SparkPeople Astronomy Club Team Messageboard Welcome to this club for all who are interested in space, whether just in casual stargazing or for those who are more serious observers. Let's lose weight while we keep looking up! Clear skies. SparkPeople Astronomy Club Team Messageboard happy penumbral lunar eclipse Okay, it's not much to see (and the sun rose before the penumbra got here where I live) but at least it makes for a really nice full moon. <BR> <BR> How is everyone? <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Wed, 26 May 2021 07:55:51 EST Insight has landed! NASA is getting so good at this crazy landing system, it's almost starting to seem routine. Go Insight! Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:10:39 EST Summer Chat and Support: How is Everyone? So sorry for dropping out for a while. I got side tracked. I am also sorry to be so slow in starting a current chat stream here. <BR> <BR> As for my progress I keep hitting plateaus in my weight loss. I lose a little and then stay there forever. Then, finally, I will lose some more, but I keep my calories below or right at 1000. I eat mostly fruits, and veggies and now I have added chicken and fish. I do at least 30 minutes cardio and at least 15 minutes strength training daily. I hop... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:16:38 EST Night Sky Calendar for May For Night Sky Information click on the following links. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>he-Sky-May-2018/p/130555.uts?utm_sourc<BR>e=180430&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_<BR>campaign=US-180430-WITS </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 May 2017 22:10:05 EST May Chat and Support Can't believe it is May already! I have been doing what I can to get the weeds out of the front flowerbed which is an improvement since this is the first time I have worked in the flowerbed since my surgeries. I am helping a fired learn to play banjo. I used to teach it but I am retired so I have been practicing up. Do you realize that you actually burn quite a few calories playing an instrument? It is a beautiful day today but then the rains come tonight and I don't know when we will see ... Tue, 2 May 2017 17:19:46 EST Time lapse photo of the Milky Way from plane Time lapse photo of the Milky Way from plane. Could not get these to come up using the add link function. Try cutting and pasting. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>-flightlapse-shot-airline-pilot/ <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>timelapse-of-the-milky-way/ <BR> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:34:13 EST How do you Star Gaze-Visual, Binoculars, Telescope I have 3 8 inch Dobsonian, a 6 inch reflector with equatorial mount, clock drive, and setting circles, and what eventually was named the Astroscan. <BR> <BR> I observe meteor showers visually. <BR> <BR> My favorite observing is deep space objects and meteor showers, but I enjoy any observing I get a chance to do. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 18:03:22 EST April Chat and Support Hi Everyone, <BR> Thought I would create this topic and hope everyone will join in from time to time. Today is my day off from PT. I am walking better with a cane today. Up until today I was back on my walker and even then unsteady. In 3 days I had almost fallen 5 times and that is scary. My orthopedic doctor sent me to PT to correct this situation. X-rays showed no fractures and everything looking good so my Pt is concentrating on strengthening my muscles and therapy for nerve ir... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 17:44:06 EST Night Sky Calendar for April Night Sky Calendar for April <BR> <BR> 1 Mercury at greatest elongation east (19° from Sun, evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. 0.0. <BR> This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset. <BR> 3 First Quarter Moon at 18:40 UT. <BR> 5 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 12h UT. <BR> • Beehive Cluster • M44: <BR> 6 Saturn stationary <BR> 7 Moon near Regulus (even... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 16:36:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:54:41 EST who all is planning to be in the path of totality? I'm making plans to be in Nashville for the weekend and then just north of the city Monday for the eclipse, and then I'll fly back home in time to start the new school year. Do others of you live in the path or have plans to travel? I can't wait - I was a child in 1979. <BR> <link><BR>eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html </link> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:11:02 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:24:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:41:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:39:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:12:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 11 May 2015 15:56:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:22:38 EST Move to the Big Apple? I am seriously dating a wonderful man who lives in New York City but I live three hours away. The long distance is a drag, and he's not moving here (we both like New York better than my small city and his child custody agreement commits him to be in the city for another 11 years) so I'm toying with moving there. But the naked eye limit in New York is often so bad that I can't see the Big Dipper and the horizon is so high almost everywhere. <em>24</em> Any residents of the concrete jun... