Podcaster: Shane and Chris

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Title: Objects to Observe in the May 2023 Night Sky

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Description: The Actual Astronomy Podcast presents Objects to Observe in the May 2023 Night Sky.  In this episode we’ll talk about the recent Aurora Borealis which lit up our skies. There will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, however, this will be mostly a photographic event. We then go over some of the pairings of the Moon and Saturn then Jupiter is occulted (passed over) by the Moon before concluding with two nights on either side of Venus.

Bio: Shane and Chris are amateur astronomers who enjoy teaching astronomy classes and performing outreach where they help the eyes of the public to telescope eyepieces.

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3, which is, I believe, a. G. 3. Where is it? G. 4.

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I can’t remember a geomagnetic storm.

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Essentially what that means is when the aurora is that strong, like even some of the Southern Us.

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States, I think we’re able to see it. If it was clear that night, and you know, at least within my social media feeds for our kind of region.

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Here, man, there is a lot of great photographs that people are able to capture. You know.

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Lots of color, and even in my backyard, you know, in the city I was able to see the Aurora, and it extended well into the southern sky like it was in it was almost an all sky. Aurora.

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Yeah, it was pretty spectacular. There, I’ll just scroll, I took some photos of it, and I suppose that’s one thing that I’m taking photos and making lots of notes then I’m like, maybe we should use these. So this one here.

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This is from just a yard here in the city, and you can see I’m rate by a whole row of street lights, and you can still see huge aurora.

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And this is looking towards the south, southwest, and you can see the aurora is covering a essentially in the entire southwesttern sky.

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Yeah, yeah, it was very extensive. I was looking at it around 9, 30, and it flared up.

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And then it’s sort of settled down, and then I think it flared up and and that’s the thing with Aurora.

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Is, you just really never know what you’re going to get.

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And anyway, it was a spectacular night, for it.

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So we hopped in the car and and drove out of town about 10 min.

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Here, looked at the Aurora for a short while, got back in the car to warm up.

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We were gonna leave, and then everything just almost like the moon, suddenly came up.

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Everything was that bright, the Aurora was just so spectacular we get out of the car, and then I saw this, just to my laughter, towards the west, and you can see coming down from overhead into the southwest was this huge curtain, and it sort of wrapped around and eventually

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enveloped the moon, and Venus and I’ve never seen the rural like that.

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It was absolutely as bright as you could ever imagine, it being like at the North Pole, or something like that.

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And then it was in the south and into overhead. It wasn’t in the North at all.

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It was very strange in that respect.

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Yeah, that part of it is very weird to me that you know, with your photo capture there, you know it shows it in the South, and very strange, very strange.

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Yeah. Coming in from the south. That’s coming in from the south from overhead.

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Sort of sweeping down to the south, and then moving back up.

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So I imagine it was visible pretty far so, and the way this was moved, all of this color here was visible to the unaided eye.

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You just saw it as a like paler versions of this we could see the greens pretty easily, you can even see the purples, especially when you held up the phone to take a photo, and then you were looking at it as the image sort of appeared it takes like a few seconds to take the photograph.

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You could see that color as you saw the photo take shape and the and the color in the photo.

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Then, when you were looking, you’re like, Okay, yeah, that is the purple like, it was just like confirming what you were seeing.

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It was really neat.

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Yeah, yeah. Those opportunities for bright aurora don’t happen all of the time.

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So it was pretty neat to be able to see a little bit of it, at least from the city, and you know a lot of people at work.

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We’re sharing photos, too. I just love events like that because it really captures the attention of folks.

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This one here is, need I like that? We, you know, we’re on the sort of the poll line you can see.

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This is the constellation Virgo, and to see the Aurora, in front. Usually you’re used to seeing if you ever had Aurora like this, and I’ve never seen a role like this.

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Anyway, it uses in front of something like Ursa Major, the Big Dipper Cassiopia, or something like that.

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But this is Virgo, and this is like into Corvis and Hydra, and that sort of region of the sky.

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You can see this is getting very low down on the southern horizon.

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Very, very interesting that it did, that.

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Yeah, yeah, that’s super cool.

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Did you get any other? I guess that was just the one that you were able to get out.

