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New Moon

Regarding Andy's (Big Dipper) comment about today's new moon,

"Occurs at 05:26UT. Look for a very thin crescent moon this evening."

Andy, I love your niaive optimism.

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Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann - brightest

Passed Earth, and is now at its brightest. You can find it high in the east before the first light of dawn, in the southern part of the constellation Pisces.
Currently two fragments of the disintegrating comet are visible with small amateur telescopes, and a third is in reach of larger instruments.
C, the largest of the fragments is also the brightest. It shines at 6th magnitude and is visible with binoculars of even the ...
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Aurora tonight!!!!!! maybe????????

Had an email today from the Lancs Aurora alert system for a possible storm, checked the NOAA POES site and it doesnt look that good - anyway who knows??!!

If its clear where you are maybe worth a look, especially if your up north.

Jonathan

PS its cloudy here so I dont know!!!!!!!

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Interested in extra solar planets?

Hi Gang,
Just thought one or two of you may like to try this multimedia 3D presentation map out. It shows the position distance and, with options included, various other properties for you to check out. Great fun and informative too!
http://planetquest1.jpl.nasa.gov/atlas/atlas_index.cfm
Give it a try!
John.
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Eta Aquarid meteor shower

Weather looks good for the peak of this meteor shower on Friday (touch wood!!)

Check out http://www.spaceweather.com/meteors/etaaquarids/etaaquarids.html

Happy stargazing

Jonathan
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SW & Ring Encounter

HI All,
Theres an error on the events calander ,the closest approach of SW73 P is on the early morning of the 8th, when the comets nucleus passes 2 arc minutes to the north of the Ring Nebula.This occurs a little after 4am BST.Unfortunatly from the northern UK it will be starting to get light then so may have to observe no later than 3am BST when it will be about 14 arc minutes to ...
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Celestrons Good Idea

Hi Gang,
I was just wondering whether anyone had seen this new device from Celestron. It is a hand held device for locating stars and DSO using the GPS system. Seems like a good way to find your way around the night sky! Take a look and see what you think.
John.
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Whats up this week.

Hi Gang,
For all those of you wanting to know what to look at this week, if those clouds ever get out of the way that is!! Here's a "heads up"
http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/whatsup_apr17_2006.html?1842006
John.
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Mars Recon. Orbiter

Hi Gang,
If you have the time you should take a look at the first high resolution image from the Mars reconnaissance orbiter. It is at http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/?msource=enews041706&tr=y&auid=1589502
It is a very large 32MB image but the detail is unquestionably breath-taking to say the least. It is well worth the visit!
John.
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Venus Express

Hi Gang,
In case anyone's interested Venus Express has just returned it's first images. They are the first ever images of the planets south pole. They are visible at http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=39104 Take a look!
John.
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