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Evening Binocular Planets
☾Morning Crescent Moons
August 31 / September 1 · ) Thinnest Evening Crescent Moon
September 4 · Delta II Launch from Vandenberg AFB
September 10
· ISS Resupply Launch (Double Spacecraft Flyovers)
· 'Space Arrow' Launch
September 19 · Moon Reveals Pleiades Sisters
No Earlier Than Late September · Atlas V Launch from Vandenberg AFB
September 26 · Delta IV Launch from Cape Canaveral AFS

By: LowerCal , 12:14 AM GMT on August 01, 2008

Today - SpaceWeather.com
This Week - SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance
This Month - SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Tour August's Sky by Eye and Ear

All events described below can be viewed with your naked eye. Occasionally simple binoculars will improve the view and that will be noted. Scroll down for future dates, farther down for past dates.


Planet Dance
August & September
Bring binoculars.
SkyandTelescope.com - The Four-Planet Dance of 2008
(The article contains a a nice animation.)


Dark Moon (a.k.a. astronomical new moon)

August 30
Exact at
1958 UT/GMT
3:58pm EDT
12:58pm PDT.

Lower and thinner morning crescent moons the week before. Higher and thicker evening crescent moons the week after. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


Binocular Planets
August 31
Image of the western sky after sunset from SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


) Thinnest Evening Crescent Moon (the original meaning of "new moon")

WU Photo: One day old Moon by LaddObservatory Friday June 15, 2007
August 31
/ September 1

Low in western sky shortly after sunset.
Moonsighting.com


Launch of GeoEye-1 Satellite

August 22
September 4

Mission: GeoEye-1
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7420
Launch from Vandenberg AFB, California August 22 September 4
1850:57 GMT
2:50:57pm EDT
11:50:57am PDT (local time).

Launch status updates at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

As the launch date grows closer you can find more information and a live webcast of the launch at United Launch Alliance.


◐ First Quarter Moon

September 7
Exact
1404 UT/GMT
10:04am EDT
7:04am PDT.

Rises near noon and sets near midnight. Has a weaker effect on tides producing lower highs, higher lows and slower flows.

Evening crescent moons for a week before. Each one thicker and higher above the horizon.


Double Spacecraft Flyovers

WU Photo: SPACECRAFT by Westerberg Wednesday June 20, 2007

Between the launch of the Progress ship and its docking with the ISS it may be possible to sight both craft in the sky at the same time.

Check satellite pass predictions at
Heavens-Above or try the simpler tool at
Satellite Flybys by SpaceweatherPhone.com.

Launch of Resupply Mission to ISS
September 10
Mission: Flight 30P to ISS
Spacecraft: Progress M-65
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
September 10
To Be Determined (TBD) GMT
AQTT (Aqtobe Time, local time)
EDT
PDT.
Docking with ISS
TBD.

Launch status updates at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

Possible live coverage of the docking on NASA TV.


Launch of GOCE Satellite

Credits: ESA - AOES Medialab
September 10
Spacecraft: Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Satellite
Launch Vehicle: Eurockot Rockot
Launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
September 10
1421 GMT
6:21pm MSD (Moscow Summer Time, local time)
10:21am EDT
7:21am PDT.

Launch status updates at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

... Its arrow shape and fins help keep the satellite stable as it flies through the wisps of air still present at an altitude of 260km. ... To increase resolution, the satellite will fly in an unusually low orbit; an electric engine will make up drag losses to compensate for the residual drag losses. ...
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Space arrow' to map Earth's tug
... Goce data will have many uses, probing hazardous volcanic regions and bringing new insight into ocean behaviour.

The latter, in particular, is a major driver for the mission.

By combining the gravity data with information about sea-surface height gathered by other spacecraft, scientists will be able to track the direction and speed of ocean currents.

"If we want to improve our climate models then we need to improve our knowledge of how the oceans move, and Goce will help us do that," mission scientist Dr Mark Drinkwater, from the European Space Agency (Esa), told BBC News. ...

○ Full Moon

WU photo: moonset by grichardanderson Tuesday May 20, 2008
September 15
Exact at
0913 UT/GMT
5:13am EDT
2:13am PDT.

