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#3059209 12/20/20 02:32 PM
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As we're all in need of (non-)Christmas cheer - Christmas has just been cancelled in my area in England due to the mutant - I thought I'd mention this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to all amateur astronomers out there (and possibly get you off your piano stool into the great outdoors and fresh air, as in outside your dwellings):

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-great-conjunction-of-jupiter-and-saturn

I've been watching the two through my binoculars (and taken a few photos with the long zoom of my camera) for the past hour, through my window, in between playing my own version of Jupiter and Saturn from The Planets on the piano wink : the first time I'd actually seen them with my naked eye, in fact. I often gaze at Venus and Mars in the night sky when navigating using Polaris during night hikes, but have never knowingly seen the two biggies before, until today.

And they're getting closer day by day until they (almost) become one on December 21st, so if you have a clear night near the horizon tonight (doesn't matter if it's cloudy overhead), grab the opportunity just after sunset when they're just to the left (i.e. SW) of where the sun sets if you're in the northern hemisphere. Where I live, they were pretty bright to the naked eye even in the blue twilight, when no other celestial bodies were visible other than the moon.


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Wow, thanks for the info (they are pretty low in the SW night sky)!

I use Stellarium and a pair of 7x50 binoculars. I will never forget how excited I was when I first saw the Pleiades and the Andromeda galaxy. In early November(?) this year I saw the NEOWISE comet.

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And imagine that, suppose the Sun is the size of a basketball in your living room in NYC, then the next nearest star will be somewhere in Hawaii (more or less, and the Sun still feels its gravity), that's how empty the space is!

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Thank you for the reminder!
I saw an article about this on Friday and took note of it, but meanwhile, forgot. grin

With this thread, I won't!

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So cool! So cloudy. Sigh.


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Originally Posted by gooddog
So cool! So cloudy. Sigh.
So Seattle. smile


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So cool! So cloudy. Sigh.
So Seattle. smile
laugh Yup. We missed the aurora, the Geminids and now the conjunction, but it's green, the air smells wonderful and it's a great place to live.


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Originally Posted by gooddog
....We missed the aurora, the Geminids and now the conjunction....

Maybe not necessarily??
I see that the forecast for tomorrow night is just partly cloudy! smile

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....We missed the aurora, the Geminids and now the conjunction....

Maybe not necessarily??
I see that the forecast for tomorrow night is just partly cloudy! smile

Maybe we'll get a peek afterall!


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Originally Posted by gooddog
Maybe we'll get a peek afterall!
I believe that you'll still be able to see the giants until the end of the year, though after they cross paths, they start diverging in opposite directions whistle.

What happens on New Year's Day is anyone's guess. Probably depends on whether there'll be any fireworks......


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I saw the pair last night. They were right above Salisbury cathedral as I drove past it. With a beautiful Cresent moon above and to the left. Have been looking tonight but Exmoor was blocking the southern horizon from my location. Hoping for better luck tomorrow.

You can see four of Jupiter's moons through binoculars.

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Let's celebrate those great gas giants on pianos and orchestra:

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity grin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVV3MpRXwFY (feel free to sing "I Vow to Thee, My Country" whistle)

Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age cry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_rWcaKCZDM


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Originally Posted by bennevis
Let's celebrate those great gas giants on pianos and orchestra:

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity grin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVV3MpRXwFY (feel free to sing "I Vow to Thee, My Country" whistle)

Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age cry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_rWcaKCZDM


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Bennevis. Coincidently, I have been listening to The Planets to gain inspiration for my nearly completed project ala Holst. Totally synthesized. Here are my versions of Jupiter, Europa and Io....

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/big-jupe-wav

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/jupiters-moon-wav

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/io-wav

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Originally Posted by gooddog
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....We missed the aurora, the Geminids and now the conjunction....

Maybe not necessarily??
I see that the forecast for tomorrow night is just partly cloudy! smile

Maybe we'll get a peek afterall!
Well, I guess not, It’s snowing heavily now. High temp today was 59. It rained on and off all day and we had a few sun breaks with rainbows, sleet and now snow. 32 degrees F now. It’s not unusual to have a forecast that includes all that in one day. No conjugation here. 🙁 On the positive side, I LOVE snow! Happy Solstice everyone.


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Originally Posted by gooddog
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Maybe not necessarily??
I see that the forecast for tomorrow night is just partly cloudy! smile

Maybe we'll get a peek afterall!

Well, I guess not..

If it makes you feel any better grin ....over here it was overcast and we didn't see anything either!

Maybe tomorrow.
Or the next day.
Or.... ha

Sorry it was like that out there!!


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