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#1 miriams

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

According to the Sydney Observatory website, tonight is supposed to be special because Jupiter and it's own moons will appear very close to our Moon, just off to the side of it. I still have the telescope out from trying to spot DA 14 the other night (didn't) but ... there's no moon out? I saw the moon overhead at about 4:30pm this afternoon. So why would they be saying that the best time to view the Moon and Jupiter would be between 11:30 and 12 tonight in the northern sky? I can't see the Moon at all...I'm facing east though. We have a fairly good view towards the north and south. Our apartment blocks out the western horizon though. Can anyone with a view to the West see it out tonight?

Edited by miriams, 18 February 2013 - 10:19 PM.

#2 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:20 PM

It's behind clouds... I'm in Sydney too...

#3 Beltie

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:27 PM

There is a nice free app called Google Sky which helps find celestial bodies. It shows a map of whatever is in the direction that you point your phone.

#4 Chocolate Addict

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:30 PM

I heard it is a moon/jupiter eclipse, nothing about seeing jupiters moons.


#5 LJandAJ

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:32 PM

There was a great veiw here in perth, it has gone behind the moon for now


#6 blackcat20

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:11 PM

I saw it from a plane into Melbourne. Looks great.

#7 my2prettyangels

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:16 PM

Brilliant view from Perth, it really was amazing original.gif

#8 #YKG

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:21 PM

I've seen it tonight inwas wondering wat the bright spot on the dark on the moon was, now I know its another moon.

#9 envs

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:23 PM

QUOTE (LJandAJ @ 18/02/2013, 10:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There was a great veiw here in perth, it has gone behind the moon for now


Thanks for the link pp! That pic was just awesome!! Will try and view it tmrw

#10 treetree

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:27 PM

I was out before and said "Where did that star come from? It's not usually there is it?" Now I know! Thanks. Might go have another look!

#11 emnut

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:31 PM

DS was asking what the start next to the moon was earlier & I had no idea - not to mention confusion over the abnormal orangy colour of the moon tonight

#12 sparassidae

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:23 AM

Wow that photo is amazing! You can actually see the bands of colour on Jupiter!

#13 wilding

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:59 AM

QUOTE (LJandAJ @ 18/02/2013, 10:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There was a great veiw here in perth, it has gone behind the moon for now


that's so cool. It's like there's no moon, and look in the corner and it's like ahhh there it is. Instead of where's wally, it's like where's the moon?  biggrin.gif I'm going to have to show my 11 year old it when he gets home from school.

#14 miriams

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

well, didn't get to see it last night but think it was probably in the west if it was overhead at 4:30. Oh well, each year in February Jupiter cruises on by just to the north of our apartment and though they aren't visible to the naked eye, we can usually see around nine of Jupiter's moons with our telescope. Viewers in Perth, Adelaide etc got to see our Moon pass in front of Jupiter and it's moons.

#15 SeaPrincess

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

We're in Perth and we saw it at about 7.30pm

Thanks for the photo link - both of my boys want to talk about it for news this week!

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