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Old 08-23-2007, 12:20 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Ichabod View Post
Help... any tips for tracking objects? I found the data from the nasa skywatch applet

It spits out times, etc for my city, but any tips for determining where to look in the sky? I am really good at 2 dimensional navigation, but have had no luck so far with this. Where exactly am I looking for 17 degrees?

Fri Aug 17/09:56 PM
11 above NNW
17 above NNE
Check it out dude, go online and print out a star chart. It will give you the present location of the Zodiac, and the major constellations, and help you locate the general area where the event you want to watch is taking place.
This link should get you started. The outer border of the star chart lists the degrees that you were talking about.

ps. Don't use a junky k-mart telescope if that's all you can find. Sometimes a 50x set of field binoculars works better..
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:00 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Red Moon

Early Tuesday morning, August 28th, there's going to be a colorful lunar eclipse visible from five continents including most of North America

The event begins 54 minutes past midnight PDT (0754 UT) on August 28th when the Moon enters Earth's shadow. At first, there's little change. The outskirts of Earth's shadow are as pale as the Moon itself; an onlooker might not even realize anything is happening. But as the Moon penetrates deeper, a startling metamorphosis occurs. Around 2:52 am PDT (0952 UT), the color of the Moon changes from moondust-gray to sunset-red. This is totality, and it lasts for 90 minutes.

The eclipse will be visible from Australia, Japan, parts of Asia and most of the Americas, but not from Africa or Europe. Pacific observers are favored. On the west coast of the United States, the entire eclipse will unfold high in the post-midnight sky. On the east coast, totality will be truncated by sunrise. That's okay; even a little eclipse can be a dream.


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Old 08-27-2007, 10:03 AM   #63 (permalink)
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I thought of you, william, and this thread when I read about that this morning
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