Rises near sunset and sets near sunrise. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


Moon Hides/Reveals Pleiades Sisters

WU photo: Halo Around the Moon by stoneygirl Friday February 23, 2007
September 19
SPACE.com -- 2008 Preview Night Sky Highlights
... moon will already be within the Pleiades as it rises over the Eastern U.S. and Canada during the mid-evening hours. The reappearance of stars such as Alcyone and Taygeta should be well-seen along the moon's dark limb.

◑ Last Quarter Moon

September 21/22
Exact at
September 22 0504 UT/GMT
September 22 1:04am EDT
September 21 10:04am PDT.

Rises near midnight and sets near noon. Has a weaker effect on tides producing lower highs, higher lows and slower flows.

Morning crescent moons for a week after. Each one thinner and closer to the horizon.


Launch of DMSP F-18

No Earlier Than Late September
Mission: Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-18
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
Launch from Vandenberg AFB, California
No Earlier Than (NET) Late September
1612 GMT
12:12pm EDT
9:12am PDT (local time).

Launch status updates at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

As the launch date grows closer you can find more information and possibly a live webcast of the launch at United Launch Alliance.


NRO Launch 26

September 26
Mission: National Reconnaissance Office Launch 26 (NROL-26)
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV Heavy
Launch from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida
September 26
To Be Determined (TBD) GMT
TBD EDT (local time)
TBD PDT.

Launch status updates at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

As the launch date grows closer you can find more information and possibly a live webcast of the launch at United Launch Alliance.


Dark Moon (a.k.a. astronomical new moon)

September 29
Exact at
0812 UT/GMT
4:12am EDT
1:12am PDT.

Lower and thinner morning crescent moons the week before. Higher and thicker evening crescent moons the week after. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


Outline of Sky Events for the Year
2008
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Sky Highlights of 2008

SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Eclipses in 2008

SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Meteor Showers in 2008

The question, "How could I make a valuable contribution to the science of astronomy as a simple naked eye observer?" is answered in
SkyandTelescope.com - Stargazing - The Scientific Value of Visual Observing
which may lead you to the following, in order:
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Meteors: A Primer,
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Basics of Meteor Observing and
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Advanced Meteor Observing.


***** Past Dates *****

SkyandTelescope.com - Eclipses - How to Watch a Partial Solar Eclipse Safely
Looking at the Sun is harmful to your eyes at any time, partial eclipse or no. The danger that a partial solar eclipse poses is simply that it may prompt people to gaze at the Sun, something they wouldn't normally do. The result can be "eclipse blindness," a serious eye injury that can leave temporary or permanent blurred vision or blind spots at the center of your view. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to watch the show safely. ...
Total Solar Eclipse
August 1
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - August 1st's Eastern Solar Eclipse

NASA links:
NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 01 (color map with general info and links),
Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (detailed map with precise technical info),
Live Web Coverage of the 2008 Total Solar Eclipse and
Ancient Eclipses in China.

Some areas will be able to see all or part of the dark moon this month. Its silhouette will hide part of the Sun.

Dark Moon (a.k.a. astronomical new moon)

August 1
Exact at
1013 UT/GMT
6:13am EDT
3:13am PDT.

Lower and thinner morning crescent moons the week before. Higher and thicker evening crescent moons the week after. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


) Thinnest Evening Crescent Moon (the original meaning of "new moon")

WU photo: Brand New Moon by Ohlen Wednesday June 4, 2008
August 2
Low in western sky shortly after sunset.
Moonsighting.com


Preview - Graphic of early evening western sky August 2-4
from SkyandTelescope.com - Homepage Observing - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


◐ First Quarter Moon

August 8
Exact
2020 UT/GMT
4:20pm EDT
1:20pm PDT.

Rises near noon and sets near midnight. Has a weaker effect on tides producing lower highs, higher lows and slower flows.

Evening crescent moons for a week before. Each one thicker and higher above the horizon.


Minuteman III Launch

August 13
Space Archive - The Southwest's Source for Regional Space Information
Next Vandenberg Launch

As of August 1

The next publicly announced Vandenberg AFB missile launch is a Minuteman III on August 13. The vehicle will fly a ballistic (non-orbital) trajectory. A launch window has not been announced.
Update: "The six-hour launch window is from 1:01 a.m. to 7:01 a.m." PDT

"Weather permitting, Wednesday morning's launch should be visible to the naked eye for a least 200 miles."


