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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- How to Identify that Light in the Sky
| June 09, 2014
| (see photo credit)
Posted on 06/10/2014 1:54:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What is that light in the sky? Perhaps one of humanity's more common questions, an answer may result from a few quick observations. For example -- is it moving or blinking? If so, and if you live near a city, the answer is typically an airplane, since planes are so numerous and so few stars and satellites are bright enough to be seen over the din of artificial city lights. If not, and if you live far from a city, that bright light is likely a planet such as Venus or Mars -- the former of which is constrained to appear near the horizon just before dawn or after dusk. Sometimes the low apparent motion of a distant airplane near the horizon makes it hard to tell from a bright planet, but even this can usually be discerned by the plane's motion over a few minutes. Still unsure? The above chart gives a sometimes-humorous but mostly-accurate assessment. Dedicated sky enthusiasts will likely note -- and are encouraged to provide -- polite corrections.
(Excerpt) Read more at 188.8.131.52 ...
TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science
[Credit & Copyright: HK (The League of Lost Causes)]
posted on 06/10/2014 1:54:16 PM PDT
To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; dayglored; ...
Well, this is the sorriest excuse for an APoD that they've ever had.
posted on 06/10/2014 1:55:19 PM PDT
Is it attached to a boat?
Are your retinas burning??
posted on 06/10/2014 1:57:49 PM PDT
(Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
There’s something missing from that chart....
posted on 06/10/2014 1:58:38 PM PDT
(This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
posted on 06/10/2014 1:58:43 PM PDT
(Better dead than red!)
"Aircraft? Aircraft my arse. Do I look like a United airlines 777 pilot to you? There is a branch missing on that tree."
posted on 06/10/2014 2:08:21 PM PDT
(Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
And if you look up and see this guy .....
posted on 06/10/2014 2:11:36 PM PDT
(Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
Aw, Mr. Civilizations! Let them have a little fun once in a while.
And if your retinas are burning, you may not be doing any star gazing, ever again.
I looked at that chart, and it was like a whole new world opened up to me.
Now, I’m busy making up my own charts.
How To Identify That Stuff At The Back Of The Refrigerator
How To Identify Whatever’s Stuck On The Bottom Of Your Shoe
How To Identify Al Franken In A Sewage Pond Full Of Turds
posted on 06/10/2014 2:51:41 PM PDT
("A crack shot and a good dancer")
Have you recently suffered a blow to the head?
posted on 06/10/2014 3:51:29 PM PDT
I think that Al Franken search may be too challenging.
posted on 06/10/2014 4:10:48 PM PDT
posted on 06/10/2014 4:11:12 PM PDT
posted on 06/10/2014 5:01:56 PM PDT
(He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
Shouldn't there be a, “Oh crap, Betelgeuse just went supernova”, square?
Just asking :)
posted on 06/10/2014 5:15:38 PM PDT
by The Cajun
(tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
But this is actually a very useful flowchart.
Don’t be too harsh. :)
Is it perfect? No. Is it useful yes.
I got a laugh out of it anyway, and, after the day I have been having, I needed it!
So, thanks for the laugh!
posted on 06/12/2014 1:07:46 PM PDT
by Conan the Librarian
(The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
To: Oratam; Vinylly
posted on 06/12/2014 4:48:40 PM PDT
To: Conan the Librarian
posted on 06/13/2014 5:56:47 PM PDT
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