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swans
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March 2, 2012 5:57 pm  

Angry at a planet? LOL...yup...Jupiter. Bloated Gasbag! I'm gonna send a Zippo to her.

As for "...Jupiter is intentionally thinking and planning...", I'll leave that path for you to explore.

🙂

Aussie,
Please look at what you are up against.

I submit: Jupiter "stays." 😀

http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/jupiter-article/

Swan

Gluttonous gasbag! OK, I'm headed to the basement to tinker with my latest anti-Jupiter device. Wait! I don't have a basement. Freaking island! OK, I'll start by digging a basement...sigh...

🙂

Aussie,
Please DO share your idea of an anti-Jupiter device! It will certainly be a scientific marvel, I'm sure. *-)


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March 3, 2012 3:05 pm  

http://www.space.com/13905-2-bright-stars-night-sky-venus-jupiter.html
Greetings,
For skywatchers who are unaware or simply forgot, Venus and Jupiter - the brightest planets in the evening sky - are moving closer together during the first weeks of March and will meet mid-month.

Although visible with the naked eye, binocs or telescopes can help in seeing three of Jupiter's 63 moons... Calisto, Ganymede, and Europa.

Enjoy! 😀
Swan

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Greetings once again USVI Skywatchers:
My Original Post (and link in post above) seems to have gotten lost in a little shuffle, so may I give it a boost? 😀
Don't forget that we also have Mars competing with Jupiter and Venus for our attention!

http://www.space.com/14753-mars-skywatching-tips-earth-opposition.html

Swan


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March 3, 2012 8:00 pm  

Mars will be in opposition to Earth Saturday, and it will be visible even to stargazers under the cloudiest of skies. That's because the online Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time feed of the Mars opposition, beginning at 11:00 p.m. EST (0400 GMT on March 4).

http://events.slooh.com/


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swans
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March 3, 2012 8:17 pm  

Mars will be in opposition to Earth Saturday, and it will be visible even to stargazers under the cloudiest of skies. That's because the online Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time feed of the Mars opposition, beginning at 11:00 p.m. EST (0400 GMT on March 4).

http://events.slooh.com//blockquote >

Rotorhead:
Many thanks for the link!
11:00pm EST (USVI@midnight) Will be watching!
Swan


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swans
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March 5, 2012 1:57 pm  

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111110142102.htm
Greetings:

"Jumping Jupiter!" 😀

I simply felt this facinating article should be shared with our stargazers.

Reminder: Jupiter and Venus continue to move closer during these next weeks and meet mid-month. They are the two brightest objects in the evening sky.

Swan


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STXBob
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March 5, 2012 6:23 pm  

Jupiter and Venus ... are the two brightest objects in the evening sky.

The moon and the ISS (often) are brighter than Venus and Jupiter.


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STXBob
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March 5, 2012 6:24 pm  

And now for my favorite trick question: "Which is the most visible planet?"


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swans
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March 5, 2012 7:14 pm  

And now for my favorite trick question: "Which is the most visible planet?"

Hi Bob,

I probably should have clarified that Jupiter and Venus were the brightest planets in the evening sky (or even among the evening stars) - the moon or ISS didn't cross my mind at all. 😀

Venus is the brighter of the two, if that is what you're referring to in terms of visibility.

Thanks for the great ISS video: ISS, however, isn't traveling as fast as the video purports; the video is a sped up view as she moved over the Earth. In actuality, ISS is traveling perhaps less than one-quarter of that speed - @5 miles a second. Pretty thing, isn't she?
Swan

Note: Edited to say that I just saw Bob explained the ISS video speed on the ISS Sightings thread. 🙂


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swans
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March 5, 2012 10:10 pm  

And now for my favorite trick question: "Which is the most visible planet?"

Take a guess everyone! 😀


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STXBob
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March 5, 2012 10:12 pm  

I mean in general, regardless of current celestial events, "Which is the most visible planet?"


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March 5, 2012 10:16 pm  

Um...I'm going with my Captain Obvious hat here...Earth? *-)


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STXBob
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March 5, 2012 10:21 pm  

Yes, earth is the most visible planet.


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JulieKay
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March 5, 2012 10:25 pm  

Just lookin' down between my feet and holding on for the ride. 🙂


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aussie
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March 5, 2012 11:16 pm  

Yes, earth is the most visible planet.

My Venusian friends disagree.

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JulieKay
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March 6, 2012 12:31 am  

*gets out tin foil hat again* 😉


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STXBob
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March 6, 2012 1:09 pm  

Here's an interesting phenomenon about the most visible planet: It is so close right now that if you hold a small rock in your outstretched arm and release the rock, it will accelerate directly toward that planet!

Next question. Which is the most visible star? Hint: At around Noon today, that star will be so bright that it will blind you if you look directly at it, and it may burn your skin if you don't apply starblock.


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JulieKay
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March 6, 2012 1:13 pm  

*puzzles*

Do they have starblock at Kmart? Or will I have to order that from the continent?

*grins*


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swans
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March 9, 2012 1:25 am  

For our stargazers: Another reminder

In the Western sky - Jupiter is on the left of Venus.
We're getting closer! 🙂
March 15th

http://www.space.com/14839-full-moon-mars-planets-skywatching.html

Swan


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swans
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March 12, 2012 9:04 pm  

Lemme see...

I think that there just might be a correlation between asteroids, Jupiter, and a species that is a plague upon this planet.

Nope. Jupiter has to go. That was my asteroid!

😀

http://www.space.com/14857-asteroid-nuclear-bomb-explosion-video.html
Lemme see: 🙂

This article may, indeed, have introduced to me a somewhat different perspective to the 'coorelation hypothesis' between asteroids, Jupiter, and the species mentioned by a board member in his post above; IMO, then, I think he might be a tad correct - in the strictest sense of "anti-asteroid" forces that threaten the asteroids which may - someday - impact Earth. It can be noted now that directing animosity towards Jupiter is unfair...Jupiter does NOT fling asteroids into outer space "with intent." However, the nuclear weapon(s) are designed to annihilate asteroids and are designed "with intent" to do so. Jupiter is innocent and deserves some respect... 😀

Swan


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swans
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March 23, 2012 7:10 pm  

Greetings,

Skywatchers residing or visiting the beautiful USVI will enjoy another remarkable viewing event as Jupiter and Venus line up - especially on Sunday and Monday evenings after sunset. However, they are amazing to see right now...just look at the western sky!
Swan
http://www.space.com/13905-2-bright-stars-night-sky-venus-jupiter.html


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