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Offline Sirius13

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #140 on: April 16, 2008, 06:39:07 pm »
Cool tower!  :wOOt:

PS  I only just spotted this  :lol3::

If you extend that line for a height of Orion to the left, you'll find Triocton Sirius (:fish:), the brightest star of all heavens.


I have nothing useful to say about the sky, except that I haven't been looking at it enough lately.  I will make more of an effort  :ninja:
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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #141 on: April 16, 2008, 06:56:05 pm »
Have you seen the Moon, Saturn and Regulus Lucy?



No I haven't, the sky was cloudy! :bawl:

But Your pyramid is fantastic! :wOOt:

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #142 on: April 16, 2008, 08:32:59 pm »
Alright, finally I remembered that I had to look up and seek the moon, Saturn and Regulus. And...
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My face got all damped because it's f**king raining! :mad3:
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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #143 on: April 21, 2008, 03:14:03 pm »
Too bad the sky was cloudy... :( but there will be another opportunity after 27 days. :) That is the time the Moon needs to revolve around the Earth and is called sidereal month. To be discerned from synodic month which is the time between two full Moons and equals 29 days. The difference between sidereal and synodic month is due to the fact that Earth revolves around the Sun. ;)
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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #144 on: April 25, 2008, 03:20:05 pm »
I guess you know this site..I found smth interesting..here's the link: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2008/16/
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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #145 on: April 25, 2008, 07:24:12 pm »
Woah, the site is pretty cool  :thumbup:
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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #146 on: May 08, 2008, 05:26:02 pm »
@saphira, thank you for the link. :) Hubble Space Telescope has made the best pictures of the universe ever. It is far from being the largest telescope ever made, but nevertheless it has the edge of being above the atmosphere and above the ever increasing light pollution. :-\

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #147 on: May 08, 2008, 05:56:06 pm »
I know this one x) I sometimes use it as wallpaper on my Ericsson cell phone or on pc... because I feel that I have whole world in my hand :)
But then again, who does.

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #148 on: July 23, 2008, 10:57:01 pm »
Hi folks,

don't forget that there's an eclipse coming up.  :wOOt: You can check out many important information here. There's also a link to some webcasts in case you want to watch via the web.

But watch your eyes, won't you? Don't look at the sun without special filters lest you go blind!

Cheers, and clear skies!

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #149 on: August 07, 2008, 07:11:38 am »
Good morning, folks,

after a convenient breakfast I'll be off to give a radio interview about the upcoming Perseid meteor shower and the lunar eclipse on the 16th of August. The radio station is called "MDR Info", a station under public law, with a focus and news and features, so no stupid questions expected. :)

The best time to watch the Perseids will be the local early hours of the 12th of August, by the way, when the shower approaches its activity peak and when the bright moon has set.

The lunar eclipse runs from 19.35 UT to 22.45 UT which is 21.35 CEDT to 00.45 CEDT. It can only be observed from Europe, Africa and the Western part of Asia.

Cheers!

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #150 on: August 07, 2008, 08:25:22 am »
Tomorrow I'm going with Xiquet to a little vacations (3 days - 2 nights) to the mountain. I'm sure there'll be a lot more visible the Perseids!!  :yeha: I've read that night is the better to see them... perhaps it depends on the country? Well, tomorrow there won't be Moon, so I expect clear and dark skies (I wisht them CLEAR  :ninja: ), with no atmospheric or light contamination  :nana:

I didn't know about the lunar eclipse... is it total or partial? The time is good... to good to be true! Last time it was at 4 a.m. or similar  :insane:
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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #151 on: August 07, 2008, 10:38:29 am »
My queen,

you will see quite a few shooting stars for sure! But remember - only those whose trails point away from Perseus are perseids; all others are just sporadic meteors from no specific source (but nice to see nonetheless :biggrin:).

The very best time to watch the Perseids this year are the hours before dawn on the 12th of August, no matter where you are. But you'll get to see some by the weekend, especially when you have clear and dark skies in the mountains. :)

The lunar eclipse is a deep partial which leaves only the North of the moon uneclipsed (81% of the lunar diameter will be eclipsed). But that is enough to see the red light inside the shadow of Earth. Hint: Position yourself so that a lamp pole, a tree branch, a bridge or something else blocks the bright, uneclipsed part of the moon. Without that glare you'll find the red light much more striking.

Enjoy that vacation!

Cheers!

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #152 on: August 07, 2008, 12:39:42 pm »
Thanks for the info Markus! I hope I won't be at that time at work in the middle of the city lights pollution  :ninja:
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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #153 on: August 07, 2008, 11:37:56 pm »
I've seen some shooting stars now, but not big ones (I know, not near enough, I guess), but Xiquet has seen one really huge... damn it!! I wasn't looking at that moment  :ninja:

But... I'll see loads of them at the mountain... if weather helps us... if Notessomes keeps clouds far from our place (weather forecast say it will be cloudy  :afaid: ).

O Notessomes, I invoke thy to maintain clear sky and let us see the shooting stars!  :pop:

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #154 on: August 12, 2008, 11:52:06 am »
Hei, I found quite nice astronomical screensaver! :)

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #155 on: August 16, 2008, 06:25:27 pm »
OK, folks,

the skies look half overcast here. There are more clouds to the East (where the moon will be) than to the West (where the sun is now). I'm pretty optimistic to get a satisfying view of the event, though. It's such a big event that I need utterly clear skies, a few minutes of free sight around the maximum would make me more than happy.

One reason for me to watch, by the way, is that this is the second and last eclipse from the eclipse seaon that brought us the solar eclipse two weeks ago: Then, at the last new moon, we had total solar eclipse. Today, at the following full moon, the heavens are still aligned eclipse-friendly enough to produce at least a deep partial lunar eclipse. So both events are closely related. :)

Now I'm looking forward to the sight of a partly red moon close to the horizon. :wOOt:

Cheers and good luck!

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #156 on: August 16, 2008, 07:01:12 pm »
Very cloudy at the morning, now more clear  :evil2:

I'll be in a concert at the time of the eclipse, and it's outdoors so... I have a good chance to be able to look at the moon!!  :yeha:
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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #157 on: August 16, 2008, 07:05:22 pm »
My queen,

now you owe us two reports: One of the concert, one of the eclipse.  :biggrin:

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #158 on: August 16, 2008, 07:30:28 pm »
Well, the concert is a free one of a band very known here... Mojinos Escozíos. I can't translate the name...  :evil2: It's a kind of "joke rock"... if I translate the songs... well, I can't  :roll:

Ok, two reports  :wacko:

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Re: When you watch the sky...
« Reply #159 on: August 16, 2008, 11:06:57 pm »
Hi folks,

the sky is pretty clear here now, and I'm enjoying a wonderful view of the eclipse. I went to a little park nearby for a better view of the moonrise and the early stages, watched until maximum eclipse from there, and now I'm enjoying the rest of the show from my roofdeck, between lots of plants and a glass of wine. :biggrin:

Cheers!

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