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Spectacular Sky Scene Monday Evening (TONIGHT!)
Yahoo.News ^ | December 1,2008 | Joe Rao

Posted on 12/01/2008 10:08:12 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: jupiter; moon; venus

1 posted on 12/01/2008 10:08:12 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

ping!


2 posted on 12/01/2008 10:09:50 AM PST by syl799
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Look for it early, just after sunset. The configuration of the two stars is magnificent.
3 posted on 12/01/2008 10:09:58 AM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz

Anybody got settings for Olympus or Canon digital SLR cameras for the best shots?


4 posted on 12/01/2008 10:11:07 AM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

It looked pretty amazing last night. The kind of thing the ancients would have viewed as an omen of impending doom.


5 posted on 12/01/2008 10:11:48 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

Caught the whole spectacle on the weekend watching the sunsest at Laguna Beach. Totally awesome. Venus is incredibly bright.


6 posted on 12/01/2008 10:11:48 AM PST by Wil H (No Accomplishments, No Experience, No Resume No Records, No References, Nobama..)
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To: Ciexyz
Look for it early, just after sunset. The configuration of the two stars is magnificent.

Yup, they've been gorgeous for the past several evenings.

MM (in TX)

7 posted on 12/01/2008 10:13:25 AM PST by MississippiMan
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
I saw it last night and told my wife to take a look. Then I hear on the news this moring it was jupiter and venus. I'll try and get pics tonight... ⌐ ö └ Æ
8 posted on 12/01/2008 10:14:01 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Ciexyz

I thought I saw a too bright of a light at sunset last night. I could not see behind some trees. Now I know.


9 posted on 12/01/2008 10:14:53 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Ciexyz

Omen?.......

10 posted on 12/01/2008 10:16:22 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: Ciexyz

I saw the two planets the other night...very bright. The addition of the sliver moon will complete the picture...IF the skies are clear here in S.E. Pa. tonite.


11 posted on 12/01/2008 10:17:24 AM PST by SueRae
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To: Dallas59

Camera exposures will be shorter than you think. Try 1/60 sec at 200-300mm @ ISO 400


12 posted on 12/01/2008 10:17:36 AM PST by zeebee
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

Fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest are not the times to get excited about any thing of an astronomical nature. Chances are all your going to have is heavy cloud cover.


13 posted on 12/01/2008 10:17:56 AM PST by scooter2 (A taxpayer voting for Barack Obama is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Spectacular Sky Scene Monday Evening (TONIGHT!)

A gray dreariness is all that exists now that Obama has been elected... or else it is just the first winter storm. I'll blame Obama unless I hear otherwise.

14 posted on 12/01/2008 10:19:07 AM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: Dallas59
Anybody got settings for Olympus or Canon digital SLR cameras for the best shots?

If you have a digital, then take quite a few at differnet exposures, doing what photographers call "bracketing" since the cost of film is no longer an issue. Use a tripod and set your camera on manual. Set the ISO to 16000. Open your aperture as wide as it gets (probably 3.5 if it's the stock 18-55m Canon lens) and take shots from 2 to 30 seconds (think you'll like the 5 second exposure). The longer it goes the more washed out the scene will be. Make sure there are no street lights in the view. Use the zoom to its full extent if there is a lot of lighting clutter around.

For composition try and get a tree or hillside silhouetted in the background using a more wide angle view on the zoom. Buildings are usually not attractive in these kinds of scenes unless it's something like attractive like a cathedral or a capitol dome, or a familiar high rise.

If we don't have fog here like last night, I'm going to give it a try too.

15 posted on 12/01/2008 10:21:04 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: zeebee

Thanks! I have the cam timer set...trying this now..


16 posted on 12/01/2008 10:21:23 AM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

Interesting...I was out early this morning for a walk in the cool, crisp air and I noticed the sunrise was an unusual, incredible, fire red.


17 posted on 12/01/2008 10:22:39 AM PST by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: SouthDixie
There sure have been alot of signs in the heavens.
18 posted on 12/01/2008 10:25:18 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dallas59

Start taking photos when the sky is still bright from the sunset. This will give you a more interesting effect to backlight the foreground trees or buildings or whatever is on the horizon. If you wait until dark, you lose the foreground. If you use autofocus lenses, I would turn it off and set the focus manually for infinity.


19 posted on 12/01/2008 10:31:52 AM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Dallas59

Post to your freeper page if you get a good shot?


20 posted on 12/01/2008 10:32:02 AM PST by WildcatClan (AND THOSE DOESNT BRAIN JUST GO. ---- Cecile Noe)
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To: Red Badger
The star and crescent - an omen. There's a pretty frightening thought.
21 posted on 12/01/2008 10:33:02 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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Any shot I can see this in NYC?


