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  • #12287
    Josef Ch
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      #12288
      Jeff Newland
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        Josef,  looks like the next 6 nights, starting tonight, will have one really bright one:  -3.9 , -3.1, -3.3, -3.8, -2.6, -3.1 .

        Everyone get out and have a look in the next few nights.  🙂

        http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&lat=44.022&lng=-92.47&loc=Rochester&alt=322.0&tz=CST

        Jeff

        #12289
        Josef Ch
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          That -3.9 ISS pass was really bright, especially around zenith, even through hazy atmosphere and bright Moon close by.  I could observe ISS disappearing in the Earth shadow.

          #12290
          Jeff Newland
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            Yes, that was great last night and it was another good ISS pass tonight.  It was really interesting tonight.  When the ISS was getting close to the moon I saw another bright satellite heading towards the moon.  That satellite crossed over the ISS path.  They were both heading in a similar direction.  The ISS was a little higher and had a heading a little farther north. 
            Also, when the ISS was in the NE, I took a look in my binoculars and happened to have both the Pleiades and the ISS in the same FOV, a nice surprise.  8)
            After I got home, I looked it up and it looks like the other satellite was Tiangong 1, the older Chinese space station.  It was listed as mag 1.0 and it probably was close to that.  I could see it even though it was right by a very bright moon.
            A great night!    🙂

            #12291
            fealeybob14
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              Anybody know if Keller gets plowed ??  If the weather forecast for clear skies holds tonite would anyone want to go to Keller?  (I'm thinking of it, and it's a dark sky weekend!)

              #12292
              Jeff Newland
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                In past years it has been plowed.  Even if it is being plowed, I don't know if they would have plowed up today's snow.  If it clears, I would perhaps be up for it.  Depends on how entrenched I get in the couch and how quickly it clears.  🙂

                Jeff

                #12293
                Jeff Newland
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                  Amazing, just back from my walk.  Looks like it just may clear up.  There is a pretty good breeze out there, but at least somewhat warm.  Keeps clearing up early, then Keller more likely. 

                  #12294
                  Jeff Newland
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                    Getting stuff ready, so I'll be heading out sometime after I eat.  Be awhile yet before I leave.  Hopefully they have plowed the parking lot recently.  🙂

                    See you there.

                    #12295
                    Jeff Newland
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                      It was good to get out.  It has been a long time.  I got out a little before 7 and left a little after 9.  Bob showed up sometime in between and left when I did.  It was pretty nice.  Orion nebula was great.  Looked at a bunch of open clusters and a few galaxies.  All in all it was a great night!  🙂

                      #12296
                      drneilmb
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                        I'm jumping in early to see if there is a possibility of a Messier Marathon in mid-March at Eagle Bluff. I'm from Decorah, Iowa and it's a bit of a trip to come observe with you, but it was a wonderful time the one time last year that it did work out.

                        If it looks like there is a possibility (weather permitting) for something on the March 16th and 17th weekend at Eagle Bluff, then I'll start getting my ducks in a row.

                        -Neil

                        #12297
                        Jeff Newland
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                          Neil,  we definitely plan to have a Messier Marathon on the March 16th and 17th weekend.  Whether things will work out or not, hard to know.
                          And speaking of the Messier Marathon,  does anyone know or has anyone checked to see if Eagle Bluff will be available that weekend, March 16-17?

                          Jeff

                          #12298
                          Jeff Newland
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                            The forecast is looking a little better for Friday and Saturday, partly cloudy now instead of rain/snow.  Is Eagle Bluff available Friday and/or Saturday (16/17) for a Messier Marathon?

                            #12299
                            Dean Johnson
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                              Eagle Bluff is available for Sat. night, possibly Fri. night. I talked to Kelly and while there are 2 groups there, we can have the parking lot with the lights off and she gave me the bathroom code.

                              If the weather co-operates, it should be a great night!

                              #12300
                              Jeff Newland
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                                Woo hoo..  Messier Marathon time.  Yep, sure hope the weather is good on Saturday.  They are talking about some precip or something coming Friday night and into Saturday.  Sure hope it clears by Saturday evening.

                                #12301
                                darkskyjim
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                                  tomorrow night is looking best. i'm thinking of
                                  going to Keller but not sure they have plowed it?
                                  jim

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