Meteor Showers

WU photo: Searching for Shooting Stars by johnlanoue Monday October 8, 2007

For Better Viewing
Find a Dark Location
A dark rural location without "security" lights is best. If that's not convenient try to find a location where you can't see any lights or lighted surfaces. A nearby park or maybe even your backyard would qualify. On a beach facing the water could be a good alternative.

Where to Look
Meteors can appear in any part of the sky. To see the most meteors face the darkest part of your sky and look at least 45° above the horizon.

Be Comfortable
A reclining chair will keep you from getting a stiff neck and tired feet. A sleeping bag will keep you warm. (Even in the summertime you can get chilly at night if you are just lying still.) Insect repellent will keep you from being distracted by those little pests.

General Meteor Shower Information
An easy to read introduction to meteors with an interesting summary of annual showers is
Astronomy - Meteors and meteor showers - Francis Reddy.

The two primary sources of most of what you'll read about meteor showers are
The American Meteor Society and
The International Meteor Organinzation.

Perseid Meteor Shower
Early Morning August 12 N America & W Europe
Early Morning August 13 Asia
Early Morning August 12 & 13 Middle East & E Europe
(also see comment #19)
The peak rate is 100 per hour at ideal locations. Dates given are for peak visibility. A significant number of meteors will be visible before and after the peak dates. The peak rate of the shower coincides with peak visibility for N America.

The meteors will be most visible after moonset and before dawn begins to lighten the sky. For 30°N (the southern US) that will be about 2:15-5:00am local time. For 45°N (the northern US) the best viewing time will be about 1:15-4:30am.

Source and more information at
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Perseids.

Also see
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Dodge the Moon, See More Perseids and
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Here Come the Perseids!

International Meteor Organization (IMO) - Perseids 2008 Visual Data


Planet Show
Mid August
Bring binoculars.
SkyandTelescope.com - The Amazing August Planet Show.


Binocular Planets
August 14
Western sky after sunset
from SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


Deep Partial Lunar Eclipse

WU photo: Lunar Eclipse by jbedford Wednesday February 20, 2008
August 16
Partial Eclipse Begins at
1936 UT/GMT, 3:36pm EDT, 12:36pm EDT PDT

Maximum Eclipse at
2110 UT/GMT, 5:10pm EDT, 2:10pm EDT PDT

Partial Eclipse Ends at
2245 UT/GMT, 6:45pm EDT, 3:45pm EDT PDT

This month the Earth will pass almost directly between the Sun and Moon and it will cast its shadow on the Moon.

SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - August's Partial Lunar Eclipse

None of it will be seen from North America though. :^[ However you can find a list of live webcasts at SpaceWeather.com.

NASA links:
Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2008 August 16 (detailed map with precise technical info) and
NASA - Lunar Eclipse Page (general info with many links).


○ Full Moon
August 16
Exact at
2116 UT/GMT
5:16pm EDT
2:16pm PDT.

Rises near sunset and sets near sunrise. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


Binocular Planets
August 16
Western sky after sunset
from SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


Binocular Planets
August 20
Western sky after sunset
from SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


◑ Last Quarter Moon

August 23
Exact at
2350 UT/GMT
7:50pm EDT
4:50pm PDT.

Rises near midnight and sets near noon. Has a weaker effect on tides producing lower highs, higher lows and slower flows.

Morning crescent moons for a week after. Each one thinner and closer to the horizon.




Visitor Map
Create your own visitor map!

sunrise, nubble and the moon! (fishthis)
sunrise, nubble and the moon!
just a sliver of moon (fishthis)
just a sliver of moon
Total Eclipse Corona (SanFranciscoGiants)
The corona eminating from behind the moon in today's total eclipse.
Total Eclipse Corona
Solar Eclips Series (Hotse)
Taken today by my brother from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - full eclips was visible only more west from Ulaanbaatar
Solar Eclips Series
Netarts Bay - Vertical Panorama (buddypdx)
After a beautiful sunny day at the beach, the clear calm dark settled in and I stayed up to contemplate the Milky Way.

