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Discussion in 'Mid West Regional Discussion' started by _Mike_, Apr 5, 2004.

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  1. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    Well, it looks like it decided to stay cloudy here. I never got to even see the moon. Best we saw was a few bright clouds. Le sigh.
     
  2. Master_Nawibo_Ibonek

    Master_Nawibo_Ibonek Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Here in Rolla it was to foggy and cloudy. I couldn't see a thing.
     
  3. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    Yeah. From the satellite images last night it looks like God just hates Missouri.
     
  4. Master_Nawibo_Ibonek

    Master_Nawibo_Ibonek Jedi Youngling star 1

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    You are right. It would've been cool. I've seen solar eclipses but no a lunar eclipse,
     
  5. Jedi_Commander_Faofa

    Jedi_Commander_Faofa Jedi Master star 4

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    God doesn't hate Missouri. Missouri just has Murphy's Law permanently attached to it. ;)

    BTW, watching the NASA channel was cool, because they had live pics of it. :D
     
  6. Jedi_Dajuan

    Jedi_Dajuan Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Some how a lunar eclipse doesn't seem as cool as a solar one. But that could be because I've never witnessed a lunar eclipse. Bummer about that Jon. Did you at least get some lightning pictures?
     
  7. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    There wasn't even any lightning...
     
  8. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    Since I didn't get to take any pictures, I'll steal some of the other ones people on another forum I hang out at took:

    [image=http://s94958815.onlinehome.us/hosting/moon1-mfivis.jpg]

    [image=http://s94958815.onlinehome.us/hosting/moon2-mrbucket.jpg]

    [image=http://s94958815.onlinehome.us/hosting/moon4mrbucket.jpg]

    [image=http://s94958815.onlinehome.us/hosting/moon5-mrbucket.jpg]

    [image=http://s94958815.onlinehome.us/hosting/moon3-mrbucket.jpg]

    [image=http://s94958815.onlinehome.us/hosting/moon6mrbucket.jpg]

    [image=http://s94958815.onlinehome.us/hosting/eclipse2.gif]
     
  9. Jedi_Dajuan

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  10. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    Skies are clear tonight. I'm going to see if I can tag along with the astronomy lab if they're going out to the observatory and take a few new pictures.
     
  11. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    Damn lab class... not going out tonight...

    Looks like I won't get a chance to go out until the 17th :(
     
  12. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    I've been hearing several reports recently of people seeing the Aurorae Borealis all the way down here in Springfield.

    So I checked out the [link=http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime-images.html]SOHO website[/link] to see what's been going on with the sun. It looks like there's been quite a bit of activity recently, which has been causing these aurorae. So if anyone has a chance to get away from the city in the next few nights, head out and look to the north and you might be able to catch one hell of a display.
     
  13. Dagobah_Diva

    Dagobah_Diva Jedi Master star 4

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    Jon, I was going to ask you...At 4:30am I got up and looked out the window to the East and just under the Moon were two planets/stars that were incredibly brilliant. The larger one didn't exactly "twinkle" but it seemed to get brighter and then go back to normal. What were they?
     
  14. Jedi_Dajuan

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    I think Venus and Jupiter are visible about that time, but I'll let the expert confirm this.
     
  15. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    Dajuan nailed it. Jupiter is the one that's closer to the moon right now. Also, if you look right before the sun comes up, you might be able to spot Mars. But it will be very low on the horizon.

    If we have clear skies in the next day or two I'm going to see if I can get out the school's scope and take a few pictures of the 4 of them together. But they'll have to be short exposures since the campus lights would wash everything out. So unfortunately, there won't be any background stars.
     
  16. Jedi_Dajuan

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    I knew it, point for me! Thanks Dave Murray.
     
  17. Dagobah_Diva

    Dagobah_Diva Jedi Master star 4

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    Yeah...Dave Murray rocks! Kent Earhardt (or whatever his stupid name is) sucks.
     
  18. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    I got a chance to go out today and photograph the sun. I took about 10-15 pictures of the sun on a roll of 24. I also borrowed the club's camera and if it's clear tonight, I'm going to go out and try to photograph those planets. But it's not looking like it's going to be clear any time soon.

    Too bad I can't get away from campus. I'd really like to take some aurora photos. :(

    Anyone want to pick me up for a little field trip?
     
  19. DarthShoey

    DarthShoey Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Jon, how close are you to Eminence, MO? (I forget where you're going to school)

    That place has got the darkest skies around, almost no light at all. It's where I always go float'in.

    For some reason, I was thinking Rolla wasn't too far from there, but I could be wrong.
     
  20. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    Looking at mapquest, Eminence is about a hour and 1/2 drive. And me without a car.

    Not like it matters since God hates Missouri and sees fit to smother it with clouds all the time.
     
  21. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    For anyone interested: If you have clear skies for the next few nights, try to get outside around midnight. The annual Leonid meteor shower will be going on. It's not supposed to be spectacular this year, but such things are hard to predict.

    Oh, and my Astronomy Club has an article about it in the newspaper tomorrow. I'll scan it and post it.
     
  22. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    Lookie! I'm in the news paper!

    [image=http://s94958815.onlinehome.us/astronomy/images/oaacnews-leader.jpg]
     
  23. KOB

    KOB Jedi Youngling star 4

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    Niiicccce! A celebrity! You look pretty foxy in those shades, Jon. ;)
     
  24. DarthShoey

    DarthShoey Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Very nice Jon, your like, famous and stuff
     
  25. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    3rd time I've been in the newspaper since coming here.
     
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