very bright Venus as a crescent. Didn't know what I was doing, just looking at anything bright.   


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Maggie on November 28, 2019, 08:08:39 PM
Beautiful shot, Vic!


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 29, 2019, 04:32:26 AM
Can we stand one more picture? This is tonight's version. Shows how much the moon moves from night to night. Thanks again to sailingskier I was able to include Saturn tonight. Just below the moon is Venus, Jupiter lower and further to the right. Directly in line with Jupiter and the moon in the upper left is Saturn.  Not as nice a shot as last nights, I had a street light right in front of me to deal with.
(https://i.postimg.cc/yJBJXDH9/IMG-6440.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yJBJXDH9)


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: sailingskier on November 29, 2019, 01:50:44 PM
Another great shot, Yellow Jacket !  Glad you posted it.  Those street lights can be annoying at times.  They have gone crazy here with LED street-lighting.  Effective for bright light, but they kill the stargazing. 
Stormy here last night  ..... the Halifax airport closed the runways last night due to the storm which broke a 1971 snowfall record for Nov 28th. So, no planet / moon shots for me last night. :violin: 

Mike


Title: Re: Anyone watch the Mercury transit on Nov 11?
Post by: Maggie on November 29, 2019, 02:51:14 PM
Mike with your permission, I would like to change the topic title of this post and make it thread we can discuss night sightings.


Title: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on November 29, 2019, 07:15:48 PM
Maggie, you are "da Boss" ! :2tu:

I feel a bit responsible we have gone so far off topic and I apologize for that.  Nice to see a motorcycle site with people of different interests ... and so tolerable of going off topic.  Maybe the off season does this.  :dunno:  

Night Sightings should cover it all.  Nice choice.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on November 29, 2019, 09:48:08 PM
Cool... it's a fun subject!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sonuvabug on November 29, 2019, 11:27:47 PM
Love the northern lights shots Greg.  I've seen them up close(r) but Karin never has and that's definitely on her bucket list.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 29, 2019, 11:44:51 PM
"Night Sightings", that sounds good to me. So I'll just post a picture I took a couple years ago. My camera is a Canon point and shoot pocket model with a 40X zoom. I don't have a tripod but did steady the camera against a post on my front porch.

(https://i.postimg.cc/mcvDxGNB/DSCN0993.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mcvDxGNB)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on November 30, 2019, 01:36:13 AM
Wow, very nice!!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on November 30, 2019, 04:02:06 AM
So bummed with all the cloud cover tonight!

In the western skies of this November eve, all around World, the thinnest of crescent moons graces early twilight, where Venus & Jupiter have been for days. But now Saturn’s there too, closest of the three to the Moon, for what Astro-folk call a quadruple conjunction.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 30, 2019, 06:02:57 AM
Cloud cover here in the WNC. BTW, with my camera on full zoom I can almost see Halifax from here.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on November 30, 2019, 01:44:18 PM
Cloud here as well .... and this is when the APOD site comes in handy.  In case you didn't see it, here is their picture from the other evening ....following the moon and planets.

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191128.html

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on November 30, 2019, 03:08:30 PM
Love the northern lights shots Greg.  I've seen them up close(r) but Karin never has and that's definitely on her bucket list.

So pretty Greg!   I saw the Northern Lights while at Moosonee , Canada.   It was amazing.  I remember watching for hours. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on December 01, 2019, 03:48:11 AM
Thanks for the link skier, I've never knowingly seen Mercury. I'm guessing it's only viewable for a few hours each year. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on December 12, 2019, 12:17:56 AM
This is a test, Vic sent me a note saying he could not upload a picture. This is with Add image to post link.



(https://i.postimg.cc/DSGfWqm7/20191205-231619486-i-OS.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/DSGfWqm7)


Title: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on December 12, 2019, 12:19:15 AM
Test with Tapatalk

That’s the ISS from last night.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191211/6bec09a5cdececd418ccb6d6f9dbe6ee.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on December 12, 2019, 12:22:19 AM
This is a test from under additional options, adding a picture.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on December 12, 2019, 12:22:51 AM
All working here, Vic. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on December 12, 2019, 05:49:14 PM
Thanks Maggie. BTW, little cold to be out stargazing isn't it?
Here's a couple more moon shots I took some time ago. Using the auto mode on my camera it focused on the trees in the foreground.

(https://i.postimg.cc/LYhXx7vp/IMG-5394.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/LYhXx7vp)


(https://i.postimg.cc/TK7vtPsK/IMG-5398.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TK7vtPsK)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on February 28, 2020, 03:56:05 AM
Went outside this evening to look for Jupiter. Should have done so an hour or more earlier so I could get a little twilight in this picture. Tomorrow the moon will be much further from Jupiter.
(https://i.postimg.cc/23gTnMgf/IMG-6722.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/23gTnMgf)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on February 28, 2020, 01:51:27 PM
Nice shot Yellow Jacket !

Nothing but nasty weather in our skies last night.  Freezing rain, ice-pellets and wind -- all of which knocked out power in some areas.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: bandito2 on February 29, 2020, 08:53:32 AM
WOW! I saw that a couple nights in a row (naked eye... no telescope) Knew it was a
planet but didn't look it up to find out which one it was... but now I know. Very cool.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on February 29, 2020, 03:55:56 PM
Great capture, Vic.  I was so bummed as we had bad weather in the evenings this week! Thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on March 09, 2020, 01:01:18 AM
It is March Super Moon time !  The near perigee distance tonight is 223031 miles at about 7pm ADT tonight.  From my home to Ski Martock is a 45 minute drive. Looking out from my front door is the same alignment as looking straight up the hill, if at Martock.  The picture shows a quiet Sunday evening  at the ski hill with the Super Moon to the left in the picture as seen through one of the NS Web Cameras ... the  web cam at Martock.  The second picture is one hastily taken with a Nikon D40X connected to a Celestron C90 telephoto lense.  In the dark of early morning the are a few planets visible but you can see the clouds moving in now for tomorrow.
(https://i.postimg.cc/NKLKvgKC/Super-Moon-March-8-Martock.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NKLKvgKC)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fkZkT739/Super-Moon-March-8.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/fkZkT739)

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on March 09, 2020, 01:18:23 AM
Ahhh ..looks like clearer skies at the other ski hill tonight.  This one, Ski Wentworth, is more to the east of Martock and about 90 minutes drive from home. The cloudy weather is coming from the west.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Jy2gY59d/Super-Moon-March-8-Wentworth.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Jy2gY59d)

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on March 09, 2020, 02:35:02 AM
Nice shot of the moon that. Just came in from looking at the night sky. Looks like one more day for a full moon. Jupiter is very bright tonight. Very clear here in WNC.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on March 09, 2020, 02:37:57 AM
Ski, have you tried to get Jupiter and it's moons with your Celestron? I Can't get the moons to show up with my camera, at high zoom it fails to focus.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on March 09, 2020, 02:42:02 PM
Ski, have you tried to get Jupiter and it's moons with your Celestron? I Can't get the moons to show up with my camera, at high zoom it fails to focus.

