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Fleecewife

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Stars and planets
« on: December 10, 2021, 04:45:42 pm »
The evening sky today is wonderful.  There's nearly half a moon low in the southern sky, with Jupiter shining brightly near it, due south at dusk.  A bit to the west and very low, the brightest heavenly body you can see is Venus. Once the sky darkens a bit more, Saturn appears midway between Jupiter and Venus, and more stars appear above your head.  Later, Orion the Hunter, a constellation most of us recognise, sits dead ahead to the south, with Sirius the Dog Star a bit south and east, very bright.  These are 'The Dog days'.  Up and still east of Orion is the Square of Pegasus, easy to see because it does form an almost perfect square - around it is the rest of the Pegasus constellation.
I am particularly fond of the southern sky in winter because I can see it from my front door, so I don't have to freeze to star watch, or stay up late.
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oor wullie

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Re: Stars and planets
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2021, 09:25:32 pm »
This evening we went for a walk up the hill behind our house to enjoy the stars, it was lovely, and both the 2 and 4 year old seemed to enjoy it.
Or view to the north is ruined as Inverness is only 25km to the north so we rarely see the northern lights but to the south there is not even a road for 40km so I share your appreciation for the southern sky.

Fleecewife

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Re: Stars and planets
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2021, 01:26:50 am »
Our sky to the north is wrecked by the Central belt so we haven't seen the Aurora for years.  When we first moved here 26 years ago the sky even to the north was much darker and we could see the aurora.  Now every farm and group of houses has security lights blazing all night and unshaded street lights. To the south we just have one town but the lights are quite dim.  On moonless nights the Milky Way can be stunning


How lovely to be able to share the night sky with your kids. When I was young it was my grandad who taught me something about the stars.  Unfortunately he lived in North Wales and we lived in East Anglia so it was all done by letter which isn't quite the same as showing your children what's what in the sky in person.
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Backinwellies

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Re: Stars and planets
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2021, 06:44:41 am »
on the edge of dark sky park here in Wales .....  on a moonless night we can see milky way......  usually all we see is clouds! :roflanim:
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Re: Stars and planets
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2021, 12:59:50 pm »
I bought my three grandchildren a plot on the moon last year - for a bit of a laugh, but it's legal, so who knows maybe one day they'll get there  :innocent: :roflanim:
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

Anke

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Re: Stars and planets
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2021, 01:43:28 pm »
I bought my three grandchildren a plot on the moon last year - for a bit of a laugh, but it's legal, so who knows maybe one day they'll get there  :innocent: :roflanim:


Did you do that on April 1st by any chance?

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
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Re: Stars and planets
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2021, 01:58:34 pm »
I bought my three grandchildren a plot on the moon last year - for a bit of a laugh, but it's legal, so who knows maybe one day they'll get there  :innocent: :roflanim:


Was it on the dark side? Untrustworthy folk those moon dwellers  ;) 


Actually, once your grandchildren get there, all they'll find is junk and bags of vomit and other bodily effluent happily left by the moon landings as it was too expensive to cart it all the way back to Earth  :o   True!
« Last Edit: December 11, 2021, 09:57:55 pm by Fleecewife »
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow: despoiled in summer and villages left half-empty in winter.
Re: Stars and planets
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2021, 07:31:54 pm »
I bought my three grandchildren a plot on the moon last year - for a bit of a laugh, but it's legal, so who knows maybe one day they'll get there  :innocent: :roflanim:

If the Russians or Chinese don't invade their little moon-patch first !  LOL

 

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