Archive | July 21, 2020

Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3): Next 3 Days, The Best; Closest To Earth On Thursday, July 23, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


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From my BOOK (of course) — see below.



Quite literally a HEADS UP. Weather, at least in New Hampshire, is always a factor. So, get out there. Do NOT WAIT for Thursday. Only takes ONE cloud as we have found out. SMILE.

I am going out, right after I post this. Seen it twice — three will be better, four a TREAT.

Enjoy. I am so happy I got to see it. Enjoy. We might not get another for another 23-years!


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — July 21, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.


The also rans:







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Time In Fractional Day As Used In Astronomy (e.g., MPC)– Excel Spreadsheet For Conversion (Both Ways).

by Anura Guruge


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What my Excel spreadsheet looks like. It is converting ‘.67810’ into a time format we can understand.


Time that comets are discovered are specified in this ‘fractional day’ format.

So, for example, time when C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered per the ‘Minor Planet Center’ (MPC).

The .67810 used above is FROM this example.

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The Excel FORMULAS used in the Spreadsheet.

So, now you can quickly & easily create your own Spreadsheet.

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I had trouble deciphering this time format. I had to seek help from a professional astronomer — Jeff Mangum. [Thank YOU, Jeff.]

I then dashed off a quick Excel for MY use. Then I decided I should create a version that I can SHARE.

Yes, of course, I could make it a download — but many would be leary of downloading it. So, intead, I am sharing the simple Excel formulas you will need to create your own. Yes, it can be made simpler. SMILE. I just wanted to show YOU the steps so you could see where I was going. SMILE. Plus, I am, at 67, not the hotshot programmer I was when I was in my 20s. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge


 

I Shot Bambi — Yesterday.

by Anura Guruge


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WHAT?

YOU thought I shot Bambi with ANYTHING OTHER than my camera?

Oh, dear! You still don’t know me — if you did.

Don’t hunt, never have & unlikely to start. I am averse to killing things — other than insects that bite me & snakes that scare me.

Yes, as a kid, with an air rifle (for which I had to work extremely hard to get), I did shoot a few crows. No mammals. These days I won’t even kill an ailing goldfish (to the amusement of many).

Nope, I like my animals. Squeamish about killing things. Kind of related to why I could not be a doctor. Cannot bear to see OTHERS, including animals, in pain & sufferings. I can cope with plenty of MY pain, suffering, blood & gore. Just others.

Anywho …

This was on my walk yesterday. Actually saw too. One of his siblings. This one saw me, TURNED BACK & came to stare at me. He stared at me for a good 50 seconds — per the timestamps on my camera.


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by Anura Guruge


 

Saw Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) For the 2nd Time, Over New Hampshire, Last Night — Got Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


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Saw it from 3 different places, all within 2-miles of home. 1st was ‘Ridge Road‘, in New Durham, off ‘Prospect Mountain Road‘. That is where we saw it on Friday too. Good spot, high up. BUT, a main road & there are cars going by with their lights on. That kills your night vision.

On the way home, I, serendipitously, discovered two GOOD spots on ‘Prospect Mountain Road’. SMILE. I have been walking that road for 13-years. I know it well. IDEAL. I was out there for 30-minutes & there was NO traffic.

Planning to go out tonight also.


Some Tips.

It is quite high up on the horizon. Above the treeline. Maybe 30°. So, make sure to look up from the horizon. Not much, but a fair amount.

It is FAINT, but once you see it it is naked-eye, but just. Yes, you can see it naked eye. GREAT through binoculars. I am using a VERY OLD pair of 10×50 & it works great.

Between North & North West — closer to N than to NW.



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