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Yeah, yeah, that was about it. I contemplated going out last night, but it was a little too windy in my backyard, and it’s weird.

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My backyard, depending how the wind blows! It turns into a wind tunnel there, so you can be standing in the driveway and it’s you know, barely a breath of wind in the backyard.

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It’s like 25 kilometers an hour.

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It’s strange, so so I did not observe last night, but I know you got out one other night, so, testing a new ipiece.

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Yeah. The name before last Mike and I went out and took a took a whole pile of photos.

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This is the only one we can sort of barely see this.

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Is. This is Mike with his 78 Takahashi.

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And then this is at the same distance. So this is a 10 inch. Tkahashe.

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Now, I’m just kidding just sort of looks much larger in the photo. There.

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Yeah, you’re 100

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Yeah. Just a 100 there. And we were testing it.

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You can see a big, the eye pieces on the end of the telescope.

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It’s about as big around as the telescope.

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Yeah, and for those listening that may not watch the video, this is an enormous IP like ridiculously annoying.

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It’s insane.

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So this is the 17 Explore scientific 92 degree, and I made a bit of an emboxing video.

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I started thinking, we get this stuff in. Maybe we’ll try to do some unboxing videos. I don’t know.

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I was just playing around. So just like in in the true style of when we were starting the podcast we were just sort of record stuff and put it out, I was just like, I’ll just record it as I’m working through anything.

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And maybe we’ll we’ll fire it. So I think it went up on the Youtube channel.

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Yeah, yeah, it did.

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Cool, and this ipiece is fantastic. So we just we just put it in sort of for first light.

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It is a big eypiece. There’s a lot of things with this ipiece which surprised me.

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I heard it was pretty big and heavy. It’s 2.7 5 pounds.

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It’s 2.8 9 on explore scientific site.

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2.8 9. Is that what it is?

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Yeah, like, basically 2.9 that I round it up. Call it 3.

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Yeah, so basically it’s a 3 pinpoint.

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IP. But the one thing people haven’t mentioned in the online reviews that that I’ve read, anyway, is that it’s very well balanced.

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The weight is, is more towards, like the bottom third, and so it in a way, it doesn’t quite feel that heavy.

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It definitely is a heavier eyepiece and I wondered about the design.

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I thought, oh, it looks like we big and clunky.

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And even in this photo, like you can see, it is a large eye piece.

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But I had no trouble getting it, even in my small little camera carrying ipiece case.

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I had no trouble, just sort of inserting it in vertically, and it didn’t like make that I piece case feel sort of oddly heavy.

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I just made sure I put it in the center of the eyepiece case, and that was totally fine. But the views through a Shane are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before through an IP.

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Hmm, yeah, I’m curious to look through it. I’ve looked through the ethos in the past the 100 degree fields, and you know I mentioned it before on the podcast that I I didn’t love it because I felt like I had to move my eyeball around too much.

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To take in the whole field, but the eye relief isn’t quite as nice on the ethos, and you know, this one being just a little smaller at 92 degrees, and maybe it’s the sweet spot for me.

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So, anyway. Yeah, I would love to look through it at some time.

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It presents the image in a truly unique way, although it is similar to one other.

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Ipiece, the main benefit of this ipiece is that I believe it’s it’s essentially designed for those of us who were glasses to be able to get a boat as wide a field of views.

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You can see with glasses on. I think that’s that’s the purpose.

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Yeah, yeah, interesting, just back to the wait last comment that I’ll have about it is like, I didn’t realize how big this thing was.

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And I. You know I always assumed that the 31 neglar was kind of the biggest boat anchor of them all.

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Because a lot of people and myself included, complain about balance issues when when using the 31 Nicar.

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But it comes in at like 2.2 pounds.

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So you know anybody that is contemplating this one should consider the weight.

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Of this certainly would not be a good eyepiece and a small telescope. I just think you’d have a lot of balance issues.

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I think so, although it’s a that. There was this ipiece blue away. All my preconceptions of what this ipiece would be like, and it’s really hard to describe how this ipiece works when you read reviews the most common complaint about this ipiece is

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that they didn’t make more, and in different focal ratios or different vocal links. I guess.

