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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:35 PM

Jupiter will meet moon in Monday night sky (13 years before this union happens again)


http://www.omaha.com/article/20130120/NEWS/701209927/1685#jupiter-will-meet-moon-in-monday-night-sky

By Jay Withrow
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

What's a homebody to do, besides hunker down inside a humble abode, on a bitterly cold January night in the Midlands?

Try bundling up Monday night and taking a brief, brisk respite in your backyard while gazing at the heavens. The brave will be rewarded by the rare sight of a conjunction of the moon and Jupiter.

Our solar system's largest planet and the moon will be at their closest Monday night, said David Kriegler of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's physics department.

It will be 13 years before this union happens again.

FULL story at link.

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Reply Jupiter will meet moon in Monday night sky (13 years before this union happens again) (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jan 2013 OP
darkangel218 Jan 2013 #1
Warren DeMontague Jan 2013 #5
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #2
Speck Tater Jan 2013 #3
freshwest Jan 2013 #6
Arctic Dave Jan 2013 #15
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #16
Mojorabbit Jan 2013 #22
Coyotl Jan 2013 #4
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #17
Coyotl Jan 2013 #19
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #21
MineralMan Jan 2013 #24
freshwest Jan 2013 #7
DearHeart Jan 2013 #12
freshwest Jan 2013 #13
MzShellG Jan 2013 #18
freshwest Jan 2013 #23
JI7 Jan 2013 #8
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #9
Wednesdays Jan 2013 #14
NutmegYankee Jan 2013 #10
DearHeart Jan 2013 #11
Berlum Jan 2013 #20
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #25
Matariki Jan 2013 #26
Omaha Steve Jan 2013 #27
Coyotl Jan 2013 #29
Coyotl Jan 2013 #28
leftyohiolib Jan 2013 #30
TheMadMonk Feb 2013 #31

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:48 PM

1. Jupiter and the Moon together..

Makes for a crazy vibe night, astrologically speaking.
I shall remain indoors.

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:47 PM

5. She's still mad that we bombed her.

I hear.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:00 PM

2. Here's a NASA video...

...with some details on the interactions, eg. 8:00 pm PST. Also, some of the other moon-planet encounters that already occurred this month.

http://www.space.com/19061-jupiter-and-the-moon-dominate-january-night-sky.html

Thanks for the post, OS.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:22 PM

3. Depends on where you live. It never happens here in Orygun.

 

And what is this "moon" thing you speak of? Is that one of the mythical lights above the cloud layer we've heard stories about?

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:29 AM

6. Not above the cold waters above the Sound, either. Freezing fog tonight. It's the DeathStar, really.

We've got plenty of those UFOs here, too:



Always hanging around here. That and the vampires and zombies. So I am not going out tomorrow night.

Nope, gonna hang out at DU and watch the Obamas dancing on CSPAN.








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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:44 AM

15. Do you happen to know the names of those cloud formations?

 

When I was climbing Mt. Rainier we had one develop right in front of us while we were making camp.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:35 PM

22. Beautiful clouds! I have never seen anything like it! nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:24 PM

4. I've been observing this. EarthSky covered it. Good photo ops now with telescopes, moon and moons

of Jupiter too in one frame.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 04:50 AM

17. Don't even need a telescope really

I took this shot with a point and shoot camera on Nov 28 when the Moon and Jupiter were rising close together.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:22 AM

19. To see the moons of Jupiter you do.

That's the really cool shot, our moon and the moons of Jupiter in the same frame. It requires magnification.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:12 AM

21. If Jupiter weren't there you could see the Galilean moons with the naked eye

It's really more a matter of exposure, the Moon will be greatly overexposed if you get the Galilean moons properly exposed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galilean_moons