This is a composite of 5 images. On the left is the view to the south overlooking Netarts Bay with the Milky Way rising. The middle is the sky directly overhead, and on the right is north with our family's beach cabin.

Stats: 2 min, f4, ISO 1600, Canon 40D with 10-22mm zoom set at 10mm. I use a tracking mount to rotate with the earth and keep the stars from trailing.

If you'd like to see a larger version (7096 x 2128 pixels) go to http://www.nebulousentity.org/astro.

Thanks for your comments - I really enjoy hearing from fellow WunderPhoto enthusiasts!

Netarts Bay - Vertical Panorama
Moon Through The Trees (RadioDJgirl)
17% Illuminated and setting fast and early.
Moon Through The Trees
Waxing Crescent, 33% of the Moon is Illuminated (teach50)
Waxing Crescent, 33% of the Moon is Illuminated
CRESCENT MOON (2620)
Here the crescent moon descends over Havre-de-Grace, MD, about 30 minutes after sunset. The river running into the Chesapeake Bay from the right is the Susquehanna. The photo was taken from about 4,000' altitude looking west.
CRESCENT MOON
Last nights Moon (pcbman)
Waxing Gibbous 75% illuminated moon. Still experimenting. This was 4 our of 5 images stacked and enhanced contrast in Photoshop.
Last nights Moon
Nightly Flyover (bravesbroncos)
I seem to always catch the space station flying over but this time I had my camera ready.
Nightly Flyover
Summer Moon (Tukayoo)
This is a shot of the moon thru a set of binoculars.
Summer Moon
IC1318 and Persied Meteor (Astronight)
This was captured tonight while I was suprised to find a bright meteor in the frame, I also use a electronic efinder and created a 5 frame animation of this bright fireball
IC1318 and Persied Meteor
Shadow invitation II. (maxa)
Shadow invitation II.
PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE AUG 16, 2008 (giannitumino)
PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE AUG 16, 2008 from Ragusa (sicily) ITALY
PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE AUG 16, 2008

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177. LowerCal
6:03 PM GMT on August 28, 2008
New blog entry is up.
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176. LowerCal
7:48 PM GMT on August 27, 2008
Wow! The Annual Wildfire Tradition already... the Annual Mudslide Tradition will be here before we know it!
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175. sp34n119w
7:07 PM GMT on August 27, 2008
Since you mentioned fire - a little humor from the Onion -


Californians Gather To Celebrate Annual Wildfire Tradition
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174. LowerCal
12:29 AM GMT on August 27, 2008
Local News

cbs2.com - Agoura Hills Brush Fire Now In Mop Up Mode
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173. LowerCal
9:13 PM GMT on August 26, 2008
Heavens-Above is an excellent site to find times and directions for any satellite flyover. A simpler tool with less info for a small (but interesting) group of satellites is Satellite Flybys by SpaceweatherPhone.com.

Heavens-Above has a very good "Whole sky chart" in their "Astronomy" section to identify constellations, stars and planets. I think an excellent and easier to use tool for that purpose is Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart.
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172. SBKaren
12:57 AM GMT on August 26, 2008
Oh - before I sign off for the night....I meant to tell you that the astronomer lecturer suggested Heaven's Above as an excellent web site to find constellations in the night sky and ISS passovers, etc! I told my girls - that's the one I use!!!! (thanks to YOUR recommendation!)
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171. LowerCal
12:43 AM GMT on August 26, 2008
Hi Karen!

Sounds like you had a great time under the stars. No ISS pass for Tahoe on Monday evening but other satellites look a lot brighter under truly dark skies. I'm looking forward seeing those pictures when you get around to uploading them. Take it easy though, you're still on vacation. :^)
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170. SBKaren
10:56 PM GMT on August 25, 2008
Hi LC -

We're home from our vacation and I wasn't disappointed in the least by my TV in the sky viewing. I swear we saw the ISS pass over on Monday night - but I guess it could have been any number of satellites - there are so many up there.

The light pollution was extremely low and on our last night we went to an Astronomy lecture down on the beach at Lake Tahoe. We spread out our blankets, lay down and gazed up in the night sky as the man talked. I had a treat of a shooting star and we were even able to see the Milky Way. Ahhhhh...my vacation was complete after that.