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:06:19 EST Diane From Albuquerque, New Mexico New To Team! 1/30/2015 <BR> <BR> Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> New to SparkPeople and to the Astronomy Team! Taking a very difficult Intro to Astro course through taught by a physicist specializing in string theory at Duke University. The course is free, as all courses through, which is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Therefore folks from all over the world in the class. Took the class last year, reviewed algebra and physicis in the interim, still cannot do the homework, and pro... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:40:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:25:13 EST anybody caught Q2 Lovejoy yet? Cloudy again tonight so I'm waiting for my next clear chance to see it. <BR> <BR> And looking forward to traveling from 42 North to 24 North for the weekend. I wish I could take my telescope with me. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:18:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:32:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:48:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:44:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 6 May 2014 01:16:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 6 May 2014 01:16:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 1 May 2014 23:25:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 7 Apr 2014 22:37:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:15:38 EST Winter Chat How is everyone doing this winter? I have been snowed in, but it has meant more work for me than usual. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be the right kind of work because I have also done a lot of sitting at my computer. I will be satisfied if I have held my own over the holidays. Now I am getting serious and eating better. I bought veggies for a snack and have been eliminating soda pop. I have reduced my sugar intake. Will see how that worked at the end of this week. Let me know how y... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 01:11:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:17:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:44:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:37:11 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:54:09 EST The Ghost of Mirach in Andromeda Here is a link from the One Minute Astronomer I sent you. Enjoy and good luck. Let me know if you find this one. Iit should be an easy one, yet tricky. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st-of-mirach/ </link> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:25:08 EST 6 Tailed Asteroid, Comet Ison, Sun Spots. Flares 6 tailed Asteroid <BR> <link><BR>e-at-nasa/2013/07nov_6tails/ </link> <BR> <BR> More on Ison, sun spots and flares <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:50:43 EST More Star Charts and Sky Guides for November <link><BR>arts/ </link> <BR> <BR> Gives a chart (be sure to change the location and date by clicking on the location and date at the upper left hand corner of the map. Also has articles about things of interest in the November sky. <BR> <BR> and then there is <link> </link> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 12:28:52 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:53:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:05:04 EST Solar X-Flares Occuring <link> </link> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:37:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 12 Oct 2013 17:33:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:09:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 6 Oct 2013 15:04:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 4 Oct 2013 01:16:20 EST Fall Chat We have a new team Co-Leader. Please welcome IRONBESS as a new co-leader. I am so glad to have help, as I have been sick most of the summer. I have lost 15 pounds the hard way. Ten on purpose and 5 due to illness, but I will take it and hope as I recover I will not find these pounds again! <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am, hopefully, on the way to recovery now and maybe by next month I can be somewhat normal again or as normal as I get...but I have somehow lost my summer. Not complai... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:55:37 EST October Night Sky Guide Here are two free star charts for October <BR> <link><BR>rts/2013-10-starchart_bw.pdf </link> or <link> </link> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:43:30 EST Sky gaze for at least 15 min, what do you observe? Ahhhh, as you likely know in the northern hemisphere the summer triangle is still prominent. With a clear night and some light pollution I could almost make out the milky way along Cygnus. Couldn't stop enjoying the clean air and drinking it all in until I caught one meteor dash across Cygnus's wings. Best way to end the day! <BR> <em>31</em> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 01:01:49 EST Hello night gazers trying to get healthier. Hello everyone, I'm excited to join this club. I have a personal goal (but not in spark people just yet) to take in the night sky for at least 15 minutes every night. I think it would be fun to have an ongoing thread just to quickly say what we saw that night (or the previous night if we're too tired for one more post) and post something even if it's just clouds. With our without smart telescopes and binoculars, just observe the night and post anything you see, even bats. I've heard that if ... 