Special Saturday Event!
Halloween Night Kite Flight
and Astronomical Observing night
at Silver Springs Campgrounds
thanks to the
Stow Parks & Recreation Dept
and the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites!!

SATURDAY 10/30/2010 at 4:00pm

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If the above link to the map doesn't work for you, here are directions from Fishcreek School:

1) From Fishcreek School, cross Fishcreek Rd and proceed east on Call Rd.

2) Follow Call Rd for 1.25 miles.

3) At the stop sign, turn left at Young Rd and follow north for .4 (4 tenths) mile.

4) Turn left into Silver Springs Park Campgrounds and follow straight back to the open pavilion.

Aerial view of the campgrounds where we'll be setting up the telescopes.
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Special event night!!!

We'll be setting up telescopes at the Silver Springs Campgrounds on Young Rd in Stow in conjunction with the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites for the annual Halloween Night Kite Flight at 4:00pm.  We had a ball at this event five years ago and again two years ago.  We fully expect to do the same this year!  The Night Kite Flight folks are great - and always welcome us with enthusiasm exceeded only by the awe expressed by us astronomy folks at the magnificence of their illuminated kites. What?! Astronomers awed by illuminated kites? I'm entirely serious about this, you have to see them to believe it.  Come out and share the joy - you won't be disappointed.

Food will be available.  This is a "pot luck" event, if you plan on eating, please bring a dish to share.
The kites will be set up at the top of the hill at the new open pavilion. All this depends, of course, on the weather. Kites, telescopes and bad weather don't mix.

Tonight, we'll have no Moon until it rises after 1:00am Sunday morning.  This will be a great night for observing those faint DSOs (Deep Space Objects).  We'll have the colorful double stars, open clusters made up of hundreds of stars, the globular clusters comprised of hundreds of thousands of stars, planetary nebula formed by dying stars, diffuse nebula and emission nebula where stars are being born.  Galaxies, including M31 - the Andromeda Galaxy - our closest neighboring island universe - will be ours for the asking - and now it's rising early enough to see without having to wait.  Bring binoculars if you have a pair and we'll show you how to find the Andromeda Galaxy with them!  Also, we'll show you how to find the beautiful "Coat Hanger" cluster which is best seen in binoculars.

Click here for a list of DeepSky Objects that will be available to us this session.

How about the planets...which ones can we see tonight? 

    Sun is obviously unavailable to us, it IS night time after all. ;^)
    Mercury is no not visible but will soon be an evening object.
    Venus is totally lost in the glare of the morning Sun.
    Earth is what you'll be standing on as you look up. ;^)
    Mars is still visible in the west immediately after sunset, but is setting shortly after the Sun.
    Jupiter is with us all night now and It's HUGE and BRIGHT.  Truly the King of the planets!
    Saturn is now a morning object and is visible before sunrise.
    Uranus is with us all night and 3 to Jupiter's east.
    Neptune is now easily visible in our telescopes 28 to Jupiter's west.
 
  Pluto is up tonight, but so incredibly small and dim that we can't see a thing in our telescopes!  We can show you where it is, though.  OK, OK...if you want to try to see it, we'll try!
    Moon will be a 41.6% illuminated waning crescent when it rises at 1:16am Sunday morning.


Click here for additional information on the planets not listed in the detail below.

Click here for a list of constellations we can see tonight before midnight.

We hope to see you here for a night under the stars - now in our sixteenth year!

- - - - - - Our location - - - - - -

Longitude:

W 81 24' 24.4"
Latitude: N 41 11' 38.2"
Altitude:

 335m

Note: All times are shown in EDT (Eastern Daylight Time (UT-4)) as seen from Stow, Ohio
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The following Sun, Moon and planet detail was calculated as it will be
on Friday 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm (nautical twilight)

Source: Guide8 software available from www.projectpluto.com

Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Virgo -26.7 07:51 18:26
  Mercury Libra -0.7 08:38 18:46
  Venus Virgo -4.0 07:53 17:49
Mars   Scorpius 1.4 10:00 19:35
Jupiter   Aquarius -2.8 16:37 04:21
  Saturn Virgo 0.9 05:38 17:31
Uranus   Pisces 5.8 16:40 04:38
Neptune   Capricornus 7.9 15:24 01:59
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.3 12:06 22:00
  Moon Cancer -9.9 00:00 14:33
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Sun data
 
Rises:

7:51am

Transits:

1:09pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

6:26pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Distance:

0.99292986 AU = 148,540,193 km = 92,298,598 miles = 8.27 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-26.7

Apparent size:

