I have seen the Geminids regularly and find them very impressive. I saw one when I was younger and I was hooked. So hooked I need to see more! I have luck with these. I can usually find a good clear night in December (nearly the longest nights of the year).
Ever been to a star party with nothing to see? Here you have 3 objects of different sizes (and phases) moving around over a week – easy to plan an event knowing that there are more days following where weather might not be an issue. Early evening too, so no late nights.
Interesting to see objects change their place in space over time, plus an opportunity to hone your photography skills – how do you get a bright moon and a dimmer planet in the same picture
Although this is all very interesting and I’m hopeful that it will be an awesome comet. It’s two months away and it still isn’t visible to the naked eye or binoculars – and might be visible for one or two days at most when it nears the Sun.
Although this is a very optimistic representation, there may be only a few days where we see it on the western horizon of the size of comet West.
Hone your photography skills – figure out what you want to get in the shot? 8 pm on Wednesday August 7
Sit outside, have a party
Hone your skills for the Mercury transit in 2016
Honing your site location choices, your photography skills
I don’t want to be fooled by a comet, but I’d like to prepare for a spectacular event. What parameters mark a good commet?
Top celestial events of 2013
Top 10 Celestial Events 2013 Naked Eye from Mississauga (... And aided eye!)
TOP 10 LISTA Personal LISTbased on:•historic cloud cover,•visual interest, and•Rarity
#10 - Geminids• December 7-15• Night of 13th morning 14th• Jupiter / waxing gibbous Moon• can expect 20/h in the city (40/H Caledon)
#9 - PLANET DANCE• MAY 22-30• Mercury, Venus, Jupiter• 7-9 pm on the western HORIZON AFTER SUNSET
#4 - Mercury• Feb 2 to 23• Evening Views (6 pm)• Telescopes should Reveal Phases• 4.5” - 13.0” in size
Events #10-#4Short events of a night or twowithMoon & planetsMeteor ShowersComet... Drum roll please
#3 - AURORA BOREALIS• SUN ENTERS SUNSPOT MAXIMUM for this 11 year cycle• Although a LOWER maximum is expected than in other years a significant amount of flares should be expected• The LATE summer atmosphere will be higher and offer a Better chance at seeing
#3 - AURORA BOREALIS• 3 minutes in 3.5 seconds (FERGUS ONTARIO)• Watch the university of Alaska forecast• Plus space weather for solar activity
#2 - Saturn• At Opposition Apr 28• Apr May Jun offers great summer viewing• 19” VISUAL diameter of the planet• 40” Diameter INCLUDING the rings
#1 - COMET ISON• Sungrazing• C/2012 S1 ISON• discovered 21 Sep 2012• Vitali Nevski Artyom Novichonok• Could be a chunk of the Great Comet of 1680
ISON Dates• August in Binoculars• 1st OCT pass 0.072 AU BY MARS• Oct Nov Dec Jan naked Eye• 28th Nov - nearest the sun• 26th Dec - nearest The EARTH• Jan 14th-15th could have a new meteor shower on earth from the trail of this comet
ISON COMPARED TO OTHERS ’76 - WEST ’96 - Hyakutake’97 - HALE-BOPP ’13 - ISON
1680-ISON ComparisonGREAT COMET 1680 ’13 - ISON
Comet Checklist•Big enough to be seen at least 18months from perihelion? √•Is it a sungrazer? √•Will it be within 0.5 AU of the EARTH?•DOES IT follow a predicted light curve? √ TBD
TOP 3#3 - Aurora Borealis•Several months of fun in the late summer andearly fall#2 - Saturn•Three months of bright displays with inclined ringsfor best effect#1 - COMET ISON•Three to four months of naked eye observation infall and early winter
CalendarJanuary August•Jupiter/MOOn •Crescent MoonFebruary •Perseids•Mercury AUG + Sept & OCTMARCH •Aurora Borealis•Comet Panstarrs OCT + Nov + DECAPR + MAY + JUN •COMET ISON•SATURN DecemberMAY •GEMINIDS•Planet Dance •VENUS
“Comets are like cats: they havetails, and they do precisely what they want.” David H. Levy, Comets: Creators and Destroyers
Useful Links• NASA meteor shower flux estimator http://leonid.arc.nasa.gov/estimator.html• Northern Lights Aurora forecast http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/NorthA merica/• Space Weather Information Monitor (SWIM) http://www.spacew.com/swim/