Not with this camera.  Not sure how well the moons of Jupiter would show up with the C90.  Maybe OK with an eyepiece in line with the camera.  Will have to check.  I have a C8 with which I may have the moons on film from years ago.  The D40X is something of a learning curve right now.  A learning curve I want to "get after".


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on March 10, 2020, 01:27:21 PM
Very nice shot, Mike!

We had clouds, this was all I could manage with the iPhone camera.



Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on March 10, 2020, 04:36:21 PM
That's way better than anything I could have gotten last night.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on March 28, 2020, 05:29:50 AM
Tomorrow night should be a good night to see the moon and Jupiter in the evening sky. Still trying to get Jupiter clear enough to see some of the moons around it. No luck to night but will be trying again tomorrow.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on March 28, 2020, 02:57:22 PM
I hope we have a clear night for this.   We’ve had very little stargazing evenings of late.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on March 29, 2020, 09:02:27 PM
Last night was hoping to see the "triangle"  Crescent Moon, Venus and Pleiades.   Too much cloud cover however tonight should be perfect!

I did get a good consolation prize last night.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on March 29, 2020, 10:46:40 PM
A really nice consolation prize Maggie !!

If there were snow capped mountains in the shot somewhere, we would thought it was a Greg shot.

Great sunset picture !

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on March 29, 2020, 10:50:16 PM
This is my effort from last night. The moon and Venus. 
Clouded over now for tonight.

Mike

(https://i.postimg.cc/V08PT2bX/DSC-0730.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/V08PT2bX)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on March 29, 2020, 11:53:34 PM
Nice job, Mike!!  It will only get better over the next 10 days.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on March 30, 2020, 04:14:21 AM
looks like I should have done better research on the location of the planets. Thanks to this thread I now know I've been looking at Venus, not Jupiter. Worst part of that is having to admit to my wife I was wrong about something. So no more trying to see moons around Jupiter. If I had a decent telescope I would have known I was looking at Venus, not Jupiter.   


Title: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on March 30, 2020, 02:55:41 PM
Last night with sunset.   Tonight maybe get out when darker.   And with the “real camera”

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200330/16fc239b8c1d84411c7c5fa6a0f78f67.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on March 30, 2020, 03:01:45 PM
Vic,
Jupiter, Mars and others are in the morning sky right now.  Never admit you are wrong (as much as humility is a good thing)... now we simply:  " may have mis-spoken". 

One good publication for sky "stuff" is Sky and Telescope magazine.  They have an online version.  A really good astronomical handbook, with more info than might be required is The Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).  And another good source of info is Sky News which is the Magazine of the RASC.

Clear skies & and smooth roads,

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on March 30, 2020, 03:06:06 PM
Nice one Maggie !!  Times like this we see the value of a clear horizon.  Clear skies help too.  We are in a cloudy week here now, it seems.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on March 30, 2020, 07:00:11 PM
Not much here in WNC for Night Sightings, pretty much socked in for next few days as has been the case for the past few days as well.  If I happen to be up before dawn, very unlikely, I'll look out the front door to look for Jupiter. Wouldn't know Mars if it is visible as I'm slightly color blind so don't see red very well.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on March 31, 2020, 07:56:00 PM
Maybe this is timely;

From Space.com and a picture as seen on March 26,2020.

https://www.space.com/saturn-mars-jupiter-over-new-york-city-gorgeous-photos.html (https://www.space.com/saturn-mars-jupiter-over-new-york-city-gorgeous-photos.html)

The picture is by : Alexander Krivenyshev/WorldTimeZone.com

(https://i.postimg.cc/jW0XvtP9/Ms4-A9-Nrb-Zym-Ru-M2-Zf-N7-WQC-650-80.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jW0XvtP9)


Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 01, 2020, 01:40:52 AM
Beautiful picture!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on April 07, 2020, 05:26:10 PM
Missed a chance at a really cool shot last night. Setting on my front porch talking to a friend about the full moon. Suddenly he says "look at that, the space station". While I'm not 100% that's what it was sure seemed like it to me although It was brighter than I thought it would be. We watched it moving easterly and disappear when it passed in to the earths shadow. So, anyone know it it was the ISS? Passed just to the right and below the moon at about 7:30PM.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on April 07, 2020, 06:13:31 PM
That was the ISS.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on April 07, 2020, 07:12:04 PM
Take a look at heavens-above.com and set your Long & Lat.   There are several items listed on the site and you will know where to look and when.  The ISS is in the list.  Clicking on that brings up any passes that may be visible (in the night time) or invisible ones in the daylight.  Clicking on the time of the pass over brings up a sky chart showuing its path through the sky but at the top of that page is a button valled "ground track".  Clicking on this shows its path over your area and in time you will know exactly where to look to see it.  Also the table of pass overs will show you how high in the sky (above a horizon) you will look.  Anything listed more than 45° will be out of the trees and 80° will have you looking straight up.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on April 07, 2020, 07:15:34 PM
My almost super moon from this morning Apr 7 ast about 6:30 am as it was close to setting.  Should have gone out 45 minutes earlier.  Live and learn ...
(https://i.postimg.cc/Js91Z9zM/Moon-Apeil-7-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Js91Z9zM)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on April 07, 2020, 08:15:41 PM
Will try to follow your instructions. Wish me luck.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 07, 2020, 09:49:26 PM
Nice, MIke!

Vic if you use a smartphone get an app called:  ISS Spotter.  Click on forecast button om bottom. gives times and degrees.

Tonight we will be at 32 degrees so probably won't catch the ISS tonight.  


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on April 07, 2020, 11:51:47 PM
Maybe some day but no smart phone for me. A lot of people have told me I should get one but I know I would be so lost trying to use it. I haven't even got my old flip phone figured out yet.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on April 08, 2020, 03:03:42 AM
Wishing you luck, Vic.

Here is my Pink Super Moon from tonight.


(https://i.postimg.cc/QBPX4KqG/DSC-0773-Super-Pink-Moon-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QBPX4KqG)

Untouched using an older Nikon D40 X with a Celestron C90 telephoto lens.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 08, 2020, 04:16:46 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200408/3e4e5e7d9bc08aa9048cbc7820cbb1d5.jpg)


"Pink Moon" is a name for the full Moon around the time of April, when the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, is in blossom. The name was used by the Algonquin tribe, as well as by colonial Americans. So every year, a traditional name for the full Moon in April is the Full Pink Moon.

Didn’t get to see the ISS tonight, never came above our tree line. 



Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 08, 2020, 04:17:01 AM
Very nice, Mike


Title: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 08, 2020, 04:40:00 AM
The moon at perigee-syzygy.  The earth, moon and sun are all aligned

Closest to the Earth 9:35pm CST for 2020.  221,772 miles.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200408/e9d3140423605276f458b266cb7f661b.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 08, 2020, 05:08:17 AM
From a friend... quarantine moon.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200408/46f143742427a784afefb453a0af743e.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on April 08, 2020, 01:08:48 PM
WOW ...nice shots Maggie!!
Your friend in quarantine caught a great one too.

