Bart's Planetary Challenge for 2007

13 years 7 months ago #40492 by voyager
Bart's Planetary Challenge for 2007 was created by voyager
A lovely side-effect of the re-classification of Pluto is that you can now observe all the planets in our solar system with nothing more than a 20 Euro pair of binoculars from Aldi/Lidel. So, I've set myself the challenge of observing them all this year with just my binoculars.

More here: www.bartbusschots.ie/blog/?p=371

Go on, give it a go!

Bart.

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13 years 7 months ago #40493 by michaeloconnell
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Sounds good Bart!

Saw Venus and Mercury with the unaided eye last night. Mercury is just a few degrees to the lower right of Venus over the western horizon after sunset. Remember: it is estimated that only 1% of the world's population have seen Mercury, so get yourself in that club.

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13 years 7 months ago #40494 by paulevans
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it is estimated that only 1% of the world's population have seen Mercury


I'm truly astonished!

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13 years 7 months ago #40495 by Frank Ryan
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Really!?
Thats mad!

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13 years 7 months ago #40497 by Seanie_Morris
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Nice initiative Bart, should prove useful, especially for the 99% of those who have yet to spot Mercury!

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13 years 7 months ago #40500 by dave_lillis
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Weyhey!, I'm part of that 1 %, just saw both Venus and Mercury with the naked eye tonight before sunset and with the scope, and I'm waiting for saturn to rise above the houses and if I get up early enough I will see Jupiter early in the morning, maybe Mars is too near the sun for now, but give it a few months and it'll become easily visible.

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13 years 7 months ago #40502 by Seanie_Morris
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It does seem a very rare club Dave, but if I were its chairperson (The Mercury Watchers Club), and I charged even just €10 annual membership fee for the population of Earth (8 billion -> 8,000,000,000,000,000?), that nets me - sorry, the club - about €8,000 million a year...

...€10 is alright for membership, isn't it? :D


(Sorry, I'm talking rubbish again!)

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13 years 7 months ago #40537 by dave_lillis
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Do I get a cert if I pay up ? :lol:

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13 years 7 months ago #40544 by Seanie_Morris
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Sure, why not!

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13 years 7 months ago #40570 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

I don't know where the 1% figure for people who had seen Mercury came from. That works out at 65 Million people!

Last week I gave two (non-astronomers) in work accurate charts for finding Mercury, but both failed to notice it. They are not complete novices as they observed the ISS before.

For those still waiting to see Mercury, see my photo of Feb 2nd at:
http://www.irishastrosoc.org

John

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13 years 7 months ago #40658 by Matthew C
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John that talk on the birth of stars will be interesting seeing that the pillars of creation were obliterated! :shock:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. . . .
T. S. Eliot
A wise man....

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13 years 7 months ago #40701 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi,

I don't know where the 1% figure for people who had seen Mercury came from. That works out at 65 Million people!


Thats 0.1%.

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13 years 7 months ago #41082 by astrojoe
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wow!!! great idea!!!! i'l give it a go!!!

hmmmmmmmm.....who do i pay the $10 to :? :lol:

am 17!love ta listen ta music!any music!!!!love ta view the stars on a bitterly cold clear nite!!!!love ta look at saturn and see its rings!!!!!

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13 years 7 months ago #41092 by michaeloconnell
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1% does seem alot alright. I would have thought it alot smaller than that. Only going by what I read one time. I wonder if even 0.1% is too high.

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13 years 7 months ago #41171 by lionsden
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Well I'm happy to say that there's 4 of them in my house alone. Actually, we all saw five naked eye planets in the sky at the same time: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter, six if you want to count Earth (though technically it wasn't in the Sky!). That was back in 2003, or was it 2004? Memorable evening, just can't remember the date!

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Perhap because light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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13 years 7 months ago #41225 by Seanie_Morris
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wow!!! great idea!!!! i'l give it a go!!!

hmmmmmmmm.....who do i pay the $10 to :? :lol:


Me, of course! :D

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13 years 7 months ago #41226 by Seanie_Morris
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May 2004 I think Leo, I remember it (the event, not the date, obviously!) well.

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