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#1021 Skywatcher

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 08:56 PM

November 18 and 19 Lunar eclipse

 

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We are going to have a near total lunar eclipse on the night of November 18th /19th. Not quite total, but will only have about 3% not in shadow. The appearance will be total with a slightly bright edge.

This is going to be a quite long eclipse, lasting approximately 3 hours and 28 minutes.

 

There is some specific time info with charts of where it is visible here:

https://www.timeandd...021-november-19

 

Enjoy !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Edited by Skywatcher, 16 September 2021 - 08:59 PM.

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 11:51 AM

I look forward to seeing the usual overcast/hazy conditions get a bit dimmer for a while that night!

 

While it's nice to live in a place where I'm not at all concerned about drought, a subtropical climate tends to make clear skies rare so it's not great for stargazing (or eclipse watching). The spectacular thunderstorms sort of make up for it (when I'm not seeking shelter from them when they get twisty, that is).


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Posted 20 September 2021 - 01:23 PM

I would like to get some shots of the eclipse :)  Here is a shot from last nights moon, and one of a cloud I posted earlier in the photo thread.   I'm posting it here to ask weather or not yawl think that this is a microburst (see what I did there, lol), or just an unusual cloud. 

 

I think it might be, but I got some push back from friends/family.

 

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Posted 20 September 2021 - 03:11 PM

Nice near full moon. The tiniest fraction of shadow in the upper left is just enough to highlight a few good craters...

 

I am not too experienced with microbursts, but understood them to originate in large thunderheads. I would ask if there was heavy thunderhead activity, and what direction the pictured cloud mass was moving. If rapidly going to the ground with much more massive cloud above, I would say yes.



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Posted 20 September 2021 - 03:32 PM

Thanks Skye, it was thunderstorm type weather we were having.  With hail, and downpours that would drown a duck if couldn't find cover, lol, but there was no no large cloud mass that seemed to be feeding the storm.   To me it looks like it is just flat drowning the area under that cloud, and it looks almost focused, IMHO.   What ever that kind of cloud is called, it was energetic.  I'm happy I got a picture of it, but I'm glad it didn't dump like that on me.

 

This pic shows the entire cloud, top to ground level.

 

One of the things I noticed about the moon shot, compared to the one you shared a few posts up (of the eclipse), is how the perspective is quite a bit different due to the significant change in latitude.   It looks rotated in the sky, comparatively.  

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Posted 24 September 2021 - 08:28 AM

Microbursts are actually pretty big, strong storms. They're not a large-scale weather pattern like a front ("micro" is relative).

 

Photo of a microburst over Phoenix:

 

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Posted 13 October 2021 - 11:23 AM

Sad I missed this one. One of my good friends caught it and said it was pretty amazing

 


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Posted 13 October 2021 - 03:53 PM

We were socked in with clouds here, and didn't get to see a thing.



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Posted 16 November 2021 - 05:13 PM

Just a reminder ..............

The Longest Lunar Eclipse in 580 Years Takes Place This Thursday Night into Friday Morning !

https://mycotopia.ne...52#entry1492246


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Posted 18 November 2021 - 10:52 PM

Bumping! I tend to wake up at 3-4am and check out the stars. Hoping it's a clear night. 


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Posted 19 November 2021 - 05:35 AM

Got up to check the weather - snowing

 

haven't had a clear night for an event in a few years now


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Posted 19 November 2021 - 09:47 AM

Clouds came in late Thursday afternoon, and threatened to obscure the eclipse here. Fortunately they thinned out and were mostly gone by 11 PM, and stayed that way through the eclipse.

 Very nice copper/red at 1: 00 during the maximum....


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Posted 19 November 2021 - 10:01 AM

Clouds rolled in right at like 9-10pm. It's always clear here. Then around 11:30-12am it cleared up.

 

I'm one part sleep deprived and 2 parts pissed off...
Chantix has kept me wired for the past 2 days. Cool I won't miss this eclipse for once.

 

Took photos throughout documenting it. Got a few hours of sleep and tons of awakenings. 

Wake up to edit my photos from last night and they are all fucking corrupted except the normal fucking baseline moon!

Hope ya'll enjoyed it. Lunar eclipses are special to me and my wife. We were the only 2 who stayed awake 20 years ago to check one out in our mutual group. 

Dang was able to salvage 1 photo out of 10. Had to screenshot it send it to a friend and have them send it back...I ain't bothering with these as now the quality is gone from screenshotting and already crap image.

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to my eyes it was full eclipse. My camera said otherwise. I noticed as I moved my camera the amount of the eclipse changed. I'll have to try and wrap my head around that physics. 


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Posted 19 April 2022 - 04:32 PM

April Planetary Line Up and More.....

 

There are four of the naked eye visible planets, all lined up in a nice row now until the end of the month. Jupiter has moved above the horizon now in the pre-dawn sky, making the line up of Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Saturn all visible. Jupiter does not rise until about an hour before dawn, so the lined up planets will only be visible until the dawn light gets too bright and washes them out.

 

more info here:

https://www.dnaindia...rn-moon-2946814

 

As an added bonus for your viewing pleasure, the Lyrid Meteor shower is also visible now, and will peak the night of the 21st/22nd. Because the moon is still pretty bright, the best time to look will be before midnight when the moon rises.

 

maps and location plus info here:

https://www.timeandd...wer/lyrids.html

 

May also will treat a good portion of us to a total lunar eclipse !

This one will be at decent viewing times for most of us (those that enjoy sleeping at night).

The eclipse will be on May 15th.

Totality will be for about a half hour, so not a real long one this time.

 

Specific charts, times, and locations for your area will be found here:

https://www.timeandd...nar/2022-may-16

 

 

Enjoy the shows !!!


Edited by Skywatcher, 19 April 2022 - 04:47 PM.

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Posted 19 April 2022 - 08:59 PM

The Lyrids are known for occasionally exceeding their expected numbers by several factors.

 

As of now the night of the 22nd looks clear here. I may stay up all night.


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Posted 28 April 2022 - 09:00 AM

As the 4 planets continue to grace the early morning sky, the two brightest will appear to combine together on the morning of

April 30th. Jupiter and Venus will be in conjunction.

The view will also be viskble on the morning of May first, with the two planets position now reversed.
More here:

https://www.yahoo.co...-124100210.html



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Posted 13 May 2022 - 08:55 AM

Just a reminder........

The total lunar eclipse is happening this Sunday. Totality will last about an hour, and be seen in the earlier PM hours.

Check the link here, for specific times for your location.

https://www.timeandd...nar/2022-may-16



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Posted 17 May 2022 - 11:15 PM

I managed to get a couple shots of the eclipse on Sunday. Not great, but at least not a blur festival. I had to resize these to fit here, so I apologize for the delay....

The first is taken right after totality, and there was still light in the sky. The second is a good midway through, and the last is from about 15 minutes after the totality ended...

It was nice to be able to watch this during normal evening hours, and having the cloud cover cooperate...

 

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Edited by Skywatcher, 17 May 2022 - 11:19 PM.

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Posted 22 May 2022 - 08:11 PM

Nice one! If nobody else nominates it I will - on the merits of the technical difficulty of exposing it correctly


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Posted 23 May 2022 - 08:45 AM

Thanx pharmer,

I can't take much credit for that either as the pictures were taken on a cell phone using a block fence as my stabilizer......






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