Stay healthy !!

I have wondered why it is called the Pink Full Moon ... now I know --thanks for that too.  Interesting !

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Virginian on April 08, 2020, 04:02:06 PM
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-cvwZBKR/0/ce286f48/XL/IMG_0174-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-cvwZBKR/A)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 08, 2020, 04:28:16 PM
Great shot, Eric!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Buffalo on April 08, 2020, 09:07:30 PM

"Pink Moon" is a name for the full Moon around the time of April, when the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, is in blossom. The name was used by the Algonquin tribe, as well as by colonial Americans. So every year, a traditional name for the full Moon in April is the Full Pink Moon.



Here in Texas we are lobbying to change the name to Blue Bonnet Moon  :whistle:


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 08, 2020, 09:15:59 PM

"Pink Moon" is a name for the full Moon around the time of April, when the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, is in blossom. The name was used by the Algonquin tribe, as well as by colonial Americans. So every year, a traditional name for the full Moon in April is the Full Pink Moon.



Here in Texas we are lobbying to change the name to Blue Bonnet Moon  :whistle:

I love Bluebonnet And Indian Paintbrush Wildflowers.  When I was in graduate school at UT, I use to take day trips to LBJ Ranch just to see fields and fields of wildflowers.  I can close my eyes and still remember it.  I wish I had rode a scooter back then!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on April 08, 2020, 09:48:42 PM
What Maggie said ... beautiful shot Eric !!!!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: CathyN on April 08, 2020, 10:56:31 PM
Great shots of the Moon Eric and Maggie.  Thanks.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 17, 2020, 01:55:25 AM
Mark your calendars


http://www.physics-astronomy.com/2020/04/set-your-alarm-jupiter-venus-and-moon.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+physics-astronomy%2FwNJb+%28Physics-Astronomy%29&m=1 (http://www.physics-astronomy.com/2020/04/set-your-alarm-jupiter-venus-and-moon.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+physics-astronomy%2FwNJb+%28Physics-Astronomy%29&m=1)


Title: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 28, 2020, 04:34:32 AM
I missed them tonight.  Will be back in my area Wednesday.  

https://james.darpinian.com/satellites/?special=starlink


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on April 28, 2020, 05:09:35 PM
Set my phone alarm as a reminder but pretty sure they've scheduled clouds for tonight.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on April 28, 2020, 07:10:45 PM
Yup last night would have been perfect viewing for us and I forgot.  Wednesday not
Looking so good.  I sat out and watched the sunset last night too! Doh!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on April 29, 2020, 03:27:18 AM
No luck tonight, clouds. Maybe tomorrow night.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on April 29, 2020, 04:03:49 PM
Thanks for the links Maggie !

I haven't seen Elon's satellites go over yet.   Anytime I think to look , we have been clouded over.  Last night and the night before it was snowing.  A fresh 5 inches in my area but a lot more in Cape Breton ... maybe 10 or more. 

May 16th is a Saturday ...mental note to start with.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on May 03, 2020, 05:43:44 PM
Yes, last night we got to see the Starlink train!  Pretty darn cool.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 03, 2020, 09:39:06 PM
Maggie, do you have dark skies for seeing the train ?

Once they are in orbit they are brighter than after they are moved to a higher orbit and therefore fainter and needing darker skies.  
I have neighbors that must be sacred of the dark !!!  This kind of limits dark sky observations.

Glad you saw a Starlink train.... and on International Astronomy day too!!

How cool is that ?!  

Here's what went over here this afternoon ... the CF Snowbirds,  like the Blue Angles, are doing a morale booster for Canada and started in Nova Scotia today.


(https://i.postimg.cc/CRZshCyh/Snowbirds-May-3-2010-4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/CRZshCyh)

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on May 03, 2020, 11:53:43 PM
I looked for the startrain last night but only saw one. Moon was pretty bright. Later about 11, I went out again for no reason and saw the brightest meteor I've seen in many years. I could see it break apart then disappear in the trees north of me. From my vantage point it was near the north star. In '64 I saw one that was so bright that supposedly it turned the street lights off in Port Huron, Mich.   


Title: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on May 04, 2020, 04:11:21 AM
Saw all 17 at nine that were called for.   The second to the last group were running parallel.   They all
We’re being scooped up into the Little Dipper :-).


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 07, 2020, 03:05:10 AM
And tonight, we have another Super Moon, The Flower Moon. 

A clear night in Nova Scotia ...sooo....


(https://i.postimg.cc/9zhdZ3MP/Moon-C90-May-6-2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9zhdZ3MP)

This is through a Celestron C90. 

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on May 07, 2020, 03:37:34 AM
Here is my view of the supermoon tonight.

(https://i.postimg.cc/9Q7YnJy6/IMG-0973b.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 07, 2020, 12:49:07 PM
Nice one Joan !!

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Murf on May 07, 2020, 02:51:19 PM
Very nice pictures folks.  Thank You


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on May 10, 2020, 04:43:53 AM
Wouldn't you know it, beautiful couple nights for star gazing and nothing much to see. Starlink seems to be on strike. Maybe something in a few days.  


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on May 17, 2020, 12:31:04 AM
ISS tonight at 9:36 for me. Might be able to see it in Mo. as well but may be too much sun. Take a look.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on May 17, 2020, 12:49:45 AM
ISS tonight at 9:36 for me. Might be able to see it in Mo. as well but may be too much sun. Take a look.



Too low on horizon for me to see through the trees.  
Our next chance looks like 5/18

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200516/91d94610401ca0dc2aa6506c5f55719e.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 17, 2020, 01:38:42 PM
A good chance to see the ISS here tonight, at 9:57 with an elevation of 78° and brightness of -3.9M !!!  Straight up and brighter than Venus.  Any bets on it being cloudy ??  It is passing along over the coast.  And again on the next pass at 11:30 but that will likely be in the trees for me.  Only 30° elevation and-1.7M.  There are a number of passes over here in the next few nights; and the weather looks favorable too.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on May 17, 2020, 05:07:13 PM
Last night was prefect for me. Watched it for several minutes. The flight path was nearly parallel to the line between daylight and dark so was visible for a long time. BTW, what do you call that line? On the moon I think it is call the terminator.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on May 17, 2020, 06:09:00 PM
Twilight zone?


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on May 18, 2020, 02:34:25 AM
I'll be watching again tonight @ 8:49 directly overhead before it heads over to Mike's part of the world. Tonight is iffy, overcast some here.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 18, 2020, 03:16:05 AM
This little pin point of light is the ISS as it passed over head tonight, as seen with a smart phone.  Hope you can see it here.  Slightly above center in the frame.

And today brought more tragedy to Canada with the crash of one of the Cf Snowbirds in Kamloops BC today.  The pilot and Public Relations officer for the Snowbirds was killed after ejecting.  The passenger in the plane also ejected but survived with serious injuries.   Now ...in the string of Nova Scotia tragedies, The pilot who died from the crash was a young lady from Halifax who had joined the Snowbirds only in 2018. 

