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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Astronomically Speaking...

Fri., Aug. 8; 1st quarter moon.
Mon., Aug. 11 to Tues., Aug. 12; PERSEID METEOR SHOWER (Summer's best--don't miss it if you can help it!)
Wed., Aug. 13; Jupiter conjoined with the Moon. Venus conjoined with Saturn.
Fri., Aug. 15; Mercury conjoined with Saturn. Neptune at opposition.
Sat., Aug. 16; Neptune conjoined with the Full Moon.

For those in Southern Louisiana, the Highland Road Park Observatory in Baton Rouge is hosting Friday Night Astronomics Friday evenings in August, from 7:30-9:30pm.
On Saturdays, from noon to 1pm, they are open for solar viewing & then at 7:30-9:30pm, they host family nighttime sky viewings.
Note that ALL of these events are FREE.

17 comments:

Brave Astronaut said...

Goodness! All that conjoining. Dirty little planets. Is that what the kids are calling it these days? Conjoining?

Lana Gramlich said...

BA: BWA ha ha! Not to mention the foursome on the 13th! Scandalous! Thanks for the laugh this morning. ;)

laughingwolf said...

lol... great moon, tale in the making?

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm sorry I'm going to miss most of the perseids with you. I'm really not looking forward to traveling.

Demon Hunter said...

Wish I was there, but I love going out at night and observing. It's so beautful and fascinating. :-)

Avery DeBow said...

We have some great back roads filled with nothing but darkness and cornfields; terrific for watching meteor showers.

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; If so, I'll leave it to the writers. ;)

charles; The perseids are NOT going to be the same w/o you next to me in a lawn chair out front, both of us half-asleep & scanning the sky. I miss you already. <:(

DH; Fortunately the Perseids can be seen from anywhere, at any rate...Weather permitting, of course!

avery; That's the best. Our neighborhood's mostly like that, too (except for the plethora of longleaf pines throughout, but they don't interfere with my front yard viewing, anyway. ;)

laughingwolf said...

i'm sure charles can do a lot with it :)

laughingwolf said...

hey, how'd you do in the contest we all voted in?

Erik Donald France said...

Gorgeous shot!

I was thinking the same thing about "conjoined" . . .

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; They announce the winner on Aug. 10th. I found out after the fact that all of those votes only count for 25% of the FINAL vote. The other 75% is up to the people who run the site. My fingers are crossed & I will certainly post the results once I hear them. :)

erik; Geeze...Goes to show, sex IS the only thing on mens' minds! *LOL* (kdn!)

laughingwolf said...

crossing fingers/toes/eyes for you, lana....

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; I appreciate it. :)

Travis said...

August is pretty astronomically active.

Lana Gramlich said...

travis; Which is good for us poor, Northern Hemisphere people (although the Southern Hemis definitely get a better break during the Winter.)

Larry said...

I'm depressed-I try to watch the perseids every year and I forgot all about them this time.-I hope it was raining that night.

Lana Gramlich said...

larry; It was here. <:( I always put things like this into my journal immediately so it'll be "in my face," or else I'd forget, too!

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