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Old 03-17-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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March17th.
ASTEROID FLYBY HAPPENED TONIGHT: Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 FH is flying past Earth tonight only 85,000 km away. That's about twice the altitude of a geosynchronous communications satellite. Advanced amateur astronomers in North America can photograph the 20-meter-wide space rock racing through the constellation Gemini after sunset on March 17th. It should be about as bright as a 14th magnitude star. [ephemeris] [3D orbit]

http://www.spaceweather.com/
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:07 AM   #2
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Here's a link to watch NEO's (near earth objects)

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:22 AM   #3
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Hi Antaletriangle,

Do you know of any good astronomer who has knowledge of the Southern hemisphere that can help me out.

Over the last few days at around 6:00pm there is always one star that appears before any of the others. This star is really bright, with a bluey type of light which can be seen looking west (I'm on the North Eastern Brazilian coast and look inland to see it). It appears close to the Cruzeiro do Sul.

I have spoken to others about it, but no-one is an astronomer. They have suggested that it could be Venus, but couldn't be sure.

Pardon the pun, but try to shine a little light on this for me.

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ASTEROID FLYBY HAPPENED TONIGHT: Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 FH is flying past Earth tonight only 85,000 km away. That's about twice the altitude of a geosynchronous communications satellite. Advanced amateur astronomers in North America can photograph the 20-meter-wide space rock racing through the constellation Gemini after sunset on March 17th. It should be about as bright as a 14th magnitude star. [ephemeris] [3D orbit]

http://www.spaceweather.com/
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:42 AM   #4
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Give me a reference point Steve to a nearby constellation that you recognise in proximity to the object, from a specific location (your nearest friendly illuminati outpost - city) at a specific time so I can look it up for you.

I have Starry Night Pro.

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Old 03-18-2009, 01:50 PM   #5
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Hi Steve

The brightest of all planets is hanging low in the western sky at sunset, and if you look at it with a backyard telescope, you'll see that it is a slender 4% crescent.



Venus resembles a rainbow because Earth's atmosphere acts like a prism. When Venus is near the horizon, refraction separates the red crescent from the blue. The crescent is so thin, the splitting of colors is obvious. Later this month, Venus will disappear into the glare of the spring sun--so catch the rainbow planet while you can!

source: http://www.spaceweather.com/
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:33 PM   #6
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Hi Luminari,

The nearest constellation is the Cruzeiro do Sul (Southern Cross) - however this only appears when it gets darker.

Reference city is Recife in the State of Pernambuco at around 6:00pm local time.

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Give me a reference point Steve to a nearby constellation that you recognise in proximity to the object, from a specific location (your nearest friendly illuminati outpost - city) at a specific time so I can look it up for you.

I have Starry Night Pro.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:36 PM   #7
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Hi GaiaLove,

It could well be Venus then. Don't forget I'm looking at this thing from the Southern Hemisphere and not the Northern where you are.

To me it looks like a really strong star, not prism shaped, but with a bluey shine.

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Hi Steve

The brightest of all planets is hanging low in the western sky at sunset, and if you look at it with a backyard telescope, you'll see that it is a slender 4% crescent.



Venus resembles a rainbow because Earth's atmosphere acts like a prism. When Venus is near the horizon, refraction separates the red crescent from the blue. The crescent is so thin, the splitting of colors is obvious. Later this month, Venus will disappear into the glare of the spring sun--so catch the rainbow planet while you can!

source: http://www.spaceweather.com/
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:53 PM   #8
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Hi GaiaLove,

It could well be Venus then. Don't forget I'm looking at this thing from the Southern Hemisphere and not the Northern where you are.

To me it looks like a really strong star, not prism shaped, but with a bluey shine.

Best regards,

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are you thinking of the Hopi Blue Star right now?
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:26 PM   #9
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i've seen this Planet for the past few months, it is always the first to be seen and can be seen before it goes dark. It's in the west and I can see it from here in Manchester/England. Does anyone know what it is?
I am thinking that it is Venus, but I have never noticed seeing this planet any other year... that is if it is a planet.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:05 PM   #10
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Steve:

Venus is low in your western sky at 5pm your time based on the sky map here http://www.space.com/snserver/snweb....th&Explore=No& It will appear as a very bright star regardless of its current crescent shape.

burgundia:

No but the comet pictured below sure looks like the Hopi Blue Star

More info here--> http://www.space.com/spacewatch/0902...met-lulin.html
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:21 PM   #11
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...Well its not Venus, had a quick look but running late for work. Will give you a comprehensive answer later today.

