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TommyPaineatWork
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posted 13 May 2003 05:36 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sky and Telescope

While the last one was free to view, I believe it now costs $125 Cdn. through Ticket Master for this one.


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skdadl
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posted 13 May 2003 12:52 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yippee.

Except: I have to stay up until midnight???!!!

I love the sky. When I was young, you could actually see it some of the time.


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Briguy
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posted 13 May 2003 01:22 PM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Visibility envelope for the total eclipse
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Albireo
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posted 16 May 2003 11:51 AM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As an astronomy enthusiast in Toronto, I duly note that the moon was indeed eclipsed last night, not only by the Earth's shadow, but also by a thick blanket of dripping clouds.

The long proud Toronto tradition of cloud during major astronomical events continues. Last year there was a series of about 4 different occultations of Saturn by the moon, and I think every one of them was clouded out.

By wanting to view something in the sky, I make it rain. Twice I did this in the Arizona desert. The U.N. should fly me and my telescope to drought-stricken regions of Africa, where I would bring rain and be hailed as a hero.

[ 16 May 2003: Message edited by: albireo ]


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skdadl
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posted 16 May 2003 11:53 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

I think I had something of that effect the last time we were supposed to be able to watch a comet (asteroid?) shower.


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Albireo
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posted 16 May 2003 12:00 PM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That would be a meteor shower: the Earth passing through a trail of tiny dust particles left behind by a comet. The meteors look like "shooting stars" as they burn up upon entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

The Leonids in 2001 were the best in recent years, and it was almost completely cloudy. But I persisted, and during the hour or 2 before dawn, through holes in the clouds, I saw dozens of meteors. What an awesome show that would have been under a dark clear sky!

If it was a comet or asteroid shower, we would meet join the dinosaurs and others on the list of extinct species. , er, I mean .


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Sisyphus
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posted 16 May 2003 12:01 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It was hazy here last night, but the eclipse was visible. I enjoyed it, and no commercials!!!
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Albireo
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posted 16 May 2003 03:47 PM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah, yes, but mark my words: a few lunar eclipses hence you will see a Nike logo projected on the lunar surface.
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Sisyphus
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posted 16 May 2003 04:01 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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few lunar eclipses hence you will see a Nike logo projected on the lunar surface

You're paranoid, albireo, it'll never happen.

Pepsi has got first dibs on the moon, as I recall.

Click.


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