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Several Nights Only- All Seven Planets Visible in One Night
Ace of Spades ^

Posted on 12/20/2012 8:30:00 AM PST by virgil283

"For those of you with even a small refractor telescope, the next few nights present a once in a blue moon opportunity to spot all seven planets in the same evening. Five of them are visible without even binoculars, while the other two will require you to reference the charts below. While Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will "move" faster in the sky, Uranus and Neptune will stay relatively fixed in their positions in Pisces and Aquarius for some time.

The closest five planets all yield some features through a small amateur telescope, the largest, Saturn and Jupiter, even reveal their moons through simple binoculars, all this regardless of light pollution so even city dwellers can get a good view. Don't expect anything more than a colored disk on the outer gas giants, even with my 8" reflector Uranus is mostly featureless and dull. Anyway, charts below, and the weather tonight is perfect in all but middle fifth of the country, so it makes a perfect time to look up!


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Education; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; planets; stars
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1 posted on 12/20/2012 8:30:03 AM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

There is no permalink. You will have to scroll down. Right now its the 6th headline down...


2 posted on 12/20/2012 8:33:25 AM PST by virgil283 ( "He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh ...")
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To: virgil283

Weather won’t permit it here. Last good night we had I had Jupiter and 4 of the moons visible. I could make out the bands even. Wish I could have snapped a pic.


3 posted on 12/20/2012 8:37:33 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: virgil283

All the planets on one side of the Earth?
OMGosh, That may cause the Earth to tip over !!


4 posted on 12/20/2012 8:37:55 AM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: virgil283

The Mayans were right...we’re doomed! :)


5 posted on 12/20/2012 8:38:14 AM PST by EEGator
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To: RadiationRomeo

Guam will be first of course.


6 posted on 12/20/2012 8:39:03 AM PST by EEGator
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To: virgil283

Seven planets, one for each Seal. A sure sign of the apocalypse...


7 posted on 12/20/2012 8:39:37 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: virgil283
try this. copied from address/location bar after hitting 'continue reading'. Maybe it will stick.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/335823.php#335823

8 posted on 12/20/2012 8:40:12 AM PST by BlueDragon (big hitter, the Lama)
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To: virgil283
Uranus is mostly featureless and dull.

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9 posted on 12/20/2012 8:40:12 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote
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To: virgil283

Does this mean that Jupiter is with Mars? A dawning of a new Age of Aquarius?


10 posted on 12/20/2012 8:41:02 AM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: virgil283

Look down and see an eighth one.


11 posted on 12/20/2012 8:41:27 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: virgil283

bfl.

Thanks for the info!


12 posted on 12/20/2012 8:42:48 AM PST by txmissy
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To: virgil283

This happened last year:

http://www.space.com/14005-rare-sight-7-planets-visible-skywatching-tips.html


13 posted on 12/20/2012 8:44:08 AM PST by Cathy
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To: EEGator

Which one is Planet X?


14 posted on 12/20/2012 8:44:57 AM PST by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: virgil283

saw the phrase “around 2:30 a.m.” and quit reading.


15 posted on 12/20/2012 8:46:12 AM PST by Mercat (Adventures make you late for dinner. Bilbo Baggins)
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To: virgil283
All Seven Planets Visible in One Night ... Took the trash out one night a week ago and was startled by one of the brighter objects in the sky I'd seen in a long time.
Had to look it up and it turned out to be Jupiter. Great show.
16 posted on 12/20/2012 8:47:23 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: virgil283

I thought there were eight planets, or did yet another one get demoted?


17 posted on 12/20/2012 8:47:51 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

Never mind, WE are a planet, duh!!!

Of course, we are visible to us as well ;p


18 posted on 12/20/2012 8:49:01 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
I thought there were eight planets, or did yet another one get demoted?

If you look up and see Earth you may have problems.

19 posted on 12/20/2012 8:51:54 AM PST by Starstruck (Washinton is presently building a diving board on the fiscal cliff)
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To: virgil283
Several Nights Only- All Seven Planets Visible in One Night

Au contraire. If you're out, just look around, and see the eighth, aka, "3rd rock from the Sun" ...

Even though my scope is less than the author's 8", weather makes it a moot endeavor, regardless.

20 posted on 12/20/2012 8:52:25 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: virgil283

Live at 4800’ ASL west of the Rockies in Colorado. Very little light contamination so star gazing is optimum ... I’ll check it out.


21 posted on 12/20/2012 8:53:59 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: virgil283

In case anyone is unaware, there is an awesome app out there called Star Walk. With it, you can move your iPhone or iPad around the sky and see what is out there, even on the other side of the Earth. Also will show you where the various satellites and space station are. Coolest app I’ve seen in quite a while. My 7 year old loves it too.