Just saw all my pictures today (didn't even have time to look at them before this morning) and I'm resisting getting some work done for work. I return next Tuesday and while a part of me is excited (the beginning of any new school year is exciting to me) a part of me is in denial!

Just thought you'd like to know about our night sky adventure!
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169. LowerCal
10:34 PM GMT on August 25, 2008
I've added the September 26 launch from Cape Canaveral AFS to the blog entry.
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168. LowerCal
8:23 PM GMT on August 25, 2008
sp Using the "look out the window" model (Mt Wilson cam) I saw light rain falling in the mountains a little after noon. I didn't see anything that would make it to the valley floors but we haven't even hit max daytime heating yet.

There is a significant push from the east and Palmdale is already under a Flash Flood watch. We could have a little rain and rumbling by this evening.

Farther out if Julio continues to track close to the Gulf of California it could bring a big slug of water vapor to SoCal by this weekend and the possibility of showers for the entire area.


cycloone Thanks and welcome!
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167. cycloone
7:28 PM GMT on August 25, 2008
Excellent blog !
I love astronomy too !
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166. sp34n119w
6:02 PM GMT on August 25, 2008
Dang. I knew I forgot something ;)
"Eeks" from passenger inside the car, for sure, lol.

Mind some weather in your blog?
Check out the Mt Wilson cam - very pretty clouds and it looks like the monsoon is back. GeorgefromLosCabos put up a blog on Julio but hasn't updated since. I've been reading weather in Spanish this morning so I have no idea what Julio is doing, ;) Think I'll see rain? (go ahead, lie, it'll make me happy, LOL)
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165. LowerCal
3:20 AM GMT on August 25, 2008
sp, you need to review. You forgot step 2.

1) Notice how transparent (haze free) the sky is.

2) Pull over.

3) Enjoy a little sky gazing.

I'm imagining there were some, "Eeeks!" from the other drivers on the 126 last night. LOL
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164. sp34n119w
7:18 PM GMT on August 24, 2008
Yep - soon as I got in :) which was late and the nice thing was, I got to enjoy a beautiful clear sky with minimal light polution. Well, briefly, since I enjoyed it in glances with "eeks" as I was driving down the 126. LOL
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163. LowerCal
8:14 PM GMT on August 23, 2008
pcbman Thanks for the heads up and the ground track map for the International Space Station (ISS) flyover. That should be a great pass for everyone around the Gulf of Mexico starting at 5:34am CDT / 6:34am EDT. I hope Fay has cleared out by then.


sp You have email... but you probably already read it. ;^)
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162. sp34n119w
6:29 PM GMT on August 23, 2008
YIPPEE!!! I wanna see a rocket fly! :) Really want to hear a rocket launch! (I'm making rocket noises as I type, no kidding... I need help)
I'll be out most of the day but will check email immediately upon my return, lol!
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161. pcbman
12:14 PM GMT on August 23, 2008
Hi LowerCal,

I'm usually up around this time anyway so I'll try and see this one pass over my area, 42°EL would be worth seeing for a few minutes. It will be at 6:10AM EST.
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160. LowerCal
7:24 AM GMT on August 23, 2008
Sounds like a great idea. :^) I'll email you tomorrow.
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159. sp34n119w
1:19 AM GMT on August 23, 2008
Whoa! That's cool! And what a cool way to look at it - don't think I've ever seen an eclipse represented in quite that way :)


SO... launches... shall we set up a road trip for the Delta II or the Atlas V... ?
lol
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158. LowerCal
1:03 AM GMT on August 23, 2008
It's one thing to say that a lunar eclipse is the result of the Moon passing through the Earth's shadow but it's another thing to actually see it.


BTW if you haven't looked at the blog entry lately I've added a some events (mostly launches) for September.
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157. LowerCal
9:19 PM GMT on August 22, 2008
SPACE.com -- NASA: Tropical Storm Won't Delay Shuttle Launch

NASA - Space Shuttle, Latest News

sp, I don't plan on being up at 5:30am either but anyone is welcome to post the groundtrack and/or time and direction info (for any area) in a comment.

