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Cinco Sauces

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  1. Thanks @Tonkfor a very informative and educative post! 👍
  2. Yes. This weekend will be the last with astronomical darkness for us at +59.4N. Next time the sun will be 18 degrees or more below the horizon at midnight will be in August 😐
  3. Sky & telescope has a fine article on this: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/see-a-potentially-hazardous-asteroid-from-your-backyard/
  4. Very interesting. I wonder if that can also be done in an android device. I have a lot of variable star charts as png files that would be awesome to avoid printing, but the electronic screen puts me off.
  5. Nice! I also do the same mental tracking. In my mind the pattern is a horse.
  6. Today we had some light snow. Yes, that happens in latitudes like these, no matter if flowers are already in bloom and it was +17 degrees C a week ago. The point is that the cold front cleared the sky and by 21 it was obvious that it will be a goood night. A young son and me stopped playing monopoly and promptly setup our scope in the light polluted backyard. We enjoyed Jupiter and catched washed up views of some Messier objects (51, 65, 66 and 3). The young companion then left me alone due to cold and exhaustion. I spent the rest of the night catching variable stars. Among them R Leo and Y CVn left me particularly impressed. Their red color is otherworldly. I have seen them before, but this night they were just fantastic. Perhaps the sky was particularly clean today, perhaps it was just me. Who knows? Nights like this are rare, and having the fortune of being able to watch the sky is perhaps sufficient reason to make our brains perceive colours in a more joyous way. Hope you also enjoy clear skies (and redder stars too)! Cheers
  7. What a wonderful piece of writing! Yes, life is too short not to celebrate every moment we are here. Those horses know very well too. Cheers!
  8. I am not sure I follow your reasoning. In any case, more heat and clouds does indeed feel a bit venusian.
  9. Excellent presentation. Thanks for sharing this video!
  10. Just to contribute to this discussion, I wanted to post references to two scientific articles that identify links between a warmer world and increased cloudiness in Canada: McGuffie, K., and A. Henderson‐Sellers. “Is Canadian cloudiness increasing?.” Atmosphere-ocean 26.4 (1988): 608-633. See article here. Milewska, Ewa J. “Baseline cloudiness trends in Canada 1953–2002.” Atmosphere-Ocean 42.4 (2004): 267-280. See article here. Cheers /H.
  11. Thanks for your comment. Of course things are different in different regions. here at least, the Sun makes a lot of difference, dispelling the clouds. Unfortunately, summer here is too bright for nighttime astronomy. May be I also will have to switch to solar. Cheers.
  12. Thanks for your comments. Indeed, think of southern California, USA. They got a huge drought. Persistent weather patterns may be to blame in both cases.
  13. Cheers! Perhaps as most of you in northern Europe, we had a dismal warm and cloudy winter here in Sweden. It has been so bad that it has prompted me to have a look at the data and consider if there is something to do with climate change. I got cloudiness data from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. They have data from 1961 to 2016, but unfortunately only for daytime. With caveats for this, and for some quality issues before 1980, I found that cloudiness is indeed increasing, and that the number of clear days is decreasing even more. Obviously I do not find this amusing. It is nevertheless consistent with the expected impact of a warmer climate on an oceanic climate like ours. Has anyone done a similar analysis for other places? I would be happy to see your results. Cheers and clear skies! You find the complete story is in my astroblog, Epistulae Atronomicae.
  14. Thanks for that. I could not see it yesterday with a 15x70 binocular. Sky was as good as we get here, a bit hazy high up in the atmosphere, and LP typical of sububurban areas. I now understand that it was not feasible.
  15. This is simply astonishing. How do your serious projects look like?