Mike

(https://i.postimg.cc/VSmKVTPv/IMG-20200517-215641941.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/VSmKVTPv)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on May 18, 2020, 03:24:48 AM
Mike, so sorry to hear about this latest tragedy for our Canadian friends.
Nice picture, could see the speck of light plainly. I did see it very well here and as it dropped behind the trees NE of me I was wondering if you were seeing it at the same time. My camera isn't any good under tonight's conditions, not enough mass for the camera to focus on so all I get is a fuzzy, out of focus image.   


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 18, 2020, 12:38:15 PM
Thanks Vic.  It has been 3 tragedies in a month.  The 22 killed by a guy pretending to be a Mountie (complete with uniform and police car), the helicopter crash in the Ionian Sea that killed 6, and this yesterday. (And that's not counting the deaths from the virus in a large seniors' home.) The lady that died in this was once a journalist for a local radio station( which is my go-to for local news), before joining the military and Snowbirds.   This is a link to the radio station where she worked, and a short item on her.https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/snowbirds-crash-victim-was-haligonian-former-journalist-2358557 (https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/snowbirds-crash-victim-was-haligonian-former-journalist-2358557)

This ISS pass over by the station was at about 10pm in NS so if you saw it near 9 or maybe about 8:50 last night, we were watching the same orbit.  (I have some friends from here living in Raleigh NC.)  But at 11:30 ADT was another but farther north in its track.  If you were watching at about10:20 your time then you saw the next orbit to the one of which I grabbed the picture

Heavens-Above is my source for ISS location and it shows more visible passes this week.  Hope the weather holds.  Fill in your lat & long for Hendersonville and then you will know where and when to look up.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on May 18, 2020, 03:14:32 PM
Sorry to hear and read about more tragedies in your area, Mike. 

Tonight we have an almost direct overhead passing of the ISS.  Clouds may prevent a good viewing.



Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 18, 2020, 04:30:12 PM
Thanks Maggie,
It is one after another lately. The local media, as I'm sure everywhere, is a tight community and all know each other.  The same with Jenn.  I'm sure I've heard her on the radio and all say how great she was to work with and to know.

Hope you have clear skies tonight.  Early, bright and almost straight up.  And ideal fly over, other than the sore neck looking that straight up could bring.

Tonight we are to expect it at 9:58 at -2.7 and 48° from the horizon. 

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 19, 2020, 12:25:42 AM
I must correct my earlier post about the Cf Snowbird crash in BC yesterday.  Today the information is now that Capt. Jenn Casey, the Public Affairs officer for the Snowbirds was the passenger not the pilot, as I had mentioned when first making the post.  The pilot from New Brunswick,was Capt Richard MacDougall.  After ejecting he landed on a roof with serious injuries ... but will survive the crash.

Looks like the clouds will hide the ISS from view here tonight.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 25, 2020, 03:10:46 AM
The Moon, Mercury ( above the con-trail) and Venus were the sky sight for tonight.

(https://i.postimg.cc/mzqTMzQF/Moon-Mercury-Venus.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mzqTMzQF)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on May 25, 2020, 04:25:27 PM
Nice shot Skier. Sure would like to have seen that but way too cloudy plus since Mercury is never vary high above the horizon I can't see it from my house because of trees. Thanks


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on May 26, 2020, 02:08:27 PM
Wow, awesome shot Mike!  We've had little night viewing chances for the last week.  It's that time of year that heat build up clouds... ugh!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 26, 2020, 02:57:42 PM
Thanks
Nice shot Skier. Sure would like to have seen that but way too cloudy plus since Mercury is never vary high above the horizon I can't see it from my house because of trees. Thanks

Thanks Maggie and Vic.
I'm lucky with a clear West and  N-W horizon. Our property looks over one of the main highways here.  I just have to trip through a little wooded area to get a clear horizon.  This highway is the start of the Trans-Canada Highway and has been named the "Highway of Heroes". As such, in the past few weeks there have been two procession from The Halifax airport along this highway into the city. A few weeks ago for the Navy lady who died in the helicopter crash in the Ionian Sea and on Sunday for the CF Snowbird lady who died in the crash in BC.  It was only almost 2 weeks ago she flew with the Snowbirds over our house. Then Sunday evening she passed once more in her funeral procession.  Rather sad. The local Veterans' Motorcycle club joined in the procession at the airport.  Besides the many police motorcycles in the 20 mile procession, there were 160  of the Veterans' bikes.  It was quite the site and sound. The procession traveled the neighborhood where she grew up. These are a couple of screen shots from the live stream from the local CTV News station.
Mike

(https://i.postimg.cc/Q9LLDvGR/May-24-SB-19.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Q9LLDvGR)



(https://i.postimg.cc/bsYw4SR1/May-24-SB-12.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bsYw4SR1)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on May 29, 2020, 04:52:22 PM
Anyone wishing to see clouds in the night sky just come on over to the WNC. We have plenty.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on May 29, 2020, 11:07:15 PM
We’ve had a run of cloudy nights.  Did catch this last night just before sunset.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on May 30, 2020, 01:25:38 PM
Nice capture of the rainbow, Maggie!

Summer started really early here this year with sunny hot weather.  The next week is supposed to bring rain with thunder most days.  There have been a few serious forest fires so far.  But for the good news .... barber shops can open next Friday !!!

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on June 08, 2020, 09:17:15 PM
A day time sighting. 

Joan caught one from Louisville too!


Beautiful 22 degree halo around the sun right now! This is caused by the ice crystals in the cirrus clouds that are approaching from the remnants of Cristobal.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200608/489f69a9c2bb73f38fa7f661b98b1df6.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on June 09, 2020, 03:53:42 PM
Beautiful shot of something rarely seen. But, what is the 22 degree?


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on June 09, 2020, 04:41:01 PM
A 22° halo is an optical phenomenon that belongs to the family of ice-crystals halos. Its form is a ring with an apparent radius of approximately 22° around the Sun or Moon. When visible around the Moon, it is called a moon ring or winter halo.

A 46° halo is a rare member of the family of ice crystal halos, appearing as a large ring centred on the Sun at roughly twice the distance as the much more common 22° halo.

I was hoping to catch a moon halo or moon dogs last night.  I even set the alarm to wake up.  However we had to many clouds moving in with the depression.





Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on June 09, 2020, 04:41:59 PM
Our tropical depression sunset was amazing last night. 



Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on June 09, 2020, 06:59:59 PM
Nice!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: CathyN on June 11, 2020, 12:24:26 AM
Great pics Maggie.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on June 15, 2020, 04:20:24 PM
Like Cathy said,  great pictures.  That's a great halo shot.
Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 11, 2020, 04:11:41 PM
I've read where we may be seeing a comet in the coming weeks. Right now I will have to get up WAAAY too early to see it, but in a week or so it will be in the evening sky so hopefully I'll get a peek at it. Comet Neowise if you care to Google. Have read where one can expect to see maybe 1/2 dozen comets in a lifetime.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 11, 2020, 06:17:04 PM
I have been out a couple of times at 3:30 for a look ...but no luck.  First time was too foggy and the second was clear enough but too many street lights, full moon, and bright neighbor lights too.  Also my NE horizon is non-existent.  Trees and street lights will have to go !!!  They have installed the LED lights which turn night into day.  Many cars driving here with no headlights, as they don't need them now.

