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Re: BEGINNERS' STARGAZING QUIZ (QM)

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:30 am

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Last Friday on the Lower Sabie high level bridge we had astronomy as part of the Earth Sciences course. Although I was on guard I had a turn to look through the telescope and was pleased to find my eye surgery has now made that possible. Saw Jupiter, Omega cluster, and Sombrero cluster. Awesome.
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Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:07 am

WOW, thats's fantastic, EJ. :clap: :clap: Even more wonderful is that fact that your eyes are back to razor-sharp again and that the surgery was SO successful. :clap: :clap: :clap: What a privilege to see those deep-space objects in the magic of the wild, minus the light-polution that so many of us have to contend with in cities. :mrgreen: Do you know what size the telescope was, and did you see any of the moons of Jupiter?
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:55 am

Don't know what size the telescope was, but yes, did see 3 moons.
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Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:54 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: Actually, people with clear vision can usually spot four of Jupiter's moons in good conditions, EJ.
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:24 am

Listened to some of the chat round the telescope and think that nobody saw more than 3 that night for some reason.....
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Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:59 am

Which suggests that the fourth moon was behind Jupiter at that time. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:25 am

Okay, time to set some questions and see who is paying attention ... :wink:

At the moment, the Southern Cross is prominent in the Southern Hemisphere night skies. So too is the False Cross. And both are close to each other. How does one distinguish between the two?
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:41 pm

Southern Cross has the 2 pointer stars, and is a more kite than diamond shape in comparison to False Cross.
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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:28 pm

Plus there is the 5th star in the bottom right quadrant - as per the Ausie flag.

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Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:09 am

Well done EJ and Shidzidzii. :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:45 am

Okay, time for another question:

Everyone knows the expression "once in a blue moon". Besides the Marcels singing about it, has a blue moon ever taken place in the sky?
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:56 pm

I know the term refers to a second full moon in a calendar month, and is not terribly unusual.

But actually looking blue......probably associated with pollution, such as a huge volcanic eruption of the magnitude of Krakatoa or St Helens?
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Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:23 am

Any other takers?
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Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:56 am

Very well done, EJ. :clap: :clap: :clap: Yes, there are two interpretations of what a blue moon is; the atmospheric phenomenon versus the calendar term. The atmopsheric phenomenon has only occurred sparsely throughout history and is indeed a result of certain large-scale fires or volcanic eruptions that induce the moon's disk to appear blue. This has happened with Krakatoa, Mt. Helen's, and a few other eruptions over the centuries, while Sweden and Canada observed a blue moon some decades ago after fires swept the region. In terms of the extra moon appearance in a calendar year being called a blue moon, it has been recently corrupted from the original meaning of the third full moon out of four in a season where the extra full-moon sighting appears to two full-moon sightings in any one month. Either way, it occurs seven times in 19 years, so is both relatively common and quite uncommon. :hmz: Who said the term "once in a blue moon" was boring! :D
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Unread postby Philip1 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:57 am

Own :thumbs_up: Thank you for the info on the "Blue Moon". I was baffled. :?
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