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Wednesday night observing?

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  • Steven Long
    The Tuckahoe sky clock says no clouds and average transparency tonight. TWC says that it will be mostly clear after 8 o clock. The moon is close to new, so
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 2 10:23 AM
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      The Tuckahoe sky clock says no clouds and average transparency
      tonight. TWC says that it will be "mostly clear" after 8 o'clock.
      The moon is close to new, so it won't be a factor. NASA says that
      asteroid Vesta is visible below a line from Vindemiatrix to the Virgo
      cluster, southeast of Rho Virginis. See:

      http://science.nasa.gov/ppod/y2003/02apr_vesta.htm

      My planisphere says that Rho Virginis will be at its highest above the
      horizon at about 11 PM, and will be in good viewing skies from about
      8:30 on. Coincidentally, this corresponds to the beginning of good
      dark observing at this time of the year.

      When Rho Virginis is high, the Virgo cluster of galaxies is also high.
      It might be a good night to chase down some multiple-galaxy fields of view.

      Any of you folks want to try a few hours at Tuckahoe?

      Steve
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