Plans for Tonight at Cline Observatory

Friday, June 8, 2018

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Cline Observatory

I’m assisting for the public session at Cline Observatory tonight.  Link here.

To see a video of the TV coverage, link here.

Below is an early draft of our plans for the evening,  No Moon!

  1. Venus

  2. Jupiter – 5th planet, 69 moons as of 2017

  3. Spica (in Virgo) – binary system with stars so close they orbit about each other every 4 days, ~250ly

  4. M44 (in Cancer) Beehive Cluster – 6 planets discovered since 2012 by Kepler Space Obsy., ~1,000 stars, ~600ly

  5. M3 (in Canes Venatici) – discovered May 3, 1764 by Charles Messier, ~34,000ly

  6. M92 (in Hercules) – globular, discovered in 1777 by Johann Elert Bode, ~26,700ly

  7. IMG_0545
    Tonight’s host and some clown under the dome.

    M13 – Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, ~300,000 stars, ~22,200ly

  8. IC 5070 The Pelican Nebula, 8 mag. In Cygnus, 1,800 LY distant, area of star formation

  9. HCG 44 (Hickson Compact Group) : Galaxy Cluster in Leo,10 mag transits at 10:28

  10. Rasalgethi (in Hercules – multiple star system, Alpha 1= red supergiant Alpha 2 = binary system, ~360ly

  11. Polaris (in Ursa Minor) – “North Star,” triple-star system,~434ly

  12. Epsilon Lyrae – “Double-Double” in Lyra, ~162ly

    Brightness of noon on Pluto

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