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Jupiter And Saturn

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Nubble, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. Nubble

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    Evening all.
    Following on from a couple of threads earlier in the year I promised I would post up details when both Saturn and Jupiter became visible in the night sky.

    They have been visible as morning objects for the last few months but you would have to be up very early and have a clear horizon to get a good glimpse of either.

    Both Jupiter and Saturn currently rise around 20:47hrs, transit at 00:39hrs and set at 04:37hrs and will be visible with the naked eye for the next few months, in fact well into the winter months. We have had fairly clear skies the last few nights so are easy to see with the naked eye (unless you are @SimonCornwall who seems to have very cloudy skies above his house!) :confused:

    The ideal time to spot them at the moment would be around 12 at night or an hour either side as that is when they are at their highest or greatest elevation. Having said that they still are pretty low in the sky only around 15 degrees elevation so will not offer as good, clear views as when they are positioned much higher in the sky.

    They will be dead easy to find tho as long as you have dark skies and a fairly clear horizon.
    Binoculars 10x50 should reveal one or two of Jupiters moons, small telescopes should reveal more moons and Saturns rings.

    Fairly bright they will be almost due south at 00:00hrs and visible as two bright 'stars' low in the southern sky. Jupiter to the right, Saturn to the left and quite easy to pick out.




    The International Space Station is also passing overhead this week and is at a nice high elevation all week so offers nice long views of 6 or 7 mins just after sunset.

    Rough times for the next few evenings are;
    22/7- 22:28hrs-76deg elev-6mins
    23/7- 23:17hrs-57deg elev-5mins
    24/7- 22:29hrs-67deg elev-6mins
    There will be more but that's just for the next few evenings.

    Look to the west at the desired time and it should come floating into view. Once passed overhead it will pass again approximately 90mins later although will be visible for about 1-2mins as it flies into the earths shadow sooner, hence why the times just after sunset offer the longest visible passes.


    Now get out there and have a gander!

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  2. EliteClarity

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    Let's see Uranus...

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    Thanx Pal... Up @0:330 every A.M.

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    The other scope...

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    I noticed these planets out of my flat window recently, and managed to get some time looking through my ‘new to me’ telescope that somebody kindly gifted me recently.

    Despite being a clear night, viewing wasn’t great, so had to make do with the lowest powered eyepiece, but was delighted to be able to make out the main band across Jupiter. As for Saturn, I could clearly see a gap between the planet and the rings.

    My old tiny desktop scope couldn’t let me resolve these details, so his was a bit of a ‘wow’ moment.
     
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    Thanks Nubble, I might just have a gander at Jupiter and Saturn tonight. Tomorrow’s ISS, isn’t that a bit on the late side to be reflecting the sun? I think that’s what GoISSWatch is telling me.

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    In a word, no, it isn't.
    Rather surprisingly it will still be reflecting the suns rays up to at least a couple of hours after the sun has set as is indicated by the screen capture you have included otherwise we wouldn't be able to see it. However the later/longer after sunset generally the less time it is visible for. As a slight example the second pass tonite (although technically 3rd) (00:05) it will be visible for just 4 mins.
    If you can catch the later pass you will notice it 'flicker' before it vanishes from sight, this is where it passes into the earths shadow. ;)
    It orbits approximately 250 miles above the earth and travels at around 17,500mph
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    Watched the ISS go over last night at about 22:30 and it looked a bit funny - got a pair of binoculars on it and it looked like it was trailing something. Eventually with lots of squinting and use of a high mag rifle sight, I could see that it was pulling an advertising banner along behind it ... imagine my amazement when I worked out that it read ... "Don't buy anything from Pellpax"

    :eek::eek::eek::eek::D:D:D:D
     
  10. rich79

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    There is a very bright object I can see in the south east'ish direction at about 2100hrs, very bright & low in the sky.
    I googled it and it said its Sirius from the constellation Canis Major!
    I'm not so sure though.
     
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    Sirius should be left & in line w/ Orions belt...

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    Comet Neowise is at it's closest to the earth tonight. Look just left and below the plough. Bicoculars will resolve it easily.
     
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    There's a very good app called Night Sky, which I use a lot when searching for targets. Really good star map that rotates as I move the iPad around. Its in real time, and by changing the clock settings you can also see what will be up in x hours time.
     
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    A quick shot of the Orion Nebula I got last winter. 20 second, single exposure. upload_2020-7-23_21-26-11.png
     
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    I would say what you're seeing is Jupiter. It's very prominent, and if you look carefully, you will, notice it doesn't 'twinkle' like a star. If you have a pair of binoculars, you can also see some of its moons (as shown in that great picture above).

    Also, if the sky's clear enough, you can also see Saturn, just to the left of Jupiter...
     
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    Nice colour, great shot!
     
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    I would go with what @Claypole says, probably Jupiter. It will be rising at just about 9pm. If you can manage to spot it a little later in the evening Suturn will be just to the left and yes they are both pretty low. Almost directly south at around midnight.
    Sirius is more of winter sighting tbh so your assumption would be correct . ;)


    Did catch a glimpse earlier in the week. Lots of cloud cover here tonight and the last few days tho. Hopefully get a few clear evenings again soon.
    :thumb:
     
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    It doesn't seem dark enough at 2100 to see any other stars, plus yesterday & today there's been cloud as its been raining.
    Ill have another look tonight while I'm watching the bats in action.
     
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    Jupiter is bright enough to be seen before it’s dark enough to see the stars.
     
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    That it in itself is a very good indicator that it is a planet, not a star.
    :thumb:
     

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