On July 22 the comet transitions to night time sky and I do have a decent NW horizon, so I'm hoping for a good view of this comet.  If we get a good stretch of weather I may take the silverwing for a middle of the night ride to a decent NE horizon. Take a look at NASA's picture of the day photo.  Nice shot of the comet there.  Also this picture by a fellow I know from Halifax. As seen in this article in today's Chronicle Herald: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/weather/weather-by-day/cindy-day-dont-miss-this-once-in-a-lifetime-event-to-see-comet-neowise-472024/ (https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/weather/weather-by-day/cindy-day-dont-miss-this-once-in-a-lifetime-event-to-see-comet-neowise-472024/)


(https://i.postimg.cc/LJQhXSyD/Mike-Boschat-s-picture-of-NEOWISE.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/LJQhXSyD)

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on July 11, 2020, 10:19:05 PM
Tried this morning too cloudy!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 12, 2020, 12:19:29 AM
Maggie the clouds are even worse than the street lights !!  Well ... almost worse.

This was on the local news this week and replayed tonight.  Dave is another local fellow.  He did get some good shots.

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1993451

Didn't know he was a fellow of the RASC .... didn't know we had any.  I'm a life member ... bought that about 50 years ago for $100,
when it was cheap. Now I still get the RASC Handbook each year and their magazine called Sky News. And I've become somewhat
of an armchair astronomer.  But now I have a scooter !!!

Mike



Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 12, 2020, 02:05:37 AM
 Tonight's the night, tonight's the night. Sorry, punch line to an old joke. So, quite clear here tonight and at 9:41 a string of 24 satellites fly over. I've not had much luck seeing them here, too much light and trees. Looks like they will be directly overhead for me.  


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 12, 2020, 05:32:22 PM
Five of us sat in lawn chairs long enough to get stiff necks under the best conditions we've had in a long time and saw....nothing. Looks like if I'm to see satellites I'll have to find a better location for viewing. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on July 12, 2020, 10:04:21 PM
Check this video out!


https://www.reddit.com/r/atoptics/comments/hq06rl/our_visitor_neowise_rising_behind_noctilucent/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf (https://www.reddit.com/r/atoptics/comments/hq06rl/our_visitor_neowise_rising_behind_noctilucent/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 13, 2020, 12:28:32 AM
That was really nice view Maggie.  Thanks.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 13, 2020, 01:20:23 PM
...sat in lawn chairs long enough to get stiff necks under the best conditions we've had in a long time and saw....nothing.  Yup, all about location, location, location !

Been there ---done that ...know exactly what you experienced ......The starlink satellites fade in brightness as they are moved into the higher orbits or maybe the efforts to lessen the reflectivity may be working???

Too foggy here at 3:30am last night to see anything.  Seems if I'm going to see the comet it will be in the evening sky is a week or little longer.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on July 14, 2020, 01:49:21 AM
Check this view out :-)


https://mobile.twitter.com/thespaceacad/status/1282008302369546247


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 14, 2020, 04:59:12 AM
Just came in from watching the ISS. Very plain, about the best I've ever seen it. By now it should be over Halifax.
Had a good look at Jupiter and Saturn too.


Title: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on July 14, 2020, 09:02:17 PM
The other morning I was out at 3:30 am.  I was like is that the ISS?  I pulled out my app and sure enough it was!  It was just to the south of Nova Scotia :-)


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Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 15, 2020, 01:06:58 PM
Sounds like some quality ISS spotting has been happening !!   Gives purpose to sleep loss, doesn't it.

Nice view of the comet from the ISS, Maggie.  Only if we had as clear a horizon .....

This past week we have had lots of fog so not much visible in the sky.  Tonight the ISS goes past at 10:19 in a good location for seeing it ... but rain/cloud predicted. They have been wrong about that ... so I will take a look.  It passes along the coast cutting through Florida so Yellow Jacket you should see it too. Look SE at about 9:15 and at 34° elevation.  Should be relatively bright too.  Hope you have clear skies again.

Also on the comet front ..... there are no end of items on the internet ...like this one, which shows a photographer's enthusiasm.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSVaCD4w1iE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSVaCD4w1iE)  And this for planning a picture:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS4KHL3fRGE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS4KHL3fRGE)

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 15, 2020, 05:07:57 PM
Did get a good look at ISS last night along with several neighbors, none of whom had seen it before. They were impressed. Should see it again tonight. Maybe next week we'll see the comet.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 15, 2020, 06:25:53 PM
Probably see the comet in the night sky now.  On the 22nd it is closest to Earth.  My brother in Ottawa saw it last night near 10:30 local time.  If our cloud magically goes away tonight I may see it here ... without getting up at 3:30 for a look at it.
Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 16, 2020, 04:49:00 PM
I've got a place in mind with a very good view west and north to see Neowise if we get clear skies. Can this be seen with the naked eye? Unlike a satellite, this thing wont be visibly moving so will be harder to tell it from any other star unless the tail is visible. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 16, 2020, 06:51:30 PM
They say it is naked eye visibility but they also say a good set of binoculars will make for a much better view.  All the pictures we see are time exposure with a large lens.   So, I hope it is naked eye but with dark enough skies there is a better chance to be seen without any assistance.  Too much cloud here last night to see Neowise or anything else in the sky, like the ISS.  I've heard it said that this is the best comet in 20 years.  That makes me realize another 20 years has slipped away.  I remember Bennet in the early morning sky as a very vivid comet but I realize that was 50 years ago!   Comet West in 1973 was a good one too.  But so long ago !!!  And the comet to end all comets was Kohoutek in the mid 1970's but I needed the telescope to see that fuzzy critter.   They call for variable cloudiness for here tonight ...maybe I'll get a look tonight.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 17, 2020, 12:44:38 PM
Well, I did see the comet last night.  By 10:30 the fuzzy area became visible.  Binoculars helped but what I needed was some dark sky in a country setting.
The views of any pictures in this thread certainly don't relate what we see without a long exposure photo or what might be visible without a pitch black sky.

Even with another 30 minutes of the sky darkening after sunset, binoculars sure would help.

An hour before spotting the comet, the ISS did pass over.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 18, 2020, 04:48:29 AM
I looked but no Neowise for me tonight, too much cloud cover. Did however, see the ISS and got this picture. Just above center.

(https://i.postimg.cc/56fcH7pg/IMG-7264-Copy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/56fcH7pg)

Also got a rather fuzzy Jupiter with 4 moons. Put my little packet camera on a tripod and went full zoom.

