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Old 03-26-2004, 10:10 AM   #1
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Rare stargazing spectacle offered by 5 planets

see the below link for some fun .

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/0....ap/index.html
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Old 03-26-2004, 10:41 AM   #2
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Old 03-26-2004, 10:48 AM   #3
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Very cool.
Have to look tonight. Kiddo got a teliscope for X-mas. Let her put it to use this week and maybe bring it to Florida first week of April.
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Even without the opportunity to see five planets at once, this is probably the best time of year to have a look at the planets, because both Jupiter and Saturn are visible. Both will show some details in a decent scope - Saturn will show it's rings, and Jupiter may show some bands on the planet, or at the very least you can enjoy watching the four visible moons as they move around the planet. With a larger scope, like my ten inch, you can occasionally watch the shadow of a moon on the planet as it passes between Jupiter and the sun, which is pretty cool.

Good luck catching Mercury. You'll need a clear horizon and a good idea of where it is. I've only had the chance to see it once, and that was a few years ago. Our current home has a hill in the way of the horizon in that direction.

One thing I have enjoyed this year was reading reports on the UFO reporting pages. They went up tremendously when Venus started making it's appearance in the night sky. When I read a report that says "I saw a bright light in the Western sky and it hung there for hours before slowly descending over the hills" I just have to laugh. Some people look up to the stars so infrequently that they think seeing Venus set is a supernatural event!

Of course, I haven't hardly had a cloud free night to enjoy any of it. So if you live where you can actually SEE the sky - enjoy!
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Too Funny Steph!

Here is a site that a link was posted on different forum I am on.
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
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With a larger scope

I tried the "larger scope and you can see more" with my son but he got side tracked by a young lady and has a growth in is ear

So I get to do this with the grand kids and that is an adventure all by itself.
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"I saw a bright light in the Western sky and it hung there for hours before slowly descending over the hills"
But... Steph... I saw them... and they talked to me...!!! They told me they just stopped by our planet for pizza!

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