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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.

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TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: jupiter; moon; venus
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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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