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  • softscienceofficer
    Thanks for all the info everyone! My first thought was Venus or Jupiter, but I had never seen either that bright before (and I ve never seen the ISS, so I
    Message 1 of 13 , Jan 27, 2012
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      Thanks for all the info everyone! My first thought was Venus or Jupiter, but I had never seen either that bright before (and I've never seen the ISS, so I wouldn't know what that looked like anyway).

      Ed/SoftScience--means I do statistics not physics--Officer
      (with apologies to Tygress)



      --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "gumbietygress@..." <gumbietygress@...> wrote:
      >
      > "Venus is fun to watch now because it's climbing higher in the western sky just after sunset. At some point it will attain it's highest (easternmost) position and then arc back toward the sun, evenutally to appear in the eastern sky, where only those people who get up early or stay up until ungodly hours see it." Which is why, in the morning, it's called Lucifer. BarbJ = quoting Fry then fly= Tygress
      >
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      > ---------- Original Message ----------
      > From: Victor Engel <brillig@...>
      > To: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Amateur astronomers needed
      > Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 01:58:42 -0600
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      > After the sun and the moon, Venus is the brightest object in the sky, not counting occational bolides. Venus can be bright enough that in a dark environment after your eyes have grown accustom to the dark, you can actually see your shadow by the light of Venus. I'm fortunate to have experienced this first hand in the Guatemalan highlands in the 70s (those familiar with Venus' orbit now have enough information to state what year this probably was).
      >
      > Note that the ISS is in low orbit and traverses the sky very quickly. It generally takes a minute or so to cross the sky. Not so with Venus and Jupiter.
      >
      > Venus is fun to watch now because it's climbing higher in the western sky just after sunset. At some point it will attain it's highest (easternmost) position and then arc back toward the sun, evenutally to appear in the eastern sky, where only those people who get up early or stay up until ungodly hours see it.
      >
      > Victor
      >
      >
      > On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM, softscienceofficer <edgeanderson@...> wrote:
      > Hi everyone,
      >
      > There is an incredibly bright celestial object to the left of the moon tonight. It seems too bright for Jupiter or Venus. Is it either of those or the ISS?
      >
      > Thanks,
      > Ed/SSO
      >
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    • Victor Engel
      If you want to see the ISS you can get viewing information for your location at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/ or
      Message 2 of 13 , Jan 27, 2012
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        If you want to see the ISS you can get viewing information for your location at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/ or http://www.heavens-above.com/

        The latter will also show viewing times for many other objects.

        Victor

        On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:37 AM, softscienceofficer <edgeanderson@...> wrote:
        Thanks for all the info everyone! My first thought was Venus or Jupiter, but I had never seen either that bright before (and I've never seen the ISS, so I wouldn't know what that looked like anyway).

        Ed/SoftScience--means I do statistics not physics--Officer
        (with apologies to Tygress)



        --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "gumbietygress@..." <gumbietygress@...> wrote:
        >
        > "Venus is fun to watch now because it's climbing higher in the western sky just after sunset. At some point it will attain it's highest (easternmost) position and then arc back toward the sun, evenutally to appear in the eastern sky, where only those people who get up early or stay up until ungodly hours see it." Which is why, in the morning, it's called Lucifer. BarbJ = quoting Fry then fly= Tygress
        >
        >
        >
        > ---------- Original Message ----------
        > From: Victor Engel <brillig@...>
        > To: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Amateur astronomers needed
        > Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 01:58:42 -0600
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > After the sun and the moon, Venus is the brightest object in the sky, not counting occational bolides. Venus can be bright enough that in a dark environment after your eyes have grown accustom to the dark, you can actually see your shadow by the light of Venus. I'm fortunate to have experienced this first hand in the Guatemalan highlands in the 70s (those familiar with Venus' orbit now have enough information to state what year this probably was).
        >
        > Note that the ISS is in low orbit and traverses the sky very quickly. It generally takes a minute or so to cross the sky. Not so with Venus and Jupiter.
        >
        > Venus is fun to watch now because it's climbing higher in the western sky just after sunset. At some point it will attain it's highest (easternmost) position and then arc back toward the sun, evenutally to appear in the eastern sky, where only those people who get up early or stay up until ungodly hours see it.
        >
        > Victor
        >
        >
        > On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM, softscienceofficer <edgeanderson@...> wrote:
        > Hi everyone,
        >
        > There is an incredibly bright celestial object to the left of the moon tonight. It seems too bright for Jupiter or Venus. Is it either of those or the ISS?
        >
        > Thanks,
        > Ed/SSO
        >
        >
        >
        > ------------------------------------
        >
        > Yahoo! Groups Links
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > ____________________________________________________________
        > 53 Year Old Mom Looks 33
        > The Stunning Results of Her Wrinkle Trick Has Botox Doctors Worried
        > http://thirdpartyoffers.juno.com/TGL3141/4f22a63d7a64076aa28st02vuc
        >




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      • Victor Engel
        Such a chart is location specific. I know this list is for people in Cental Texas, but that s a big place, and viewing details will vary over the area. For
        Message 3 of 13 , Jan 27, 2012
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          Such a chart is location specific. I know this list is for people in Cental Texas, but that's a big place, and viewing details will vary over the area. For brightness comparisons Venus is currently -4.1, and Jupiter is -2.4. So you can see the ISS is comparable in brightness to both Venus and Jupiter, depending on the pass.

