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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: August 17, 2020, 01:02:12 PM »
Looks like several coronal mass ejections have happened in the last 2 to 3 days.  Spaceweather https://spaceweather.com/ has a nice description of the latest one.  (Note, this site changes it's reports daily, so link to the archive file date that this was posted)!

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: August 13, 2020, 10:25:56 AM »
Mercury, heading towards superior conjunction, appears in this animated SOHO C3 field of view. https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/LATEST/current_c3.gif
(If you wait for all the images from 8/8 to 8/13 to load, you will then see a repeated, faster animation!).  The sequence updates itself daily (or possibly with each new image taken).

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: August 12, 2020, 11:59:35 AM »
That would be neat Luka, although the sunspots are pretty sparse these days! 
Had a nice armchair observation this am between 3:45 am and 4:15 am while looking out our living room picture window ... some Perseids of course!  In a patch of sky looking NNE (from Polaris over to Capella diagonally), I observed 8 nice meteors, all likely Perseids based on their trajectory.

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:31:21 PM »
But hey it's a day later (August 3rd) and it appears another sunspot is coming into view! https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/hmi_igr/512/

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: July 24, 2020, 02:31:28 PM »
Was checking out the sun 2 days ago and noticed a new sunspot seen here on the SOHO website.https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/hmi_igr/512/
Note as this site updates daily positions of sunspots etc. will change.  Currently, Aug 2nd no sunspots are visible.

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: July 15, 2020, 01:08:04 PM »
Please see the photos of our illustrious member Josef of comet neowise here: https://rochesterskies.org/comet-c-2020-f3-neowise-seen-early-july/

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: July 13, 2020, 01:12:48 PM »
Wow!  The comet in our morning skies is awesome in 7 x 50 binoculars.  One has to have clear, relatively dark skies and a good view of the northeastern sky fairly close to the horizon.  At present the best viewing times are between 3:30 to 4:30 am.  There have been many comet photos published (see https://spaceweather.com/).  Looking forward to evening views of the comet in the NW skies in the coming weeks.

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General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:46:04 AM »
Hello ellenvega (is Barb your first name?).  Please call me Bob!  No, I do not live in Preston but the wife and I were RV camping at Valley View.  The 'Valley' is that of Watson Creek and the campground is immediately off US 52 just north of Preston.  Some areas of the campground have a good view of the sky (especially the NE portion of sky) and the area lights are not bad.

Was out this am as well, but was at home in Rochester.  Got out at about 4:20 am and saw the comet again as described in my previous post.  I should have been out there from 3:30 to 4:15 am for a better view in darker skies.  Could see the coma at least with the naked eye, but the view with 7 x 50 binocs was so much better.   Tried my 20 x 80 giant binocs but the sky was brightening too much by the time I was set up, as so the view was not impressive.

Was not knowledgeable of the Driftless Stargazing observing group https://www.facebook.com/DriftlessStargazing/ but have heard of them and their website looks great, including up to date info on the comet.

While it's great  the comet is now circumpolar and visible after sunset, my view of the NW sky is not great with Roch city lights and some trees.   Root River Park would be better.  Hopefully we'll have a good view on the dark sky weekend coming up.

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General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 12, 2020, 02:46:51 PM »
Was out this am as well (4:30 am under clear skies in Preston MN.)  Found the comet at 30 degrees E about 20 degrees (coma) above the horizon.  Couldn't see it at first with naked eye but sweeping with my 7 x 50 Orion Scenix binoculars allowed me and my wife to have a great view.  The coma and tail almost filled the 7.1 degree fov of the binocs.  Have to agree with ellenvega it's a very nice comet.  Look forward to those pictures Mike and others will take!

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: July 10, 2020, 03:47:03 PM »
The links above seem to be down.  Link to spaceweather.com instead. https://spaceweather.com/

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: July 05, 2020, 01:56:03 PM »
This site is excellent and now my favorite for following (and hopefully getting out to see and photograph) comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) https://theskylive.com/c2020f3-info#position

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: June 27, 2020, 10:53:29 AM »
A good site to follow this comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) here: https://theskylive.com/c2020f3-tracker

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: June 24, 2020, 04:58:07 PM »
Awesome Jeff!  Thanks so much!  Would be great if that comet would get brighter and visible on the outbound journey!

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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: June 24, 2020, 02:50:33 PM »
The latest SOHO C3 image shows what appears to be a comet (?new);https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/c3/512/
Using the SOHO movie theater with C3 and dates 6-23 and 6-24 shows the probable comet approaching the sun (right lower C3 fov).
The Sungrazer Project https://sungrazer.nrl.navy.mil/index.php?p=FAQs seems to mention a left upper fov comet thats visible in SOHO C2 and C3??


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General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: June 06, 2020, 07:04:44 PM »
One cannot rest when it comes to the "quiet sun"; today's SOHO image shows a new sunspot group!  I am also sure there were others (maybe one or two) that were wondering how close was Venus to making a transit of the sun during its recent inferior conjunction.  Well check out the C2 SOHO movie theater from June 2nd to June 5th to find out! https://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/data/Theater/


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