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(Universe Today)   Today marks Saturn reaching opposition, or when Earth is mostly perfectly in-line between Saturn and the Sun, and thus when Saturn is shines the brightest   (universetoday.com) divider line 62
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2013-04-28 12:14:42 PM
Shame it's cloudy.
 
2013-04-28 12:53:05 PM
THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF AQUARIUS, AGE OF AQUARIUS...
 
2013-04-28 12:57:48 PM
Hello I am write single to salute and wait for answer again
 
2013-04-28 12:59:35 PM

change1211: Shame it's cloudy.

 
2013-04-28 01:10:03 PM
So, what, does that mean it's a good time to launch a mission to it? Because I've gotten too many Kerbals killed already trying to figure out this space travel thing...
 
2013-04-28 01:11:14 PM

jehovahs witness protection: change1211: Shame it's cloudy.

 
Ab3
2013-04-28 01:13:13 PM
But how will this impact Uranus?
 
2013-04-28 01:14:01 PM

Earguy: THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF AQUARIUS ASPARAGUS, AGE OF AQUARIUS...

ASPARAGUS

FTF silly
 
2013-04-28 01:14:05 PM

trega99: jehovahs witness protection: change1211: Shame it's cloudy.

 
2013-04-28 01:15:26 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Hello I am write single to salute and wait for answer again


It amuses me that someone with Adolf in their SN is being a grammar nazi.  Not that I didn't notice the problem and open the thread just to mock subby, but you beat me to it.
 
2013-04-28 01:16:59 PM
May Saturn forever is shine
 
2013-04-28 01:17:19 PM

ronaprhys: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Hello I am write single to salute and wait for answer again

It amuses me that someone with Adolf in their SN is being a grammar nazi.  Not that I didn't notice the problem and open the thread just to mock subby, but you beat me to it.


What were you thinks was the problem with the headline?
 
2013-04-28 01:18:28 PM
Looked at it Friday night with my 8" Newtonian. Looked great. Could see a few moons too.
 
2013-04-28 01:21:27 PM

Mister Peejay: ronaprhys: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Hello I am write single to salute and wait for answer again

It amuses me that someone with Adolf in their SN is being a grammar nazi.  Not that I didn't notice the problem and open the thread just to mock subby, but you beat me to it.

What were you thinks was the problem with the headline?


I was about to is posts it, but decided not to.
 
2013-04-28 01:22:26 PM

change1211: Shame it's cloudy.

t2.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-28 01:23:00 PM
LAUGHTER OL all that was seen by me was Uranus!  LAUGHTER OL if you do not get it this is the pun because you are seeing that Saturn is the planet but also so is Uranus however if you do the word of Uranus it sounds as if I am referring to the body part of you!  LAUGHTER OL!
 
2013-04-28 01:25:38 PM
Saturn is shines the brightest

AOL is sucks.
 
2013-04-28 01:26:19 PM
Unless Saturn does something like that Russian meteorite we aren't likely to see it here in Washington...
 
2013-04-28 01:26:55 PM
Today marks Saturn reaching opposition, or when Earth is mostly perfectly in-line between Saturn and the Sun, and thus when Saturn is shines the brightest

To honor the occasion we will have a clunky headline contest.
 
2013-04-28 01:27:54 PM
I put a new primary mirror cell into my 8" Dob yesterday and took it out last night to see how it performs.

Saturn was the first target- even over the neighbor's house (with some heat shimmer) it looked really nice.  I could make out some atmospheric banding and possibly the Cassini division, although that might have been wishful thinking.  Given the high haze last night and light pollution in my neighborhood, not too bad.  Titan, Rhea and Enceladus were easy to spot as well

/#&%$#@ haze and light pollution.  I can't make out anything below mag 10 with an 8", and trying to star hop with a Telrad when you can't make out anything lower than mag 2 naked eye is a royal PITA.  I need to find a good dark site nearby.
 
2013-04-28 01:29:53 PM
Cool. You might be able to see it from down town.

I can only see about 20 of the brightest stars andn planets on a normal hazy night. On a usual hazy night, the clouds glow orange from street lights and you can pretend you are on Mars, where the sky is sort of orangey from all that rusty dust that gives the planet it's nickname, "The Red Planet".
 
2013-04-28 01:30:19 PM

Glockenspiel Hero: I put a new primary mirror cell into my 8" Dob yesterday and took it out last night to see how it performs.



LOL
 
2013-04-28 01:31:37 PM
Saturn ascends, choose one or ten. Hang on or be humbled again.
 
2013-04-28 01:36:02 PM
Altissimum planetam tergeminum observavi.

/I saw the most distant planet triple-bodied
 
2013-04-28 01:40:19 PM

Mentalpatient87: So, what, does that mean it's a good time to launch a mission to it? Because I've gotten too many Kerbals killed already trying to figure out this space travel thing...


I finally broke down and installed MechJeb 2.0 so I could accurately land a rescue mission to a trio that have been stranded on the Mun for years :P  Poor little guys, it was so accurate it actually landed the pod right on top of one.
 