          Tonight the moon is closer to Uranus than to either Venus or Jupiter. I like using skyviewcafe.com to view planetary locations in context with the stars.

          Victor

          On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM, banda_geocacher <banda@...> wrote:


          --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "softscienceofficer" <edgeanderson@...> wrote:
          >
           (and I've never seen the ISS, so I wouldn't know what that looked like anyway).

          If you want to check out the ISS, here are some upcoming opportunities:

          (The times show hours:minutes:seconds) (And yes, you have to get up early in the morning!)

                                                        Max Altitude
          Date Magnitude  Start Time   Altitude Azimuth  Time       Altitude Azimuth       End Time  Altitude Azimuth

          1 Feb   -0.5    06:26:40        10      N       06:28:09        13      NE      06:29:38        10      ENE
          2 Feb   -2.7    07:04:19        10      NW      07:07:30        55      NE      07:10:41        10      ESE
          3 Feb   -1.3    06:08:07        12      N       06:10:21        23      NE      06:12:59        10      E
          4 Feb   -0.2    05:13:38        11      NE      05:13:38        11      NE      05:14:09        10      NE
          4 Feb   -3.2    06:46:13        10      NW      06:49:24        58      SW      06:52:35        10      SSE
          5 Feb   -2.6    05:51:35        40      N       05:52:17        48      NE      05:55:25        10      ESE

           Hopefully the formatting of this chart will turn out correctly!

          Brent

          BandA




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        • Victor Engel
          If you go to skyviewcafe.com, turn on asteroids and comets to see that Themis is between Uranus and the moon. Unfortunately, its magnitude is 12.6, which is
          Message 4 of 13 , Jan 27, 2012
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            If you go to skyviewcafe.com, turn on asteroids and comets to see that Themis is between Uranus and the moon. Unfortunately, its magnitude is 12.6, which is too dim to see even with binoculars.

            Victor

            On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM, Victor Engel <brillig@...> wrote:
            Such a chart is location specific. I know this list is for people in Cental Texas, but that's a big place, and viewing details will vary over the area. For brightness comparisons Venus is currently -4.1, and Jupiter is -2.4. So you can see the ISS is comparable in brightness to both Venus and Jupiter, depending on the pass.

            Tonight the moon is closer to Uranus than to either Venus or Jupiter. I like using skyviewcafe.com to view planetary locations in context with the stars.

            Victor

            On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM, banda_geocacher <banda@...> wrote:


            --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "softscienceofficer" <edgeanderson@...> wrote:
            >
             (and I've never seen the ISS, so I wouldn't know what that looked like anyway).

            If you want to check out the ISS, here are some upcoming opportunities:

            (The times show hours:minutes:seconds) (And yes, you have to get up early in the morning!)

                                                          Max Altitude
            Date Magnitude  Start Time   Altitude Azimuth  Time       Altitude Azimuth       End Time  Altitude Azimuth

            1 Feb   -0.5    06:26:40        10      N       06:28:09        13      NE      06:29:38        10      ENE
            2 Feb   -2.7    07:04:19        10      NW      07:07:30        55      NE      07:10:41        10      ESE
            3 Feb   -1.3    06:08:07        12      N       06:10:21        23      NE      06:12:59        10      E
            4 Feb   -0.2    05:13:38        11      NE      05:13:38        11      NE      05:14:09        10      NE
            4 Feb   -3.2    06:46:13        10      NW      06:49:24        58      SW      06:52:35        10      SSE
            5 Feb   -2.6    05:51:35        40      N       05:52:17        48      NE      05:55:25        10      ESE

             Hopefully the formatting of this chart will turn out correctly!

            Brent

            BandA




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          • Grajek
            I am having trouble unsubscribing from this email list. I have tried the unsubscribe but the emails keep coming. Can the moderator unsubscribe me please?
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              I am having trouble unsubscribing from this email list. I have tried the unsubscribe but the emails keep coming. Can the moderator unsubscribe me please?

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              --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "softscienceofficer" <edgeanderson@...> wrote:
              >
              (and I've never seen the ISS, so I wouldn't know what that looked like anyway).

              If you want to check out the ISS, here are some upcoming opportunities:

              (The times show hours:minutes:seconds) (And yes, you have to get up early in the morning!)

              Max Altitude
              Date Magnitude Start Time Altitude Azimuth Time Altitude Azimuth End Time Altitude Azimuth

              1 Feb -0.5 06:26:40 10 N 06:28:09 13 NE 06:29:38 10 ENE
              2 Feb -2.7 07:04:19 10 NW 07:07:30 55 NE 07:10:41 10 ESE
              3 Feb -1.3 06:08:07 12 N 06:10:21 23 NE 06:12:59 10 E
              4 Feb -0.2 05:13:38 11 NE 05:13:38 11 NE 05:14:09 10 NE
              4 Feb -3.2 06:46:13 10 NW 06:49:24 58 SW 06:52:35 10 SSE
              5 Feb -2.6 05:51:35 40 N 05:52:17 48 NE 05:55:25 10 ESE

              Hopefully the formatting of this chart will turn out correctly!

              Brent

              BandA
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