Tuesday, December 6, 2016

1130Y2K+16 A Super Moon; November nights

November brought us some clear nights to view those best known patterns in the night sky. The Super bright and perigee moon was Monday the 14th. This bright object also dimmed a lot of the Leonid meteors this month! That weekend we had our first cold front. Bundle up to view the stars. Many bright stars to choose from:
Deneb, Altair, Vega, Aldebaran, Capella, Betelgeuse and Rigel.
TPML Astronomy Night was Saturday, November 19th from 6:30 till 8:30pm.
1) Venus, in the lid of the teapot constellation Sagittarius, will be brilliant as it sets in the west.
2) Mars will be off to the left of Venus and will set shortly afterward.
3) We hope to see another "Iridium Satellite Flare."
4) Uranus, in Pisces, and Neptune, in Aquarius, are high in our night skies.
5) Stars Capella and Aldebaran rising and Vega, Altair and Deneb are setting.
6) The Lonely Star, "Fomalhaut" is low to the south.
7) Star Clusters M2, M15, M92 and the Double Clusters among many are out
Lots to give thanks for, after walking and observing on this planet… LXX
This Thanksgiving, looking up at the night sky was similar to the "First" Thanksgiving sky in 1621!
I saw this Video tour of the space station @ https://youtu.be/DhmdyQdu96M
Adding the current Star Trek Beyond DVD to my library.