K-Tec

Venus/Mercury conjunction 22nd pm

More
4 years 1 month ago #108903 by Neill
Venus/Mercury conjunction 22nd pm was created by Neill
Just a reminder of the conjunction between Venus and Mercury on Friday evening.
The following user(s) said Thank You: michael_murphy, lunartic_old, Paul Evans, flt158, Fermidox, Until_then-Goodnight!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
4 years 1 month ago #108904 by Paul Evans
Replied by Paul Evans on topic Venus/Mercury conjunction 22nd pm
Looking like there might be some breaks in the clouds too!
The following user(s) said Thank You: flt158

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
4 years 1 month ago #108905 by flt158
Replied by flt158 on topic Venus/Mercury conjunction 22nd pm
Hello, everyone.
Unfortunately I caught no glimpse of Mercury on Tuesday night 19th May.
But Venus more than made up for it!
She has slightly faded from -4.7 of last week.
Last night she was -4.4. Her distance was 48,000,000 kms from Earth. Her angular diameter was a whopping 51.9". But even better was illumination of 7.4%. She was a very fine crescent even at lowly magnifications 11X and 40X.
We shall all miss her when she finally leaves our evening skies.
Of course I will try and observe Mercury when I get better sky conditions.
There was too much haze in that area of the north western sky.
But you never know we might catch both planets in the same field of view over the next 2 or 3 nights.

After Venus, I yet again observed Arcturus is the opposite section of the sky.
Her golden colour looked very well at 40X.
I also split Izar at 112X and 140X.
Porrima looked very good at 112X.

Clear skies to everyone,

Aubrey.
The following user(s) said Thank You: michael_murphy, Until_then-Goodnight!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Until_then-Goodnight!
  • Offline
  • Super Giant
  • Super Giant
More
4 years 1 month ago #108908 by Until_then-Goodnight!
Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic Venus/Mercury conjunction 22nd pm
Hi Aubrey,

Very many thanks for sharing your observations from last night. Venus seems to be a lovely object to view at the moment. I must take another look at her before it is too late. And with Mercury close by it sounds like a real 'must'. 

It seemed like we observed some of the same objects last night. Did you notice any haze around Arcturus? I thought it looked quite striking last night.

Clear skies,
Darren.
The following user(s) said Thank You: flt158

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
4 years 1 month ago #108912 by lunartic_old
Replied by lunartic_old on topic Venus/Mercury conjunction 22nd pm
The weather forecast for Friday night is looking promising.  Two conjunctions can be observed, Venus and Mercury along with PanSTARRS M81/M82.
Paul

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

Rich Cook
The following user(s) said Thank You: michael_murphy, flt158, Until_then-Goodnight!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
4 years 1 month ago #108922 by lunartic_old
Replied by lunartic_old on topic Venus/Mercury conjunction 22nd pm
Using my 10x50 binoculars, the conjunction was easy to see, the crescent of Venus is wonderful and Mercury could be seen to the east of Venus, they appeared at an equal altitude at 20.45UT.
Paul

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

Rich Cook
The following user(s) said Thank You: michael_murphy, stevie, flt158, Until_then-Goodnight!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Moderators: Neill
Time to create page: 0.109 seconds
Powered by Kunena Forum