22 posted on 12/20/2012 8:57:49 AM PST by GnL
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To: Cathy
This happened last year ...
Drat, another re-run.
23 posted on 12/20/2012 8:59:03 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ponygirl

Why that’s Nibiru silly.


24 posted on 12/20/2012 9:00:39 AM PST by EEGator
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To: WakeUpAndVote

To bad voters didn’t see your post before they voted.


25 posted on 12/20/2012 9:03:03 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Starstruck; fwdude
fwdude ~ I thought there were eight planets, or did yet another one get demoted?

Starstruck ~ If you look up and see Earth you may have problems.

You know it's going to be a bad day when...

...you open your eyes and the first thing you see is asphalt.

26 posted on 12/20/2012 9:05:00 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void

...but you probably had an interesting night. (never mix mescaline, vodka, and hookers...just sayin’)


27 posted on 12/20/2012 9:07:29 AM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Agreed. Vodka is a poor substitute for tequila in that context.


28 posted on 12/20/2012 9:09:01 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void

Haha, good call! :)


29 posted on 12/20/2012 9:10:07 AM PST by EEGator
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Ur anus ain’t no beauty either!


30 posted on 12/20/2012 9:10:07 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ponygirl

Planet X is actually a brown dwarf star that is only visible with special equipment because it is always close to the sun, alignment wise.


31 posted on 12/20/2012 9:13:22 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
Whatever you do, do NOT google "pink wink". You will be getting odd emails and pop-ups for months afterwards...
32 posted on 12/20/2012 9:13:28 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: virgil283; All

Don’t know about you folks, but, I plan on seeing a bit of the Earth tonight also. That makes 8 for me.

Good luck seeing Mars. It’s on the other side of the Sun, so, it is VERY small and sets just after the Sun.

If you have access to a scope, take a look at Jupiter. I was looking at it Friday Night. Had the scope cranked up to 250x and it looked like a basketball! The air was very still so I could see lots of cloud details. Got to see the Red Spot even.

Mercury is gonna be a tough one too.


33 posted on 12/20/2012 9:16:40 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Night Hides Not

Yes, the age of pisces is ending, the next 5 or so generations will probably generate some major changes in the world.


34 posted on 12/20/2012 9:34:15 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: GnL

No kidding. Neighbor kid has that app on his pod. I was just blown away watching it track satellites.


35 posted on 12/20/2012 9:44:07 AM PST by colinhester
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To: EEGator
"Why that’s Nibiru silly."

I liked it better when it was called Xena. That was a whole lot more memorable.

36 posted on 12/20/2012 9:46:53 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29
The Lesbo idol?
37 posted on 12/20/2012 9:51:51 AM PST by EEGator
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To: virgil283

Won’t be visible here, wild weather coming in, high winds, thunderstorms, temps dropping from the fifties to the twenties, snow west and north.


38 posted on 12/20/2012 9:52:11 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: virgil283

bkmk


39 posted on 12/20/2012 9:58:58 AM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: virgil283

Eight if you look down...


40 posted on 12/20/2012 9:59:59 AM PST by InMemoriam
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To: RadiationRomeo

Well, it certainly seems that the world has become somewhat topsy-turvy over the last few generations, hasn’t it?

Maybe not the physical earth tipping over, but the way it’s inhabitants act.


41 posted on 12/20/2012 10:01:05 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Starstruck
you could be... Shirley McClain.. *LOL/giggle*

42 posted on 12/20/2012 10:03:07 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today; who can take your income & tax it all away..0Bama man can :)
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To: null and void

Ugh!


43 posted on 12/20/2012 10:34:26 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

You were warned. I got there when a FReeper posted a link with no warning.

Don’t worry, in six months or so the pop-ups will stop coming...


44 posted on 12/20/2012 10:42:40 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void

Glad we have you to check those sites out for us!


45 posted on 12/20/2012 11:20:26 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

gee, thanks.


46 posted on 12/20/2012 11:26:26 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: Starstruck
If you look up and see Earth you may have problems.

No, I fell off once. Trust me, it's the trip back that is bad!

47 posted on 12/20/2012 11:45:11 AM PST by RobertClark (Inside every "older" person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened?)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks virgil283.


48 posted on 12/21/2012 10:25:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks virgil283.


49 posted on 12/21/2012 10:26:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: editor-surveyor

“Brown Dwarf?”

Do you realize how HURTFUL and Bullying that epithet can be?

(/s)


50 posted on 12/22/2012 4:18:04 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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