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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hey, astronomers!

Rachel spotted what I'm pretty sure was a planet this evening, around 7:30. She even called it such. It was in the southern to southwestern sky. It seemed too bright to be a star, as there was still some residual light from the sun yet.

The big question: Which planet was it? And how did you find out?

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3 Comments:

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Barb, sfo said...

http://ephemeris.bjmoler.org/unaided.htm

I believe that was Jupiter. I googled "Michigan visible planets October"

My husband the astronomy buff advises you to get a star chart. :)

 
At 5:05 AM, Blogger Matthew Siekierski said...

It was Jupiter, magnitude -1.50.

I use Stellarium, a "free open source planetarium for your computer".

 
At 5:21 AM, Blogger Milehimama said...

Not an astronomer. but you might like this site:
http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=118

We are doing astronomy this quarter - but haven't seen any planets! BTW, the star on the SC state flag is Venus, because it is so easily seen from our state.

You might like this:http://www.shatters.net/celestia/
star chart for the computer.

I tagged you for a meme, BTW!

 

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