Introduction to Stargazing and the Universe Apr 28, 2021

7:30 pm Session 12: Welcome; Satellites; Spica/VIrgo, Moon Maria; Coma Berenices Star Cluster; Q&A
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 at 7:30 PM .

Would you like to know more about the night sky and what we can see? We welcome you to join us (via Zoom) once a month for a low intensity 45 minute presentation followed by Q&A. It’s ok if you missed the previous session, they’re mostly self-contained.

star chart: https://www.heavens-above.com/ choose Edmonton as location, find a satellite near 9 pm. Or download image below (posted a few days before)

Attend via Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89090457267

Recording of Session :.https://youtu.be/Ob0rnA3pDNU   Next session: May 26, 7:30 pm

As Earth completes a near circle around the Sun, we will cover a range of topics that will help you earn the ‘Explore the Universe’ certificate and pin from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. These include:

  • Finding your way around the sky
  • Moon, Sun, and planet cycles
  • Explore the Universe Certificate
  • Eyes, binoculars, telescope basics
  • Star clusters, craters on the Moon, comets
  • Rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s clouds and moons
  • Using the wonderful RASC Observer’s Handbook

Links to tools, charts, guides:

April’s sky, with ISS pass May 14th

Binocular asteroid! Path of asteroid 4 Vesta, Starting April 28, tick marks every other night. Vesta is brighter than the faintest stars plotted on this chart.
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Mercury
Date mag Alt Azim Sun el
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29 Apr 2021 22:10 -1.2 0.67 303.51 -9.4
30 Apr 2021 22:12:18 -1.1 1.43 303.51 -9.4 Easier
1 May 2021 22:14:36 -1.0 2.14 303.52 -9.4
2 May 2021 22:16:55 -1.0 2.80 303.53 -9.4
3 May 2021 22:19:13 -0.9 3.40 303.55 -9.4
4 May 2021 22:21:31 -0.8 3.95 303.58 -9.4 Easiest
5 May 2021 22:23:49 -0.7 4.44 303.63 -9.4
6 May 2021 22:26:07 -0.6 4.88 303.69 -9.4
7 May 2021 22:28:26 -0.5 5.25 303.77 -9.4 Greatest Elong
8 May 2021 22:30:44 -0.4 5.56 303.87 -9.4
9 May 2021 22:33:02 -0.3 5.81 304.00 -9.4
10 May 2021 22:35:20 -0.2 5.99 304.15 -9.4 Fading
11 May 2021 22:37:39 -0.1 6.11 304.33 -9.4
12 May 2021 22:39:57 0.0 6.17 304.55 -9.4 Greatest alt
13 May 2021 22:42:15 0.1 6.17 304.79 -9.4 Cres Moon 4d to left
14 May 2021 22:44:33 0.2 6.11 305.07 -9.4
15 May 2021 22:46:52 0.4 5.98 305.39 -9.4 Fading more
16 May 2021 22:49:10 0.5 5.80 305.75 -9.4
17 May 2021 22:51:28 0.6 5.55 306.16 -9.4
18 May 2021 22:53:46 0.7 5.24 306.61 -9.4
19 May 2021 22:56:05 0.8 4.87 307.11 -9.4
20 May 2021 22:58:23 1.0 4.45 307.66 -9.4 Difficult
21 May 2021 23:00:41 1.1 3.97 308.26 -9.4
22 May 2021 23:02:59 1.2 3.43 308.92 -9.4
23 May 2021 23:05:18 1.4 2.83 309.65 -9.4
24 May 2021 23:07:36 1.5 2.19 310.43 -9.4
25 May 2021 23:09:54 1.7 1.49 311.28 -9.5
26 May 2021 23:12:12 1.9 0.74 312.20 -9.5
27 May 2021 23:14:31 2.1 -0.05 313.18 -9.5
28 May 2021 23:16:49 2.3 -0.88 314.24 -9.5
29 May 2021 23:19:07 2.5 -1.75 315.38 -9.5