Check satellite pass predictions at
Heavens-Above or try the simpler tool at
Satellite Flybys by SpaceweatherPhone.com.

Happy sunny (and mild) day to you too! :^)
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156. sp34n119w
7:59 PM GMT on August 22, 2008
Think the shuttle will go up on time? They have had a prodigious amount of rain.

ISS passes in the early morning in SoCal coming up on the 24th and 26th, I think. I checked it yesterday but, since I am unlikely to be up at 5:30am, didn't memorize.

Happy sunny day :)
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155. LowerCal
4:49 PM GMT on August 17, 2008
I added another WU photo of the lunar eclipse to the blog entry.
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154. LowerCal
1:48 AM GMT on August 17, 2008
I added a unique and 3-dimensional WU photo of the eclipse to the blog entry.
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153. LowerCal
9:42 PM GMT on August 16, 2008
Partial Lunar Eclipse --- LIVE from Reed, Norway --- Runar Sandnes has size and color.

آسمان شب ایران - صفحه اول has nice sharp images and color.
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152. sp34n119w
9:33 PM GMT on August 16, 2008
LOL. I captured that (Jupiter), too.
I think the Norway folk did their math wrong ;) It seems to be rising now.
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151. LowerCal
9:28 PM GMT on August 16, 2008
There's a nice image of Jupiter and three of its moons on the Iranian site.
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150. LowerCal
9:24 PM GMT on August 16, 2008
On the Norway site it says, "From my observatory, the moon will rise above the mountains about 20:30 UT."

Hmm, since it's 21:24 UT right now...
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149. sp34n119w
9:02 PM GMT on August 16, 2008
Agreed :) It has the best color.
I'm looking forward to Norway, though - watching the moon rise over that hill, I guess.
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148. LowerCal
8:41 PM GMT on August 16, 2008
Thanks, Hades. :^)

I think the best image is currently on the Iranian site.
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147. HadesGodWyvern
5:48 PM GMT on August 16, 2008
If anyone is interested, I put a webcam from one of the sites LowerCal suggested to watch the eclipse on my blog.
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146. LowerCal
5:16 PM GMT on August 16, 2008
The partial lunar eclipse begins in less than 3 hours.

Partial Eclipse Begins at
1936 UT/GMT, 3:36pm EDT, 12:36pm PDT

Maximum Eclipse at
2110 UT/GMT, 5:10pm EDT, 2:10pm PDT

Partial Eclipse Ends at
2245 UT/GMT, 6:45pm EDT, 3:45pm PDT

(Time zones are corrected from comment 136 and I've corrected the info in the blog entry as well.)

The eclipse will not be visible from North America but you can find a list of live webcasts at SpaceWeather.com.
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145. LowerCal
5:05 AM GMT on August 16, 2008
charles Very coo1, thanks! :^)
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144. charlesimages
2:44 AM GMT on August 16, 2008
CAL!, YOU'RE ON WEATHER CENTRAL WITH RAINMAN32!
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143. sp34n119w
11:26 PM GMT on August 15, 2008
Chicken
;)
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142. LowerCal
10:29 PM GMT on August 15, 2008
sp I almost added, "We actually have a chance of seeing some thunderstorms late today," instead. However since this is coastal SoCal in August I thought that would be wish-casting, lol.

I saw plenty of flashes through the windows but the only way I could have gotten a clear view was to climb a metal ladder so I could stand on the roof... neither of which seemed like good ideas, lol.
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141. sp34n119w
9:31 PM GMT on August 15, 2008
Quoting LowerCal:
I see a bit of a monsoonal push from the east and well... one can dream. 3^) LOL


It came through late enough that I thought I was dreaming, lol. Quite a light show, last night and I hope you got to see some of it :)

Another benefit of a bright moon - it outlines an oncoming storm at night when you wouldn't otherwise be able to track it ;)
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140. charlesimages
9:04 PM GMT on August 15, 2008
Thanks Cal! I will add you on there too =)

That mesolow is too cool!
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139. LowerCal
8:50 PM GMT on August 15, 2008
I'm flattered and honored Charles! :^) Of course you can link to this blog. That is a very aesthically presented website you've made.

