Orionid meteors, debris from Comet Halley, mostly lost in moonlight

Desert Gypsy's picture - 10/20/13

The Orionid meteors are expected to produce the greatest number of meteors tonight, especially in the dark hours before dawn tomorrow morning (Monday, October 21).

The meteors look like streaks of light in the night sky. They’re sometimes called shooting stars. Unfortunately, in 2013, the waning gibbous moon will drown out all but the brightest Orionid meteors.

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Eyes on the Sky: Oct 14 thru Oct 20

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Published on Oct 13, 2013 A lot going on naked eye this week in the sky! Mars near Regulus, Venus near Antares, and the Earth's shadow dims the Moon for a partial lunar eclipse. Telescopically, look for a dual moon shadow transit on the face of Jupiter during late evening/early morning hours of Friday/Saturday. Plus, where the outer two gas giants may be spotted as well. See what's up in the night sky every week with "Eyes on the Sky" videos, astronomy made easy.

Arcturus at evening. Comet ISON, Mars, Regulus before dawn

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The brightest object in the west after sunset is Venus, and the red star Antares is near Venus. They’ll be closest on October 16. But there’s another reddish star you might notice as well, and this one is likely to be flashing colors. Many people comment at this time of year on the star Arcturus, which you can read more about below. Plus here’s a cool configuration in the predawn sky now: Comet ISON is lining up with the planet Mars and star Regulus in the east. You’ll need a telescope to see the comet, but, even without one, it’s fun to imagine it up there with Mars and Regulus, getting brighter. Hopefully, it’ll become bright enough that we can see the comet after its closest approach to the sun on November 28, 2013.

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Massive Star Explosion Seeded the Early Solar System, Meteorite Study Suggests

Desert Gypsy's picture - 10/12/13, Charles Q. Choi

GFP Note: Comets and meteors  are celestial bodies which carry coded and seeded information.

Comet Ison is carrying New Earth CO- Creation Codes

The oldest documented supernova, called RCW 86, was witnessed by Chinese astronomers in 185 A.D.

The explosive death of a star seeded matter into the solar system soon after its birth, analysis of a meteorite now reveals.

Meteorites contain some of the oldest material in the solar system, dating back to its formation. As such, researchers often analyze these objects in order to discover what materials were present when the sun, Earth and other planets were born. This study sheds light on where these solar system bodies might have come from.

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What would a solar magnetic flip do to the climate?

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The Daily Caller - 10/10/13, Michael Bastasch

bout every 11 years, the two magnetic poles of the sun reverse as the the star’s inner magnetic dynamo adjusts itself. The flipping of the sun’s magnetic poles is a big event for our solar system as the sun’s heliosphere — the extent of the sun’s magnetic influence — reaches beyond even Pluto.

Comet ISON is doing just fine!

Desert Gypsy's picture 10/9/13, Karl

Comet ISON is doing just fine! It continues to behave like a fairly typical, if somewhat smaller-than-average, Oort Cloud comet. It has given no indication that it has fragmented and while such an event can never be ruled out, we see no evidence or hint that the comet is in any imminent danger of doing so. Any reports to the contrary are just speculation.

How can we be so sure? Because we can see the comet! Opposite is just one more recent example of an extremely high-quality image of ISON taken by Nick Howes, Ernesto Guido and Martino Nicolini as part of a series of daily imaging sequences they have been recording to help study the morphology (shape, size, etc) of comet ISON.

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Eyes on the Sky: Oct 7 thru Oct 13 (video)

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Published on Oct 6, 2013 There are a number of fantastic open clusters in Perseus; one is easy (and best!) with binoculars; the other can be seen with binoculars, but is better in a wide field telescopic view. This week, check out the Alpha Persei Cluster and the Double Cluster in the "hero" constellation, and even learn a bit about the mythological background of Perseus too. See what's up in the night sky every week with "Eyes on the Sky" videos, astronomy made easy.

Legendary Draconid meteors best after sunset October 7

Desert Gypsy's picture - 10/7/13, Deborah Byrd

Moon and evening planets on October 7

Before nightfall on October 7 and 8, as you’re preparing to watch for meteors, look southwest to see the waning crescent moon between the planets Venus and Saturn.

The constellation Draco the Dragon will be spitting out meteors, also known as shooting stars. The Draconid shower is predicted to produce the greatest number of meteors on the night of October 7, but the next night might be good, too. Watch for them first thing at nightfall. Fortunately, the thin waxing crescent moon won’t interfere with this year’s Draconid meteor display. In fact, the moon and planets set in the southwestern sky around nightfall, serving as a wonderful prelude to tonight’s Draconid meteor show

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October 2013 guide to the five visible planets

Desert Gypsy's picture - 10/1/13, Bruce McClure, Deborah Byrd


Only one planet is easily visible at nightfall around the world in October 2013: Venus. Venus beams mightily in the west at dusk, as seen from across the Earth. You can’t miss it. It sets roughly two hours after sunset at mid-northern latitudes in early October, and about two-and-one-half hours after the sun by the month’s end. Venus! It’s the beautiful “evening star.”

Saturn can also be seen from around the world – near Venus after sunset – as October begins. It’s much more visible from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere than from northerly latitudes. Why? Because the ecliptic, or path of the planets, places objects in evening twilight straight above the sunset in spring, instead of to one side of the sunset, as in autumn.

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