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Unread post by Rusty2 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:53 pm

Don't miss the December 21st Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn .
The last time they were both this close was almost 400 years ago .
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https://www.space.com/jupiter-saturn-gr ... ction-2020

Anyone interested in astronomy might find this handy . A virtual planetarium free to download .
http://stellarium.org/
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Unread post by Searcher » Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:41 am

That's good info, Rusty. I've put a note in my diary for Dec. 21.

Also, just a reminder the Geminids meteor shower will peak this coming Monday night.

No moon means the dark sky should provide a viewing treat for night owls or early risers.

Read about it here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/202 ... 0/12927606

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Unread post by Searcher » Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:17 am

The above conjunction reminds me of a picture I took back in 2008.

It was called the 'Smiley Face' and involved Jupiter, Venus and the Moon.
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Unread post by Rusty2 » Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:43 pm

I distinctly remember that but never took a photo . It was near dark and we were still working . :(

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Unread post by Searcher » Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:38 pm

Well, managed to sneak a peek at the Geminids shower last night.
Saw the end of the F 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. By that time it was almost 2 am and supposed to be peak viewing time.
Watched for the best part of an hour but saw only a dozen meteors at the most, although some were quite bright and looked spectacular. Skies were dark with not many clouds.
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Unread post by Rusty2 » Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:08 pm

Oh , nice one . I'm flat out staying up past 8:30

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Unread post by Searcher » Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:39 pm

Rusty2 wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:08 pm
Oh , nice one . I'm flat out staying up past 8:30
Ha ha, Rusty... When you get older, you don't need as much sleep. :lol:

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Unread post by Searcher » Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:02 am

More astronomy news from today's Herald Sun. The article says the Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon show will begin this Thursday.
At around 8.30 pm, a little after sunset, you'll see a thin crescent moon and two bright objects right next to it, Jupiter and Saturn.
And hopefully at that very early hour, Rusty will still be wide awake! :D
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Re: Astronomy

Unread post by Rusty2 » Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:19 pm

Searcher wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:02 am
hopefully at that very early hour, Rusty will still be wide awake!


8:30 is bed time for me :lol: , up @ 5:15 . I'm not sure if it's my job but I was born sleepy ???????

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