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There’s the 17 and the 12, I think.

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Yeah, like it. There’s only the 17 and the 12.

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Many people commented. They wish they would do a larger one.

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I don’t, because I couldn’t imagine what that would be like.

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I wish they would make something like a 6 or something to that effect, I think would be spectacular, but the surprise with this ipiece was for me.

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Anyway, I thought for sure I’m gonna use my low power finder.

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I balanced my telescope for my 30 twotwo mass, Yama, which is only like a 16 ounce or 17 ounce ipiece.

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This IP, I think, is 44 ounces. So it’s it’s a huge difference.

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But even with a balance there, when I just locked down the control for the zeemeth, I haven’t no trouble with the IP in this telescope, and it tracked fine.

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It sort of through the telescope, tracking off a little bit, but we headed on M.

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30, and it stayed in the field of view for 20 min, and then I just sort of had to adjust it.

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So I was surprised I didn’t even bother adjusting the telescope to balance, for it.

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Hmm! Right on.

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So that kind of surprised me. I think, like I said most of the weight is low down, and I think that’s why the other thing, with this eyepiece that surprised me is how it presents the field of view.

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So I’ve tried observing, with other larger field of view, eye pieces, and like you, I they don’t do much for me, because I I need the eye relief.

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But what somehow, what they’ve done with this eyepiece is they’ve made it almost feels more like a binocular field that you’re looking at.

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It makes things appear larger. It’s almost like the magnification seems more so.

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Mike and I were looking. We askedimated the power that this bypiece was given, and it was confusing, because we figured it was probably about like 60 magnification, but in my scope it was closer to 40 magnification, and you know how with binoculars how they things.

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Appear larger. Just like it just appears to have not quite more magnification, but, like the scale, is larger.

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You know how binoculars do that. And if you close an eye it kind of goes away, and you open the eye and comes back.

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This ipiece. Does that?

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It’s really strange. The other thing that was very strange, about the sidepiece is, I’ve probably observed more with Mike than anybody else.

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In my entire life. The one thing Mike and I know all too well is that our eyes focus a completely different points.

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They couldn’t be more different. So whenever we go to one another’s telescopes, it’s always a game of adjusting the focus, because it’s just it’s it’s usually off by a significant amount.

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And with this eyepiece Mike walked over, and he said, It’s in focus. I can.

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I don’t have to adjust the focus of the side piece, and we’re like what. So then we went over and took it and put it in his scope.

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And again we didn’t have to adjust the focus of the eyepiece, and it did the same thing.

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We’re presented like this seemingly larger image scale.

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Even apart from how it presents, like a pretty wide field of view.

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Anyway, it was just larger. It was very, very different. Sort of eyepiece to look through.

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It was almost hard to go back to looking through any other.

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Ipiece. It was so different. But you know what reminds me of the only other IP I’ve ever looked at that kind of did.

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That was the Admin scientific. 28 R. Ke.

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I’m not sure if you ever look through that IP or not.

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Yeah, I have one. Yeah, it’s kind of a neat people describe it as a floating in space effect, because the edge of the Ipiece casing is almost invisible.

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The the glass is basically the width of the eyepiece, and it’s a very different experience with the Rk.

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E, 28,

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That it that I piece from explore scientific reminds me of that ipiece, and it’s a very similar experience.

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Cool. Well, I’m looking forward to looking through it one night.

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Yeah, we saw this, though, I’m gonna zoom in on this.

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We saw this arc. I know you said it looked like a contrail, but it was more green to the eye.

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I think it’s because it’s close to the moon.

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Here you couldn’t see the green of it, but it was one of the Steve type of Aurora marks, and it started over in the west, right over Venus, and I thought at first it was a con trail that Venus was lighting up because it was evenly

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illuminated, and it was rate. Venus was rate in the bottom of it, and I said to Mike, I said, Look at that, I said.

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Venus is lighting up like a con trail or something, and Mike said, I don’t think that’s a contra.

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I think that’s one of these Steve things, I said.

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No, no, we’ll wait, and if when it drifts off Venus, maybe it will become less illuminated, or the moon will start brightening it up, and then it moved off, and then it got very green.

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Once it was out from behind Venus and then it did drift towards the moon.

