Star Gazers : The Guild for Amatuer Astronomers

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Postby Harvestar » Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:56 pm

My previous work was all Hubble data, but nowdays, I'm using the telescopes that my department owns. The Hubble proposal would be a nice project, but not something that's crucial to my thesis.
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Postby Dunthule » Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:10 am

Well, that sounds like good news.
How is your thesis going?

Or has wedding bells got in the way? :?: :P

Have you two set a date?
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Postby Harvestar » Mon Mar 07, 2005 1:51 pm

Thesis is... going. (better than the not going state it was in - I seem to work in spurts)

No wedding plans until after I graduate so no date yet...

Here's a lovely galaxy picture from Hubble I found on APOD:

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050304.html

:)
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Postby Dunthule » Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:55 pm

Thanks for the link Harvestar! :)
Doncha wish you could travel the speed of thought??
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Postby Dunthule » Mon Mar 14, 2005 2:41 pm

Hey Harvey and others. :)
I'm getting out of the Midwest and heading towards Phoenix this week. 8)
I hope to not only see the sun and feel the warmth, but get a good look at the stars too! It's been a far too cloudy Winter for me. :x
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Postby Harvestar » Tue Mar 15, 2005 1:48 pm

Awesome! I hope the weather holds this week for you!!! It's been a rather stinky winter here for stargazing, but the wildflowers are lovely! :D
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Postby Dunthule » Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:22 am

Harvestar wrote:Awesome! I hope the weather holds this week for you!!! It's been a rather stinky winter here for stargazing, but the wildflowers are lovely! :D


The weather was pretty darn good. 8)
The desert was the greenest I've ever seen it though. I guess you have had your share of rain too. ;)
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Postby The_Gypsy_Scribe » Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:11 pm

A Gypsy Scribe's poem to the night sky:

Fires in sky tonight, Distant Inspiring, ever bright
A constant tribute to God’s might
Fires in the sky tonight
Like flickering candles of Heaven’s light
I yearn in earnest for that sight
Fires in the sky tonight, Ye vigilant beacons
In the dead chill of night
Guide unto Heaven, the justified
I sing of thy maker, Of God’s power and might
I gaze with amazement at thee
Fires, in the sky tonight


You gotta love the fires, and I am still chasing those Northern Lights! :)
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Postby Harvestar » Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:22 am

Thanks for the poem, Gypsy_Scribe! :)

Dunthule, I'm glad you had a great time. :) Did you get to do anything astronomy related?

We had a great talk in the department yesterday by the guy who took this picture:
Eagle Nebula

:)
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Postby Dunthule » Fri Mar 25, 2005 12:19 pm

Harvestar wrote:Dunthule, I'm glad you had a great time. :) Did you get to do anything astronomy related?

We had a great talk in the department yesterday by the guy who took this picture:
Eagle Nebula

:)


Unfortunately, no. Time was short .. and it was a bit overcast a few nights. But we did walk in the desert one evening. It's awesome to see so many stars,etc .. with the naked eye. 8)

Neat link/photo. It's hard to imagine the immense size of the cloud. :shock:
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Postby Dunthule » Sat Jun 11, 2005 8:43 pm

Harvestar? Gypsi? Vanaladiel? You out there??
What's new in the stars?? :?:

How about that possible ice volcano??
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Postby Vanaladiel » Sun Jun 12, 2005 12:48 pm

I am here but I havent heard anything more about what to watch for in the night skies. Unfortunately here the skies are overcast and the stars and moon can not make it through for me to see or admire.

I keep hoping that clear summer skies will appear soon so I can enjoy the heavens.
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Postby Harvestar » Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:29 pm

Hi everyone!

Thanks Dunthule, I did hear about the ice volcano on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. It's likely a mix of methane, ammonia, water ice, and hydrocarbons.

Here's a link about it:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050610.html

I don't know much more about it, but some of the work is being done here on campus across the street, so I hope to hear more through the year. :)

I hope the skies clear for you soon, Vana! :)

It's been lovely here - nice warm nights for laying out on our back deck and admiring the stars. :)
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Postby chicki » Fri Jun 17, 2005 5:00 pm

Would love to join in this guild being a very amatuer astronomer. The one thing I love about living here in the desert is the very clear view we have of the stars - lovely.
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Postby Juliana~Fairamay » Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:48 am

*** This is Vana *** Dont ask but TORC wont let me log in. :roll:

Anyways, I just got an email telling us to watch the skies for Moon Dogs and Moon Pillars! That is where the moon can be seen with streaks of light going out from it. Also Moon Halos. Rings around the moon. I cant wait because the sky has finally cleared up here enough to go out and enjoy the heavens. I will be on the look out for Moon Dogs, Moon Pillars and Moon Halos.

Keep looking up!!! :D

Welcome Chicki!! Nice to see new faces here!
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Postby Dunthule » Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:09 pm

Juliana~Fairamay wrote:*** This is Vana *** Dont ask but TORC wont let me log in. :roll:

Anyways, I just got an email telling us to watch the skies for Moon Dogs and Moon Pillars! That is where the moon can be seen with streaks of light going out from it. Also Moon Halos. Rings around the moon. I cant wait because the sky has finally cleared up here enough to go out and enjoy the heavens. I will be on the look out for Moon Dogs, Moon Pillars and Moon Halos.

Keep looking up!!! :D

Welcome Chicki!! Nice to see new faces here!


