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Old 10-07-2010, 12:01 AM   #2926
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The W should be much higher than the trees, if not then you will need to find a better spot. Just sent you an email on how to find the W.

You are about 14 further south than me, which means you only need to look 14 further north than I do to see an object. That's not much. Cassiopeia is almost overhead here (where the W is) so it should be quite high in your sky.

We are at 49, you are about 35.


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Sorry, I am not trying to 'trump' CoCo, but for a new amateur, star gazing, find the big Dipper, 'sight' 2 times the length visually of the front part of the dipper, on the opposite side of the 'handle', and you will see the North Star...it is not really bright, just there..then..'sight' to the right and down 'abit', and you will see the 'top part' of Cassiopia's "W" crown, and just below the last segment of the "W", (towards the East up here), I believe, is the area that "coco" refers to. If not, 'my bags are packed'!
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Sorry, I am not trying to 'trump' CoCo, but for a new amateur, star gazing, find the big Dipper, 'sight' 2 times the length visually of the front part of the dipper, on the opposite side of the 'handle', and you will see the North Star...it is not really bright, just there..then..'sight' to the right and down 'abit', and you will see the 'top part' of Cassiopia's "W" crown, and just below the last segment of the "W", (towards the East up here), I believe, is the area that "coco" refers to. If not, 'my bags are packed'!
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That's about right. But don't forget that Ursa Major (big dipper) is on the opposite side to Cassie and Jim may not be able to see it where he is. In any event, the big "W" is easy enough to spot.

Do you have a scope Scoggy?
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It's been a pretty busy day at the Coco household.

Got the boards for the overhead nicely coated and then installed. That is one small but quite noticeable project out of the way.
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I know you won't believe this, but the floor in front of the kitchen counter is actually devoid of a huge pile of wood.

OK, so I sheepishly admit that I conned the missus into doing at least some of it...
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Looks like there was some light rain over at the airport late this afternoon. We are due for the big dumping over the next 3 days.
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Yesterday I got the tub all cleaned out...and yes, the mozzies - many thousands - were all dead. That cornmeal stuff works a treat.

Today I filled the tub for the first time.
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I finally got to see the W this morning or tonight which ever way you look at it. At 2:50 AM it was almost straight over head. We usually go to the grocery late at night and we just got back. That was exciting to find it. I never did see the big dipper though.

I really do like the way the wood you installed has the different shades in them, it does look sharp buddy.

The picture of the tub and beyond is just fantastic and I see my table down there also. With your beautiful wood creations and your sweety's wonderful flowers it makes a perfect picture, you two are truly blessed.

The picture of the bay sure is beautiful also, if you don't need that rain up your way send it down here we are way behind in rain fall.
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The boards on the overhead add a nice touch to that area. They look nice.

Great picture of the clouds and sun!

The hot tub, flowers and decks all look so inviting! If you and Mrs. C ever run out of things to do around the house, you could start a yard design company.

What's the temperature of the hot tub?
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What's the temperature of the hot tub?

Don't make me laugh too hard! I did think about it for a nanosecond...but only as a joke!
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I finally got to see the W this morning or tonight which ever way you look at it. At 2:50 AM it was almost straight over head. We usually go to the grocery late at night and we just got back. That was exciting to find it. I never did see the big dipper though.

I really do like the way the wood you installed has the different shades in them, it does look sharp buddy.

The picture of the tub and beyond is just fantastic and I see my table down there also. With your beautiful wood creations and your sweety's wonderful flowers it makes a perfect picture, you two are truly blessed.

The picture of the bay sure is beautiful also, if you don't need that rain up your way send it down here we are way behind in rain fall.
Congratulations on finding the W. The Big Dipper (Ursa Major, the Great Bear) is considerably farther north. You will more likely see that in the springtime as earth moves to the other side of the sun and our tilt - relative to the stars - becomes more favourable.

Don't worry Jim, I'm taking good care of your table!

The rain finally got here about an hour ago, and we are well and truly socked in now.

Now that you know where the W is, maybe tonight you can use a pair of binoculars to find the double cluster. Tonight the comet is still very close to the double cluster. We won't get to see it for a few days now until the weather clears.
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day (No. 3)

Light has everything to do with astronomy...that's how things are measured in astronomical terms.

So how do we do that?

Well, it all has to do with the speed of light, which is about 186,000 miles a second - or 300,000 kilometers a second whichever you prefer.

Frequently, you will find items mentioned as being so many light years away. And to find out just how far a light year is you would take the number of seconds in a minute (60) multiply that by the number of minutes in an hour (60) multiply that by the number of hours in a day (24) multiply that by the number of days in a year (365).

That comes out to 31,536,000 seconds in a year and now you would still need to multiply that by 186,000 to see how many miles light actually goes in one year.

Bottom line is 5,865,696,000,000 miles in a light year. Now, I didn't allow for a leap year - just to keep things simple - but if you want to include the extra 1/4 day every year, that amounts to an extra 4,017,600,000 miles.

I don't know if you can even wrap your head around this one, but now can you imagine an object being millions of light years away? And what's even more amazing - being able to see it with the naked eye?
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Congratulations on finding the W. The Big Dipper (Ursa Major, the Great Bear) is considerably farther north. You will more likely see that in the springtime as earth moves to the other side of the sun and our tilt - relative to the stars - becomes more favourable.

Don't worry Jim, I'm taking good care of your table!

The rain finally got here about an hour ago, and we are well and truly socked in now.

Now that you know where the W is, maybe tonight you can use a pair of binoculars to find the double cluster. Tonight the comet is still very close to the double cluster. We won't get to see it for a few days now until the weather clears.
If nothing happens tonight I will be outside looking for the cluster. As far as it looks now it will be clear again.

Keith, there is no way anyone one could fathom that much distance. I believe one could study the universe and in their life time not learn it all. One think that just blows my mind is the size of some of the bodies out there, they make the earth look like a grain of sand. Wouldn't it be neat to be able to fly to each one and check all of them out personally.
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If nothing happens tonight I will be outside looking for the cluster. As far as it looks now it will be clear again.

Keith, there is no way anyone one could fathom that much distance. I believe one could study the universe and in their life time not learn it all. One think that just blows my mind is the size of some of the bodies out there, they make the earth look like a grain of sand. Wouldn't it be neat to be able to fly to each one and check all of them out personally.
I saw your weather forecast and it looks good for tonight.

Speaking of grains of sand, here's a little tidbit for you.

If you were to hold a grain of sand out at arm's length - well, that is the area that Hubble viewed for both the deep field and ultra deep field pictures. To think that in an area that small there exists literally hundreds of other galaxies, never mind just planets, is truly mind boggling.

The light from those other galaxies has been traveling for over 13 billion years to reach the Hubble sensors.
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To get a visual perspective check this out. http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/n...p&code=MR80002

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