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Mars!!!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. dontoe

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    MARS SPECTACULAR!

    The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next, Earth is
    catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest
    approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars
    may come this close is in 2287.

    Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit,
    astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth
    in the last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it
    happens again.

    The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within
    34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object
    in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11
    arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification, Mars will look as

    large as the full moon to the naked eye.

    Mars will be easy
    to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and
    reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

    By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at
    nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty
    convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history.

    So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow
    progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.

    Share this with your children and grandchildren.

    Sorry, it already happened in 2003!
    My mistake!
     
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    August 27th??? I'm going to have to take that night off from work. I love setting up my telescope and view the planets. I saw Jupiter last week and 4 of it's moons. called the neighbor over and he got a kick out of it. I just may have to order the adapter I need to attach my camera up to it :thinking: :thinking: :saweet: :saweet:
     
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    Yes, please............like to see your shots!
     
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    cool stuff, how powerfull is your scope?
    a guy who live next to me years ago had a nice one, was jupider and 4 or 6 moons very cool, and the moon under 80x is amazing on a clear night.
     
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    pffffft, i go 4 wheeling on mars all the time.........
     
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    this is my scope here. with the lowest lens, it is 25x and the highest is 100x. it's one of the cheaper ones since I just got into it several years ago and didn't want to spend a fortune. I've seen the rings of Saturn also
    [​IMG]. it really look like this except I couldn't tell see the color in this photo. a lot of that is done with filters to help bring out subtle colors that you wouldn't see other wise.
    [​IMG] you can see the cloud bands aound Jupiter also along with it's moons.

    I wanted it more to take photos of the moon but hadn't ordered the adapt or the filters yet.

    you guys can get a star chart and use a regular pair of 12x50 binoculars to see some objects. you may not be able to see the cloud bands around Jupiter, but you will see it's moons. go out on a clear night and if nothing else, just use them to study the moon some. :thumb:
     
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    COOL

    seems like a good price for a good looking scope, might have to get into it one day along with 1000 other thing i want to get into!!
     
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    yeehaw! just placed the order for the adapters! now I've got another site that offers the filters and additional eye pieces for the same price I could get the filters for! :woot: :woot:
     
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    it really is nice to sit outside and stargaze. I hope that I can take some cool photos. if I do, then I'll post them.
     
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    just out of curiosity, where'd you get this info?
     
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    http://www.space.com/
     
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    It is nice to see that others are into astronomy as well. I am trying to learn more about it, and since my dad is really into it I have all the resources to do so. He belongs to a club and everything. I think there are about five 'scopes sitting in the garage right now! LX200 is his pride and joy. He doesn't have all of the real expensive stuff in the link though. I just put it in for the pic! Some guys buy sports cars and motorcycles when they reach middle age. He just bought telescopes!
     
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    You're correct, of course. The article I quoted didn't have a year easily visable so i assumed it was this year. Assuming always makes an ass out of me.
    Thanks for the correction.
     
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    that's what I was wondering. I had a flashback while I was in the midst of drinking the suds Sunday night and wanted to be sure. oh well, I still needed the camera attachments, now I can get some good shots of the moon :D .
     
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    Jupiter is out too. You can always get pics of that. Hopefully Saturn isn't too low either....
     
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    my attachments haven't come in yet, but yea, I've already viewed it. Saturn is too low for my area. :frown1:
     

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