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(Space.com)   Don't miss the crescent Moon appearing halfway between Venus and Jupiter in the pre-dawn sky Sunday morning   (space.com ) divider line
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2012-07-14 03:08:52 PM  
Sure they will. That's what THEY want you to think.
 
2012-07-14 03:27:07 PM  
www.cosplayful.com

I'm OK with this!
 
2012-07-14 06:37:07 PM  
Uranus. There, I got that out of the way.
 
2012-07-14 06:37:44 PM  
A better diagram, pointing out the proximity of the Hyades and the Pleiades open clusters. Plus you might get an aurora from Thursday's solar flare:

Link

The astronomical event was already spectacular on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, it looks like Seattle might be cloudy tonight.
 
2012-07-14 06:53:42 PM  
This image shows the bright planets Venus and Jupiter meeting the crescent moon on July 15, 2012.

Damn, NASA's good.
 
2012-07-14 07:09:19 PM  
So is it Jupiter or Venus that is represented on most Muslim nation flags?
 
2012-07-14 07:13:10 PM  
You know, if the moon were tilted at a different angle then it would look like a big smiley face in the sky.
 
2012-07-14 07:17:25 PM  
What in the hell is "pre-dawn"?
 
2012-07-14 07:29:48 PM  

BigLuca: What in the hell is "pre-dawn"?


From the time the sky begins to lighten until the sun actually appears above the horizon. Time period differs from season to season and latitude to latitude - for me ~6am-~7:30am
 
2012-07-14 07:51:43 PM  
What in the hell is "pre-dawn"?

A very precise definition including civil, nautical and astronomical night:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TwilightLink

In the northern lattitudes the sun goes down at an oblique angle, making the pre-dawn and twilight periods far longer than at the Equator. (I have a CSB about that from my time teaching in the Congo).
 
2012-07-14 08:47:29 PM  
Sounds almost as underwhelming as the time my FIL dragged a bunch of people outside to watch the ISS fly by. Don't get me wrong, I love science and astronomy, but naked eye stuff (with the exception of a full solar eclipse) is just not that spectacular.
 
2012-07-14 10:14:25 PM  

Omnivorous: What in the hell is "pre-dawn"?

A very precise definition including civil, nautical and astronomical night:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TwilightLink

In the northern lattitudes the sun goes down at an oblique angle, making the pre-dawn and twilight periods far longer than at the Equator. (I have a CSB about that from my time teaching in the Congo).


It's also one of the times that you can use a sextant to take star sightings.
 
2012-07-14 10:18:24 PM  
There is an ancient legend thats says when the Moon is halfway between Venus and Jupiter, Jupiter will align with Mars. At that moment, peace will rule the planets, and love will steer the stars.

/This is the Dawning.....
 
2012-07-15 12:59:35 AM  
I'm going to get a picture just when Venus is framed by the crescent moon's horns.
 
2012-07-15 01:58:47 AM  
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2012-07-15 05:47:23 AM  
www.fuav.com

/Stood in the middle of the street for a bit in the dark and didn't get shot.
 
2012-07-15 05:52:33 AM  

SwiftFox: I'm going to get a picture just when Venus is framed by the crescent moon's horns.


That should happen
 
2012-07-15 06:03:41 AM  

rooftop235: [www.fuav.com image 640x487]

/Stood in the middle of the street for a bit in the dark and didn't get shot.


Aldebaran
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Here's my pic:
p.twimg.com
 
2012-07-15 06:15:35 AM  
farm8.staticflickr.com

My $.02 worth
 
2012-07-15 07:24:19 AM  
Was taking the garbage out after work tonight and had my coworkers come out to look at it.
Didn't know what was going on, but we sure love the moon.

/work in a bar
 
2012-07-15 07:31:08 AM  

assjuice: Sounds almost as underwhelming as the time my FIL dragged a bunch of people outside to watch the ISS fly by. Don't get me wrong, I love science and astronomy, but naked eye stuff (with the exception of a full solar eclipse) is just not that spectacular.


I personally love it. Not everyone needs Baysplosions to enjoy something. Damn clouds.
 
2012-07-15 10:58:49 AM  
Sawit from 3-5 AM this morning while having a late night chat with the girlfriend. When I pointed it out, she just said "That's what you want to talk about right now?"

Maybe I should start aiming higher.
 
2012-07-15 04:46:07 PM  
I had no idea that this was going to happen, but I was driving late from Houston to Austin and I kept noticing that the moon and what I thought were stars just looked absolutely biatchin'. Between this, the transit of Venus, the partial solar eclipse a month or two ago, and the "supermoon" a month or so before that, I have accidentally caught enough awesome astronomical occurrences to last me another couple of years.
 
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