2013-04-28 01:41:33 PM

Ab3: But how will this impact Uranus?


Bend over and let Pag1107's 8 inch "Newtonian" find out.
 
2013-04-28 01:41:43 PM

Mentalpatient87: So, what, does that mean it's a good time to launch a mission to it? Because I've gotten too many Kerbals killed already trying to figure out this space travel thing...


No, because the planet will be somewhere else when the mission arrives. This page might help.
 
2013-04-28 01:44:34 PM
The good people of Spring Hill, Tenn., are unimpressed.

(That is the town, right? Not looking it up.)
 
2013-04-28 01:46:06 PM

meow said the dog: LAUGHTER OL all that was seen by me was Uranus!  LAUGHTER OL if you do not get it this is the pun because you are seeing that Saturn is the planet but also so is Uranus however if you do the word of Uranus it sounds as if I am referring to the body part of you!  LAUGHTER OL!


I note a disturbing trend. Slowly, quietly, more and more Farkers are posting with language issues similar to yours.

It may be the end of the world.
 
2013-04-28 01:48:10 PM

Earguy: THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF AQUARIUS, AGE OF AQUARIUS...


When the moooon is in the seventh house...

/just listened to that last night
//love the fifth dimension
 
2013-04-28 01:54:39 PM
i291.photobucket.com

/the song is now in your head
 
2013-04-28 01:58:21 PM

Thanks for the Meme-ries: /the song is now in your head


"Ground Control to Major Tom..."
 
2013-04-28 02:05:36 PM
 
2013-04-28 02:06:48 PM
i223.photobucket.com

I thought he was dead. o_o
 
2013-04-28 02:07:16 PM
"Saturn is shines the brightest"

Do you mean that it is bright as a diamond, bright as a diamond, bright as a diamond, oooh, ohhh, shines bright as a diamond?

What a fail of the head-line.

Was this approved to mock subby?  What gives?
 
2013-04-28 02:07:53 PM
My GF got me a telescope for my birthday, and I saw Saturn through it the other night.  It was a humbling experience.
 
2013-04-28 02:09:33 PM
Tom Wopat is fisting the brightest.
 
2013-04-28 02:15:25 PM
roflindia.com
 
2013-04-28 02:15:28 PM

BumpInTheNight: Mentalpatient87: So, what, does that mean it's a good time to launch a mission to it? Because I've gotten too many Kerbals killed already trying to figure out this space travel thing...

I finally broke down and installed MechJeb 2.0 so I could accurately land a rescue mission to a trio that have been stranded on the Mun for years :P  Poor little guys, it was so accurate it actually landed the pod right on top of one.


Yeah, I installed a bunch of things from the Top Rated section on Kerbal Spaceport. So far all I've managed to do is get three Kerbals lost in orbit halfway to the Mun and lose two satellites halfway across the solar system trying to get them back. I'm kinda terrible at this.

Ivo Shandor: No, because the planet will be somewhere else when the mission arrives. This page might help.


Oh god, thank you...
 
2013-04-28 02:16:13 PM

Glockenspiel Hero: I put a new primary mirror cell into my 8" Dob yesterday and took it out last night to see how it performs.

Saturn was the first target- even over the neighbor's house (with some heat shimmer) it looked really nice.  I could make out some atmospheric banding and possibly the Cassini division, although that might have been wishful thinking.  Given the high haze last night and light pollution in my neighborhood, not too bad.  Titan, Rhea and Enceladus were easy to spot as well

/#&%$#@ haze and light pollution.  I can't make out anything below mag 10 with an 8", and trying to star hop with a Telrad when you can't make out anything lower than mag 2 naked eye is a royal PITA.  I need to find a good dark site nearby.


When I wanna do some star gazing I go to the same area where I do my reptile hunting, about 20 miles from the nearest street light, about 50 miles from the nearest big town witha lot of street lights, andabout a mile up in elevation.
 
2013-04-28 02:26:05 PM

Thanks for the Meme-ries: /the song is now in your head


"Bicycle Built for Two"...?

/I feel my mind going
 
2013-04-28 02:27:57 PM
Weird! I would think Saturn would shine the brightest when it's closest to the Sun.
 
2013-04-28 02:35:36 PM
Pee-wee: Exhibit "Q": a scale-model of the entire mall! X marks the scene of the crime. These arrows here show the exact position of the sun at the hour of the crime. Jupiter was aligned with Pluto! The moon was in the seventh...
 
2013-04-28 02:44:15 PM
Since I've moved out of the city to a dark sky-ish area, I've had one clear night for star gazing. I'm cursed.
 
2013-04-28 02:49:36 PM
It's raining all evening, bummin.
 
2013-04-28 02:54:28 PM
Saturn isn't always brightest at opposition, it depends on the tilt of the rings.
 
