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12/25/2012 08:00:08 PM · #1
This is a new thread for those interested in astronomy. It's purpose is to allow us to use it for sharing info about upcoming celestial events, and photos of the events.

Most users with an astronomy hobby will already know what's coming up, but maybe we can alert other users here, and generate more interest in the hobby.

I'll start it off with a shot of tonight's moon, Dec 25th, as it passed Jupiter. This was the first opportunity to get a decent shot as the clouds cleared.
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12/25/2012 09:35:06 PM · #2
I never have been able to take continous photos of the moon and such. I have a regular department store Meade Ds-1202 telescope set up. I have been able to take photos just not that very good ones. But here is one of my pics from what I have took so far.

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12/25/2012 09:52:28 PM · #3
Link to an older thread ...
12/25/2012 09:59:01 PM · #4
Thank you 1031.gif GeneralE
The older thread is missing a lot of photos now.

Message edited by author 2012-12-25 22:09:12.
12/26/2012 06:17:31 AM · #5
I`m really looking forward to comet ISON C/2012 S1 which at the end of 2013 could be the brightest comet in human history. Or maybe not :-)
Comet PANSTARRS may also put on a good show from March onwards for the northern hemisphere. Maybe 2 Great comets in 2013, i`d be more than happy with 1.
12/26/2012 03:28:59 PM · #6
Earth is a planet too ... I'm a fan of NASA's Earth Observatory; I get a weekly email with links to that week's image-of-the day postings ...
City Lights of the (Contiguous) United States 2012
12/26/2012 04:48:37 PM · #7
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Earth is a planet too ... I'm a fan of NASA's Earth Observatory; I get a weekly email with links to that week's image-of-the day postings ...
City Lights of the (Contiguous) United States 2012

Interesting map. You can even pick out the oil rigs on the Gulf.
12/26/2012 08:11:22 PM · #8
I've seen a few comets, and know how unpredictable their brightness can be.
I will be watching and waiting to hear more about this "ISON" comet. Thanks for letting us know early it's coming.
02/07/2013 04:24:26 PM · #9
March comet update from NASA.
02/09/2013 01:08:49 PM · #10
Mercury visible near sunset for the next few days -- tonight there's close conjucntion with Mars.

Also, there's an asteroid near-miss (17,000+ miles?) coming up, but I haven't seen an announcement of that yet.
02/09/2013 01:35:26 PM · #11
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Mercury visible near sunset for the next few days -- tonight there's close conjucntion with Mars.

Also, there's an asteroid near-miss (17,000+ miles?) coming up, but I haven't seen an announcement of that yet.

"...the first time scientists have been able to predict something so big coming so close."

Hope there's not any wobble in the earth's orbit from the Santa Cruz Islands earthquakes.

Really good videos from NASA JPL here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html

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02/09/2013 01:41:09 PM · #12
Bruce Willis is standing by, so I'm not worried.
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02/14/2013 09:15:11 AM · #13
NASA to provide flyby broadcast of asteroid
02/14/2013 09:35:46 AM · #14
If NASA/JPL/Lockheed can screw up and miss an entire planet, I'm not 100% convinced they can predict a miss this time.
02/14/2013 09:44:39 AM · #15
Originally posted by Spork99:

If NASA/JPL/Lockheed can screw up and miss an entire planet, I'm not 100% convinced they can predict a miss this time.

"People make mistakes all the time," said Carl Pilcher, the agency's science director for solar system exploration. "I think the problem was that our systems designed to recognize and correct human error failed us."
Yikes!
02/14/2013 11:20:53 AM · #16
Originally posted by Spork99:

If NASA/JPL/Lockheed can screw up and miss an entire planet, I'm not 100% convinced they can predict a miss this time.


That's a ridiculous comparison, and I think you know it. While the loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter shone a (needed) light on project management at NASA, it bears no relation to the tracking of NEAs. The orbits of these objects are determined with incredible accuracy; the uncertainties in the orbits are well quantified, and are continually reduced by follow-up observations. By your reckoning, I suppose that the incredible precision of the Curiosity landing was a fluke.
02/14/2013 11:26:51 AM · #17
Space is good.
02/14/2013 02:57:48 PM · #18
Possible Seismic Activity on Asteroid 2012 DA14
02/15/2013 04:22:49 AM · #19
Meteor fall 'injures hundreds' in central Russia
02/15/2013 04:49:09 AM · #20
Originally posted by marbo:

Meteor fall 'injures hundreds' in central Russia


What's with Russians and their meteorite luck? It's like a baby Tunguska.
02/15/2013 07:01:37 AM · #21
I'm surprised I haven't read about a possible link between the Russian meteorites and the nearby asteroid. I mean, surely it's possible that the meteorites in Russia were small pieces of rock from the asteroid that were in the same orbit?
02/15/2013 07:27:04 AM · #22
Originally posted by JH:

I'm surprised I haven't read about a possible link between the Russian meteorites and the nearby asteroid. I mean, surely it's possible that the meteorites in Russia were small pieces of rock from the asteroid that were in the same orbit?


NASA says no.
02/15/2013 07:35:34 AM · #23
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by JH:

I'm surprised I haven't read about a possible link between the Russian meteorites and the nearby asteroid. I mean, surely it's possible that the meteorites in Russia were small pieces of rock from the asteroid that were in the same orbit?


NASA says no.


Tinfoil hats say yes. :)
02/15/2013 07:43:53 AM · #24
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by JH:

I'm surprised I haven't read about a possible link between the Russian meteorites and the nearby asteroid. I mean, surely it's possible that the meteorites in Russia were small pieces of rock from the asteroid that were in the same orbit?


NASA says no.


Tinfoil hats say yes. :)


Well -- we all know it's not really an asteroid, but a fly by of a Martian spacecraft.
02/15/2013 08:37:08 AM · #25
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by JH:

I'm surprised I haven't read about a possible link between the Russian meteorites and the nearby asteroid. I mean, surely it's possible that the meteorites in Russia were small pieces of rock from the asteroid that were in the same orbit?


NASA says no.


Tinfoil hats say yes. :)


Well -- we all know it's not really an asteroid, but a fly by of a Martian spacecraft.

Kirk replies "Are they friendly or hostile, Spock?"

Spock "It's difficult to ascertain at this time, but it would be logical to raise shields"
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