What you can see in the night sky: August 2011

Discussion in 'Astronomy / Star Gazing' started by magic612, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. magic612

    magic612 New Member

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    Sorry I'm a bit late in posting this:

    Eyes on the Sky - August 2011

    Let's you know what planets you can see (with and without a telescope), and where/how to look for the Perseid meteor shower later this week.

    Hope it is helpful and enhances your camping experiences. :)
     
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    JeepMama New Member

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    that was great, thanks
     
  3. missnanc

    missnanc Give me the fresh outdoors!

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    I'm so glad that you posted this reminder. Heading out to camp with the grand daughter this weekend and we love to watch the night sky. She is so excited (me too) about the meteor shower, she's wondering how many wishes, will she get to make!
     
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    You're welcome, and thank you for watching. [:D]
     
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    Thanks for posting this! It's great.
     
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    Just remember this, Stars twinkle, Planets don't. I have managed to teach that to my grand kids. And most of them can repeat it back years later. Just keep looking up and don't forget about light pollution. What that means is that the light is lighting up the sky instead of just the ground. That is why we can see more stars while camping than we can see in the city. Look into the Dark Skies Project, see what you can do at home to help out. I'll get off my soapbox now...
     
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    I'm waiting for International Space Station (ISS) to go over again tonight at 8PM West to East for up to 2 Minutes.
     
  9. missnanc

    missnanc Give me the fresh outdoors!

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    This past weekend, we spent under the stars, camping of course. Granddaughter woke me up at 4 am to watch the shower. We did get to see falling stars, it was such a special time for us. I'll be sure to keep checking back here to see what's happening in the night sky. Thanks for the information! :)
     
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    We had some rain and cloudy skies for the Perseid mateor shower nights, again ... figures!
     
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    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    Same here, Fly.
     
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    Thanks for the encouraging comments everyone. The September video is finished, and I'll have it posted soon.

    G's Apt - I mention light pollution in every video. I think it's an important thing to remember; when we go camping, what is around us is a natural resource, and part of the environment. That includes the sky. Best thing is, light pollution is quite easily reversible - just aim/shield lights down. The problem is, we really need EVERYONE to do it. It's a long road, but it can happen.

    Erik - I agree; I refer to that quite often.

    Bama - did you see the ISS?

    Flyfish/BigKid - I was supposed to be rained out too, but oddly it stayed clear for me, so I did manage to pick off a few brighter ones despite the Moon. Sorry the clouds interfered for you....
     

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