32.22 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

6:52pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

7:25pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

7:57pm - Sun is 18 below the horizon

Fall began:

at the Autumnal Equinox which occurred on Wednesday Sep 22, 2010 at 11:10pm

Winter begins:

at the Winter Solstice which will occur on Tuesday Dec 21, 2010 at 6:39pm

Next Solar Eclipses in Stow, Ohio:
    Partial eclipse (>80%) on Monday August 21, 2017 2:30pm EDT
    Total eclipse (an amazing sight!) on Monday April 8, 2024 2:15pm EST (3:15pm EDT)

On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm the Sun will be 12 below the west-southwest horizon
Current live mage of the Sun in heavily-filtered white light as provided by the SOHO site.
Notice the graphic below the image that shows the relative size of Jupiter and Earth compared to the Sun:
Never EVER point your telescope at the Sun!!!  Instantaneous and permanent eye damage will result!!!
Very special equipment is required to provide an image like this...don't try this at home.


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Moon data
 
Rises:

0:00am - Oct 30 and at 1:12am on Oct 31

Transits:

7:22am - Oct 30 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

2:33pm - Oct 30

Constellation:

Cancer

Phase:

45.00% illuminated (waning crescent)

Distance:

0.00250736 AU = 375,096 km = 233,074 miles = 1.25 light-seconds

Magnitude:

-9.9

Apparent size:

31.85 arcminutes in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

84.11 (morning sky)

Age:

23d 4h 33m since last New Moon

Prior Phase:

Last Quarter on Saturday Oct 30, 2010 at 8:46am

Next Phase:

New Moon on Saturday Nov 6, 2010 at 12:52am

Next Lunar eclipse:

Total eclipse (100%) on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 10:10pm EDT


On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm the Moon will be 35.6 below the north-northwest horizon
but will look like this in our telescopes at very low power*
when it clears the trees to the east of the observing field:

Note: All computer-generated graphics are correct-image representations.
A telescope will reverse this left-right and possibly invert up-down depending on type of equipment being used.


*
How do we change the "power" (magnification) of our telescopes?
Simple!  By changing the eyepiece to one of a longer or shorter focal length.
If the eyepiece is of shorter focal length, the "power" (magnification) is higher,
If he eyepiece is of longer focal length, the "power" (magnification) is lower.
By how much?  Here's the formula:
Magnification =F focal length of telescope objective lens (or mirror)
focal length of eyepiece being used      

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Mercury data
 
Rises:

8:38am

Transits:

1:42pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

6:46pm

Constellation:

Libra

Phase:

97.25% illuminated

Distance:

1.41965706 AU = 212,377,674 km = 131,965,370 miles = 11.82 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-0.7

Apparent size:

4.74 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

8.80 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 (21 27' 14")

Morning:

Sunday, January 9, 2011 (23 16' 55")


On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm Mercury will be 7.9
below the west-southwest horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises:

  7:53am

Transits:

12:51pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  5:49pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

0.59% illuminated

Distance:

0.27168341 AU = 40,643,260 km = 25,254,551 miles = 2.26 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-4.0 (extremely bright, but lost in the glare of the rising Sun)

Apparent size:

1.02 arcminutes in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

6.40 (morning sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Morning:

Saturday, January 8, 2011 (46 57' 24")

Evening:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (46 02' 27")


On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm Venus will be 18.4 below the west-southwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises:

10:00am

Transits:

  2:48pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  7:35pm

Constellation:

Scorpius

Phase:

98.03% illuminated

Distance:

2.32724203 AU = 348,150,453 km = 216,330,665 miles = 19.38 light-minutes

Magnitude:

1.4

Apparent size:

4.02 arcseconds in angular diameter - less than 1/500th the apparent diameter of the Moon!

Elongation from Sun:

24.51 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Mars is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Friday Jan 29, 2010 at 2:21pm. Distance: 99,400,435 km. Size: 14.08 arcseconds.

Next:

Saturday Mar 3, 2012 at 3:52pm. Distance: 100,839,728 km. Size: 13.88 arcseconds.

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For a table of close encounters with Mars from 1969 to 2052


On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm Mars will be 0.7 above the southwest horizon

Question: Will Mars be "as big as a Full Moon on August 27!" ???
 Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Question: Will there be "Two Full Moons in the Sky!" ???
 Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Mars was the closest in recorded history on August 27, but that was only in 2003, not every year!
At that time, it appeared to be 1/75
th the apparent diameter of the Moon!  NOT the "same size as the Full Moon".

