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It was low down, below the tree line — way, way, way to the left, (like ⇐⇐⇐⇐⇐⇐⇐⇐⇐).
Tonight’s Delightful Celestial Triangle; Near Full-Moon, Jupiter & Saturn — Saturday, August 1, 2020.
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Hard to miss. The near-full, Moon is brilliantly bright.
Jupiter, always the brighter (& bigger) is to the right. Saturn, smaller, to the left.
Go out & have a look.
It will be there tomorrow night — i.e., Sunday night — too.
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Clear as it can get at night. Brilliant.
The Moon just adds to the brilliance.
Can’t miss. Just go out & look up. The 3 most brilliant things up there. SMILE.
Just got in from walking the dogs. WOW. The night sky is bright and CRISP. Haven’t seen it this vivid in a longtime and I go out, at night, MULTIPLE times, including a 20-minute walk around 11pm.
Sirius was very noticeable below Orion. Sirius, is the Dog Star — the brightest star in the night sky. It is actually brighter than Jupiter. This serious brightness of Sirius is due to two factors: it is relatively nearby and it is big — twice as big as the Sun. It is 8.6 light years away. So what we are seeing now is what Sirius was doing 8 years 7 months ago.
On the other side of Orion, impossible to miss, shining bright is Venus.
A few months ago, the bright light was Jupiter. Now, in March, Jupiter has become a MORNING planet. I do not see anything in the morning sky. I try NOT to wake up much before 8:30am. It is NOT civilized or right to do so earlier. I need my sleep, thank you.
I take the dogs out for their evening constitution around 6:20pm. We see this sight to the West. Wanted to share with you. Just in case you were wondering. It is too bright to be a star. More to the East, and less bright (because it is smaller) you will have Saturn. OK? Enjoy.
Donald Trump will be SO, SO livid IF he ever finds out.
So don’t tell him. OK? Our secret.
23238 Ocasio-Cortez (2000 WU111)
This wasn’t recent either! It was named after her c. 2007 — eleven years ahead of her being elected to the United States House of Representatives.
This is pretty impressive stuff. She got this honor, because as a high school senior (aged 18), from Yorktown High School [Yorktown Heights, New York], in 2007, she won second place in the 2007 ‘Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ for her microbiology project. Wow.
I really don’t know much about her. Did not even suspect this.
Trump will now want Jupiter renamed after him. But, maybe NOT Jupiter. Mars would be more appropriate and it is a GOOD COLOR match.
The asteroid itself had been discovered in 2000 at the Lincoln Laboratory.
A pretty common or garden asteroid in the asteroid belt. Nothing special. Decent size. Just over a mile across. So, not huge, but not tiny either.
Jupiter Over New Hampshire: At Its Closest For 2019, Next Week; Largest Moons Visible With Binoculars.
Weather Will Permit.
Every year, given the orbital dynamics, the Earth and Jupiter are atypically close for a period of around 3-weeks. This year, Jupiter will be closest to Earth next week, i.e., mid-June, 2019.
When it is this close Jupiter is only 365 million miles away. At its furthest it is 601 million miles out. So, that is quite a variance.
It will be so close that you will be able to see Jupiter’s largest satellites with just binoculars. (Jupiter currently has 79 known moons!) Watching Jupiter’s moons is ALWAYS cool and being able to do so with binoculars is a bonus. Much easier than trying to follow them with an ametuer telescope (and trust me, I have).
The weather will cooperate on at least some of the days. So, make sure to check. Showers during the day and still give us cloudless nights.
I think it will just about clear the tree line. This is just after 6am. Sunrise is not until ~7:15am. So, plenty of time.
Not for I. I will still be in bed. But, wanted to make sure that you early risers knew of this. Enjoy. Let me know what it was like.
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