Sadly, observing at Fishcreek was CANCELLED



due to fresh sealant on the school parking lot
and entrance & exit driveways

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We hope to see you at our next scheduled event on 7/6/2012

Astronomical Observing at the Fishcreek Observing Site
Friday 6/29/2012
at 9:30 pm

Next event: 7/6/2012

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Tonight we'll have the Moon with us all night.  Let's make the most of it and look at all the rich detail that's available on the Moon at this phase.  The DSO's (Deep Space Objects) we love to see will be tough under these conditions, but Saturn, with its beautiful rings and six of its moons will be visible until it sets at 2:02am. Mars is visible, but very small and getting smaller every day now setting 55 minutes after midnight.  Jupiter is nowhere to be seen since it's a morning object now rising over two hours before sunrise. Uranus and Neptune rise extremely late and won't be available to us.  Colorful double stars and open clusters made up of hundreds of stars that will look beautiful; the globular clusters will be fantastic as will the planetary nebula formed by dying stars.  The diffuse nebula and emission nebula where stars are being born will be visible.  Many galaxies will be available to us.

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

    Sun is obviously unavailable to us, it will be night time after all 
    Mercury is an evening object setting 1hr 31min after sunset and should be able to be seen tonight
    Venus rises 1hr 43min before sunrise and is a beautiful thin waxing crescent
    Earth is what you'll be standing on as you look up 
    Mars is easily visible after sunset and sets at 0:55am tomorrow morning
    Jupiter is a morning object now rising 2hrs 12min before sunrise
    Saturn is magnificent to see in our telescopes and sets at 2:02am tomorrow morning
    Uranus rises at 1:07am tomorrow morning and is visible this evening if you stay extremely late
    Neptune rises at 11:44pm and is visible this evening if you stay extremely late
 
  Pluto rises at 8:31pm, but so incredibly small and dim that we can't see a thing in our telescopes!  We can show you where it is.  OK, OK...if you want to try to see it, we'll try.  Don't expect to see anything, though!
    Moon is an 82% illuminated waxing gibbous setting at 2:54am tomorrow morning


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

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Longitude:

W 81 25' 38.4"
Latitude: N 41 11' 11.1"
Altitude:

 337m

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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 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm (nautical twilight))

Source: Guide9 software available from www.projectpluto.com

  Above Horizon Below Horizon Constellation Mag Rises Sets
  Sun Gemini -26.7 05:52 21:06
Mercury   Cancer 0.4 07:58 22:37
  Venus Taurus -4.6 04:09 18:29
Mars   Virgo 0.9 12:36 00:55
  Jupiter Taurus -2.0 03:40 18:22
Saturn   Virgo 0.7 14:37 02:02
  Uranus Cetus 5.8 01:07 13:36
  Neptune Aquarius 7.9 23:44 10:37
Pluto   Sagittarius 14.2 20:31 06:20
Moon   Libra -11.5 16:41 02:54
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Sun data
 
Rises:

5:53am

Transits:

1:29pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

9:06pm

Constellation:

Gemini

Distance:

1.01664215 AU = 152,087,501 km = 94,502,793 miles = 8.47 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-26.7

Apparent size:

31.46 arcminutes in angular diameter

Twilight ends...

Civil:

  9:36pm - Sun is   6 below the horizon

Nautical:

10:19pm - Sun is 12 below the horizon

Astronomical:

11:10pm - Sun is 18 below the horizon

Summer began:

at the Summer Solstice which occurred on Wednesday Jun 20, 2012 at 7:09pm

Fall begins:

at the Autumnal Equinox which will occur on Saturday Sep 22, 2012 at 10:49am

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 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm the Sun will be 12 below the northwest horizon
Below is the current image of the Sun in heavily-filtered white light updated each morning on 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:

4:42pm

Transits:

9:51pm - (Time of highest position in the sky, due South)

Sets:

2:54am - Jun 30

Constellation:

Libra

Phase:

81.77% illuminated (waxing gibbous)

Distance:

0.00241407 AU = 361,139 km = 224,401 miles = 1.21 light-seconds

Magnitude:

-11.5

Apparent size:

33.08 arcminutes in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

129.34 (evening sky)

Age:

10d 11h 16m since last New Moon

Prior Phase:

First Quarter on Tuesday Jun 26, 2012 at 11:30pm

Next Phase:

Full Moon on Tuesday Jul 3, 2012 at 2:52pm

Next Lunar eclipse:

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


On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm the Moon will be 29 above the south horizon
This is what the Moon will look like for us tonight at low power* in our telescopes...

*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      

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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Mercury data
 
Rises:

  7:59am

Transits:

  3:19pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:38pm

Constellation:

Cancer

Phase:

42.21% illuminated

Distance:

0.8464054 AU = 126,620,445 km = 78,678,298 miles = 7.05 light-minutes

Magnitude:

0.4

Apparent size:

7.95 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

25.72 (evening sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Evening:

Sunday, July 1, 2012 (25 44' 36")

Morning:

Thursday, August 16, 2012 (18 41' 31")

Conjunctions of Mercury...
Prior:

Superior Conjunction on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 5:58:49am

Next:

Inferior Conjunction on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 5:06:27pm

Next:

Superior Conjunction on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 11:14:14am


On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm Mercury will be 2 above the west-northwest horizon

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Venus data
 
Rises:

  4:09am

Transits:

11:19am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  6:29pm

Constellation:

Taurus

Phase:

15.64% illuminated

Distance:

