Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there - SailNet Community
 2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 Old 03-23-2012 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 1,996
Thanks: 8
Thanked 36 Times in 33 Posts
Rep Power: 11
 
Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

Sunday and Monday evenings (25, 26, and maybe 27 March) in the west, they're all close together:

Last dance for Venus, Jupiter and the moon - Technology & science - Space - Space.com - msnbc.com

Hope you get out, and get clear sky. Way better than TV...



even "Mad Men"..
nolatom is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 03-23-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: San Pedro, CA
Posts: 271
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 16
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

And Mars has been visible as well, about 90 degrees behind Venus and Jupiter. Just look for the reddish looking star. We’ve had a wonderful view of all out here on the West Coast.

Last edited by windward54; 03-23-2012 at 04:50 PM.
windward54 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 16 Old 03-23-2012
Morgan 33 O.I. Perryville
 
travlineasy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,359
Thanks: 3
Thanked 139 Times in 124 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

The evening sky has been unusually clear here in Maryland for the past few weeks, my wife and have been able to clearly see Jupiter and Venus nearly every night, and we also saw the comet for at least three nights, which was an incredible sight. The comet appeared to have a series of oscillating red and blue lights, which was enhanced when viewed through 12-power binoculars. I've never seen that before and I assume it was just changes in the light spectrum through the atmosphere.

Gary
travlineasy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 16 Old 03-24-2012
Junior Member
 
CruiseICW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

It is a treat up in the sky right now. I've been waiting anxiously for "launch madness"; 5 rocket launches in 5 minutes from NASA's Wallops Island facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

s/v SAGA
1962 Allied Seawind

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
CruiseICW is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 16 Old 03-24-2012
Courtney the Dancer
 
jrd22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
Posts: 3,885
Thanks: 4
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

The stars and planets have been fantastic lately, we've even had clear weather for viewing here in the PNW (at times).

John
SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse

jrd22 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 16 Old 03-24-2012
Senior Member
 
skygazer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: western Maine
Posts: 393
Thanks: 2
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

Don't forget Saturn, it's rising in the SE when Mars is high. By 2 AM Saturn is in the South, but lower than Mars was. If you follow the curve of the Big Dipper's handle, a bit more than the length of the entire dipper away will be a very bright star, Arcturus. Keep going the same distance again and you will see two bright stars, one twinkles a lot, the other is Saturn.

Saturn has been disappointing the last two years with it's rings edgewise, but they have opened up and are very visible. A couple nights ago it was clear here in Maine, and with my (20 inch diameter) telescope I could see the shadow of the planet "ball" cast onto the rings where they went behind the planet. Very 3-D looking and a wonderful sight with a telescope. A much smaller scope would also see the rings nicely.

It's fairly rare to have all the brightest planets visible in the same night. Unfortunately, it is supposed to rain tomorrow, so I think I will have to dismantle my telescope, which barely allows it to fit (in pieces) through my doors.

Last night I saw the moon through a small opening in the clouds, it was the thinnest sliver of crescent imaginable, close to the sun. Tonight it will be much fatter, but still thin. Tomorrow it should be by Jupiter, which has been rapidly sinking into the west as Venus even more rapidly climbed by it - and is now well above it.

Last edited by skygazer; 03-24-2012 at 10:02 PM.
skygazer is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 16 Old 03-24-2012
Junior Member
 
CruiseICW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

Hey y'all,
I should also mention that I found a spectacular free planetarium program called Stellarium The cool thing about this site is that once you download it you don't need an internet connection to use it. You just put in your lat/lon, and voila!, they are the stars from your location.
It is not like the programs on some phones where you point at the sky and it moves, you move the screen with your mouse. It really is cool, and as I said, it's free.

s/v SAGA
1962 Allied Seawind

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
CruiseICW is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 16 Old 03-24-2012
Senior Member
 
skygazer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: western Maine
Posts: 393
Thanks: 2
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

Also, you can install Stellarium into a USB drive and put it in your pocket, then use it on any computer.
skygazer is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 16 Old 03-24-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: San Pedro, CA
Posts: 271
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 16
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

Quote:
Originally Posted by CruiseICW View Post
Hey y'all,
I should also mention that I found a spectacular free planetarium program called Stellarium The cool thing about this site is that once you download it you don't need an internet connection to use it. You just put in your lat/lon, and voila!, they are the stars from your location.
It is not like the programs on some phones where you point at the sky and it moves, you move the screen with your mouse. It really is cool, and as I said, it's free.
Great program. I do like my Star Walk on my iPhone, but this is a really nice program. and the price is right!
windward54 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 16 Old 03-24-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,364
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

In high summer, Uranus is also a good target.
Neptune is a real challenge, even through my best scopes.
I have never seen Neptune for sure.
This far north (57 deg), Neptune is very low in the sky.
.
Rockter is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nice Slide show - great pics Faster General Discussion (sailing related) 9 06-11-2009 01:45 PM
Great Lakes Boat Show Recommendations kkiser General Discussion (sailing related) 17 09-25-2007 01:37 PM
Sailboat provides great view of air show - Ventura County Star (subscription) NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-05-2007 06:15 AM
Venus NewsReader Mass Bay Sailors 0 04-28-2006 09:15 AM
Venus 46, Celestial 48 DavidMilne Boat Review and Purchase Forum 7 08-21-2003 05:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome