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Old 09-13-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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My photo on Spaceweather.com

On Saturday South Africa was in an ideal spot to see a somewhat rare event. The occultation of Venus by the Moon. (Occultation is just a fancy way of saying that one object hides another by moving in front of it).

I took a few photos and compiled a composite image. This image has now been featured on the front page of www.spaceweather.com, a NASA supported site.
Full image.

To those not familiar with astronomy sites, this is kinda similar to getting a video of your garage band played on national TV.

This is so uber cool I just had to share it!
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:21 PM   #2
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This is so uber cool I just had to share it!
Quite right too - many congratulations!!

Your pictures are fantastic!
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:34 PM   #3
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:40 PM   #4
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Thanks!

And just got notified that it made Universe Today too!
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:58 PM   #5
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I love, love the blue color... My favorite color.

The video helped to show it much better than the still images (although, I did like the composite photo).

Congratulations, again.
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Congratulations Crusader! It's cool to have a star <groan> here at MR!
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:08 PM   #7
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Wow! Too cool! Congrats!
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:26 PM   #8
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This is so uber cool I just had to share it!
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This is fantastic news, and it just gets better and better.

Congratulations are certainly in order.

My step-daughter and her partner help to run the Observatory in Cape Town,
and I hope that you won't mind me sending this on to her.

Cheers.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:11 AM   #9
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Very nice, Crusader.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:28 AM   #10
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That is way cool, congrats Crusader!!


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ohhh quit mooning over it....
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:03 PM   #11
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Hardly a star, but thanks!

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This is fantastic news, and it just gets better and better.

Congratulations are certainly in order.

My step-daughter and her partner help to run the Observatory in Cape Town,
and I hope that you won't mind me sending this on to her.

Cheers.
No problem at all with that.
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:41 AM   #12
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Outta this world!

They spent the day watching and this is what my daughter had to say.

'occultation and timing it. The egress was so beautiful with the crescent tips of a very bright Venus emerging from the edge of the lit crescent of the Moon. We watched it through the telescope but it was visible to the naked eye. I looked up your position on one of my astronomy programmes and saw that for you it was below the horizon and so not visible.'

I think that they usually use Stellarium.

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Old 09-17-2010, 03:48 PM   #14
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'occultation and timing it. The egress was so beautiful with the crescent tips of a very bright Venus emerging from the edge of the lit crescent of the Moon. We watched it through the telescope but it was visible to the naked eye. I looked up your position on one of my astronomy programmes and saw that for you it was below the horizon and so not visible.'
That sums it up pretty well. It really was breathtaking.
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