BTW I'm amazed you noticed our mesolow with everything else that's going on right now.
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138. charlesimages
7:35 PM GMT on August 15, 2008
Hey Cal!

I just dropped a note for Rainman too...

Would you like a link to your astronomy blog linked to my WEATHER CENTRAL page on my website? Cause I would really like to link it!

I have always enjoyed this blog
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137. LowerCal
7:13 PM GMT on August 15, 2008
Special thanks to SBKaren for the link to Blue Beauty.
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136. LowerCal
6:46 PM GMT on August 15, 2008
The partial lunar eclipse begins in less than 24 hours.

Partial Eclipse Begins at 1936 UT/GMT, 12:36pm EDT
Maximum Eclipse at 2110 UT/GMT, 2:10pm EDT
Partial Eclipse Ends at 2245 UT/GMT, 3:45pm EDT.

Correction: Times marked EDT should have been marked PDT. See comment 146.

It will not be visible from North America but you can find a list of live webcasts at SpaceWeather.com.

I've added this info to the August 16 sections of the blog entry.
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135. LowerCal
8:02 PM GMT on August 14, 2008
Jim, if Jupiter isn't too far above the horizon just resting your upper arms on a car roof steadies the view almost as well as a tripod.

I hope Florida is "all clear" soon. I'm adding some more "planet show" sections to the blog entry. I'm looking forward to more images as nice as the one you mentioned.

Morning Trio by pcbman Monday February 4, 2008

(click for the full size image)
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134. pcbman
7:13 PM GMT on August 14, 2008
Hi LowerCal,
Glad you got to see some of the Minuteman launch.
"Jupiter and moons" was taken using my Cybershot H-5 IS @ 24x then processed and cropped a bit. You can see the moons with a set of 7x35 binos but you need a tripod to steady them for good viewing. 20x50s would really do the trick, wish I could find mine. Its raining here so I won't be able to see any of the Planet show to the west. Would like to get some photos of it. I've had good luck with previous planetary shows with Venus, Jupiter and the Moon at http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/viewsingleimage.html?mode=singleimage&handle=pcbman&number=99&al bum_id=60&thumbstart=0&gallery=#slideanchor

Regards,
Jim
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133. LowerCal
6:30 PM GMT on August 14, 2008
Thanks for spotting the launch delay and posting the info in your comment. :^) I've updated the blog entry.

Happy Thursday! I see a bit of a monsoonal push from the east and well... one can dream. 3^) LOL
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132. sp34n119w
5:10 PM GMT on August 14, 2008
Nifty. Well, sort of.

Sorry I got the photographer's handle wrong and glad you found it.

Spaceflight Now has the GeoEye1 launching Sept. 4, not Aug. 22, from VAFB.

Happy Thursday!
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131. LowerCal
10:59 PM GMT on August 13, 2008
The news from the Marshall Islands - Missile successfully launches from Vandenberg.

That slug of moisture was not anticipated. The moisture won't actually get anyone wet but I wouldn't count on clear skies in the early morning either.

I did see Jupiter and moons by pcbman Tuesday August 12, 2008. You could probably get something very similar by using a pair of binoculars like Tukayoo did in Summer Moon by Tukayoo Tuesday August 12, 2008.
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130. sp34n119w
10:00 PM GMT on August 13, 2008
LC - so cool that you got to see it! :) Thanks for the report - wonder if they hit the target.
I don't think it is going to clear like they were saying yesterday. Aside from the marine layer overnight, it's cloudy here now. Kind of strange that the forecast discussion doesn't really mention that huge slug of moisture coming up from the south - or didn't when I checked this morning.

Love that animation from Astronight - he also got a pic of Jupiter and moons which I was going to link here last night but when my comment didn't show up after 15 minutes I decided to wait til today. Now, I don't have it handy, lol.
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129. LowerCal
6:30 PM GMT on August 13, 2008
I added SkyandTelescope.com - The Amazing August Planet Show to the August & September section of the blog entry.
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128. LowerCal
4:29 PM GMT on August 13, 2008
I added a couple of clever WU photos to the blog entry.
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127. LowerCal
2:59 PM GMT on August 13, 2008
Thrilling and chilling at the same time, Pat.
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