(https://i.postimg.cc/2bmp40rC/IMG-7270-Copy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/2bmp40rC)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on July 18, 2020, 12:47:54 PM
Cool, been overcast or cloudy every night here.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 18, 2020, 01:01:51 PM
A couple of nice ones Yellow Jacket !!  Pity about the cloud

Just like for Joan,  cloudy here again.  Was looking promising but clouded over by the time darkness arrived.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 18, 2020, 04:12:45 PM
In my picture of the ISS the sky looks pretty good but that is not the case. This area is called the Blue Ridge Mtn.s because of the blue haze from all the pollen in the air. I'm waiting for an exceptionally good evening and will go up to Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park for a look. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 19, 2020, 12:41:54 PM
Too good to be true ... but I got a Comet picture !!   We returned from a 50th Anniversary celebration at 11pm last night. The sky was relatively clear but a faint fog was present. And here it is always too bright for "proper" stargazing.  But, it was worth a try to take some shots of the comet.  These two, taken at ISO1600 for 30 seconds also caught a satellite I noticed passing (which I thought was outside of the field of the shot).  The pictures were 1min 29 sec apart. Now I'm thinking these must be Star-Link trains for Elon's Internet System.  See how they (if not for the novelty of the catch) "ruined" the shot?  One shot is zoomed in to about 135mm and the other backed off to 55mm.  Thirty second exposures are obviously too long (as seen by the resulting star trails) when the camera in not guided properly on an aligned and driven telescope.  :violin:

The ISS passed directly overhead last night at 9:29 ...but missed that.  :no:

(https://i.postimg.cc/NKbgkRSq/DSC-0022.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NKbgkRSq)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8F5TKjgF/DSC-0023.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/8F5TKjgF)

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on July 19, 2020, 01:04:17 PM
That looks great. Still overcast here.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on July 19, 2020, 10:28:59 PM
Awesome, Mike!!  So happy for you.  Like Joan, just too overcast here.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on July 21, 2020, 02:21:44 AM
Really hoped to get the comet Neowise last night, close but the clouds moved in before the sky was dark enough for a good view.
(https://i.postimg.cc/02sJXPHL/IMG-0980.jpg)

However I was able to get the ISS with the Google satellites to the lower left in one shot. Not great but I will take it.
(https://i.postimg.cc/N0SK6cHC/IMG-0981-b.jpg)




Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 21, 2020, 04:17:26 AM
Glad you got the Neowise shot Mike. That means there is still hope for me. Except for clouds, I don't think anyone in the east is seeing much tonight.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 21, 2020, 01:03:47 PM
Nice,shots Joan.

The clouds always ruin so much.  You were so close to a really cool comet picture.  Actually you can say the comet is in the picture, right behind the cloud an below the Big Dipper. I think Neowise was about 1/2 way between the tree top and the lowest star (Merak) in the "cup" of the dipper.  Would have been a stunning picture of the comet, if not for that cloud.
Here it looked like it would be a clear night, but the fog took over.  We are running out of time to catch one of those magazine cover shots!  :head: :head:

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on July 21, 2020, 01:41:22 PM
Nice job, Joan!

We still are having way to many clouds.  I fear we are not going to get to see the comet live.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on July 21, 2020, 02:13:30 PM
It was so close to visible, just out of reach. I always like the Google train and the space station even if they have regular flyovers. Once again hoping for tonight...


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 22, 2020, 05:20:37 AM
Took a little ride today, mostly to check out possible Neowise viewing sites. My home is at about 2200' elvation. Jump off rock, mentioned earlier, is 3000'. So I went up to Sugarloaf Mt., at 3700'. Rather cloudy day with lighting and rain in the distance. Took these pictures to show why it's so hard to view satellites and comets around here. Looking up through a few holes in the clouds the sky looked much clearer than from my yard.
 The background behind the barb wire fence is only about 3 miles away. The second photo is zoomed in on the building that is just to the left of the white top of that fencepost. At 3700' I was above most of the dirty air.  



(https://i.postimg.cc/BPv33DMr/IMG-7282.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BPv33DMr)



(https://i.postimg.cc/XX238Hv4/IMG-7283.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XX238Hv4)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 22, 2020, 01:06:37 PM
On a clear night, that would be ideal for stargazing ...  Is it a safe drive in the night.... thinking of wildlife running out in front of you?

Be careful out there.
Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 22, 2020, 04:36:15 PM
Funny you would say that. The last couple miles up there is pretty rough gravel so I was only going maybe 20 mph. Big deer popped out of the woods about 50 feet ahead of me and crossed the road. I've hit one years ago and don't really want to do it again.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on July 23, 2020, 03:52:10 PM
Shut out again last night due to rain.   Fingers crossed for tonight as it will be closest to Earth.

https://earthsky.org/space/how-to-see-comet-c2020-f3-neowise


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 23, 2020, 10:43:16 PM
Same here, clouds, rain and fog ...just to be sure. Really hot and muggy too.  26°C all night.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 27, 2020, 03:24:26 PM
FINALLY!! Got to see Neowise last night... well, sort of. With binoculars I was able to see a fuzzy ball with just a touch of tail. Wife couldn't see it at all. Skies were best they've been for a couple weeks so we went up to Jump Off Rock.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 27, 2020, 08:47:48 PM
Congratulations !  Glad you got to see Neowise before it gets lost in the moon light and distant space.  We have to recall that all the good pictures we've seen have been by people with really expensive equipment and many years of chasing comets.  So ...our excuse is in the cloudy sky of June and July.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on July 27, 2020, 08:59:53 PM
I too got a fuzzy view but at least I finally saw it. Ugh.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on July 28, 2020, 12:17:48 PM
Glad for ya Joan !!  Sometimes a fuzzy view is all we get. Congratulations!

Again what looked promising near sunset last night became cloudy by time it was dark.

I think really dark skies are needed now as Neowise fades quickly.  Now we await the next one.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on August 02, 2020, 01:18:24 PM
The Dragon unlocked from the ISS last night with splashdown set for this afternoon (Sunday Aug 2,2020)  They went over here at a maximum 51° elevation at about 9:40 local time.

If I had better prepared this shaky picture might have been much better ..... but take it for what it is.  Ir shows the ISS trailed by the Dragon Crew Capsule.

It did pass close enough to get the Moon and Jupiter in the same shot with it, but that picture is much worse.  Moral of this effort is to keep the hands off the camera during a hastily attempted 3 second exposure on an unstable tripod.   But it was "neat" to see the Dragon near the ISS.  I think at this time they were supposed to be 3 to 5 kms distance
from each other. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/ThJmkx0h/ISS-and-Dragon.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ThJmkx0h)

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on August 02, 2020, 05:41:00 PM
Went out last night to look for the ISS. I was unaware of the separation. Should have been easy to see but for watever reason I couldn't see it. The moon, Jupiter and Saturn were very clear and had hoped the ISS would pass close enough to allow me to get all in one picture. Ended up with this shot of the three, minus the ISS. Jupiter above moon, Saturn to the left.
(https://i.postimg.cc/WDmv1KVW/IMG-7630.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/WDmv1KVW)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on August 02, 2020, 09:19:37 PM
Per usual for us of late!  Cloudy.. ugh


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on August 03, 2020, 12:46:24 AM
Maybe tonight about 9:30 your time Yellow Jacket.

