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...cause you're all out looking at Jupiter. I know.
You can see it's four moons with binoculars apaprently but mine are at my mum's :(
Check out the skillz on my phone camera :D
(It's the speck on the left, obvs MUCH bigger with the eye)
Pretty cool. I have binoculars but I cant see the moons. Though I am using them through a window with an incredibly unsteady hand.
but the problem is that you cant see much with without a telescope and being in london all you can see is street lights anyway.
So you can see everything quite clearly. Hurrah!
But it's in mum's loft. Oh well. You only look like a stalker setting it up in the garden.
I'm not sure we have anything to say to each other...
It'll still be quite close tonight but like you say, if you're in London maybe no chance of seeing it. If it's clear though it should be fairly prominent. I couldn't see any other stars last night but this shone through.
I always find out about these things AFTER they happen.
will there be clouds tonight?
PARTLY CLOUDY :(
I'll probably just go to bed as well.
I saw what I reckoned must have been a planet because it didn't seem to map to where Sirius normally appears and was too bright and steady to be any other star in that region.
I'm trying to recall which bit of the sky it was in, now. Maybe 120 degrees anti-clockwise from Orion...
he's already married.
I walked up to him at EOTR and said 'HI!'
He said: 'How did you know it was me?'
I said: 'Fleece? Check. Walking trousers with zip off bottoms? Check. Sensible shoes? Check. A guide to Perl in the back pocket? Check. Glasses? Check.'
That was Jupiter, fairly low in the Southern sky.
Two qualities differentiate planets and stars to the naked eye: stars twinkle, planets don't and planets appear as tiny spheres whereas stars appear as points, ie no volume.
Mr & Mrs GB are lovely people
:D :D :D
but didn't know what it was until now. I knew it was a planet so I assumed it was Venus (lol?).
had I not known.
You know the moon illusion? The times when the moon looks MASSIVE and sometimes really yellow too, well I remember the weather man on TV saying once that Venus would be visible that night. I walked to the house I was babysitting at and looked for it and was absolutely blown away. I thought the GIANT yellow moon hanging right by the horizon was Venus, it was actually pretty terrifying! I didn't know it'd only look like a star.
In other Venus news, I saw the transit of Venus in 2004. The plane I was on board was full of astronomers heading to see it and I went to find them on the beach the next day to have a look through their telescope.
I like space.
They don't really like visitors I guess.
Also, Radio Astronomy is cool. We did some stuff there as part of our degree.
I like the Godlee observatory in town. They only open on Thursday though but I think it might be worth popping along this week if it's clear as their telescope is really good and I'll defo be able to see Jupiter and its moons. The only trouble is they rope you into staying for the meetings afterwards with the members and it's all a bit beyond me.
I'd gladly sit through a meeting to get to do that.
You have to ring ahead and they give you another phone numebr and tell you where to meet them. It's awesome, the dome is made from papier mache but has survived 100 years in all the Manchester rain. It's really sad though cos the roof has hole sin it and the rain drips through into a bucket in the meeting room. The council wont fund it nor will the university despite it being in a uni building. They're not very business savvy so they don't advertise themselves (they even asked Lonely Planet to take them off their site when they got a detail wrong rather than correct it) and they don't charge the few visitors who manage to find out about them.
It's sad, they just need a bit of promo :(
My brother used to live near it. Its VERY dark up there: http://www.huddersfieldastronomy.org/observatory.htm
and have been wondering ever since! Thank you!
I stayed at my bro's house there for the first few weeks before finding a place to live. I used to go running across the backroads across the moors in the dark, making my way only by the light of the moon. Halcyon days.
This is the place
Please go everyone and convince them to start advertising and making money!
If I lived anywhere Manchester, I'd be all over this.
(Maybe I've never seen the moon near the horizon?)
Anyhow, I like how no one seems to really know the reason for it. Way to go, scienticians.
Good moon story, though.
You'll have seen how it changes size the higher in the sky it goes, I would think?
However, there are times when it's so low in the horizon while near full it's stupidly huge.
Generally when you take photos of it you'll see the effect automatically as you compare directly.
I've just never seen it massive and yellow.
obviously up, but what up? left?
like my (AMAZING) photo
You can usually get them from big bookshops, WH Smith and the like as well as Amazon.co.uk
although, I think I like the idea of having a planishpere.
I think it supposed to be the second brightest object in the sky at night at the moment.
I was lying down while Yo La Tengo were playing and it just went through the sky. The sky was SO CLEAR there.