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Tomorrow June 5 2012 will be the "Transit of Venus", where the planet Venus appears to move across the face of the sun. The next one will be in 2117.
This event is considered to be unrelated to the impending December 2012 Mayan apocalypse

Don't look at the sun, you'll go blind. (for those that really needed to be reminded)

http://www.transitofvenus.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; has info on the transit.


Edit - here is a good video of the transit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9rM8ChTjY&hd=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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I've got this minor cloud problem here..... It sort of impedes getting a good shot at the sun....
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put on a happy space

on May 16 2020, the moon, venus, and jupiter will form a smiley in the sky

http://www.physics-astronomy.com/2020/0 ... -moon.html
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joatmon wrote: Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:08 am put on a happy space

on May 16 2020, the moon, venus, and jupiter will form a smiley in the sky

http://www.physics-astronomy.com/2020/0 ... -moon.html
This is neat. We are having a baby shower that day, so will be something fun to end with that night.
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sweet; thanks for letting us know. The local astronomy club gave us a great look at Saturn and Jupiter a few months ago. Seeing them in a telescope never gets old.
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joatmon wrote: Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:08 am put on a happy space

on May 16 2020, the moon, venus, and jupiter will form a smiley in the sky

http://www.physics-astronomy.com/2020/0 ... -moon.html
Did some more research after seeing where Venus and the moon were in the sky tonight, and I can say that unfortunately, THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Thought it was a reliable source, I thought wrong.

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Are you sure? I got this from my local club which seems to confirm your initial post:
Tuesday, May 12 through Thursday,
May 14, watch the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and
Saturn dance with risky social distancing for
your pleasure
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Caretaker wrote: Fri May 08, 2020 4:39 am Are you sure?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecarte ... bc4efb5872
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Went out to see comet neowise the other night, and although it was a cloudless sky, its been so hot and humid here in MD that the stars were a lot dimmer than here in winter. I was able to see it with binoculars, which was way cool, but either the water in the air or the years on the eyes made it so I couldn't see it without them.
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joatmon wrote: Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:48 am Went out to see comet neowise the other night
I'm with you there. Went out looking over the shoreline of Lake Erie over the weekend (very little artificial lighting to interfere with) and with nothing but water in front of me, I still couldn't see the comet. Was extremely humid here over the weekend and maybe that had took it's toll on visibility. Being 60+ now also doesn't help :?
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Is it the age of Aquarius? I have no idea when the moon is in the seventh house, but Jupiter aligns with Mars. And Venus. And Mercury. And Saturn. Five planets align in the predawn sky this month
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Aurora tonight!

"Forecast: Auroral activity will be high(+++). Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit, to Carson City, Oklahoma City, Little Rock and Raleigh, and visible low on the horizon from Southern California, Phoenix, Austin, and Montgomery."

solid green line marks southern bounds of visibility on horizon. wide gradient band represents probability of aurora overhead
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We may get lucky tonight and get a glimpse of these "northern lights". A pic of our sunset just an hour ago (facing west, Davis Besse nuclear power plant in the far distance). Forecast the next few hours is "partly cloudy" but so far it is extremely clear! We'll see .....................

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(removed) !!!!! Stunningly beautiful. These were taken around 10:30 est over lake Erie. Nature at its absolute best ;)

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