On the 4th it should be "almost" straight up. Have to see what the tropical storm does.

Date    Brightness    Start    Highest point    End    Pass type
(mag)    Time    Alt.    Az.    Time    Alt.    Az.    Time    Alt.    Az.
02 Aug   -2.6   21:26:17   10°   NNW   21:29:21   32°   NE   21:31:30   16°   E   visible
02 Aug   -1.1   23:03:24   10°   W   23:04:28   15°   W   23:04:28   15°   W   visible
03 Aug   -2.9   22:15:23   10°   WNW   22:18:33   38°   SW   22:18:48   37°   SW   visible
04 Aug   -3.7   21:27:40   10°   NW   21:31:01   76°   SW   21:33:12   20°   SE   visible
05 Aug   -1.0   22:18:42   10°   WSW   22:19:50   11°   SW   22:20:38   11°   SW   visible
06 Aug   -1.6   21:29:49   10°   W   21:32:24   21°   SW   21:34:59   10°   S   visible

Ahh, but what clouds Maggie.  The clouds give rise to artistic pictures.
Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on August 03, 2020, 04:46:03 AM
I agree Maggie, the clouds add to the picture, and you got Jupiter in there too.
Here's my full moon shot tonight. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/TLrDvPm4/IMG-7635.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TLrDvPm4)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on August 03, 2020, 06:18:24 PM
Thanks Mike and Vic.   I’m just sour because we didn’t get to see Neowise because of the contact cloud cover we’ve had.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on August 04, 2020, 01:30:35 AM
Same here. Hope I'm still around for the next one. Read someplace one can expect to see about 6 comets in a lifetime.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on August 09, 2020, 07:22:24 PM
Hope all are cloud free this week.  Wednesday night, Aug 12th, is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower.  60/hour is the reported rate.  But this must be in ideal setting in dark skies. Plan your location and be amazed.

My wife and I hope to be on this beach, Queensland Beach, and have booked a room in the Surfside Inn, up that roadway to the right and on the other side of the highway.
Not as perfect as can be but should be pretty good. The tide is heading out at 3:05pm and won't be high again until 3:43 am.  On an uncrowded beach at this time of night there should still be lots of room. :dunno:  Our long range weather forecast looks to be co-operating at the present time.   Fog will be another matter. :violin:

Mike


(https://i.postimg.cc/rDTZhTXF/Queensland-Beach.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/rDTZhTXF)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on August 13, 2020, 01:41:14 PM
About 8:15 last night Project Loon went through our area.  The sunset made them “visible”



(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200813/afa5cd7f8fc78f7b2b1bf4a08c994d2c.jpg)



(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200813/25a7791cae4cb390388f3bae29bd756a.jpg)




https://loon.com/


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: minimac on August 13, 2020, 02:19:53 PM
The peak meteor shower was supposed to be between 11 and midnight where we live. Between 10:45 and 11:25, I only saw three. Maybe I'll have better luck tonight.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on August 13, 2020, 07:06:26 PM
We didn't see any ... clouded out and the fog didn't help either.  I may see some from our back deck tonight.  A cold front has gone through and may have taken the fog with it.

Maggie, must admit I hadn't heard of "Loon" before ...so thanks for this education.  Elon will have people out shooting down "Loon" so to keep Starlink viable.  Sure is a lot of "stuff" up there floating around.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on August 21, 2020, 01:42:51 PM
Milky Way!! We had clear moonless sky last night.   Tonight and Saturday will be more peak! (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200821/19ed4a6616e2aa16b61027b6e4ea8ec1.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on August 21, 2020, 05:39:19 PM
Very nice Maggie. I've not seen the Milky Way in years. You didn't take that shot in the city did you?


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on August 21, 2020, 09:09:17 PM
Thanks, This was in Washington State Park, about 30 miles south of us.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on August 24, 2020, 01:04:37 AM
Really nice picture Maggie.  Just goes to show what talent combined with good dark skies can produce.  And only 30 miles from lots of light, too.
Yup, really nice!

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on September 06, 2020, 05:44:47 PM
Thank to this thread and Sailingskier for me renewing  an old interest in the night skies. Years ago I had what I would call a little more than a passing interest that went back to about the 3rd or 4th grade.
As I said earlier, I've never knowing seen Mars. Well last night I finally did and here's the proof.


(https://i.postimg.cc/bZw2kQdH/IMG-7682.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bZw2kQdH)

The moon and Mars were very close to each other viewed from here on Earth. Mars is above and left of the Moon. Even with my mild color blindness Mars still had a very reddish glow to it.
Also got a couple shots of the Moon peeking through the clouds a couple days ago.


(https://i.postimg.cc/N5qhzcX5/IMG-7660.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/N5qhzcX5)

(https://i.postimg.cc/LYY7xC6t/IMG-7667.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/LYY7xC6t)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on September 06, 2020, 09:14:01 PM
Nice shots, the cloudy ones are scary!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on September 07, 2020, 03:49:35 PM
Great moon shots Yellow Jacket!  The Moon with Mars look great. The shots of theMoon in the clouds have an artistic look to them.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: CathyN on September 07, 2020, 05:55:17 PM
Nice,


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on September 08, 2020, 03:01:12 AM
Great shots, Vic!  Mars and the Moon were fun last night.  Watching them dance across the skies all night was pleasant sight.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 03, 2020, 04:50:10 AM
Tonight almost full moon and Mars again, slightly out of focus but that makes Mars stand out better.
(https://i.postimg.cc/p9Xr25Lp/Full-moon-and-Mars-3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/p9Xr25Lp)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on October 03, 2020, 01:28:18 PM
Mars was very bright last night!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 03, 2020, 04:22:36 PM
Did you see the space station last night? I sat in a lawn chair hoping to see it but no luck. It was to be low on the NW horizon for me so must have been behind the trees. Thinking St. Loo would see it pretty well.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on October 06, 2020, 02:41:29 PM
I didn't see it last night but tonight it's going to be at 82 degrees  So should be ripe viewing, no clouds tonight.


Title: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on October 07, 2020, 02:51:13 AM
ISS and Mums. I followed the ISS tonight from Rapid City, SD to Savannah, GA.  When I took this picture it was approx over Nashville, TN

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201007/831869c4daa56a603ab344168134f7c1.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 07, 2020, 04:02:07 AM
Very cool picture Maggie. I also saw it very plainly. Watched it disappear as it passed into Earths shadow. Now you have me thinking about attempting a photo similar to yours. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on October 07, 2020, 03:10:03 PM
Thanks, Vic.  It was super bright last night!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 14, 2020, 12:51:13 AM
Watching the weather news just now. They are saying that Mars is at it's brightest tonight. Very clear here.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on October 14, 2020, 03:16:20 AM
Super bright here

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201014/acc6f282033c788a841faa9fb002ce98.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 16, 2020, 03:44:53 AM
Now I have a question for all you night sky watchers. Last night, watching for a string of satellites something quite interesting happened. I've had very little luck seeing them here but sky was pretty clear so had hopes. Finally, there is the first one, quite bright, watched it pass overhead for over a minute. Then nothing for a minute or two. Suddenly saw a bright light for less than a second, but was able to follow a faint light for some time. Over time, two more bright flashes then a faint light. All three flashes occurred in the same area. If not for the bright flash, I probably would have missed the faint moving light that followed. So, what was that flash? I'm wondering if I was seeing a reflection of the sun off the solar panels. It makes some sense to me. Has anyone else ever witnessed something similar?