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And you can see in this shot that the dimmest part of this feature is actually beside the moon.

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And that’s because the moon was washing it out. If it was a contrail it would be brightest, closest to the moon, and then it would be less bright as it went along, and when a passed in front of the moon it was kind of it just kind of made it all sort of murky around that

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area. And but it didn’t light up like you would have expected it was.

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It was a very strange thing to see, so I took a pile of photos I wish I’d take them more when it was further up, and then, soon as it passed, we had all this cloud move in, so we kind of lost it at that point.

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But it was visible in the sky, probably for about 30 min or so.

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Hmm, interesting.

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Really neat. So any other observations to share before we.

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No, sir!

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Dive in. So May fifth, we’re gonna have a full moon, and there’s a penumbra lunar eclipse.

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But these penumbra lunar eclipses.

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They’re not very exciting. A.

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No, they’re pretty easy to miss. In fact, if you didn’t know what was happening, you probably wouldn’t never really catch it, even if you were looking up.

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Do you ever try to look at one?

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I don’t think I have. I don’t recall, anyway.

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You won’t. You won’t? I didn’t recall, and I did.

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I tried to go out and look at one of these once with a bunch of people, and I’m not even sure if I can say that I saw it, or maybe it was like some thin cloud passed over the moon or something that that’s almost the effect.

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It’s maybe a dimmed it down a little bit, but I would say like, maybe 5 or 10%, it’s basically something that is visible.

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Only, I think, through an astro photographer’s lens I’ve seen some beautiful astronautography of penumbra lunar eclipses, but this isn’t one of those, and lunar eclipses where it goes deep red or anything of that sort.

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Yeah, yeah. The like. A proper lunar eclipse is far more engaging and and interesting to look at.

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Yeah, cause this is just when it goes through the penumbra, which is the outer shadow of the earth being projected into space. And what we want is an umbra lunar eclipse.

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When the moon goes through the the interactor portion of earth’s shadow.

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And that’s when we get the beautiful dark red and crimson tones that that we all know and love for lunar eclipses.

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May twelfth. We have the last quarter moon, and then, on the thirteenth, in the morning sky, and I put my note up here for about 5 50 odd Am.

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For us, Shane. Anyway. Saturn is going to be 3 degrees ish above the moon.

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I think my inner circle here is just over 3 degrees my inter circle here is 10 degrees, and so for us, and for those further west than us, or maybe in Japan, you’re gonna get a nice view of Saturn and the Moon very close together in the morning sky that could be a nice image.

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I suppose if somebody is trying to take a photograph over some landscape like buildings or hillsides, or something like that, should look nice.

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Yeah, yeah, would be a somewhat challenging photograph to get both exposed properly.

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But that’s the beauty of post-processing with photography.

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You can do some fun. Things like that.

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I know nothing about this.

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Yeah, I know enough to say what I just said, but I couldn’t tell you how to do it.

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May seventeenth, Jupiter and the moon they’re gonna be very close in the sky in the morning sky.

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And there’s even going to be an occultation of Jupiter by the moon.

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We get it here it will be above the horizon.

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But for us, I believe it’s a boat an hour and a half after moonrise, Jupiterized sunrise, so it’s going to be in a very bright sky, and then you can see here in my image Mercury is right here.

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So the sun is only just over here. I think it’s going to be pretty close.

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I think you’d want to be pretty careful making this observation.

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I’d I’d want to have a house or some other building of significance between me and the sun, and to figure out where Jupiter and the moon might be prior to that event, because Jupiter doesn’t move a percibly if you were getting up early in the morning for the few

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nights before, should be able to figure out where Jupiter is going to be, and where the sun is rising, and get a building between you and and the sun, in order to to see Jupiter and the moon kind of creeping around the edge of that building together and then maybe be able to make an

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observation of the all cultivator. Later on in the morning.

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Yeah, yeah, that looks what? 5 degrees or so above horizon, maybe a little bit more.

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Yeah, it’s about 5 degrees above the horizon at 4, 40.

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And I think the occultation occurs a couple hours after this, like an hour and a half after sunrise.

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Yeah, okay, interesting.

