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      Did anyone check out Venus and the moon this evening? About thirty minutes after sunset, I walked outside to have a look at the alluring indigo night sky. There they were, a heavenly sight to behold, Venus shimmering like a brilliant diamond just below a luminous waxing crescent moon - stunningly beautiful!!! Sooooo inspiring!!!

        Triplets Love Paul:Did anyone check out Venus and the moon this evening? About thirty minutes after sunset, I walked outside to have a look at the alluring indigo night sky. There they were, a heavenly sight to behold, Venus shimmering like a brilliant diamond just below a luminous waxing crescent moon - stunningly beautiful!!! Sooooo inspiring!!!

        That is a Good Sign!

          Celestial moments! Hale Bop was amazing to view on a crisp clear night!...Beautiful!

            There have been a few days of rain ...... so not too much to say about the night sky without getting my eyes wet .... actually all of me wet.

            I get up early early so that I can get to my work place early .... the mornings have been colder and crisper ..... and when it is clear .....it is beautiful to where I will take a time out of my have to get to work bummer thoughts and smile inside for the beauty that I see in the sky

              Hale Bopp Comet 1997...

              http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1310/970401C_lodriguss_960.jpg

                SurSteven:Hale Bopp Comet 1997...

                http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1310/970401C_lodriguss_960.jpg

                http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/comet-hale-bopp-frozen-to-death-110502.htm

                  Andy_Shofar:

                  SurSteven:Hale Bopp Comet 1997...

                  http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1310/970401C_lodriguss_960.jpg

                  http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/comet-hale-bopp-frozen-to-death-110502.htm

                  Cool! A 2500 year orbit will bring it back into the sun light about the time that The Stones tour The New Martian Colonies for the first time!

                  Thanks, Andy...love this stuff!

                    The Moon with Venus overhead in Switzerland! Very Cool!

                    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1102/moonvenus_kaplan_1804.jpg

                    Hopefully...Anita will like this!

                    It looks like a star child's spoon...dipping into the ice creamy clouds below the mountain

                      ^ Beautiful!!!

                      Thanks so much for posting, Steve!

                        Triplets Love Paul:^ Beautiful!!!

                        Thanks so much for posting, Steve!

                        Breathtaking & awesome
                        Thanks for the post Steve!!

                          The night sky has been lovely here in SoCal and last Wednesday
                          I was happy to witness the meteor that caused a stir here in the southland.
                          Very unsual visual effect.

                            Andy_Shofar:

                            SurSteven:Hale Bopp Comet 1997...

                            http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1310/970401C_lodriguss_960.jpg

                            http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/comet-hale-bopp-frozen-to-death-110502.htm

                            I remember Hale Bopp vividly as it was the only comet who's tail I could clearly see. Hopefully Ion will be as brilliant as some say...should be spectacular...but you'll have to be an early bird to view it...

                              ^
                              Did you mean ISON rich?

                              I guess Comet Lovejoy is also out there in the early morning eastern sky to be seen in the northern hemisphere...

                              http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1311/c2013_r1_2013_11_07dp.jpg

                              With a telescope that is!

                                SurSteven:^
                                Did you mean ISON rich?

                                I guess Comet Lovejoy is also out there in the early morning eastern sky to be seen in the northern hemisphere...

                                http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1311/c2013_r1_2013_11_07dp.jpg

                                With a telescope that is!

                                Ison - yes

                                . I'll get up early this weekend to see if I can catch either one (I think Ison is just becoming visible to the naked eye, although I'll have binoculars in hand)

                                  rich n:

                                  SurSteven:^
                                  Did you mean ISON rich?

                                  I guess Comet Lovejoy is also out there in the early morning eastern sky to be seen in the northern hemisphere...

                                  http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1311/c2013_r1_2013_11_07dp.jpg

                                  With a telescope that is!

                                  Ison - yes

                                  . I'll get up early this weekend to see if I can catch either one (I think Ison is just becoming visible to the naked eye, although I'll have binoculars in hand)

                                  Hi Rich -
                                  Glad to have caught you on the fly-by ...
                                  Hope you pass by again soon
                                  There aren't too many places in Northeastern NJ to enjoy the night skies in all their spender ... got to get away & enjoy the scenery

                                    ^
                                    Here's one you guys might like...

                                    Maurice River's East Point Lighthouse near the southern tip of New Jersey (complete with meteor overhead)

                                    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1201/LighthouseMeteor_fusco.jpg

                                      SurSteven:^
                                      Here's one you guys might like...

                                      Maurice River's East Point Lighthouse near the southern tip of New Jersey (complete with meteor overhead)

                                      http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1201/LighthouseMeteor_fusco.jpg

                                      Now it you had not told me it was a NJ pic, I never would have guessed ...
                                      thanks for sharing the view

                                        Driving home last night - 04.00 am in the morning after work - there was just the slightest cloud cover resulting in the moon having a milky halo leaving the result about three moon diameters wide.

                                        I can only imagine the power of such a sight on primitive man and why celestial events become a subject of wonder and mythology.

                                        It impressed me - even at 04.00 am.

                                        Couldn't stop to try a photograph with three weary colleagues snoozing in the car alongside me

                                        Just won a Fujifilm FinePix 602Z on eBay for £28.00.

                                        Slightly dated technology, first released 2002, but still far superior to anything I've owned.

                                        Particularly the 6X optical zoom capability drew me to it, and capturing sights like this will be exactly the purpose I intend to put it.

                                        Martin

                                          Andy_Shofar:

                                          rich n:
                                          SurSteven:^
                                          Did you mean ISON rich?

                                          I guess Comet Lovejoy is also out there in the early morning eastern sky to be seen in the northern hemisphere...

                                          http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1311/c2013_r1_2013_11_07dp.jpg

                                          With a telescope that is!

                                          Ison - yes

                                          . I'll get up early this weekend to see if I can catch either one (I think Ison is just becoming visible to the naked eye, although I'll have binoculars in hand)

                                          Hi Rich -
                                          Glad to have caught you on the fly-by ...
                                          Hope you pass by again soon
                                          There aren't too many places in Northeastern NJ to enjoy the night skies in all their spender ... got to get away & enjoy the scenery

                                          Hey Andy - good to hear from you....but yeah, I'll have to travel a bit (although not too far) to find some good sky watching areas. Sounds like they're expecting Ison to peak visually very soon after Thanksgiving (I believe I read perihelion occurs right on Thanksgiving and it will take a day or two for it to reappear from behind the sun)...this is all provided it doesn't break apart from it's close encounter with the sun.

                                            SurSteven:^
                                            Here's one you guys might like...

                                            Maurice River's East Point Lighthouse near the southern tip of New Jersey (complete with meteor overhead)

                                            http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1201/LighthouseMeteor_fusco.jpg

                                            That's a great shot - seems like it's been a big year for larger meteors...Most of you probably recall the one in Russia earlier this year. But then we had one here on the east coast that apparently didn't strike the earth, but was reported by many thousands from New England down to Virginia...I saw that one...which is why I was surprised when I saw another equally or even more brilliant meteor in early Oct and didn't hear/read one peep of news coverage. I was actually driving home from Cape Cod and in fact was crossing the Bourne Bridge when I saw this one during twilight (I think I recall seeing clock in my car reading 7:20)...I travelled from my right to my left at about a 10 O clock angle (I was travelling in a northerly direction)...it actually had a greenish color to it

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