It's a little too hazy to drag us off the sofa and out to a mediocre
sidewalk astronomy night. And none of the other astronomers are
available tonight, it seems.
In the meantime: Try really hard to wake up early tomorrow morning!
There is a great planet lineup worthy of a wake-up call this week. The
lineup of the three planets just above the rising sun in the east has
been visible all month long, culminating in a tight cluster of the
planets Venus, Mars and Jupiter from now until month end. Sunday
morning, the brightest of the two Venus and Jupiter are very close
together -- from our earthly vantage point. Don't miss Mars below the
two bright ones. Fainter, but worthy of a look! Just use you eyes,
binos if you have them.
So step outside, look East and enjoy the show! Here's the lineup
Jane Houston Jones
What's Up podcast #99 Sept Eclipse!
Hi everyone, a few of us will be out for Sidewalk Astronomy Saturday
night at Monrovia's Library Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or so. And
tonight (Friday the 23rd), look up from 7 p.m. until 7:06 p.m. to see
the International Space Station The maximum altitude will be 59° above
the horizon (90° is overhead) at 7:04 p.m. The Space Station will travel
from the Northeast to the East-Southeast, dissappearing into the shadow
of the earth at 7:06 p.m. Hope to see you tomorrow, and good luck tonight!!
Max at 7:04 PM, 59 degrees above the NE.
Event Time Altitude Azimuth Distance (km) Brightness Sun altitude
Rises 18:58:53 0° 316° (NW) 2,308 1.1 -10.8°
Reaches altitude 10° 19:00:59 10° 320° (NW) 1,448 -0.1 -11.2°
Maximum altitude 19:04:11 59° 42° (NE) 466 -3.3 -11.9°
Enters shadow 19:06:34 17° 119° (ESE) 1,117 -1.6 -12.4°
Sorry everyone, but based on the weather outlook, including the
torrential rain/flooding in southern California (Death Valley, Highway
58, I-5 yesterday) and a dismal forecast for today through Sunday, we
are cancelling the Mojave National Preserve Star Party slated for
Saturday night. We'll reschedule in the spring. Take care, stay safe and
dry and we'll see you out under an urban sky soon, if we have a
telescope quorum, we may be out next Saturday, Oct 25th, I'll let you know.
We're also cancelling a potential Monrovia Sidewalk Astronomy event
tomorrow night, as the local forecast is fog.
Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening:
Weather forecast: Centered on Cima, a little north of Black Canyon
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 75. Northeast wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low
around 55. South southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.
Southeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
54. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a
thunderstorm after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. South
southwest wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Jane Houston Jones
Monrovia, CA @jhjones
What's Up #100! My Top Ten!