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PostFri Dec 18, 2020 8:58 pm 
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I don't think this event has been posted here yet.  ?   There will be a Great Conjunction in a few days.  The two largest planets in our solar system will appear conjoined on the evening on December 21--the Winter Solstice.  These two planets get close every 20 years or so, but this time they get really close--not since the year 1226.

Let's hope the clouds part for us to see this.  As some of you may already been watching the two planets in the southwestern sky getting closer this fall.  Here's a brief article from CBS News (You have to scroll through a few ads to read it).

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"Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to one another," Rice University astronomer Patrick Hartigan said in a statement. "You'd have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky."           ~z

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PostFri Dec 18, 2020 9:16 pm 
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https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/1615/how-to-photograph-the-conjunction-of-saturn-and-jupiter/

NASA says you can photograph four Jovian moons with a 200 mm lens.
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PostFri Dec 18, 2020 9:52 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
NASA says...

Thank you for posting that article.  Straight information, easy to read, and no ads.   up.gif

Some great tips especially this one:

Be sure to go outside on a few different nights, and see how their separation changes.


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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 12:02 am 
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The forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday night is fairly clear,  but the moon will be half full , so Saturn and Jupiter might be a bit washed out.
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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 3:49 pm 
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Ski wrote:

Oh, snap! That's almost how it is here tonite (and last nite also).

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^ I just got a phone call from Sequim telling me it's snowing up there right now. lol.gif

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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 4:26 pm 
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It was clear last night in Winthrop but it's been snowing heavily since last night.
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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 5:57 pm 
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Yeah, the planets would have to align for us to have any chance of seeing it tonight.
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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 6:16 pm 
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neek wrote:
Yeah, the planets would have to align for us to have any chance of seeing it tonight.

Well, don't despair. 

Here we are--an hour's worth of live streaming from  Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory in Middle Tennessee.  Enjoy,    ~z

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PostTue Dec 22, 2020 10:27 am 
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After both planets set, it got clear as a bell.
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PostTue Dec 22, 2020 3:25 pm 
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I plan to meet up with a friend who provides both a telescope and large strong binoculars.   He tells me that one can see the moons of both planets looking like they are interspersed although they are millions of miles apart.  Very cool.   Hope you see them! cool.gif

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PostTue Dec 22, 2020 4:26 pm 
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Will they still be fairly close in the sky tonight? Direction, time?
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PostTue Dec 22, 2020 4:37 pm 
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Sounds need visible soon if cloud cover allows.  Low on the horizon.

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PostTue Dec 22, 2020 4:40 pm 
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Merci.

Cyclopath, Success. Nice view before ground fog arose.
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