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Those further west can see it. I think if you’re in like, right on the west coast of North America, or maybe in Hawaii, or somewhere like that, yeah, I think yes, stand a pretty good chance. Think parts of Alaska, perhaps.

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But yeah, probably around the west coast is probably gonna be your best chance for seeing the aquilitation event again.

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Like you said, pretty close to the horizon, but the akultation is simply when the moon passes in front of a planet.

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In this case it’s Jupiter. We had an occultation of Mars back in December on the night of the Mars opposition.

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I think it was March, December ninth, I mean, because when we had that my resultultation by the moon. But this one here is much more difficult to see, because it’s going to be close to the horizon that always makes for a pretty challenging event, no matter how you cut

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it, and this one’s a daytime event for us, so I don’t know. We’ll see.

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Yeah, yeah.

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So there’s going to be some double shadow transits on Jupiter.

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But I think this is too low. When Jupiter is this lot, Sheen?

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I don’t know that anybody would stand a decent chance of seeing double shadow transits until Jupiter’s is at least in a somewhat dark sky.

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Well and better, seeing you know this like observing a shadow transit.

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You do need decent seeing to see the little block dot you know, of the shadow on Jupiter, and I think at, you know, 5 to 10 degrees here above horizon. It’s just going to be too dirty, too dirty of error to look through.

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Yeah, I think maybe once we get into like the latter half of June or something, I think maybe shadow transits would would be visible once Jupiter is, you know, another 10 or 15 degrees higher up, maybe.

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But I think really waiting for Jupiter to be in in a darker sky and higher up in in the midsummer, is probably a better bet than trying to hunt down those double shadow. Trans.

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Its. While that’s right on horizon. I don’t know.

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I think that would be pretty tough, because even when Jupiter is nice and high it can be easy enough to miss a shadow.

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Transit. Anyway, I couldn’t imagine trying to see when when it’s this low down.

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Yeah, agreed.

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May nineteenth. That’s the new moon. And on the evenings of May nineteenth and twentieth there’s the Grasslands National Park beyond the Big Dipper Star party.

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Yeah, I’m off that entire week. Let me just take a look here.

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Yeah, I’m off on vacation from the twenty-second until the 20 sixth.

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So I have a pretty large window, and I will be picking the best weather dates to go down there and do some observing, yeah.

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Nice. Very cool. May 20, s, and May 20, third. Sky. We have Venus paired with the moon, so Venus is, gonna be nice and high all month, in fact, and most people have been able to pick it out just on their own.

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I know when we had Bird on the show here, just in the episode, we only just recorded.

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We chatted about, people walking up and saying, Hey, what’s that bright star?

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And it’s not a bright start. It’s one of our closest neighbors, the planet Venus.

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But on the 20, s, and 20 third, you’re going to have the moon.

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And Venus basically rate side by side, just about 4 degrees apart for us in the evening sky.

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On the 20 s, and then a little bit further, maybe 6 degrees to the other side and to the north of Venus on the 20 third.

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That should be a pretty interesting pairing to see.

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Yeah, I always like, when planetary or solar system bodies kind of align and get close in the night sky.

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Always fun to look at.

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Actually had a look at the last one here. I think it was about.

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Week or so ago, maybe just over a week ago I went up and set up the little 6 Takahashi in the driveway with a low power eyepiece, and I could just squeeze the moon and Venus in to my field of view I think it looked more like this

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Monday, May 20, s date, when they’re a little bit closer.

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I think that’s gonna be pretty neat to see in the nighttime sky might be better for binoculars than for little telescopes, even though.

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Then on the 20 fourth, we have Mars and the moon paired up.

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They’re going to be just over 3 degrees apart. So maybe in our wide field little telescope, or, again, a binocular, they’re not gonna be able to see much on Mars itself, because Mars is certainly pretty small and far away at this point, but just seeing the Moon paired up

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with another planet is always pretty neat to see.

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Yeah, it is.

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So it should be nice to see that Mars and Moon close approach there on the 20 fourth, hopefully, we can see some of those close approaches of the moon and and the planets.

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The other thing that we have coming up is on May 20, sixth.

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The lunar X is going to be visible from Western Canada in the early morning sky.

