Sunday, November 29, 2015

This week's upcoming sky events + forecast

Things to look for this week:
November 29: More Moon and Gemini
The constellation Gemini, the twins, climbs into good view in the east by about 9 o'clock. The gibbous Moon rises directly below the twins late this evening, and follows them across the sky for the rest of the night.

November 30: Orion Rising
One of the icons of winter nights is climbing higher into the evening sky. Orion the hunter is in good view in the east by about 9 p.m. Look for his "belt" of three moderately bright stars pointing straight up from the horizon.

December 1: Venus and Spica
Spica, the brightest star of the constellation Virgo, is in the southeast at dawn tomorrow. It stands close to the right of Venus, the brilliant "morning star."

December 2: Orion Nebula
Orion climbs into view in the east by 9 p.m. To the right of its three-star belt, look for a row of three objects that make up Orion's Sword. One of those objects looks fuzzy because it's a nebula, a cloud of gas and dust that's giving birth to new stars.

December 3: Moon and Jupiter
Jupiter keeps company with the crescent Moon early tomorrow. The planet looks like a brilliant star. It rises just above the Moon in the wee hours of the morning, and they remain close together at dawn.

December 4: Moon and Mars
Mars is in the morning sky, shining like a moderately bright orange star. The planet will stand close to the lower left of the Moon at dawn tomorrow, and to the upper right of the Moon on Sunday.

December 5: Moon and Companions
The Moon is surrounded by bright companions early tomorrow. Venus, the "morning star," stands to the lower left of the Moon. Two fainter companions are closer to the Moon — Spica below it and Mars above.

This week wx forecast:
Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries this afternoon. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High plus 2.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries this evening. Clearing before morning. Wind north 20 km/h. Low minus 6.
Mon, 30 Nov Sunny. High minus 2.
Night  Clear. Low minus 4.
Tue, 1 Dec Sunny. High plus 3.
Night  Cloudy periods with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 3.
Wed, 2 Dec Periods of rain. High 9.
Night  Periods of rain. Low 6.
Thu, 3 Dec Periods of rain. Windy. High 8.
Night  Cloudy periods. Low minus 3.
Fri, 4 Dec Sunny. High plus 2.
Night  Clear. Low minus 2.
Sat, 5 Dec Sunny. High plus 2.
Been experimenting with CHDK on my Canon A-610.Really need some clear moonless nights to really give it a workout but so far I am impressed with the enhancements via the software.Anyone not familiar with it can read more here:
Check out a couple of videos I made showing some of the features:

Test photo:

---- Al C

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