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Old 03-18-2009, 08:35 PM   #12
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...Well its not Venus..
wanna bet?
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Venus begins the year in the evening sky, well up in the west as darkness begins to fall. It will disappear from view in late March as it passes between Earth and the Sun. It will return to view as a “morning star” by early April, and remain in the morning sky until December.
http://stardate.org/nightsky/planets/

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Old 03-19-2009, 07:20 AM   #13
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Well smartass, the constellations of Cetus and Pisces which is where Venus is correctly at, at that time and location provided by your link, are absolutely nowhere near the constellation of the southern cross CRUX which is the reference point Steve gave as being close to the object in query... put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Its not hard to find Venus.. we were looking for something else.

I also find your claim of a giant GREEN comet (Lulin) being the Hopi BLUE star to be amusing.

Ok Steve.. at the location of Recife, Venus is directly west moving downwards.. it totally disappears just after 7pm.

CRUX (the southern cross) is in the southeast and doesn't rise until about 8:30 pm.. CRUX is not very close to the ecliptic meridian so we can safely rule out ALL of the planets.. (unless the object is a fair distance directly ABOVE CRUX which would place it near the ecliptic, even so the nearest planet around that time is Saturn but it is a 'very long way away' in the upper left if you are looking at CRUX).

I suggest looking at http://www.heavens-above.com/
to see the position of the ISS (international space station).

So far we have a UFO

peace out, no hard feelings GaiaLove (gaylove?) im just a bit grumpy and in need of a beer.. all the best,

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Old 03-19-2009, 07:37 AM   #14
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peace out, no hard feelings GaiaLove
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:16 PM   #15
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Hi steve i can't add much more to Luminari's observations-i have just read this and been having that beer that luminari stated he needed STELLA ARTOIS lol,apologies for not replying earlier-cheers!
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:51 PM   #16
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Synchronicity!

Im drinking Stella
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:56 PM   #17
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peace out, no hard feelings GaiaLove (gaylove?) im just a bit grumpy and in need of a beer.. all the best,

L
Gaia comes from Greek mythology and is a reference to Mother Earth (which I'm sure you know) the "love" part echos how i feel about my home world. and of course there's no hard feeling my friend. Hope the beer did the job for ya

All the best as well

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Old 03-19-2009, 03:26 PM   #18
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What's Stella?
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:29 PM   #19
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What's Stella?


A pretty good beer
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:16 PM   #20
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I see, LOL, I guess I could've looked it up but I was being lazy. I've never heard of it before.
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:21 AM   #21
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A pretty good beer
Yeah, if you like your beers to be average.

I have found much better.

Not to take this off the topic further, but ask me for my thoughts on beer. ANY beer. I gurantee you that I have an opinion on it.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:38 AM   #22
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Antale and I never said we were drinking "the greatest beer on earth ever"

Stella is a great everyday beer Humble!!

If you want to know some of my FAVOURITES though..

INNIS & GUNN (Scotland)

CHIMAY Blue (Belgium)

TROIS MONTS (France)

LA FIN DU MONDE (Canada)

RAFTMAN (Canada)

Baron's BLACK WATTLE (Australia)

3 RAVENS Black (Australia)


or just give me an ice cold pint of Guiness and im happy

I could go on and on and on....
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Antale and I never said we were drinking "the greatest beer on earth ever"

Stella is a great everyday beer Humble!!

If you want to know some of my FAVOURITES though..

INNIS & GUNN (Scotland)

CHIMAY Blue (Belgium)

TROIS MONTS (France)

LA FIN DU MONDE (Canada)

RAFTMAN (Canada)

Baron's BLACK WATTLE (Australia)

3 RAVENS Black (Australia)


or just give me an ice cold pint of Guiness and im happy

I could go on and on and on....
If you ever have a chance, try TYSKIE from Poland
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:54 AM   #24
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Ok Burgundia.. Ive only had Zwiec and Brok from poland
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:18 AM   #25
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Ok Burgundia.. Ive only had Zwiec and Brok from poland
The only Polish beer that I can drink and enjoy is TYSKIE ( I hardly ever drink any alcohol). Żywiec is too bitter for me. I have never tasted BROK.
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