22 posted on 12/01/2008 10:37:00 AM PST by TerP26
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To: WildcatClan
Ok....that's IF I can take one without it turning out like this...


23 posted on 12/01/2008 10:37:06 AM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

I dont ever remember Venus ever getting that high in sky at night, in fact, I have been seeing these two planets thinking they were Jupiter and Mars or something, I didnt bother to look it up


24 posted on 12/01/2008 10:38:28 AM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
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.

It was quite a sight to see drivin' to my hotel from work tonight. (I am over in Western Turkey.) I didn't have a tripod so I didn't take a picture. It was beautiful though.

25 posted on 12/01/2008 10:45:07 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Jupiter and Venus will be in conjugation sometime tonight, with the waxing crescent moon nearby.

Jupiter will soon disappear into the glare of the sun to re-emerge as a morning star in a few months, but Venus will continue to increase in “elongation”, setting later and later until well into February.

Tomorrow the moon will set about an hour after Venus.


26 posted on 12/01/2008 10:47:29 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans.)
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To: RaceBannon

Venus will be continue to ascend (get further from the Sun) well into February. Nothing particularly unusual about Venus’ current behavior. It’s the conjunction with Jupiter and the waxing crescent moon.


27 posted on 12/01/2008 10:49:41 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

Does anyone know when this happened last?


28 posted on 12/01/2008 11:16:29 AM PST by FarRightFanatic
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To: Red Badger

isn’t that a sign of radical islam?


29 posted on 12/01/2008 11:33:22 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
isn’t that a sign of radical islam?

Radical islam? You're being redundant.........

30 posted on 12/01/2008 11:34:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: Dallas59

Start with F11 1/250 and work down from there.
Don’t assume the pic isn’t any good until you get it on your computer, digital so just snap away, try all the bracketing you want...


31 posted on 12/01/2008 11:37:50 AM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President!)
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To: Fred Nerks
"Australians See Smiley Face in Night Sky"
Australians See Smiley Face in Night Sky | FOXNews.com | Monday, December 01, 2008 | FOXNews.com  | Posted on 12/01/2008 9:57:43 AM PST by metmom

32 posted on 12/01/2008 12:29:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: ElkGroveDan; Dallas59
Canon EOS 20D user here.

Actually, if you're using a tripod, a lower ISO and longer exposure times will yield a better photo. But not so slow a shutter that you have to worry about tracking. Higher ISO will also mean more "noise" in the image. A remote shutter release is preferable, if not, use the timer to avoid camera shake during the shutter press. Your Canon (assuming EOS line) has a setting for mirror lockup. That will help reduce shake as well.

As stated, you're using digital, so clear out you CF card, read up on your camera setting, and plan out what you want to do exposure wise and go wild. Try all sorts of settings. It's not like you have to take film in for processing.

What lens(es) are you using? Have any filters or lens hoods?

33 posted on 12/01/2008 12:47:03 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

I have a Canon Rebel XT and an Olympus Evolt 500. Evolt has a 14-45mm 1: 3.5-5.6 lens. The Canon has a EFS 18-55mm lens.


34 posted on 12/01/2008 2:13:41 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: Dallas59

and an Olympus 40-150mm lens.


35 posted on 12/01/2008 2:15:23 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: syl799

Breaks up stop and go on way home. It’s straight ahead.


36 posted on 12/01/2008 2:18:22 PM PST by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find!)
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To: Dallas59

wide open, 15 seconds, tripod


37 posted on 12/01/2008 2:19:48 PM PST by RightWhale (We were so young two years ago and the DJIA was 12,000)
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To: Dallas59

zoom to 150.
Edit the image later for framing and to fit the computer screen


38 posted on 12/01/2008 2:22:34 PM PST by RightWhale (We were so young two years ago and the DJIA was 12,000)
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To: Ciexyz

did you just call venus and jupiter “stars”?


39 posted on 12/01/2008 2:22:35 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: RightWhale
Moon, Venus and Jupiter
40 posted on 12/01/2008 5:25:27 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: TerP26

I saw it in downtown Atlanta this evening.


41 posted on 12/01/2008 5:44:02 PM PST by Atlantian
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To: Dallas59
Moon Venus and Jupiter

Moon, Venus Jupiter
42 posted on 12/01/2008 6:04:10 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Since November 4th the moon has been so blue it's lost its will to live.


43 posted on 12/01/2008 6:14:22 PM PST by Lady Jag (DONATE NOW at https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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