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#41 Savannah

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 01:34 PM

The Leonids. I went out at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, and the sky was, amazingly enough, clear. (I'd fallen asleep the night before at 9 p.m., resulting in the early rising.) However, I didn't see any. By 7:00 a.m. it was overcast and about to rain. Again.

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 12:11 AM

I was at Lake Cowichan Saturday night and saw a very bright satellite tracking across the sky. I also saw a very faint point of light following closely behind it. I had never seen satellites in parallel before so later I Google-Newsed "Soyuz" on a hunch and sure enough, earlier that night a Russian space freighter had been launched to dock with the International Space Station so that explained the two fast-moving dots of light.

It was very cool to watch that happen. My girlfriend saw a slow-moving streak of light earlier and I wonder if it was a meteorite or the expended stage from the Soyuz rocket launch.

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#43 Hotel Mike

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 09:52 AM

There is also a list of the times you can see the International Space Station from the Victoria area. It can be found at: http://spaceflight.n...a&city=Victoria

#44 North Shore

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 12:59 PM

^ Great site! I love using it so i can take my 4 year old outside to look at a 'rocketship'.
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:55 PM

And the times are astoundingly accurate. It's always been right where it's supposed to be. Good viewing over the past week or so.

#46 Mike K.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 08:58 PM

For those of you with an iPhone or iPad, download the Pocket Universe applet.

It simulates the night sky over any location in the world (you hold the phone up and pan around to line up the nights sky with the applets simulator) and identifies exactly what you are seeing/helps you find what you're looking for. It also includes links to info on satellites and other man-made objects visible to us.

It's worth every penny :)

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:56 PM

Good 6 min long sighting of the ISS tonight if you're lucky enough to be facing North ish.

Lots of shorter sightings coming up:

http://spaceflight.n...a&city=Victoria

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#48 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:17 PM

The bright object in the sky is the planet Venus as I see it from my bedroom window. With a telescope you can clearly see the crest of sunlight on the surface of the planet which really gives it a mini-moon appearance.

Venus is the second brightest object in our night sky after the moon.


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#49 Mike K.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:30 AM

Tonight at sundown we'll get to see a spectacular celestial event -- the transit of planet Venus.

What will happen is Venus, roughly the same size as Earth, will pass between Earth and the setting sun. Venus will appear as a black speck traveling across the sun's surface.

If you have a telescope there are filters you can purchase that allow you to view these events without damaging your eyesight. You will be able to see this with your naked eye but of course you can only view it for very brief moments at a time. The weather is expected to cooperate by sunset despite the foggy and rainy start to the day.

Great spots to take this in include The Cairn in Esquimalt, Mt. Tolmie or the summit of Mount Doug.

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#50 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:00 AM

^ I think you're off by a few days.

http://en.wikipedia...._of_Venus,_2012

Anyway, won't happen again until 2117, so lucky Mike K. got the date early, rather than late eh?

Someone really missed the boat on sponsorship of this though. In 2117 it'll be called the Transit of Venus past the Chinese Sun©, brought to you by China National Nuclear & Petroleum Corporation.
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#51 Mike K.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:11 PM

Wow, an article I had read stated "today" instead of "Tuesday." I see that has since been corrected.

Nevertheless, I'd pluck myself down at a suitable viewing spot several days early just to secure a good vantage point. You can thank me later.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:30 PM



Venus yesterday.

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#53 Mike K.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:19 PM

Here's a close-up shot of Venus' transit taken by a Japanese satellite. Apparently the slight ring around Venus that you can just barely make out is the planet's atmosphere!



Photo courtesy of: http://www.bydio.com...ng-its-transit/

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#54 Savannah

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:38 PM

So... who's watching the Perseids tonight? And if you are, where is your favourite dark (but safe!) site?

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:01 PM

Moss Rock is awesome.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:51 PM

I had a great time on the rocks just below the lookout on Gonzales hill. Saw an awesome one that exploded and split into 3 pieces!!
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:36 PM

We went to the Saanich Fair today and some astronomy buffs had some telescopes out aimed at the Sun. Apparently we're experiencing some intense solar flare activity and sure enough, you could actually see the flares ejected from the Sun's surface through the telescopes. The Sun was a red disk against a black sky due to the strong filters. One telescope set up to project sunspots on paper had no filtering and the operator placed a stick of wood in front of the eyepiece and it immediately started smoking, the rays were so intense.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:04 PM

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:05 PM

Several good ISS sightings coming up over the next few days here. Scroll down past HTV4 sightings: http://spotthestatio...a&city=Victoria

We were just sitting down on the patio at The Keg tonight when I looked up and said "Hey, that looks like ISS". Friends thought I was nuts and suggested it was an airplane. I quickly whipped out my BlackBerry and looked online (Yes, BlackBerrys go online) at the sightings, and sure enough it was ISS.

Saw it just by chance as a couple of minutes earlier we were at a different table and I wouldn't have been looking towards it.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 06:04 PM

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Douglas Gradecki - Any reports of a fireball in the sky, heading SW into the sunset? We just saw something BIG over the distant Olympics, from East Sooke. Exciting and perplexing!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Gradecki - actual photo from this afternoon - "One of the pics I took a bit before 5pm tonight. This is what I am asking about."

 


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