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Old 12-01-2008, 09:38 PM
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Hello All!
My "Quick Reputation" has eluded me, BUT, tonight's sky is so cool.
December in NJ, and it's night sky is wonderful!
There is a local observatory, that we frequent, every Friday night, I love it.
Don't yet understand the stellar constellations, but am in awe.
Have viewed Orion, and The Huntress, and, have awakened child, at midnight to view it with me.
For all of those, in the less inhabited NJ areas, please look to the night skies, views are, indescribable.

In this giant orb "We" are, just drifting through the solar system.

Love you,
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:09 PM
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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This wasn't taken in New Jersey, but it will give you a sense of the majesty of what is out there.

BTW, if the young'uns on this board remember in 46 years during the last few days of November 2054, there will be a celestial sight. Venus and Jupiter will be between 8 and 2 degrees of each other in the Southwestern twilight sky as can be seen in the picture below taken this weekend. The brighter of the two is Jupiter.

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Old 12-02-2008, 06:00 AM
Location: Warren County and loving it!
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We watched last night and it was really a sight. Thankfully, we looked when we did because about 60 seconds later, the big clouds came and covered the sky for the rest of the night.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:28 AM
Location: Southern Ontario
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As usual whenever something something truly interesting is to be seen in the night sky, it gets cloudy where I live!!!! So I didnt get to see Venus and Jupiter.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:39 AM
Location: occupied east coast
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I always look to the skies. Tonight however was spectacular.

A night like last night, and I don't mind walking the dog.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:37 AM
Location: Florida
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Last night was amazingly beautiful
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:25 AM
Location: Central, NJ
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Look to Sky for Spectacular Sight MondayBy Joe Rao, Space.com

(Nov. 29) - Every once in a while, something will appear in the night sky that will attract the attention of even those who normally don't bother looking up. It's likely to be that way on Monday evening, Dec. 1.

A slender crescent moon, just 15-percent illuminated, will appear in very close proximity to the two brightest planets in our sky, Venus and Jupiter.

This winter, Venus is the unrivaled evening star that will soar from excellent to magnificent prominence in the southwest at nightfall. The interval by which it follows the Sun will increase from nearly three hours on Dec. 1 to almost four hours by Jan. 1. It's probably the first "star" you'll see coming out after sunset. In fact, if the air is very clear and the sky a good, deep blue, try looking for Venus shortly before sunset.

Jupiter starts December just above Venus and is moving in the opposite direction, dropping progressively lower each evening. By month's end Jupiter meets up with another planet Mercury but by then Jupiter is also descending deep into the glow of sunset. In January, Jupiter will be too close to the Sun to see; it's in conjunction with the Sun on Jan. 24.
Also on Monday evening, you may be able to see the full globe of the moon, its darkened portion glowing with a bluish-gray hue interposed between the sunlit crescent and not much darker sky. This vision is sometimes called "the old moon in the young moon's arms." Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was the first to recognize it as what we now call "earthshine."
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Old 12-02-2008, 05:08 PM
Location: Toms River, NJ
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THanks so much for posting this. As I was driving home I saw the crescent moon and was wondering what those 2 bright stars were next to it. I'd never seen anything like it.
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Old 12-02-2008, 05:13 PM
Location: New Jersey
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Out there again tonight.

Hope to be around in 2054...I'll only be 100...LOL
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:05 PM
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We saw it as well, quite great to see!
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