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So she, what is the lunar X. And how can people see this thing?

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Well, it’s it’s a clear, obscure effect.

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It’s just a shadow play on the moon. We’ve talked quite a bit about that in the past.

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In terms of what these features are. They’re not really like a feature.

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More of a shadow, play with what’s illuminated versus what’s in shadow on the moon.

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And these types of effects are visible near the Terminator, which is where the light terminates, and it becomes dark on the moon and yeah, the lunar X is probably one of the most popular clar up screen effects on the moon and the same night that the X is visible there’s a lunar

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V. Usually just or not. Usually it is north of the the X along the terminator.

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And usually it’s only visible for a short time.

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Span, unfortunately. So if it’s like Western Canada, then, like, maybe we might be able to see the early parts here.

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But you know, probably once you’re much further west than us looking, you know, Alberta, and sort of towards the west coast of the States.

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That’s probably going to be your best chance for seeing it. And if you’re in Eastern North America, there’s probably almost no chance of seeing it unless you stay up later, or something like that, usually it’s just like one sort of somewhat localized region.

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On the on the earth that makes it visible, a.

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Yeah, for any of these, you really do need to put in your location to determine whether or not you can see it, because it won’t be visible for the entire night.

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Therefore it is somewhat limited. But even though this one will be visible for Western North America, you know there will be future lunar axes only even from Europe.

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So everybody will get their chance at it. Throughout the course of the year.

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May twenty-seventh. We have the first quarter moon in the late afternoon and evening sky, was looking at the late afternoon first quarter moon.

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The other day we were driving around, and you could just sort of hang there in the afternoon sky, really nice to do you ever take the telescope boat?

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And look at it when it’s just sort of sitting there on a on a warm spring afternoon.

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It’s pretty neat to do a.

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Yeah, it is. It’s neat how some of the craters sort of blend in with the blue sky, and it almost becomes one.

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A May 20. Eighth. We have the lunar straight wall visible.

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And did you see those images, Jim sent here? I’ve got them here.

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I’m just gonna zoom in of of the lunar straight. While he took these.

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I think just the other day, because we’re recording this not too long after the seventh day moon.

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Yeah, yeah, it actually looked better in the email. I don’t know if it’s just the video dropping some resolution.

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But but yeah, you know good images. By Jim.

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And so this straight wall is, is an escarpment otherwise known as Ruupus Rectus is that he sits Latin, I guess.

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Yup, yeah, that’s how you say that.

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And it’s just a lunar fault line located in Southwestern Marynubian Ub. M.

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Yeah, it’s another. Need one of those clear, obscure effects visually, it really jumps out at you.

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It’s very, very dark. I guess it probably depends a little bit on the timing of when you’re observing it.

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But that’s another neat one that I enjoy.

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Mercury. Is that greatest? Yeah from the sun on May 29.

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However, I think it’s too. I think it’s really too close to the sun for making an observation.

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It didn’t even put a screen capturing, because even though it’s 25 degrees away because of the angle at the sun for us, anyway.

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And where Mercury is. Yeah, they’re 25 degrees away.

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But it’s not that. Mercury is 25 degrees above the sun rises, and then 25 degrees of red ascension.

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Later the sun rises. Basically mercury rises over to the right, and then the sun rises over to the right, and then the sun rises over to the right, and then the sun rises over to the left, like I don’t know, like half an hour later, or less.

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So the sky is just exceptionally bright, and I think that you’re still looking like close enough.

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I think it’s too close for comfort, and the sky is just gonna be so bright when mercury is in the sky at all.

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I think it’s it’s too dangerous, and probably not worth taking a look at, anyway.

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Yeah, there’s not much to see with mercury.

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And then, when the next week rolls around, I think Mercury gets brighter, but it heads towards the sun, so it’s brighter, but it’s even even much, much closer to the sun, so on May 30 first Mars enters the beehive I think this is going to be Neat I saw

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this in Sky and Telescope Magazine.

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I’m a subscriber, and I didn’t see this in in any of my other sources.

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But Mars is going to be on the rim of the beehive cluster, and I just put this this image here is what it’s going to look like on the thirty-first of May in the evening sky, and it just gets into the outer stars of the Beehive even

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though you’re not really gonna be able to see much of Mars through the telescope.