2013-04-28 02:56:19 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: meow said the dog: LAUGHTER OL all that was seen by me was Uranus!  LAUGHTER OL if you do not get it this is the pun because you are seeing that Saturn is the planet but also so is Uranus however if you do the word of Uranus it sounds as if I am referring to the body part of you!  LAUGHTER OL!

I note a disturbing trend. Slowly, quietly, more and more Farkers are posting with language issues similar to yours.

It may be the end of the world.





I see that there is no issues. LOL. Why is this the way you think you are seeing it? OL!! My time is this when you do not know of these things you are saying.
 
2013-04-28 02:57:21 PM
I can haz Saturn?

/got nothin
 
Ab3
2013-04-28 03:04:15 PM

dbeshear: Ab3: But how will this impact Uranus?

Bend over and let Pag1107's 8 inch "Newtonian" find out.


I know jokes about Uranus would get me in the end...
 
2013-04-28 03:18:03 PM

katerbug72: It's raining all evening, bummin.


It's not like it's going to be signifcantly dimmer a week from now. A week's time moves us less than 2% ahead in our orbit, and Saturn 1/29th of that in it's orbit.
 
2013-04-28 03:33:51 PM
I highly doubt the human eye -or even most backyard telescopes- would be able to tell the difference
 
2013-04-28 04:48:04 PM

Andric: My GF got me a telescope for my birthday, and I saw Saturn through it the other night.  It was a humbling experience.


Yup.
Got my first telescope for Christmas in 8th grade and dragged it out on a cold COLD night to see
Saturn.

It wasn't much - a bright ball inside of a bright ring - but DAMN! that image has stuck with me all these years:
There it is -actually out there - part of a big Solar System and bigger universe.

Humbling and causing awe.
 
2013-04-28 04:53:33 PM
megarian

Saturn ascends, choose one or ten. Hang on or be humbled again.

Exactly what I was going to post....

/mind reader?
 
2013-04-28 05:00:29 PM

New Age Redneck: megarian

Saturn ascends, choose one or ten. Hang on or be humbled again.

Exactly what I was going to post....

/mind reader?


Yes I am.

And you've got some sick shiat going on up there. ;)
 
2013-04-28 05:43:43 PM
megarian

Yes I am.
And you've got some sick shiat going on up there. ;)


*clicks profile*

*blushes*

*looks at feet*

Aw, shucks. Cheers. :D
 
2013-04-28 07:40:20 PM

change1211: Shame it's cloudy.


Also a little too much moon.  Give it a few days.
 
2013-04-28 08:35:47 PM

Ab3: dbeshear: Ab3: But how will this impact Uranus?

Bend over and let Pag1107's 8 inch "Newtonian" find out.

I know jokes about Uranus would get me in the end...


Bummer, dude.
 
2013-04-28 10:43:28 PM
Oh, that's so nice to know, with my new telescope on this rainy night.

But really, recent telescope, Saturn has been beautiful.  When I can see it.

Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak, for anyone who cares......
 
2013-04-28 11:30:41 PM
douchebag/hater:

Andric: My GF got me a telescope for my birthday, and I saw Saturn through it the other night. It was a humbling experience.

Yup.
Got my first telescope for Christmas in 8th grade and dragged it out on a cold COLD night to see
Saturn.

It wasn't much - a bright ball inside of a bright ring - but DAMN! that image has stuck with me all these years:
There it is -actually out there - part of a big Solar System and bigger universe.

Humbling and causing awe.


When I was around 8 - 9 years old, my mom got invited to a NYE party at a friend's who lived in D.C., and she took me along because (I don't even remember why) said friend had access to telescopes at the Naval Observatory, and the party moved there. I got to see Saturn through my first real telescope that night.

Decades later I was watching NASA TV as Cassini / Huygens reached Saturn orbit and went through radio blackout as it *passed through the rings*... I thought to myself... "Yeah, this is -still- a farking rush."
 
2013-04-28 11:55:20 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: meow said the dog: LAUGHTER OL all that was seen by me was Uranus!  LAUGHTER OL if you do not get it this is the pun because you are seeing that Saturn is the planet but also so is Uranus however if you do the word of Uranus it sounds as if I am referring to the body part of you!  LAUGHTER OL!

I note a disturbing trend. Slowly, quietly, more and more Farkers are posting with language issues similar to yours.

It may be the end of the world.


I think the only issues are the issues of you with the language that is of Meow which is the easier of the understanding of her.
 
2013-04-29 12:27:35 AM

pag1107: Looked at it Friday night with my 8" Newtonian. Looked great. Could see a few moons too.


Damn neighbors.

I'll be looking at it with a couple astronomers (one from NASA JPL, I forget where the other's from) Tuesday night at my usual shiny toy, in various mid-infrared wavelengths (which penetrate various depths into the atmospheres of gas giants).  The last couple times it was Jupiter, but now that's setting too soon after twilight.
 
2013-04-29 04:05:36 PM
I hate how everyone always uses space news as an excuse to take a jab at Uranus...
 
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