RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Community > Salon
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Chat Room


Salon Just hanging around...
(Social area, where non-retouching talk is encouraged)

Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-12-2007, 10:03 AM
CJ Swartz's Avatar
CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Metro Phoenix area, Arizona
Posts: 3,342
Blog Entries: 19
Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

"NASA astronomer Tony Phillips says Comet McNaught is the brightest comet visible from Earth in 30 years. It is six times brighter than Hale-Bopp in 1997, and 100 times brighter than Halley's Comet when it appeared in 1986, Phillips told The Associated Press on Thursday."

"It will remain a spectacular comet for weeks, perhaps months, in the Southern Hemisphere," Phillips said. "It could emerge as the brightest comet in recorded history."

http://media.skytonight.com/images/McNaught_1.jpg

http://skytonight.com/observing/home/5133461.html

Excerpt from above link (Sky & Telescope)
"If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, January 12th is your last good opportunity to catch Comet McNaught in the evening twilight though January 13th isn't completely out of the question. After that, Comet McNaught will become a target for observers in the Southern Hemisphere, as shown below.

The comet is already too low for reasonable viewing at the end of civil twilight, so your best bet is to start looking immediately after sunset. Start scanning with binoculars immediately above the spot where the Sun disappeared, and then move slightly to the right as time passes. While you're at it, see how soon you can pick up Venus. If you can find the exact right spot, it should be visible to the unaided eye as soon as the Sun is gone. "

We are having a bit of cloudy weather here in the "Valley of the Sun", so I may not be able to see if (if I remember to look tonight). I LOVE comets, and we haven't had one viewable to the naked eye for a few years. I hope some of us get a good view -- you Aussies will get a chance starting tomorrow, I guess.

Last edited by CJ Swartz; 01-12-2007 at 04:16 PM. Reason: added info about brightness
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-12-2007, 01:01 PM
palms's Avatar
palms palms is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: England
Posts: 5,676
Blog Entries: 30
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

I read about this in a daily newspaper today

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007010705,00.html


and promptly forgot to look as i left work ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

like you C.J. i like to watch comets etc and take a photo of a black area with a tiny bit of light in it as proof

Palms
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-12-2007, 01:32 PM
CJ Swartz's Avatar
CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Metro Phoenix area, Arizona
Posts: 3,342
Blog Entries: 19
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

Quote:
Originally Posted by palms1
I read about this in a daily newspaper today

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007010705,00.html


and promptly forgot to look as i left work ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

like you C.J. i like to watch comets etc and take a photo of a black area with a tiny bit of light in it as proof

Palms

Palms, I got a photo of Hale-Bopp that made me happy -- it showed the tail! Lousy photo, but my first comet photo. Actually, it was probably my first comet -- I was so excited that Halley's comet was coming (after I had waited all my life for it), and I don't think I ever really saw it -- just looked for something that might be it. Hale-Bopp was easy to see at night, and I was even able to point it out to other people who were also seeing a comet for the ir first time.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-12-2007, 08:38 PM
Littlecoo's Avatar
Littlecoo Littlecoo is offline
Senior Member
Patron
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 344
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

COOL! I'm definitely gonna have to check that out over the next few nights. Thx for the 'heads up' CJ
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-13-2007, 03:00 AM
palms's Avatar
palms palms is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: England
Posts: 5,676
Blog Entries: 30
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

Quote:
Originally Posted by CJ Swartz
Palms, I got a photo of Hale-Bopp that made me happy -- it showed the tail! Lousy photo, but my first comet photo. Actually, it was probably my first comet -- I was so excited that Halley's comet was coming (after I had waited all my life for it), and I don't think I ever really saw it -- just looked for something that might be it. Hale-Bopp was easy to see at night, and I was even able to point it out to other people who were also seeing a comet for the ir first time.

Sorry to say it but i saw Hale-Bopp ( ditto photo) and Halleys ( no photo) but i did get one of mars as it was visible with the naked eye
Glad to find there is someone else like me I try to encourage friends and neighbours to see these events, but they think i am a bit bats shame they are missing out as it is history in the making ! ! ! ! Also i have seen a meteor shower late at night in the cold but worth it,
Once a month a usually have a look at this web site as it tells you what you might see each month not sure wether it would be any good for your part of the world .

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/m...ingnotes.shtml

Palms

p.s. going to set my alarm to have a look for Mcnaught just in case we are still able to see it tonight
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-14-2007, 08:21 AM
CJ Swartz's Avatar
CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Metro Phoenix area, Arizona
Posts: 3,342
Blog Entries: 19
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

Palms, I can't ever get anyone to sit outside with me during meteor showers either -- and a couple of the best are during warm months here!

I looked for the comet last night -- the clouds started to clear at the horizon just before sunset, but I wasn't in a good location, and the last likely date to see it was supposedly yesterday. Didn't see anything that looked likely.

Hope all you southern-hemispherers get a good view, and I guess I'll look at other people's photos.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-05-2007, 09:39 PM
CJ Swartz's Avatar
CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Metro Phoenix area, Arizona
Posts: 3,342
Blog Entries: 19
Re: Comet alert - photographed in Australia

On January 26, people from Perth, Australia gathered on a local beach to watch a sky light up with delights near and far. Nearby, fireworks exploded as part of Australia Day celebrations. On the far right, lightning from a thunderstorm flashed in the distance. Near the image center, though, seen through clouds, was the most unusual sight of all: Comet McNaught. The photogenic comet was so bright that it even remained visible though the din of Earthly flashes. Comet McNaught continues to move out from the Sun and dim, but should remain visible in southern skies with binoculars through the end of this month. The above image is actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red reflections from the exploding firework.



http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070205.html
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-30-2007, 11:17 PM
BigAl's Avatar
BigAl BigAl is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: South Africa
Posts: 497
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

Hello CJ, long time no hear here's a McNaught for you, taken by me with my very own camera during the comet's visit:

http://bigal-sa.smugmug.com/photos/124714388-L.jpg
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-31-2007, 10:37 AM
CJ Swartz's Avatar
CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Metro Phoenix area, Arizona
Posts: 3,342
Blog Entries: 19
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

Al !!!

That is such a wonderful image! Great shot!! Having the cityscape below is a great addition -- the comet is as bright as most of the lights.

I am so jealous!!!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-01-2007, 06:49 PM
BigAl's Avatar
BigAl BigAl is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: South Africa
Posts: 497
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

Quote:
Originally Posted by CJ Swartz
Al !!!

That is such a wonderful image! Great shot!! Having the cityscape below is a great addition -- the comet is as bright as most of the lights.

I am so jealous!!!
Thanks CJ, was almost a miss with the overcast weather we had at the time. The folks in Cape Town got some really stunning shots with a really huge tail with the ocean and the mountains as a backdrop.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-01-2007, 07:47 PM
CJ Swartz's Avatar
CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Metro Phoenix area, Arizona
Posts: 3,342
Blog Entries: 19
Re: Comet alert - last chance for N. Hemisphere, S. Hemisph - Start Looking!

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigAl
Thanks CJ, was almost a miss with the overcast weather we had at the time. The folks in Cape Town got some really stunning shots with a really huge tail with the ocean and the mountains as a backdrop.
So glad that the clouds broke enough for your photo. When comet Hale Bopp appeared, I was able to photograph it, but all I got was a blip with a tail in the dark sky -- I didn't find a location that would include a good background for it. So I'm very impressed with yours, and would be impressed with the ones from Cape Town also.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright 2014 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved