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Star Gazing
Fri 16-Mar-12
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Right, thought I'd start a new topic on my adventure for this year on star gazing, will give me somewhere to note down my achievements and at the same time bore you all stupid on interesting facts I've found out.

Just got my hands on a 2nd hand telescope off ebay, nothing pricey, but if I make an effort, I might be lucky to get a better one for my Birthday later in the year.

My first 'interesting' point..... have you all been watching the allignment of Jupiter and Venus over the past few days, I saw it at the weekend when they were still a little apart but the sky has been too cloudy for the past few days and they are very close at the moment. You need to look in the western sky (near where the sun has set)  quite low down, you can't miss them, they are very bright.

Next exciting installment coming soon

Fri 16-Mar-12
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Will have a look tonight - if I remember and IF there isn't wall-to-wall cloud!

We're in a really good spot for stargazing here, very low light pollution - no street lamps at all in our village, so it's pitch black at night! eeek

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Fri 16-Mar-12
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wave  Great to have a telescope Janet.  I would love to have one.   I too have been trying to watch Jupiter and Venus, but unfortunately the cloud has been too thick to see anything this week and it does not look as if it will be any better tonight, but I shall try!!

Good luck with your star gazing.  smile

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Fri 16-Mar-12
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I have been watching, fascinated.  Last night was apparently the best viewing but I think the best was when the moon was there too.

Here is a link that I find useful.  Have fun with your telescope Janet, I'm looking forward to see what you discover.

I'll try that again!

Fri 16-Mar-12
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I have watched the two planets Jupiter Venus for the past week, most days it has been clear at nights and the planets are often visible as we eat our evening meal. cheers

Fri 16-Mar-12
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wave  You are very lucky Joanna and I am very jealous.  big_laugh

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Arhh but we pay for it in cold nights cheers

Sat 17-Mar-12
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wave Well tonight is a beautiful starlit night and earlier on just after sunset I saw the alignment of Venus and Jupiter, unmistakable in the night sky with Venus shining brightly.  Thanks to Janet for alerting me to this.  big_hug   The view of the sky is even better here as I was surrounded by trees in my last house. I have just been outside and I can still see Venus, but not Jupiter. The myriad of stars is quite spectacular.  

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Sun 18-Mar-12
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It has been to overcast at night to see it here, so hoping for a clear, but not frosty, night soon to have a look.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Sun 18-Mar-12
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danast said:

 The myriad of stars is quite spectacular.  

I bet you don't have much light pollution up there do you? 

I'll try that again!

Tue 20-Mar-12
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They are further apart now, but still clearly visible (or should be) and are now above and below each other (were side by side) - cloudy now but it was clear at sunset and they were the first lights visible as the sun set. Still waiting for my telescope to arrive.

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Just a quick update on my stargazing plans, The sky has been cloudy through most of April - I was really hoping to see some new things while in Ireland as we were well away from any city areas and therefore I expected some good viewing. It was not to be, cloudy skies every night.

Anyway the full moon (and at it's nearest point to earth) is obliterating everything but the brightest stars at the moment, but I'm enjoying viewing the moon through my new cheapo telescope (Ebay).

Sun 6-May-12
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Did you miss last night's Perigee of the Moon?  eeek  Danuta saw it, we had thick cloud cover but tonight, I saw a beautiful deep gold Moon.  It looked Full but I think it would have been waning gibbous.

I'll try that again!

Mon 7-May-12
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wave  So glad you saw it last night Toni.  It was still glorious. smile

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It's been too cloudy here to see the moon cry.  Steve did see it briefly the night before last when he was out working, he said it was fabulous.

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