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Mars in opposition
03-04-2012, 12:44 PM
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Mars in opposition
Actually was able to see the planet Mars clearly on Friday evening whislt walking the dogs in the sky to the North of us. Wasnt aware we were in opposition till I came across this article

http://news.yahoo.com/mars-visible-night...05717.html

If you get the chance the planet has a ruddy cast ( orange ) compared to the bright stars around thus is identifiable by the naked eye.

Of course this was witnessed the other night

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17248959

Did not see this particular event but have witnessed a few streaking across the sky in the past ...... hmmmm Mars in opposition ..... streaking meteors across the sky .... I can hear Richard Burtons voice in my head Icon_surprised

Ach well ... not to worry ... chances of anything manlike on Mars are millions to o ...... oh dear Icon_sad
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03-04-2012, 02:34 PM
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RE: Mars in opposition
You saw Mars on Friday evening? You jammy, jammy, JAMMY.... Icon_tantrum

I've never seen it. Icon_sad I need to keep an eye on the night sky more often, then I might see it; although I probably was looking at it a few years ago, but I couldn't see it because it took me ages to realise that I needed glasses, when I couldn't see the writing on the board in college was when I booked the eye test. Icon_redface

That looks fascinating. Icon_smile

I remember that somebody put an article in the local rag one evening about a triad of red lights in the sky in Brighton along with a YouTube link. I was fascinated and I glanced outside and over the city I did indeed see a triad of red lights over Brighton, how strange. I had a think about it and decided I'd look again in the morning and again if need be at twilight to see what was causing them. Anyway, long story short, I didn't need to look again at twilight, because where the lights had been at night, were two cranes in the cold light of day, and I noticed that the top of two and middle of one (where it bends) of these cranes corresponded with the positions of the red lights. Icon_rolleyes Mystery solved.

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03-04-2012, 02:45 PM
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(03-04-2012 02:34 PM)BurningTorch Wrote:  You saw Mars on Friday evening? You jammy, jammy, JAMMY.... Icon_tantrum

I've never seen it. Icon_sad I need to keep an eye on the night sky more often, then I might see it; although I probably was looking at it a few years ago, but I couldn't see it because it took me ages to realise that I needed glasses, when I couldn't see the writing on the board in college was when I booked the eye test. Icon_redface

That looks fascinating. Icon_smile

I remember that somebody put an article in the local rag one evening about a triad of red lights in the sky in Brighton along with a YouTube link. I was fascinated and I glanced outside and over the city I did indeed see a triad of red lights over Brighton, how strange. I had a think about it and decided I'd look again in the morning and again if need be at twilight to see what was causing them. Anyway, long story short, I didn't need to look again at twilight, because where the lights had been at night, were two cranes in the cold light of day, and I noticed that the top of two and middle of one (where it bends) of these cranes corresponded with the positions of the red lights. Icon_rolleyes Mystery solved.

Being in the South you should see it ...... it stands out a mile from the other stars because it is has a reddish cast .... and it will be towards the horizon. Today & tomorrow are the best days apparently when Mars is closest to Earth.

Regards the latter ? Our local police station had reports of an alien invasion ( I kid you not ) as strange lights were seen over the skies of Glasgow ..... turns out that a new cinema multiplex had opended and celebrated with a laser light show. Some people should not be allowed out without their parents BT ... it is a sad fact Icon_sad
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03-04-2012, 03:46 PM
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That's great, I'll keep a lookout for it if it's going to be bright tonight/tomorrow night. Icon_smile

As the Gasman on Bottom said to Richie "Do you have someone who looks after you? Could I see them..." Icon_rolleyes

Now now, BT, play nicely. Icon_twisted

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03-04-2012, 07:51 PM
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RE: Mars in opposition
Good luck looking for Martians tonight ..... remember to wave nicely and smile .... just remember what happened last time Icon_redface

It is relatively easy to spot as it has a ruddy caste and does indeed stand out .... best of luck Icon_smile

Matter of fact had a look out of the bedroom window and there it is low to the South horizon and very bright Icon_razz
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03-04-2012, 08:18 PM (This post was last modified: 03-04-2012 08:19 PM by BurningTorch.)
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RE: Mars in opposition
Thanks, Bogeys. Icon_smile

Tell you what, if Marvin the Martian does come to call, then "oh goodie!" Icon_mrgreen

Yay! Icon_happy_dance

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03-04-2012, 11:05 PM (This post was last modified: 03-04-2012 11:07 PM by BurningTorch.)
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RE: Mars in opposition
Yaaaay! I've seen it! Maaaaaaaars! Icon_happy_dance

So that's: Venus, Saturn and now Mars ticked off my list of planets to see. Icon_smile
Sorry, Venus, Jupiter and Mars. Icon_redface
I haven't got a clue what I'm doing. Icon_redface

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03-04-2012, 11:30 PM
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RE: Mars in opposition
It is a wee smudge , a bright red dot in the sky .... yet it is exciting .... the planet which inspired such incredible stories from H.G.Wells to Ray Bradbury and you can see it with the naked eye Icon_smile

Sorry .... but it is brilliant to see it.

By the way that is a great book .... "The Martian Chronicle" by Ray Bradbury , a series of short stories of the colonisation of Mars and the fall of man due to a nuclear conflict ... the last page has a twist which is amazing Icon_surprised
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03-04-2012, 11:34 PM
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It is really beautiful. Icon_smile

That's alright, Bogeys. Icon_hugsmilie

That does sound good. Icon_smile

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03-10-2012, 04:43 PM
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RE: Mars in opposition
i did see it but didnt realise it was a big deal...i can see mars on any clear night maybe not as clear as recently......what im looking forward to seeing is the planetary alignment now that will be cool xxxxxxx
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