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Of course you’ll probably still be a to see it as a disk.

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And then over the following nights. It’s like 4 nights or so.

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You’ll see Mars slowly trition across the beehive cluster, which I think is gonna be a pretty neat site to be able to see, and should have a decent shot at actually being.

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We’ll see Mars in front of the Beehive on at least one of those nights.

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Usually we have a clear night every 4 nights, so there’s a good chance of seeing this.

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Little event. I think it is going to be neat. I wondered sometimes when a planet or the moon, or something, is in front of one of these clusters to me, it’s kind of underwhelming cause offense clients to the horizon, we were talking about with Jupiter and

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the moon, but this one Shane. When I ran the software and I should have put this the zoom in, you could really see how it’s going to sort of meander amongst these stars, I think it’s going to be a pretty neat event to see mars in front of the

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beehive. They’re going forward from May 30, first for the next 4 nights.

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Yeah. Too bad. It’s not a favorable Mars opposition year.

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Mars will be quite small, but nonetheless it’ll be neat to see it there.

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Yeah, I think so. I think it’s gonna be worth checking out.

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So that’s sort of our last calendar event. I took a look.

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I don’t know if you took a look at comments or anything else, but I couldn’t see that there was any comments that are going to be brighter than magnitude.

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10.5 visible from the northern hemisphere this month, I think there might be a couple in the southern hemisphere that are hovering around tenth magnitude, but really I couldn’t find anything that was that was of any bright significance at all when it came to

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comments this month. Unfortunately.

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Yeah, yeah. It’s the forecast for comments is basically nothing too spectacular for a little while, anyway.

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I don’t think anything too bright to be aware of it at this time.

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So we’ll keep watching, as we always do in case that changes.

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I also looked at meteor showers. There’s like I think it’s like the Edo query.

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It’s early in the month on the 6 but the moon interferes with that, so I didn’t.

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I don’t bother putting in events where the moon is essentially full at the time when the meteor shower is taking place.

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The night sky. Suppose somebody might be curious to quote and try to make some observations, but I think it gets confusing from people when you’re telling them to go out and take a look for stuff that requires a reasonably dark sky, and you’re just not going to have a dark sky with a when

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those meter showers are taking place this month. Unfortunately.

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Yeah, sometimes, that’s how it lines up.

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Yeah, unfortunately. So you have a double star, I see. Tell us about the double star you’ve picked this month.

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Yeah, so this is up in Corvis. The designation for the parent is a Stf.

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1, 6, 5, 9. And the reason this one jumped out at me is there’s actually not just 2 stars to look at in this or in this double star system.

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But there’s a 6 which is pretty cool now.

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The Ab. Stars are physically connected, I guess, or part of a system so like it’s a true double.

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The C. Star. Uncertain. More science needs to happen there and then.

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The remaining 4 stars are all optical alignments, but nonetheless it makes a, you know, a very interesting view.

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The separation is pretty pretty forgiving. These will be easy to split the closest pair is the A B Pair.

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At 28.1 arc seconds. The biggest distance is between the A and F.

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Star at 209 arc seconds. So all of those are very easy to split, even with small aperture.

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And the magnitude of these stars, the dimmest is the C. Star.

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At 10.9, and then the F. Star, I think, is the brightest.

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At 6.6, and then they kind of vary in between.

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So for anybody that’s looking for kind of a larger system to look at.

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This, you know, is one to add to your list, as far as color goes, it looks like mostly kind of blue, white stars, so I don’t think you’re going to see a large pop of color, but it is always interesting to see multiple stars like this in a system.

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But also ones that really vary in magnitude, you know, to go from 6.6 to 10.9.

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There’s a 9.9 and an 8.3, you know.

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Just need to start to be able to recognize some of the magnitudes of stars as well.

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So, anyway, that’s the one that I would throw out there for me.

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Have you taken a peek at this one yet, or is on your to observed list for the spring?

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To observe list. Yeah, yeah, I will be looking at it at some point here in the month of May.

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Nice. Look forward to hearing your observation. Anything else. To add to this, our objects to observe, in the May 2023 night, Skyshane.

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That is all.

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