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For the Astronomy Geeks

Floridays

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I think it's cool! This hasn't happened in 122 years, which means that anyone living today has never seen it. Not really sure if I'll be awake at sunrise.... :-\
 

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Big Easy King

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The event should occur over the Big Easy around sunrise. :-D I hope that I don't forget to check it out. 8-!
 

ludes98

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Michele Zone said:
I know: I may be the only person in the forum who pays any attention to this stuff. But this is So Cool! And it is happening on my son's birthday. :-D

Venus Transits the Face of the Sun (Stellar Conjunction and all that)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5138018

Happening, but you won't be watching it. No transit for me either. :(
 
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ludes98 said:
Happening, but you won't be watching it. No transit for me either. :(
No, I won't be watching it. The last lunar eclipse was on the wrong side of the planet too, and I napped through the webcast that I had bookmarked. |-) Oh well. It is STILL Cool!
(I live with a couple of astronomy hobbyists. I am actually an astrologer, not so much an astronomy buff, but the two things are interrelated and the earliest studies of astronomy most likely grew out of the study of astrology. :-D After doing a unit of backyard skywatching-type homeschool astronomy and watching eclipses and visiting the Golden-something-er-other (Goldstone??) telescope in Washington state, etc, I have kind of also gotten the astronomy bug. :) )
 

Zoning Goddess

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Our science center in Orlando is open for folks to view it between 6 and 8 a.m. tomorrow. Too far, too early for me, but I would like to see it.
 

mgk920

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Zoning Goddess said:
Our science center in Orlando is open for folks to view it between 6 and 8 a.m. tomorrow. Too far, too early for me, but I would like to see it.
Still, even with a properly protected 'naked eye', the disk of Venus is just too small to observe directly. The best way is to use a telescope and project an image of the sun onto a light colored wall or screen. We did this during a partial solar eclipse back in high school.

Although it is too late now to observe with anything smaller than binoculars, there was a comet visible 'naked eye' a few weeks ago for a few hours after sunset in the western sky. I thought that that was very interesting, too. :)

Mike
 

Doitnow

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Michele Zone said:
I know: I may be the only person in the forum who pays any attention to this stuff. But ....http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5138018
No Michele!
You are not the only one. But I give more emphasis on the astronomy aspect and less astrology, although in India, Astrology is practised from ancient times and it is a very well developed subject and has many followers.:)
 
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Doitnow!! said:
No Michele!
You are not the only one. But I give more emphasis on the astronomy aspect and less astrology, although in India, Astrology is practised from ancient times and it is a very well developed subject and has many followers.:)
Yeah, and they use those weird square charts. ;-) Of course, I am still adjusting to my professional software, where the signs move and the horizon and zenith are fixed points. I am used to the signs being fixed and the horizon and zenith rotating. Of course, that was a hand-drawn paper sytem. :-D But, I do like having all the calculations and stuff done for me. :)

BUT, most of the time, I will spare you the astrological gibberish and just toss out astronomical tidbits here in cyburbia. There are even fewer astrology buffs in cyburbia than there are astronomy buffs. :-}
 

Doitnow

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Michele Zone said:
Yeah, and they use those weird square charts. ;-) Of course, I am still adjusting to my professional software, where the signs move and the horizon and zenith are fixed points. :-}
Ya!
I have the software but haven't loaded it yet. But have seen it being used and its amazing.
 
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