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    Wasn't the best.
    I saw it go about 3 deg to the left of Mars.

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    I am interested in astronomy recently and now I thought about buying a telescope. As more experienced in this matter, can you tell me how to choose the right telescope for a beginner? The telescope is preferably not difficult to operate, because my son is also interested in studying the starry sky. It is important for me that it is also convenient for him to work with the telescope.

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    Jupiter/Saturn conjunction
    If it was this time last year, we'd probably would have missed it due to smoke!

    Just found this live stream on Youtube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHNwLqza37k

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    this Friday, at about 8 a.m. our time the Mars Perseverance Rover should be touching down on the surface of the red planet

    you can watch it live on NASA's youtube channel, or many other social media feeds

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    Quote Originally Posted by boz-monaut View Post
    this Friday, at about 8 a.m. our time the Mars Perseverance Rover should be touching down on the surface of the red planet

    you can watch it live on NASA's youtube channel, or many other social media feeds
    Thanks Boz
    Boldly going...

    Closer to 'home'...
    ISS - Almost directly overhead 8:09pm tomorrow. (appears 8:06pm?)
    Appears NW, heading SE Duration 6min 57 seconds, which is about as long as it gets.

    Next pass around the earth goes SW - S, 9:45pm - 9:48pm

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    ISS
    I saw it go over last night 7:44pm and again around 9:20pm...with Showground fireworks in between.


    Tonight
    Time: Sun Mar 07 8:30 PM, Visible: 5 min, Max Height: 50, Appears: 10 above WSW, Disappears: 24 above NNE

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    Peak morning for the Lyrids tomorrow.
    I'm setting my alarm for 4am.
    Not staying up for Leicester v Pest Brom tho...

    https://www.timeanddate.com/astronom...er/lyrids.html

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    ISS soon.
    Might be gaps in clouds. 7min is pretty good going...

    Time: Mon Jun 21 5:36 PM, Visible: 7 min, Max Height: 61, Appears: 10 above NW, Disappears: 11 above SE
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    I heard Fred Watson on 1233 Wed evening explain that atm, the 5 unaided eye planets are all visible at the same time.
    Venus, Mercury and Mars are setting at twilight in the west. Saturn and the brighter of the two gas giants, Jupiter are in the east.
    I think Fred said you needed a clear view to the western horizon to catch Mars.
    Pity about the clouds last few days.

    That event reminded me of the opening to this short film, commentated by Carl Sagan - 'Wanderers'.
    There's some stunning imagery and concepts in this.


    And no, it has nothing to do with the Dead and Slack C0ck$ down south.


    https://www.theplanetstoday.com/
    This gives you a good perspective too.
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    ISS tonight
    Time: Mon Sep 06 7:01 PM,
    Visible: 4 min,
    Max Height: 64,
    Appears: 10 above SW, Disappears: 40 above NNE

    Should be good viewing.
    Clear skies and a bit of wind about to blow clouds away too.
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    ISS tonight
    Time: Fri Oct 15 8:34 PM
    Visible: 5 min
    Max Height: 78
    Appears: 10 above NW, Disappears: 36 above SE
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    and again...
    Time: Sat Oct 16 7:47 PM
    Visible: 7 min
    Max Height: 53
    Appears: 10 above NNW
    Disappears: 10 above SE

    It was a bit misty high up last night. Station was quite faint.
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    thanks for putting that up - let the kids stay up 17 minutes past bed time to watch it and they loved it

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    3rd time lucky!
    Is 19 minutes after bedtime stretching it Boz?

    Time: Mon Oct 18 7:49 PM
    Visible: 7 min
    Max Height: 40
    Appears: 10 above WNW
    Disappears: 10 above SSE

    Same as Saturday but 13 lower.
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    ISS

    Time: Tue Nov 02 9:00 PM
    Visible: 4 min
    Max Height: 59
    Appears: 10 above SW
    Disappears: 59 above SE
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    too late for the kids this time

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    partial lunar eclipse this Friday (19 Nov 2021) from moonrise at 7:30 (66), maximum eclipse at 8:02 (62, at only 4.5 above the horizon)

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