Anyone see the moon last night?

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by takethewarhome, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. takethewarhome midnatt klarhet Registered Senior Member

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    This is all I could capture of the magnificent aura around the moon last night. Anyone else see it? Anyone have any photos?
     
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  3. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    Interesting that you should say that. It was overcast and rainy here in Tampa last night but I love to get in the hot tube in the rain

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    . The moon was full and though I couldn't actually see it, it made the sky glow and gave a very unusual visual of the trees against that glowing background.

    Thanks for the pics; what is your geography?

    Edit: Oh, I see you are from south of heaven, Georgia.
     
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  5. lixluke Refined Reinvention Valued Senior Member

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    I was in Florida, and my friend called me Monday night, and told me to look at the moon. It was the weirdest thing. The sky was cloudy, but there was a huge clear hole with the moon right at the center. I don't know about last night or Tuesday. But that was the case on Monday.
     
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  7. takethewarhome midnatt klarhet Registered Senior Member

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    Yes, which would be Albany, Ga.
     
  8. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    I would say that the cold front that brought the rain here last night must have passed through there the day before. They say another front is passing tonight so did it get cold there yet? I lived in Atlanta for a few years and seems like about the right time for a chill in the night air. Crispy air seems be filled with tiny ice crystals at higher altitudes and that is what makes the rings around the moon in your pics.
     
  9. takethewarhome midnatt klarhet Registered Senior Member

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    Yes, a cold front just moved in last night. After it had just passed, this happened for a few hours. I stayed up all night and stargazed.

    I can never sleep when brilliant things like that are happening.
     
  10. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    Then you won't get much sleep the night of Dec 13

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    Geminids meteorite shower returns that night.

    Check out this site and page down to Geminids.
     
  11. takethewarhome midnatt klarhet Registered Senior Member

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    Oh yeah.
     
  12. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    If you stay up to see them can you set your camera on time exposure and mount it on a tripod? You might be able to get some good pics of "shooting stars".
     
  13. takethewarhome midnatt klarhet Registered Senior Member

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    No, I don't have that good of a digital camera. But my father has a better one that I do by far. Perhaps I'll use his.
     
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  15. takethewarhome midnatt klarhet Registered Senior Member

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    It's weird that you didn't see it. I found out about it from a post that Kat Von D left on my myspace, actually. And she's in California.
     
  16. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    http://skytour.homestead.com/met2009.html

    GEMINIDS
    Predicted Maximum: December 14, ~5:00 UT (=Dec. 13, 9pm PST; =Dec. 14, 12am EST)
    Moon: New Moon (no interference)
    (radiant map from IMO)

    WHEN TO WATCH: The Geminids have a fairly broad maximum, so viewing should be productive throughout the entire night of December 13/14 (late Sunday evening into Monday morning). New Moon this year allows coverage of the entire night.

    Sunday morning, December 13, should be worth watching as well. A rule of thumb for the Geminids is that rates remain above half the maximum value for about 24 hours before and 12 hours after the actual peak. While rates will probably have dropped dramatically by Monday evening, an increase in the proportion of bright meteors is often noted after the peak.

    The Geminids are accessible from the entire Northern Hemisphere and from many Southern Hemisphere locations as well. The radiant is highest in the sky at around 2am, but from mid-northern latitudes it is at a decent elevation from around 10pm until the beginning of morning twilight. The Geminids can produce observed rates of over 100/hour at maximum, and are reliable (for a meteor shower) as well as spectacular.

    Geminids are medium-speed meteors. Most of them don't leave glowing trains, but the brighter ones are often colored (yellow, green and blue are most common). The Geminids seem to produce quite a few fireballs.

    I'm going to check with Enmos to see if the weather will permit photos.
     

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