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Why do you hate the Denver-Aspen flight?
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Motion sickness...it's always very turbulent.

I look like this [] []

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quote:
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If you take a snap, then the illusion is not there in the photo
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Seriously?

Simple enough to demonstrate. Go to a place where there is no obstacle to observe sunset or sunrise. Take a photograph. Check whether the relative size in the snap corresponds with the real view!

One more supposed way to avoid the illusion is to bend over and look the Moon/Sun through the legs, and they should appear smaller. I have not tried it though.

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The Orionids meteor shower is scheduled to reach its maximum before sunrise next Sunday. Look for them in the area just north of Orion's star Betelgeuse.
Also, Saturn and Venus are fairly close to each other in the early morning eastern sky along the ecliptic, just south of the constellation Leo.

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Rare exploding comet in constellation Perseus.
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Perhaps the best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, December 13-14.
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The Winter season is upon us, and that is easily the best season to observe the stars. If anyone is ever around Northern Virginia on the weekends, I'd be happy to have you join me at an astronomy club outing. I am a member of Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, and I own a 10" Dobsonian telescope. The club meetings usually have a turn out of about 10-20 people. If you are with me, you can join me any night. Without me, you can show up to NOVAC Public Nights which are held once a month.

Once you *really* look up at the stars, you know EVERY night is an astronomical event.

Except when it's cloudy, which it has been since before Thanksgiving. I can't remember the last time I've used my telescope. :'(

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Looks like Aussies will get a good show of the Geminids. []

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Sydney Observatory curator of astronomy Nick Lomb said conditions were good for Australians to view the shower this year, with no moon expected to be visible.

He said the show was expected to start at about 11pm (AEDT), with the peak coming just before dawn at about 3.45am (AEDT) on Saturday.

Perfect timing. I'm usually awake during those hours. []
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Messenger has started to relay images of Mercury back to Earth, including the side never photographed before! []

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Those pictures are amazing!

PS: I hate clouds - haven't been able to use my telescope since late *October*. []

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Yeah they are IT4 []
I think they are saying they think the cliffs may have been caused from tetonic activity as well.

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That's Mr Wang™ to you!
This place would be a paradise tomorrow if every department had a supervisor with a submachine gun.

This bog is thick and easy...

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Spectacular Sky Show: Venus, Jupiter and the Moon
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There's a lunar eclipse coming up...I can't remember just when, though, sorry...
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Lunar eclipse starting at 10 pm, US EST. Next one in three years.

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Scarier astronomical event...
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For those interested in tonights Lunar eclipse click here for your time zone []

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Keep the earth under your feet, & clay on your fingers; wisdom in your bones, & have both eyes open!
That's Mr Wang™ to you!
This place would be a paradise tomorrow if every department had a supervisor with a submachine gun.

This bog is thick and easy...

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Unfortunately, it's cloudy here in B-Burg. No eclipse for me. []

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I was so excited about the eclipse and it's cloudy []
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I just came in from outside. Even without my 20x magnification binoculars I can clearly see the curvature of the earth casting its shadow on the moon, which is how Aristotle theorized the earth was round.
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It's cloudy and snowing here... I can't see a thing! [] []
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I *might* be able to see something. Clouds might be in the way though. It cleared up in the afternoon but another storm is supposed to be approaching. []
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I can see it beautifully, including what I'm told is Saturn at about 8 o'clock from the eclipsed moon. []

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Its afternoon here, so no eclipse to be seen. The Jupiter/Venus passing on the 1st and the waning crescent moon joining them on the 4th was cool to see. Just had to get up early.
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Woohoo! I saw it! Epicly awesome.
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Guess what? we had the first cloudy night in about two weeks; bloody typical of English weather!!! []

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Keep the earth under your feet, & clay on your fingers; wisdom in your bones, & have both eyes open!
That's Mr Wang™ to you!
This place would be a paradise tomorrow if every department had a supervisor with a submachine gun.

This bog is thick and easy...

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