Please check these respected sites for their stories on the "Mars hoax" by clicking on the links below:

    Sky & Telescope

   
Snopes.com

    Hoax-slayer

    Universe Today

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Jupiter data
 
Rises:

  4:37pm

Transits:

10:29pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  4:21am - Oct 31

Constellation:

Aquarius

Phase:

99.52% illuminated

Distance:

4.18502766 AU = 626,071,226 km = 389,022,629 miles = 34.86 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-2.8

Apparent size:

47.11 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

136.63 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Jupiter is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Tuesday Sep 21, 2010 at 7:28am

Next:

Friday Oct 28, 2011 at 9:37pm


Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Sunday Oct 31, 2010 at 3:22am (The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes)
GRS longitude: 147.3
Lots of Jupiter moon activity (during darkness):
      Ganymede transit begins on Saturday Oct 30, 2010 at 8:19pm when Jupiter is 36.1 above the horizon
      Europa transit begins on Saturday Oct 30, 2010 at 10:24pm when Jupiter is 45 above the horizon
      Ganymede transit ends on Saturday Oct 30, 2010 at 11:20pm when Jupiter is 43.6 above the horizon
      Io occultation begins on Saturday Oct 30, 2010 at 11:35pm when Jupiter is 42.6 above the horizon
      Ganymede shadow transit begins on Sunday Oct 31, 2010 at 0:08am when Jupiter is 39.7 above the horizon
      Europa shadow transit begins on Sunday Oct 31, 2010 at 0:15am when Jupiter is 39 above the horizon
      Europa transit ends on Sunday Oct 31, 2010 at 1:08am when Jupiter is 32.3 above the horizon

On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm Jupiter will be 28.4 above the east-southeast horizon
and will look like this with its four moons at high power in our telescopes:

Note: All graphics are correct-image representations.  A telescope will reverse this left-right and possibly invert up-down depending on type of equipment being used.

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Saturn data
 
Rises:

  5:38am

Transits:

11:35am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  5:31pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

99.95% illuminated

Distance:

10.44766711 AU = 1,562,948,753 km = 971,171,342 miles = 1.45 light-hours

Magnitude:

0.9

Apparent size:

15.91 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

26.16 (morning sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Saturn is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Sunday Mar 21, 2010 at 8:28pm

Next:

Sunday Apr 3, 2011 at 7:48pm


On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm Saturn will be 22.1 below the west horizon

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Uranus data
 
Rises:

  4:40pm

Transits:

10:39pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  4:38am - Oct 31

Constellation:

Pisces

Phase:

99.97% illuminated

Distance:

19.32300903 AU = 2,890,681,006 km = 1,796,185,926 miles = 2.68 light-hours

Magnitude:

5.8

Apparent size:

3.65 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

139.75 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Uranus is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Tuesday Sep 21, 2010 at 12:51pm

Next:

Sunday Sep 25, 2011 at 8:07pm


On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm Uranus will be 28.3 above the east-southeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises:

3:24pm

Transits:

8:42pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

1:59am - Oct 31

Constellation:

Capricornus

Phase:

99.98% illuminated

Distance:

29.68610041 AU = 4,440,977,410 km = 2,759,495,462 miles = 4.12 light-hours

Magnitude:

7.9

Apparent size:

2.30 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

108.49 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Neptune is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Friday Aug 20, 2010 at 5:59am

Next:

Monday Aug 22, 2011 at 7:18pm


On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm Neptune will be 32.6 above the southeast horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises:

12:06pm

Transits:

  5:03pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:00pm

Constellation:

Sagittarius

Phase:

99.98% illuminated

Distance:

32.46618172 AU = 4,856,871,654 km = 3,017,920,168 miles = 4.51 light-hours

Magnitude:

14.3

Apparent size:

0.10 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

56.04 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Pluto is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Friday Jun 25, 2010 at 2:59pm

Next:

Tuesday Jun 28, 2011 at 1:23am


On 10/30/2010 at 7:24:43pm Pluto will be 21.7 above the south-southwest horizon

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Inner Solar System - the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars on 10/30/2010
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)
Mercury past Superior conjunction on Oct 17, 2010 and will soon be visible in the evening.
Venus past Inferior conjunction yesterday (Oct 29, 2010) and is totally lost in the glare of the Sun.
Mars is very far away and getting farther and smaller all the time.  It will reach conjunction on Feb 4, 2011 and be 220,700,000 miles away.

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Outer Solar System - the Sun, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto on 10/30/2010
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)
Jupiter is visible for the entire night
Saturn is now a morning object
Uranus is visible for the entire night and is heading for eastern quadrature on Dec 18, 2010
Neptune is visible for the entire night and will reach eastern quadrature on Nov 18, 2010
Pluto's orbit can be seen to be extremely eccentric (non-circular) and tilted to the plane of the ecliptic.

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Very sincerely yours,
Dave Jessie
"Time spent observing the heavens is not deducted from your life span"

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