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 Post subject: Astronomy software - my first go
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:25 am 
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Earlier, on a whimsy, I looked at the night sky and then downloaded the open-source Stellarium software. Set it to my location, and it immediately showed me the southern view I'd already clocked - the Moon with a red dot to the right and below.

(Which the software told me was Betelgeuse - fair enough.)

I then accepted an invitation from a mate to sesh it up a bit, and some hours passed, and now at 3am-ish I fired up the software again, to see what should now be on view. It reckoned Saturn, Spica and Arcturus in a distinctive triangle - and that's exactly what I saw from the south-facing bathroom window!

Yep: it's doing the biz.

I wonder..... what astro-software do you folks like to use?


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 Post subject: Re: Astronomy software - my first go
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Sorry you got no takers here, graham . Should've been a top thread, one would think, no? Maybe everyone was out of town....Any road, I guess this is cheating, since the camera was really close ( in space terms) to these celestial worlds:
Earth and moon from 3.9 million miles out.
never before seen from this distant perspective.
Courtesy of Galileo space probe


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Fun Fact:

The closest Mars has ever been to Earth was 34,649,589 miles

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This time of the year there is so little darkness for star gazing. Good binoculars are excellent for short nights.

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Look familiar? It might if not for a rotation period of 27.321582 days (synchronous). Tidal locking results in the Moon rotating about its axis in about the same time it takes to orbit Earth. Except for libration effects, this results in the same side of the Moon always facing towards Earth. Luckily, Galileo space probe offers a nice look at the far side.
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Nice view of Mare Orientales.

I recently had a look at HiRes images of Clavius. No sign of TMA1...

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HairyGT4 wrote:Nice view of Mare Orientales.

I recently had a look at HiRes images of Clavius. No sign of TMA1...


I saw those too ~ damn eerie looking, I must say. Would've been eerier though with the monolith. Too bad the Chaos Computer Club had to go and remove it. Damn hacker kids!

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Isn't it eerie?

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Venus, from a cozy distance of just over
10,000 miles ~ one hell of a slingshot, if
only Mr. G could have been there to see
his namesake get the boost.

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The media bunch sometimes talk about a "good day to bury bad news" and clearly the 22nd of Feb 2013 was a good day to bury astronomy news in HW AOB...

I imagine many of us were thinking more about seeing Hawkwind perform "Warrior" in a live situation. I seem to recall they did an early gig in Manchester, and it was bloody snowing when I went up there... but much of the UK had to wait a couple more months.


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Quite korrekt Herr Grahameister.
hardly seems late of two flights round our star since the return of Warrior... an astro journey unto the spirit.   Gaze yon out into spaces, Warrior of  time's endless battle, ,  with Valor may yon search among the wonders uncounted,  like grains of sand upon the windswept dunes of infinity.

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New Horizons probe, the fastest man-made object in the Solar system, is due to arrive at Pluto July 14. The nine-year, three-billion+ mile journey began at launch in 2006. Passing Jupiter in 2007, NH's camera captured an amazing hi res image of the Jovian behemoth and its volcanic moon Io. Jupiter's appearance has changed dramatically since our last encounter there.
The "Great Red Spot" a hurricane-like storm that has been raging for centuries, has turned nearly all white. In the image below, Io's volcanic activity is visible; Io interacts with Jupiter's immense magnetic field, creating a harsh radiation environment damaging to the spacecraft's instruments. Galileo probe suffered extensive damage before sent to it's annihilation by NASA ground control. New Horizons flys by at a relatively safe distance, avoiding danger to its on-board equipment

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When the top of a large red spot turns white, it's time to burst it...

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:lol: Wouldn't that be something ! :? :shock:

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What is strange to consider is that Jupiter has, in fact, a part of the Earth within its crushing mass.
Come to think of it, twice we've buried our junk there ! To bad it's not practical to send all
our nuclear waste there and be rid of that horrendous menace to our existence.

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Twilight on planet Mercury
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