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I thought I'd start a thread for any upcoming astronomical events.
We are going to have a lunar eclipse Tuesday. Here is some information from NASA.

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Natural History magazine has a column by Joe Rao that describes upcoming astronomical events, and where/when they can best be viewed. It can be accessed here-click on the Current Issue, and then "The Sky in..." The September column states that the Alpha Aurigid meteors will be visible in the western US, in the constellation Auriga, Sept 1 at 4:37 AM PDT- after daylight for most of us, unfortunately.

There's a free Starry Night widget available for Macs, which allows you to plug in your location, and to identify visible constellations in any direction, and at any time of year.

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We'll have a total solar eclipse right here in Boise . . . in the summer of 2017. [] Totality will pass just a few miles north of my house, but I have time to buy something there. [] Also, it'll pass right over our old family ranch property in Eastern Idaho near Yellowstone/Teton -- and I've already reserved the place for that week.

Other direct hits for this eclipse include Casper WY, Kansas City MO, Nashville TN, and Charleston SC.

The best eclipse web site I've ever found is Espinak's eclipse page, which apparently has recently morphed into this . A very cool site with incredibly cool interactive maps.

EDIT: Gna and WT, your chance comes in 2024 -- San Antonio and Buffalo both get nailed by the same total solar eclipse. You can use my spare room in 2017 if I can use one of yours! []

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I'm there in 2017.

I always wanted to see Boise. []

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I think there is a company that specializes in tours to places where astronomical events are most visable. I remember seeing something from them during an eclipse a couple of years ago.

You know, this is one thing that bothers me about Finland. I never see the stars. [] In the summer, the sun never goes down so you can't see any. In the winter, there is constant cloud cover so you can't see any.

However. During the rare times that the clouds do clear: [] [] [] . I think the best view of the night sky that I have ever seen was during a winter cruise on the Baltic two winters ago. Far from any city lights in the middle of a frozen sea. Gorgeous.

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All phases of the eclipse are also visible from islands of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand and eastern Australia.
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Now I just have to hope it's not cloudy like it was last time. []

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Bugger! Completely invisible from Europe.
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Most serious Astronimacal events are invisible from Britain, I tend to find. However, I hope to see some of this from the web. Indeed, it's not completely possible that I could go somewhere to see the next solar eclipse of the sun whenever that is.
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Most serious Astronimacal events are invisible from Britain, I tend to find.
Errrr....so why do we have Greenwich Mean Time, and the Prime Meridian running through the Royal Observatory, Greenwich then? Maybe the Prime Meridian should run through far West Texas, or Australia, or Rapa Nui, instead.

Another one of those conventions that makes no sense if you think about it too much. []

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Yes, but the last time we saw a solar eclipse was in 1999 and only visible from Cornwall and the next one is not until some time very much later in the century. That will probably only be visible from the shetlands or something stupid like that. Would be nice to have a clear solar eclipse visible from Leicester Square. Hailey's comet was also a bit of a flop, although we did have a visible comet a few years back.
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I'm going to be in Colorado this weekend, but apparently that Aurigids meteor shower will only be visible from California and Oregon (in the continental U.S.).

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Seems that even Colorado isn't "west" enough. Maybe my friends in Oakland will be able to see the Aurigids, but then again it's often cloudy or foggy in the Bay Area.

Aspen, WT?? []

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Yeah - can't wait.

E: Among other things we're going to the Jazz Aspen-Snowmass Music Festival. [] []

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OK it took me a minute to figure that out. []

Cuz of Aspen in general, or the music fest, or both?

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The music festival! Sounds wonderful. Aspen would be nice, but meh, I live in Idaho -- if I want a resort in the Rockies, I can drive a couple of hours. If I want a free place to stay in the Rockies, I can drive five.
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How long would it take to drive to Aspen? A day I'd guess.

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It'd take me two days - ya know like Dumb and Dumber.

Watched the full moon rise last night from the top of Great Blue a few miles south of downtown. Now, I've heard all kinds of explanations for why the full moon looks frickin' ginormous near the horizon.

Anyone happen to know the actual scientific reason for it?

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Anyone happen to know the actual scientific reason for it?
Not just the Moon Bel - nobody knows why even Sun looks larger near the Horizon. If you take a snap, then the illusion is not there in the photo.

Puts into perspective the alleged progress in modern science!

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If you take a snap, then the illusion is not there in the photo
Seriously?
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It's all explained in Paradise Lost. Something to do with the celestial equator and the equinoctial colure.
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How long would it take to drive to Aspen? A day I'd guess.

It'd be a long day -- do-able with two drivers. It's 750 miles. Distances are deceptive out West. I remember when I first moved here -- couldn't get used to the fact that it would take two days to drive from Southern CA to Northern CA.
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Yeah, I know - Denver to Aspen is only 220 miles or so, which would be less than 3 hours on the NYS Thruway, but takes 4-1/2 hours through the mountains. But it's a purty drive.
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i cant beleive my parents dont even let me see a Lunar eclipse, no matter how much I tell them that it is safe. There was one in Southeastern Canada a few years ago and i had to watch it on TV lol.
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I routinely drive to Aspen in about a day and a half. First day is ~ 750 miles, to Trinidad CO. Second day is the reward...over Independence Pass from Colorado Springs. []

Of course, my sanity is questionable. And I would rather be ripped apart by hyenas, than fly from Denver to Aspen. []

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