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Mars Jupiter and Venus - out there easy to spot right now.

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Chris Bott - Moderator07/03/2012 20:50:52
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Just driving home I noticed that hardly a star could be seen which is unusual, but there just South of East, is a full moon. Up and left a bit is a very bright er.. star, but it's red, compared to stars. I'd heard that Mars is going to be visible in the next few days so came in to look it up.

Yep - it is in the right place to be Mars and very easy to pick out.

So, looking round, theres two others, star coloured this time, almost in the other durection, maybe directly West. Making the same diagonal as the Moon and Mars and looking about the same distance apart.

A bit of research and it looks like these are Jupiter and Venus.
Does anyone know for sure?

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator07/03/2012 20:57:38
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Oh, I'm due to go out again in half an hour to pick up my duaghter - I shall have a shufty!

BEB

Tony Bennett07/03/2012 21:13:20
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just saw a puff of green gas come from the side of mars...............

Turbycat07/03/2012 21:27:45
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Sat in the middle of London at work and can't see a thing from where I am. I think Jupiter and Venus have been visible for a while now.

Andy

Geoff Smith 107/03/2012 21:37:36
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Download the amazing www.stellarium.org and you can see for yourself. A great fun site.

Geoff....stargazing dept

Edited By Chris Bott - Moderator on 07/03/2012 21:53:27

Highlander07/03/2012 21:37:38
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Mars is at opposition in Leo just now, the two planets you observe are Jupiter and Venus. Venus reaches its greatest elongation on the 27 of March and the two planets you see are closer now than they will be until Venus occults Jupiter in 2065. (Jupiter is closer to the moon and Venus the brighter planet further out on the same diagonal)

Cheers

James

Keiran Arnold07/03/2012 21:38:00
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Tony

the chances of anything coming from Mars are 100 to 1 they say

Tony Bennett07/03/2012 21:45:49
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but still they come.

cheeky

Chris Bott - Moderator07/03/2012 21:52:09
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Ooh I can hear Jeff Waynes music behind Richard Burtons voice in my mind already, that takes me back!

Chris Bott - Moderator07/03/2012 21:54:12
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Posted by Geoff Smith 1 on 07/03/2012 21:37:36:

Download the amazing www.stellarium.org and you can see for yourself. A great fun site.

Geoff....stargazing dept

I hope it's good Geoff, it's a big download!

Martyn K07/03/2012 21:57:51
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Hi Chris

In the west upto about 21:00 you have very bright Venus., Just above and slighlt to the south, dimmer Jupiter. You have correctly identified Mars, due South at Midnight and Saturn is now rising in the East at 22:00ish. All wonderful through a modest telescope.

Martyn

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator07/03/2012 22:10:17
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Very clear and bright!

BEB

Chris Bott - Moderator07/03/2012 22:10:19
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Great thanks Martyn, so I did OK

Wow Geoff that stellarium looks great. I can see where I should now look for Saturn straight away. Shame it's right through the houses opposite at the moment. I guess it will be higher in the sky later on?

Colin Bernard07/03/2012 23:19:03
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Mars has actually been around for a couple of weeks now - spotted it when the dog was taking me walkies!

If you have an Android phone I recommend Google Sky Map - great little program. You simply hold your phone up to the bit of sky you are looking at and you see all the stars, planets and constellations labelled. It's sort of a Stellarium in your pocket!

Allan Bowker08/03/2012 00:36:13
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For anybody with an iPhone, I recommend the app 'Hidden Sky'.

It's perfect for finding where the planets are in the night sky, as well as the ISS and satellites.

JC08/03/2012 02:04:25
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Venus and Jupiter are very prominent in the western sky just after sunset and Jupiter looked very nice through my 6'' reflector yesterday evening. Four of its moons were clearly visible. Venus slightly lower and to the north is much brighter. Because of its magnitude of about -4 its very diffiicult to get a good view of it without a filter. If we finally get another clear night here in northern Germany I will try to get a look at Saturn and Mars. I may even get some flying in soon if the weather improves,

Olly P08/03/2012 07:42:05
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Chris, Have you seen the Jeff Wayne WotW Stage show?

If not I can highly recommend it. 'The following morning I hurried to the railway station to buy the paper'

Chris Bott - Moderator08/03/2012 08:42:32
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Hi Olly yes I've seen that it exists, but can't get any family interested whatsoever sad

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Olly P08/03/2012 09:12:58
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Go on your own! I've seen it twice, and if I had spare funds would be going when it comes back to Manchester later this year! Apparently Richard Burton has a much smaller part now, last couple of times he put on a great show for a man who's been dead for the last 30 years.

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