RE: [astronomy-121] wasnt mars supposed to be around in August?

From: Anthony E.
Sent on: Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:53 PM
Greetings:
 
Just to let everyone know. There happens to be a very affordable scope called the (Galileoscope). The IYA (International Year Of Astronomy) are selling them for $20 dollars on the website https://www.galileoscope.org/gs/.
 
The Specification and Quality:

The achromatic optics include a 50-mm-diameter objective lens of focal length 500 mm, an eyepiece of focal length 20 mm (magnification 25x), and a 2x Barlow lens (yielding 50x when used with the supplied eyepiece). The Galileoscope accepts almost any optical accessory that has a standard 1?-inch (31?-mm) barrel, and it attaches to virtually every tripod made or distributed anywhere in the world. (A tripod is not included with the kit; you'll have to supply your own.)
 
It's not authentic replica of what Galileo Galileli had made. His telescope was very imperfect and had a simple non-achromatic objective. Which gives him even more respect for his discoveries. This telescopes will reproduce what Galileo saw.
 
 
- Anthony
 
 
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> Subject: Re: [astronomy-121] wasnt mars supposed to be around in August?
> From: [address removed]
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Thu, 27 Aug[masked]:30:04 -0400
>
> that sounds great, i would love to see some real nice pictures! lol
>
> On 8/27/09, Niphon <[address removed]> wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > I'm working on that. I'm going to look for a nice camera for my telescope.
> > I'll post them on the meetup page when I do.
> >
> > Niphon
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone. Cause I'm cool.
> >
> > On Aug 27, 2009, at 12:56 PM, Samantha <[address removed]> wrote:
> >
> > Hi everyone ,
> > you guys are lucky you get to see the planets! I dont have a telescope
> > so i can't really provide useful information... i would love to see
> > pictures !
> > Samantha
> >
> > On 8/26/09, Niphon <[address removed]> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Thanks for that post. That hoax is silly.
> >
> > I saw Mars last night with my scope. It rises in the northeastern sky. You
> > won't see it til 2 or 230am right now (cause of the NY haze). I Could easily
> > see the ice cap through my scope. It's dim til it rises above the haze.
> >
> > Was looking at Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus too. Great red spot was visible
> > and was watching 1 of the moons pass in front of the planet (Jupiter). Real
> > nice.
> >
> > If it's clear this weekend I'll be out there. If anyone wants to join me
> > just let me know.
> >
> > Niph
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone. Cause I'm cool.
> >
> > On Aug 26, 2009, at 10:04 AM, Rob <[address removed]> wrote:
> >
> > Hi:
> >
> > I am not sure when this meetup actually meets up, but here is some
> > information about a hoax email that is circulating regarding Mars appearing
> > as big as the moon August 27, 2009. This is from earthsky.org.
> >
> > Fwd: SEE TWO MOONS ON 27TH AUGUST. 2009 Should be spectacular! Truly a once
> > in a lifetime experience!
> >
> > It?s happening again. People are clamoring for information about an amazing
> > spectacle involving the red planet Mars. An email is circulating suggesting
> > that ? on August 27, 2009 ? Mars will appear as large as a full moon in
> > Earth?s sky. The version I saw actually included a powerpoint presentation,
> > suggesting that Mars and Earth?s moon will appear as a ?double moon? in late
> > August 2009.
> >
> > It sounds amazing! Can it possibly be true?
> >
> > No. It can?t. The email is a hoax. It has circulated every summer since
> > 2003. Mars can never appear as large as a full moon as seen from Earth, and
> > Mars will not even be at its brightest in August of 2009.
> >
> > In fact, in August of 2009 Mars is a relatively inconspicuous dot of reddish
> > light in our eastern predawn sky. It did appear near the moon this month ? a
> > waning crescent moon visible before dawn ? on the morning of August 16. That
> > waning moon might have made Mars slightly more conspicuous than it would
> > have otherwise been. Now the moon has moved on in its orbit around Earth,
> > leaving Mars behind, and unless you know exactly what you are looking for,
> > you probably will have trouble finding Mars for the rest of this month.
> >
> > Ah, Mars. World of dreams and visions. Mars is the world orbiting one step
> > outward from Earth?s orbit. This world is slightly smaller than Earth ? but
> > slightly larger than Earth?s moon. Mars is also much much farther away than
> > Earth?s moon. It?s hard to comprehend what little specks the planets and
> > moons are in contrast to the vastness of space, but let me put it this way.
