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Is Anyone Else Seeing The Sky Tonight?

 
 
Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:12 pm
to my southwest in Kansas is a quarter moon illuminating what I guess to be two planets...

stars are just coming out, and my camera shows the lower of the two as red...

kinda cool.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:16 pm
too cloudy here, but i see them other nights, my guess would be venus and mars, they are the closest and brightest, and usually seen together
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Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:21 pm
@Rockhead,
After hearing about this event last week hearing that 2 planets will be the closest in many years. It might be Jupiter and venus. If I spot the correct info I'll post it. When I see them, they're almost in a straight line right over one another either above or below the crescent moon.
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:24 pm
just looked it up on space.com, it's jupiter and venus, jupiter on top, venus on the bottom
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:25 pm
http://a52.g.akamaitech.net/f/52/827/1d/www.space.com/images/081121-venus-moon-02.jpg
Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:26 pm
@djjd62,
they are in a triangle with the little moon at point here right now.

angle will vary this a lot, i think.

(I wish Izzie was here, my camera won't catch it...)
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:27 pm
@djjd62,
thanks, dj.

It is much more pronounced than that out here on the prairie...
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:28 pm
@Ragman,
You are correct about Venus and Jupiter.
Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 07:51 pm
@Intrepid,
Thanks, Intrepid!

I also found the info in Sky and Telescope: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/

In the Americas, it's in the sky at dusk...in the southwest portion of the sky.
Nov 29-dec 1st. For other locations..see the link I posted.
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squinney
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 08:19 pm
Just drove back from Virginia. We all noticed it and watched it all the way home.

Venus and Jupiter? I thought it might be Aunt Natalie meeting Noddy, so I howled.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 08:32 pm
We're not seeing anything but pea soup fog here in Sacramento. I can barely make out the cars in the parking lot much less anything in the sky.
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JustBrooke
 
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2008 10:03 pm
The cloud curtain's up and it's snowing in Ohio.
No can see!
Darn~!
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 05:06 am
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 06:10 am
@Rockhead,
apparently it was visible from the bahstin 'burbs last night...
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flyboy804
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 09:09 am
Definitely Jupiter and Venus, both of which set around 7:30 P.M. NYC area. Mars set at approximately 4:30 P.M.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 12:02 pm
http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/2469/n8215220739909032045bs0.jpg
Rockhead
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 01:04 pm
@Robert Gentel,
now that is interesting...

from here, I got a waning moon, with the planets reversed from that view.

(is that a satellite photo?)
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 01:07 pm
@Rockhead,
Nah, it's from the ground (dunno where, found it on the net without context).
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 01:09 pm
@Rockhead,
Yeah, that just doesn't look right. Looks like the camera were held on end, cuz I've never seen the crescent cupped either up or down.
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Izzie
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 01:10 pm
@Rockhead,
it was incredible last nite Rock .... we saw just a slither of the underside of the moon and venus (having seen the above) which was SO bright... (white tho)..... little fella and I stared for ages on the way back home in the car - but the clouds took over when we arrived here. Tonite.... rain, hail...
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