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  1. scwebsites

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    Go outside, look West, you will see Jupiter and Venus, very bright in the sky tonight. Then do a 180 and look East, you will see a red tinted star... That's Mars.
     
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    Was looking forward to seeing this tonight.

    Unfortunately its been foggy here since the morning & it still hasn't lifted :(
     
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    Go outside around 10:30pm and where Mars was around 8pm you'll see a planet with a subtle yellow glow - it'll be Saturn

    Moon is very low in sky at the moment - and will look a lot bigger, even though it's a known optical illusion as the moon is always the same size no matter if it's on the horizon or way up in the sky

    Great viewing at the moment for anyone with a stargazing interest!

    Look South and you'll see Betelgeuse (red in colour), the Winter Triangle, Orion, Pleides Cluster (looks like a small whispy cloud but actually a birthpool for new stars) - and Sirius, the brightest visible star excluding our own Sun and easily spotted as it wildly 'flickers' due to it's light bouncing off the Earth's atmosphere.

    Geeky side definitely coming out tonight - I'm off to do some long division and see how many naughty words I can make on my calculator
     
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    Get skyview app (free) on iPhone too - always helps :)
     
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    I see 2 VERY bright "things" wish I had a telescope :shock:
     
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    How cool is that! I can see Mars glowing orangey in the sky, it's very clear. I can see one very bright light in the West, unsure if this is Jupiter/Venus. :cool:
     
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    The brightest is Venus, the one next to it (on the left) is Jupiter.....

    Jupiter is quite a sight to see through a telescope - especially seeing it's coloured bands and four largest moons dancing around it - you can't really see much looking at Venus though
     
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    stick your camera on the end of your telescope and take a pic :wink:
     
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    Don't know if this will work - but if it does here's a pic of Jupiter just using iPhone up against eye piece

    Quality a bit crap on the phone, can't see any detail, but you can see three of the four moons (the other one is behind Jupiter)
     

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    haha thats great cheers :D
     
  12. Rob_F United Kingdom

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    For Android users - download the Google SkyMap (free). I just did and found it a great little App. Just point your camera at the sky and it tells you what you are looking at.

    - Rob
     
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    Star walk app for iPhone is brilliant... Always handy when I'm spending a night under the stars... Love it!
     
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