0.36798633 AU = 55,049,971 km = 34,206,467 miles = 3.07 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-4.6 (extremely bright, visible in the northeast before sunrise)

Apparent size:

45.34 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

31.35 (morning sky)

Next maximum elongations...
Morning:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (45 48' 10")

Evening:

Friday, November 1, 2013 (47 04' 26")

Conjunctions of Venus...
Prior:

Inferior Conjunction on Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 9:32:09pm

Next:

Superior Conjunction on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:37:10pm

Next:

Inferior Conjunction on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:34:31pm


On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm Venus will be 29.7 below the north-northwest horizon

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Mars data
 
Rises:

12:36pm

Transits:

  6:46pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  0:55am - Jun 30

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

88.75% illuminated

Distance:

1.41089647 AU = 211,067,107 km = 131,151,022 miles = 11.75 light-minutes

Magnitude:

0.9

Apparent size:

6.63 arcseconds in angular diameter - less than 1/300th the apparent diameter of the Moon

Elongation from Sun:

79.50 (evening sky)

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

Previous:

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

Next:

Tuesday Apr 8, 2014 at 6:03pm. Distance: 92,875,374 km. Size: 15.07 arcseconds.

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


On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm Mars will be 27.5 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:

  3:41am

Transits:

11:02am - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  6:23pm

Constellation:

Taurus

Phase:

99.67% illuminated

Distance:

5.81348543 AU = 869,685,042 km = 540,397,238 miles = 48.42 light-minutes

Magnitude:

-2.0

Apparent size:

33.91 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

34.65 (morning sky)

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

Previous:

Friday Oct 28, 2011 at 9:37pm

Next:

Sunday Dec 2, 2012 at 8:41pm


Next transit of the Great Red Spot: Friday Jun 29, 2012 at 10:29pm (The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes)
GRS longitude: 176.1
Jupiter moons activity (during darkness):
        None visible tonight

On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm Jupiter will be 27.9 below the north-northwest horizon

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Saturn data
 
Rises:

2:38pm

Transits:

8:20pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

2:02am - Jun 30

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

99.74% illuminated

Distance:

9.44600923 AU = 1,413,102,868 km = 878,061,425 miles = 1.31 light-hours

Magnitude:

0.7

Apparent size:

17.59 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

104.05 (evening sky)

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

Previous:

Sunday Apr 15, 2012 at 2:19pm

Next:

Sunday Apr 28, 2013 at 4:20am


On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm Saturn will be 35 above the south-southwest horizon
and will look like this in our telescopes:


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Uranus data
 
Rises:

1:08am - Jun 30

Transits:

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

Sets:

1:37pm - Jun 30

Constellation:

Cetus

Phase:

99.94% illuminated

Distance:

20.03756771 AU = 2,997,577,463 km = 1,862,608,305 miles = 2.78 light-hours

Magnitude:

5.8

Apparent size:

3.52 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

90.25 (morning sky)

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

Previous:

Sunday Sep 25, 2011 at 8:07pm

Next:

Saturday Sep 29, 2012 at 3:07am


On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm Uranus will be 30.7 below the northeast horizon

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Neptune data
 
Rises:

11:45pm

Transits:

  5:11am - Jun 30 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

10:37am - Jun 30

Constellation:

Aquarius

Phase:

99.98% illuminated

Distance:

29.39152733 AU = 4,396,909,905 km = 2,732,113,184 miles = 4.08 light-hours

Magnitude:

7.9

Apparent size:

2.32 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

125.73 (morning sky)

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

Previous:

Monday Aug 22, 2011 at 7:18pm

Next:

Friday Aug 24, 2012 at 8:24am


On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm Neptune will be 17.1 below the east-northeast horizon

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Pluto (Dwarf Planet aka Asteroid 134340) data
 
Rises:

8:32pm

Transits:

1:26am - Jun 30 - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

6:20am - Jun 30

Constellation:

Sagittarius

Phase:

100.00% illuminated

Distance:

31.24070417 AU = 4,673,542,822 km = 2,904,004,912 miles = 4.34 light-hours

Magnitude:

14.2

Apparent size:

0.11 arcseconds in angular diameter

Elongation from Sun:

176.12 (evening sky)

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

Previous:

Friday Jun 29, 2012 at 11:03am

Next:

Monday Jul 1, 2013 at 8:06pm


On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:24pm Pluto will be 11.6 above the east-southeast horizon
On 6/29/2012 at 10:19:06pm Pluto will be 15.5 above the east-southeast horizon

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Inner Solar System - the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars on 6/29/2012
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)
Mercury & Mars orbits can be seen to be rather eccentric (non-circular) and Mercury's orbit tilted significantly to the plane of the ecliptic
Mercury will reach Greatest Eastern Elongation on July 1, 2012 and should be visible a few evenings before & after that date.
Venus, on the "inside track" from the Earth, reached inferior conjunction on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 and transited the Sun - an extremely rare event
that won't happen again until 12/11/2117, 105 years from now!
Mars was last at opposition on March 3, 2012 and keeps getting further away.  It will reach conjunction on 4/17/2013 at which time it will be over 226 million miles away


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Outer Solar System - the Sun, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto on 6/29/2012
(Created using Software Bisque's
TheSky software)
Jupiter reached conjunction (directly on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth) on May 13, 2012
Saturn last reached opposition on April 15, 2012
Uranus will reach opposition on September 29, 2012
Neptune will reach opposition on August 24, 2012
Pluto's orbit can be seen to be extremely eccentric (non-circular) and severely tilted to the plane of the ecliptic.  It will be at opposition on June 29, 2012


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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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