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on October 16, 2020, 04:08:19 AM
Is it something like this?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_flare


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 16, 2020, 05:37:24 AM
I think that may be what I saw. From reading that article, some satellites still produce a flare. What I saw was less than one second but was about as bright as Jupiter is right now.   


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on October 16, 2020, 02:24:22 PM
Hi Vic,
Maggie's link tells the story about the Iridium flares.  As some satellites tumble they reflect the sunlight as you said.  https://www.heavens-above.com/ (https://www.heavens-above.com/) used to list the times and locations to see these flares, and with high accuracy too.  You could be outside expecting a flare and if someone was handy you could tell them to look "there" at the right moment and you would see a bright flare.  When it happened they would be looking at you in fear of someone with mystical powers.  It brings to mind the Bob Hope movie when he was about to be boiled by jungle natives and he told them if they did try to boil him he would removes the sun from the sky.  It was convenient he knew a solar eclipse was predicted.  They backed off and he was adored by all at the end of the eclipse for returning the sun to them.  Think it was this movie he also demonstrated the magic of matches.  And told them to practice with the one he lit as he blew out.

Heavens-Above has lots of valuable timings of things to see in the sky.  The ISS fly overs and the Starlink satellites are just couple of examples.
A flare is a neat thing to catch sight of.  Congratulations on this recent one.  It is like a rainbow. The flare and rainbow you see are your own. The person next to you sees their own as each are dependent on your exact location.  The intensity you see and that of the person next to you are different, even if only very minutely so.  Aaaaa....location, location, location....

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 16, 2020, 04:44:25 PM
Thanks Mike, I feel privileged to have seen it when I did. I had no idea that excised. Also I do have Heavens Above saved in favorites for several years but never think to look there for info. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 19, 2020, 02:47:49 AM
Looked for the telescope last night but it was a no show. Too bad, I had several neighbors looking too. Tonight, just me and I watched it for a long time. First time I've seen it. It doesn't have much of a tilt to it's orbit so stays low on the southern horizon. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 20, 2020, 07:20:35 PM
Will be looking for the Hubble again tonight. Clear skies are promised. If you can see Jupiter where you are you should see the telescope also as it will pass almost directly over Jupiter viewing from here in WNC.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 21, 2020, 05:12:37 PM
No luck with Hubble last night. Tonight somebody needs to get a photo of Saturn, Jupiter, Hubble and the moon all together, 7:30 PM. Did a quick check on the internet, Hubble is the second largest object currently in orbit, about the size of a large school bus.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on October 21, 2020, 09:53:33 PM
Vic, anytime I thought to look for Hubble, it was flying somewhere other than over NS.  I'll have to pay more attention to where it is.  Pity you missed it last night.  As far as The planets and the moon ... won't any view possibility here tonight, Oct 21.  Hardly can see across our street right now.  Would have made a nice shot however.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 22, 2020, 03:14:57 AM
No luck with the Hubble tonight. Did see something that looked like some kind of satellite but not sure. Hubble would be pretty low to the south for you Mike, but if you can see Jupiter you might see Hubble, they are very close. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on October 22, 2020, 09:52:30 PM
No luck last night with Hubble, it was way too cloudy.  We did see the ISS this morning for long 7 minute pass.  80 degrees and clear skies with the sun rising onto the ISS.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: redeye on October 23, 2020, 03:31:40 AM
The following photograph is from Tuesday evening, October 20, using a cell phone camera.
Would have been a great time to have a more capable camera, but not meant to be.

(https://i.imgur.com/6on3KH4.jpg)

We were on the Florida coast, looking out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Fairly sure these are, from upper left to lower right, Saturn, Jupiter,
not sure left and above center, and the Moon.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on October 23, 2020, 01:26:43 PM
Nice shot redeye !

Here is my offering of Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon from last night, Oct 22 at about 8:15 ADT

Mike

(https://i.postimg.cc/NL5F1gmQ/DSC-0144.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NL5F1gmQ)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: jdbrot on October 23, 2020, 01:34:48 PM
Nice shots!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on October 23, 2020, 04:00:41 PM
Sunday morning at 6:30 ADT the ISS passes our area at 82° with about a 6 minute duration.  It is supposed to be a cold morning at 0°C ... brrrr
But Hubble doesn't seem to come towards Atlantic Canada at all.  The ISS should pass your area Vic on Sunday morning  minutes before it reaches my area. But an hour earlier for you.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 23, 2020, 04:29:52 PM
I just can't crawl out of a nice warm bed before the sun comes up to put cloths on and go out in the cold night air to look for ISS. Just not an early riser. Suppose that comes from going to bed at 2 PM and getting up at 9PM for most of my working life. Very cloudy here last night.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on October 24, 2020, 12:32:30 PM
Great pictures, all!!


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on November 01, 2020, 05:00:01 PM
A halo around the blue moon last night.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201101/73fdcd8e185cd63227834499a0542bbf.jpg)


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 19, 2020, 05:47:16 PM
Watched the ISS the last two nights. Looks like it should be visible over the mid-west tonight.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: sailingskier on November 20, 2020, 02:13:14 PM
Vic,

Won't the ISS be over your area tonight, Nov 20th near 6:15pm your time?

Tomorrow night might be better and higher at about 5:30 or a little earlier.  Here it will be at 75° close to 6:30 when it fades out.

The run up the coast gives us a chance to see the same passes.

Mike


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 20, 2020, 06:13:48 PM
Yes, actually, lots of stuff tonight. Along with the ISS and some space junk and 2 strings of Starlinks, one of 14 and one of 8. All that between 6:15 and 6:50. Come on down, pull up a chair and have a look. No clouds.


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Yellow Jacket on November 21, 2020, 04:08:24 AM
Lots of stuff out there tonight, saw probably 8-10. Some weren't on Starlink's site. Saw the ISS and a little later something just as bright but going from SW to NE. No idea what it was. Looks like air travel is back to normal, airplanes all over the place. Maybe extra busy on a Fri. night. 


Title: Re: Night Sightings
Post by: Maggie on November 21, 2020, 03:04:41 PM
Mark your calendar!  This close hasn’t happened since Galileo was alive!!

https://www.space.com/jupiter-saturn-great-conjunction-2020 (https://www.space.com/jupiter-saturn-great-conjunction-2020)