- Just a reminder that tonight is our regular monthly meeting - 7:00 PM at
the First Presbyterian Church.
Did you see the moon this morning? It was a pretty sight hanging in a very
clear western sky - you could see the distortion of it's roundness as it
approached the western horizon...just one of Mother Nature's many photo ops
for our moon. And once again I did not have a camera with me - because the
weatherman said it was cloudy.
Also, our mirror making workshop is approaching rapidly. If you were kind
enuf to store one of our 2003 grinding tables please make plans to return
it before February - or we will have to make additional tables - again...
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year holiday and I do look
forward to an outstanding year for Delmarva Stargazers.
See you at the Church tonight.
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- Venus is nearly full, about 95% illuminated and 10.5" across at magnitude -3.9. Mercury is 67% illuminated and 6.4" across. Mercury is magnitude -0.7 tonight.
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On Jan 11, 2015, at 10:27 AM, lance biechele ltb0076@... [delmarvastargazers] <email@example.com> wrote:Hi Folks,What a sight Venus and Mercury were last night. Mercury wassparkling like a little diiamond.Does anyone know which phase Venus is at?Good Stargazing!LanceOn Sunday, January 11, 2015 7:38 AM, "Don Surles don.surles@... [delmarvastargazers]" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I went out to the marsh last nite to see the comet...it was 14F.
The comet was high in the southeastern sky. With my 20x80 Celestron bino the head appeared to be as large as a full moon with a short tail visible. It also had what appeared to be a bluish/green overall cast.
At 14F I did not hang around to see if there were any changes visible over a period of time. If it was not so cold I probably would have set up a camera.
Go out and see for yourself...this is a nice highly visible comet that is easy to find. Under dark skies it is naked eye.
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> On Jan 10, 2015, at 11:26 PM, Michael Lecuyer mjl@... [delmarvastargazers] <email@example.com> wrote:
> I went out tonight and looked out in front of Orion's shield for a lone
> star. But I don't see a lone star where it should be, there are two. I
> check the charts and there is only one star there. The other is not
> quite a point. It's a naked eye comet!
> Lovejoy is about 20' across with a nice 1-2' nucleus and sports a tail I
> could follow for at least a degree to the west.
> This was a great night until the moon rose. Not a star twinkled -
> racking out the eyepiece diffraction circles were perfect with an
> overlay of locally generated heat motion. Jupiter's belts were highly
> detailed as long as I looked even though it was still low.
> Finally the moon rose. It was a bit cold - 10 F with the night sky at -48 F.
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