Introduction to Stargazing and the Universe October 27, 2021

7:30 pm Session 16: Welcome; Satellites; Uranus, Moon Maria; Cluster; Lunar Eclipse Nov 18-19 
Wednesday, October 27, 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 7 pm. Or download image below (posted a few days before)

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

Recording of Session : to be posted; Next session: Nov  24, 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:

Summer-Fall evening sky, with ISS pass   

Early-evening sky Nov 22, with pass of International Space Station

Some ISS passes:

Mercury at 1.0012 days to keep Sun same el
Date                   mag  Alt    Azim Sun el
----                   --- ------ ------ -----
15 Oct 2021  7:06:30   1.9   0.87  98.45  -8.9
16 Oct 2021  7:08:13   1.5   2.27  99.58  -8.9
17 Oct 2021  7:09:57   1.1   3.50 100.64  -8.9
18 Oct 2021  7:11:41   0.7   4.56 101.62  -8.9
19 Oct 2021  7:13:24   0.4   5.44 102.54  -8.9
20 Oct 2021  7:15:08   0.2   6.15 103.38  -8.9
21 Oct 2021  7:16:52  -0.0   6.70 104.17  -8.9
22 Oct 2021  7:18:35  -0.2   7.10 104.89  -8.9
23 Oct 2021  7:20:19  -0.4   7.36 105.56  -8.9
24 Oct 2021  7:22:03  -0.5   7.49 106.18  -8.9
25 Oct 2021  7:23:46  -0.6   7.51 106.75  -8.9
26 Oct 2021  7:25:30  -0.6   7.43 107.28  -8.9
27 Oct 2021  7:27:14  -0.7   7.26 107.78  -8.9
28 Oct 2021  7:28:57  -0.7   7.02 108.24  -8.9
29 Oct 2021  7:30:41  -0.8   6.71 108.68  -8.9
30 Oct 2021  7:32:25  -0.8   6.34 109.09  -8.9
31 Oct 2021  7:34:08  -0.8   5.93 109.48  -8.9
 1 Nov 2021  7:35:52  -0.8   5.47 109.85  -8.9
 2 Nov 2021  7:37:36  -0.8   4.99 110.21  -8.9
 3 Nov 2021  7:39:19  -0.9   4.48 110.55  -8.9
 4 Nov 2021  7:41:03  -0.9   3.95 110.88  -8.9
 5 Nov 2021  7:42:47  -0.9   3.40 111.19  -8.9
 6 Nov 2021  7:44:31  -0.9   2.85 111.49  -8.9
 7 Nov 2021  7:46:14  -0.9   2.28 111.78  -8.9
 8 Nov 2021  7:47:58  -0.9   1.71 112.06  -8.9
 9 Nov 2021  7:49:42  -0.9   1.13 112.33  -8.9
10 Nov 2021  7:51:25  -0.9   0.56 112.60  -8.9
11 Nov 2021  7:53:09  -0.9  -0.02 112.85  -8.9
12 Nov 2021  7:54:53  -0.9  -0.59 113.09  -8.9
13 Nov 2021  7:56:36  -0.9  -1.16 113.32  -8.9
14 Nov 2021  7:58:20  -0.9  -1.72 113.54  -8.9
15 Nov 2021  8:00:04  -0.9  -2.28 113.75  -8.8

Binocular finder chart for Uranus. Note similar brightness star to lower left.

Nearly Total Lunar Eclipse THURSDAY night Nov 18-19 :  in UT it is on the 19th

NIGHT of the 18th

00:18-03:47 BUT best 01:40-02:15

If you can from country: Milky Way appears as Moon is eclipsed

Second half (mirror of first) is only for super-keeners

IF staying intown… use BINOCS,
every 10m 00:18-01:40
Constantly 01:45-02:15