> > Earth?s moon is about a light-second away. Traveling at 186,000 miles per
> > second, light bouncing from the moon?s surface takes about a second to reach
> > us here on Earth. Meanwhile, light from Mars takes much much longer to reach
> > Earth ? from several minutes to about 20 minutes ? with the difference being
> > the result of Earth?s and Mars? motions around the sun. In other words, when
> > Mars is on the same side of the sun as Earth, its distance from us is less
> > than when it?s on the far side of the sun from us.
> >
> > The moon is much closer than Mars, and that?s why we see the moon as a
> > bright disk in our sky. Meanwhile ? to the eye ? Mars never appears as
> > anything but a ?star.?
> >
> > So how did this rumor of Mars-as-big-and-bright-as-the-moon get started? It
> > started with an actual event, in 2003. On August 27 of that year, Earth and
> > Mars came very slightly closer than they?d been in nearly 60,000 years. Our
> > two worlds, center-to-center, were about 35 million miles apart ? just over
> > three light-minutes apart. The last people to come so close to Mars were
> > Neanderthals. Astronomy writers like me had a field day that year, talking
> > about Mars at its closest. Was it a spectacular sight? Yes! It looked like a
> > dot of flame in the night sky. But was Mars as big and bright as the moon,
> > even at its closest in 2003? Never.
> >
> > What is happening on August 27 of 2009? Nothing, really. By coincidence,
> > there will be a reddish star near the moon on August 27, the star Antares in
> > the constellation Scorpius. The name Antares or Ant-ares means ?rival of
> > Mars.? Antares is sometimes called Mars? rival because both Antares and Mars
> > appear reddish, and because the planet Mars sometimes appears brighter than
> > this star.
> >
> > This August, though, Antares appears brighter than Mars does in Earth?s sky.
> > Will some people look outside on August 27 ? see Antares near the moon ? and
> > think this reddish star is Mars?
> >
> > Probably.
> >
> > And so the legend continues
> > Rob Widham
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 5:05 PM, Christine Rossi <[address removed]>
> > wrote:
> > thank you for the info; I kind of thought it was Venus; can't wait to have a
> > telescope meeting somewhere; can't get on my roof anymore and really, really
> > miss looking at the sky.
> >
> > Christine
> >
> > --- On Tue, 8/25/09, Niphon <[address removed]> wrote:
> >
> > From: Niphon <[address removed]>
> >
> > Subject: Re: [astronomy-121] wasnt mars supposed to be around in August?
> > To: [address removed]
> > Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 4:24 PM
> >
> > Hi
> >
> > It's probably Venus. Mars rises like 130
> > Am or so. Visible after 2 or so. Venus rises later on. It's really bright ad
> > you describe.
> >
> > Niphon
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone. Cause I'm cool.
> >
> > On Aug 25, 2009, at 4:11 PM, Christine Rossi <[address removed]> wrote:
> >
> > there's a very, very bright planet in the East in the pre-dawn hours; is
> > that Mars or Venus?
> >
> > Christine
> >
> > --- On Thu, 8/20/09, Rob <[address removed]> wrote:
> >
> > From: Rob <[address removed]>
> > Subject: Re: [astronomy-121] wasnt mars supposed to be around in August?
> > To: [address removed]
> > Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 3:02 PM
> >
> > That was when everyone said that Mars would be the size of the moon in the
> > earth's sky. Thank God we have science to counter these urban legends!
> > Tonight, Mars should be near the moon still, even in Asia! May have changed
> > a bit in the past 4 days but not by too much!
> >
> > If you?re up before dawn on Sunday morning ? the morning of August 16 ? you
> > can use the waning crescent moon to locate the planet Mars. Look for Mars
> > about two finger-widths to the moon?s right or upper right. (Hold your two
> > fingers an arm length away.)
> >
> > http://www.earthsky.org/skywatching/moon-mars-in-front-of-taurus-on-sunday-morning#c014319
> >
> > On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 1:49 PM, Mike D <[address removed]> wrote:
> > Jawad,
> >
> > You are probably reading a very exaggerated description of the opposition
> > from Aug. 2003.
> >
> > http://www.snopes.com/science/astronomy/brightmars.asp
> >
> > Right now the best planet to see is probably Jupiter, which should be easy
> > to pick out if you look towards the south at night time.
> >
> > -Mike Durkin
> >
> > Jawad wrote:
> > I am currently vacationing in Asia and I dont see mars at all. From what I
> > read, mars was supposed to be the brightest object in the night sky and even
> > visible at daytime all over the world. Does anyone know what happened? Is it
> > visible in NYC?
> >
> >
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