Thanks Vana!!! I've learned something new today. 8)
And welcome Chicki! :)
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Postby Vanaladiel » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:20 pm

You are very welcome!

I am able to get back on now since Jon and Guru figured out what was preventing my logging in to TORC. Turns out my Internet Explorer has gotten some sort of a glitch so it wont let me do anything that uses my name. But I have gotten a new browser so I am freely back and playing on the boards again. :D

I missed the full moon last night!:( But I am definately going to keep my eyes open for other anomalies that happen now.

Oh and dont forget early August is the time for the meteor showers. I dont remember which ones but they come every year in early Ausgust. It will soon be upon us so write it down somewhere to keep your eyes open for them. :D
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Postby Dunthule » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:51 am

Are they called the Leonides??? Because they appear to come from them?? :?:
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Postby oldtoby » Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:04 pm

I think you are right, the August shower is the Leonides. :)
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Postby Vanaladiel » Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:13 pm

Thanks! I do believe they are. :D
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Postby rowanberry » Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:01 am

Dunthule wrote:Are they called the Leonides??? Because they appear to come from them?? :?:


No, the August shower is the Perseids. This year, their maximum is on Aug 12 (at least where I live). Hope the skies are clear that night.

The Leonids are the November meteor shower.
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Postby oldtoby » Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:04 am

:lol: Knew someone who actually knew what they were talking about would eventually give a right answer.

Sad part is I used to know all the big meteor showers and when they occured. Of course that was nearly 20 yeas ago. :wink:
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Postby Vanaladiel » Sat Jun 25, 2005 5:33 pm

:P I wasnt positive that is why I didnt put the name to them in the beginning but I should have looked it up to be sure.

Some things to watch for:

PLANETS ALIGN: Step outside tonight at sunset and look west toward the
glow of the setting sun. As soon as the sky gets dark, you'll see
three planets--Venus, Mercury and Saturn--gathered close together not far
above the western horizon It's a beautiful alignment. You have three
chances to see them: June 25th, June 26th and June 27th. A clear view of
the western horizon is key.

NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: While you're out looking at the planets, be alert
also for noctilucent clouds. They've been sighted over Europe and/or
Canada almost every day for the past two weeks. Noctilucent clouds
typically appear after sunset, glowing electric blue and crisscrossed by
many fine ripples and waves. Visit spaceweather.com to view sample
photos and to read about the mystery of this beautiful phenomenon.

Check out http://www.spaceweather.com
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Postby chicki » Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:13 pm

[quote="VanaladielSome things to watch for:

PLANETS ALIGN: Step outside tonight at sunset and look west toward the
glow of the setting sun. As soon as the sky gets dark, you'll see
three planets--Venus, Mercury and Saturn--gathered close together not far above the western horizon It's a beautiful alignment. You have three
chances to see them: June 25th, June 26th and June 27th. A clear view of the western horizon is key.


Thanks for the heads up Vana ... will look tonight
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Postby Vanaladiel » Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:59 pm

You are most welcome Chicki. Unfortunately here the clouds moved in on the western horizon just before sunset last night. Then after a beautiful day the clouds moved in again this afternoon and continue to hang around so I doubt if I will get the pleasure of seeing them again tonight. I can always hope for tomorrow night! :D:P;)
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Postby chicki » Mon Jun 27, 2005 7:05 am

Well I looked into the west last night and saw one bright object and 2 smaller objects very close .... was I looking in the right place - directly west and just above the horizon? Objects were gone about an hour after sunset. Let me know and I will have a last look tonight.

Thanks.
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Postby Harvestar » Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:03 pm

Hi chicki!

I saw those too!! :) I made my love go out and look too. Very, very pretty. The colors in the sky were nice too. If they'd been a little lower, he might have taken a picture. As it was, he did take one a few days ago with all three visible and nice sunset colors. Of course, he had to try out his new tripod head.

We do need to get together! Perhaps a star party and we can bring out the 8" telescope? Summer is the time to see Omega Cen - one of the larger of the globular clusters and it's just visible from Tucson - something I never saw up North. We went out to look for it a few days ago, though the moon was pretty bright at the time, but we did find it in the binoculars. :D

Thanks for the updates, Vana! Very cool! :)
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Postby chicki » Mon Jun 27, 2005 3:47 pm

Hi Harvi :)

Call me when you get back from Europe (have a great time) and we will set up a date for the Star Party ... sounds cool.

Phew ... this daytime heat is killing me .... my first full Tucson summer, but the nights are just great and the stars beautiful.
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Postby Harvestar » Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:45 pm

Since we're talking about clouds, here's some great pictures my love took (and one of them is up in the Art Gallery here at work :) ):

This is the one that's up:
Mammatus clouds

Moonrise and clouds

And here's Orion and Taurus over ruins at Terlingua in Big Bend National Park:

Moonlight landscape

And here's his first picture ever:

The space shuttle Discovery on reentry with star trails
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Postby Vanaladiel » Fri Jul 01, 2005 7:54 pm

Harvestar give him our love!! I really like those pics he took of the clouds. I saved the one of the night sky with the stars to use on my desk top. I hope he wont mind. :D

Though I didnt get to see the three planets on the horizon I did get the most spectacular sunset of bright pink and purple. On Monday night the sunset was so awesome. I have never seen it so bright. It took my breath away to watch it. I wish I had had a camera to take a piccy of it. I will have to have one to keep on hand for future spectacular sunsets and lunar events.
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