All four Galilean moons are bright enough that they could, if they were farther away from Jupiter, be sighted from Earth without a telescope. (They are, however, easily visible with even low-powered binoculars.) They have apparent magnitudes between 4.6 and 5.6 when Jupiter is in opposition with the Sun, and are about one unit of magnitude dimmer when Jupiter is in conjunction. The main difficulty in observing the moons from Earth is their proximity to Jupiter since they are obscured by its brightness. The maximum angular separations of the moons are between 2 and 10 minutes of arc from Jupiter, close to the limit of human visual acuity. Ganymede and Callisto, at their maximum separation, are the likeliest targets for potential naked-eye observation. The easiest way to observe them is to "cover" Jupiter with an object, e.g., a tree limb or a utility pole that is perpendicular to the plane of the moons' orbits.


The Moon on the other hand is around magnitude -12 or so, seventeen magnitudes brighter than Jupiter's moons, that's a brightness ratio of more than a million to one.

You would need to do HDR processing with multiple exposures at different shutter speeds to capture that dynamic range.


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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #21)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:19 PM

24. When I was younger, I could see four of Jupiter's moons with my naked eye.

No longer, I'm afraid. One of the things that a guy misses as he grows older.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:34 AM

7. Is the Moon in the 7th House and will Jupiter align with Mars? The Age of Aquaris?

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For real, is it really happening?








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Response to freshwest (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:01 AM

12. Off topic...every time I hear this song, I think of the movie "The Sure Thing" and

Tim Robbins as "Gary Cooper, but not the dead one" singing show tunes!

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Response to DearHeart (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:11 AM

13. Yes, they get in our brains and don't leave, oh, no!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 05:42 AM

18. So there are some rare planetary alignments occurring........

NASA had downplayed this possibility/prophecy.

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Response to MzShellG (Reply #18)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:57 PM

23. Like clockwork. Not to worry. Means something on the astral plane flight of fancy. Boarding now!




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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:36 AM

8. can you see it in southern california and what time ?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:39 AM

9. If they collide will the world end as we know it??

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:38 AM

14. Nah.

When you look up at it, the moon is only about an inch wide, and Jupiter is just a speck.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:44 AM

10. The crescent moon and Venus were spectacular on the 10th.

It had that classic Islamic symbol look around 6:30 am.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:00 AM

11. I hope it's clear around here tomorrow night!

Usually, any time there is something cool to be seen, we are clouded over and unable to view!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:30 AM

20. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius

As everyone totally agrees. Right?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:24 PM

25. It's 5:10 pm on the left coast...

The sun was almost down over the western hills when I took the dogs for a walk about 4:45. We have had cold foggy days recently, but this afternoon was bright and only a little ground fog developed, along with some light scattered clouds. The 17/32nds moon has been visible since about 3 or so. As the light faded to orange, a faint speck appeared to left and very slightly above the moon, separated by about the width of a little-finger tip. I told my wife that the moon may need to use the turn signal and get into the passing lane to get by later this evening. Jupiter didn't seem the very bold spectacle he has been this month, but there's still time.

I am heading back out with a camera to see if I can get anything. There's not enough light now to get a photo of the Blue Heron or the Snowy Egret that were in the field earlier.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:54 PM

26. Off topic - Troll Hunter is an awesome movie ;-)

you got good taste

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:01 PM

27. Marta and I went out and looked just now


The light of the moon gets through the cloud cover. Jupiter must not be bright enough to get through. It was 13 degrees.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #27)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:06 PM

29. Jupiter and Moon Have Close Encounter Tonight: See It Live Online

Jupiter and Moon Have Close Encounter Tonight: See It Live Online
http://news.yahoo.com/jupiter-moon-close-encounter-tonight-see-live-online-132047172.html

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:01 PM

28. Right NOW would be when to take a look.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:34 PM

30. mars is near there also

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:39 PM

31. Oh really? I just watched a full occultation.

 

And by my math 29 days is a lot less than 13 years.

Sad, sad symptom of a dying empire I've been seeing more and more of. If it didn't happen in America (or her sight) it didn't happen at all, and certainly isn't worth reporting.

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