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- Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:01:19 EST NCcXgNdu No.55692
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✓ Overcast
✓ Too late to set up tracking
✓ Sensor needs cleaning
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Tadashi Nakajima - Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:06:08 EST NCcXgNdu No.55693 Reply
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DICKS EVERYWHERE
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Vesto Slipher - Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:31:41 EST w+/+ofKC No.55695 Reply
Saw it, a lot of light pollution so no pictures but I saw it
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Jan Hendrik Oort - Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:40:33 EST /zMQkmRr No.55696 Reply
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>>55692

I had a nice, clear view from my backyard. It was pretty awesome. First time I've seen a lunar eclipse. It was hard lining up my phone with the eye piece though. Still, it was pretty cool.
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Tadashi Nakajima - Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:54:56 EST NCcXgNdu No.55697 Reply
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I had to boost ISO to retarded levels to compensate for tracking not being set up. Here's a slightly cleaned up, reduced size image to mask everything that went wrong tonight.
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James Christy - Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:55:45 EST NiOS/Yyn No.55699 Reply
Saw it in Northern Germany. Cloudless sky, moon first appeared huge as fuck, but then as soon as the eclipse started, the moon was already smaller, not sure why.

The red was cool.
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James Elliott - Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:50:43 EST VdXPrSMR No.55701 Reply
Saw it by accident while walking the dog, but the moon was on the horizon and I assumed that it was setting down so we moved on thinking we missed it while it was actually rising dammit
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Charles Bolton - Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:55:24 EST GXnmpU0J No.55703 Reply
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it was too cloudly here last night to see it. thankfully there were a shit ton of white and red dots being streamed on Periscope
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George Gamow - Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:35:11 EST /zMQkmRr No.55717 Reply
>>55692

I've got a question about satellites and how they look with the naked eye. This happened the night of the eclipse, so I figured I'd post it here and not make an entirely new thread.

My girlfriend and I were sitting out in my backyard watching the eclipse for at least an hour or so. Right after the moon was fully eclipsed, we started looking around above us at all the stars we could see, now that the moon was pretty dark. As we're looking, both of us noticed a point of light that got really bright. It appeared to be brighter than Arcturus, which I believe it a decently bright star that was in the sky that night.

It was heading South at a steady pace, and it dimmed out to the point we could barely see it. It then got really bright again, and it appeared to move West, then turned back and kept heading South. Now, I don't know if it's because it's hard to focus on such a small point of light, or if some trees in my peripheral vision moved, making me think the light moved, but it was definitely strange. After that it dulled out to the point where we couldn't see it at all.

It was weird, and we sat there talking about it for ten minutes or so. I don't know what it was, but I assume it was a satellite. Just wondering if someone with more knowledge than me could let me know if satellites have a tendency to fluctuate in luminosity or whatever. We both saw planes and "shooting stars" that night, and it didn't resemble either of those. I tried to get a video, but it happened too fast, and my phone couldn't pick up the light.
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Alan Guth - Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:43:18 EST cqLkvmz1 No.55718 Reply
>>55717
The solar panels on satellites can act as mirrors, reflecting the light of the sun back to earth. As the satellite moves on, the degree of the solar panels change relative to the sun and earth, and the reflection fades out as seen from earth. They're called satellite flares and can be seen somewhat commonly. It was probably on a polar orbit although i don't understand how it could change it's direction twice.
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Joseph Taylor Jr. - Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:34:50 EST mfxeJeEW No.55719 Reply
>>55718

I figured it was sunlight hitting the panels, I just haven't seen too many satellites personally, and I've never seen any get real bright and dim out twice within such a short time. Like I said, it could've been my brain playing tricks on me, but my girlfriend said she saw it change direction as well. It was like when you're going into an S-curve on a street. Just kinda veered west for a moment and then back to the original position heading south. Thanks for the explanation though. I'll keep that in mind.
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Viktor Ambartsumian - Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:24:49 EST 9+WA5MM9 No.55724 Reply
>>55717

that sounds like an iridium flare. But also could have just been a tumbling satellite that reflects sunlight, since you said the brightness arced more than once.
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Viktor Ambartsumian - Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:29:43 EST 9+WA5MM9 No.55725 Reply
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Margaret Burbidge - Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:22:01 EST UwTIku3P No.55737 Reply
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>>55692
>Using ✓s instead of s
Ban this heretic
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George Gamow - Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:53:54 EST NCcXgNdu No.55738 Reply
>>55717
Satellites would only appear to move in one direction. It was probably some high altitude aircraft or weather balloon.

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