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Fri, 10 May 2013 00:55:45 EST 40+ Messier Objects tonight I went outside tonight about 8:30 to set up my telescope. I stayed out until midnight--my toes were too cold to stay out any longer, and I had foot warmers inside my boots which are rated for -40 degrees (F)! C.O.L.D. night for April in Wisconsin!! The moon would have come up in a bit any way... <BR> <BR> Our Messier marathon was canceled in March due to clouds, so we are going to try it again in April. I thought I'd see how far I could get tonight. The Virgo cluster was great. Some of the... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 02:06:41 EST April Night Sky Guide For a guide to the April skies check out this free link. The sky map and list of attractions are printable. <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 00:46:06 EST Clear sky for comet viewing We had a clear sky last night, and I was able to see Pan-STARRS with my10X42 binocs. It has faded a lot since I saw it last. I don't think it will be long before it can be viewed only with a telescope. <BR> <BR> Our astronomy club just purchased a 14" Dob. Some of them are getting together tonight, but the clouds are suppose to come in before evening, so I don't think they will be viewing anything. <BR> <BR> Maundy Thursday services for me... <BR> <BR> Jean <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:28:09 EST Hello from Wisconsin Good morning! I've been a member of Sparkpeople for a few years--lost some weight and then got busy and never reached my goal. I'm slowly creeping up on the scales and decided to try again. 15 lbs. left to lose. <BR> <BR> I love the night sky! I became interested when we did an astronomy project when my daughter was in 3rd grade (I'm a teacher turned homeschooler and now retired from both). I joined 2 clubs and eventually took on the job of president of one of them--but I always tell folks t... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:53:11 EST Spring Chat Hello everyone. I am wondering how everyone is doing? I am still struggling. Does anyone here have problems with weight gain when they are sick and hardly eating at all? I have. There is something about soft foods and soups that are sometimes all I can hold down that tends to cause me to gain weight. Of course there is in inactivity when sick that could contribute. <BR> <BR> Not many more months left to shape up before summer is here so maybe we can all make these last few months count. ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:32:37 EST February Night Sky Guide Saturday, February 23 <BR> <BR> •At this time of year, the Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northeast during evening. The top of the Dipper — the two Pointer stars, pointing left to Polaris — are now at exactly Polaris's height around 8 p.m. (depending on where you live in your time zone). <BR> <BR> Sunday, February 24 <BR> <BR> After dinnertime at this time of year, four carnivore constellations stand in a row from the northeast to south. They're all seen in profile with their no... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:11:57 EST February/March Chat Hello, everyone. It has become increasingly difficult to get to this page for me because something happened with SP that has made it no longer compatible with my AOL browser and I have to use a different browser to post. <BR> <BR> This chat topic is for those who wish to check in and let us know how you are doing and get support. If you post and I receive it I will check back with you. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:44:31 EST Sounds of the Universe <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tuning-into-the-universe_b_2737168.htm<BR>l?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7<BR>Cdl10%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D274142 </link> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:39:02 EST Today's asteroid Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Apparently we'll be able to spot today's asteroid using binoculars or a telescope. <BR> Anyone going to search for it? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ce/51339/giant-asteroid-set-give-earth<BR>-record-setting-close-shave </link> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 04:50:12 EST any of you trying to observe Feb 15 NEO? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Pretty sure I wont find anything that small and fast, but Im wondering if any of you have the skill/ equipment/ location to go for it? My students are excited about the "risk" <BR> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 13:01:20 EST Holiday Chat and Support Hi everyone. I guess with changes I have not been able to access the spark teams. I finally discovered I could still access them with a different browser. I did not mean to be gone this long. <BR> <BR> Now I am trying to both lose and keep the pounds from creeping back over the holidays. I am finding this a tough balance to maintain. I now have 30 pounds to lose. Lets work together. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you are doing to lose and maintain during the holidays. <BR> <BR> C--- Tue, 27 Nov 2012 01:49:27 EST October Sky Highlights Sky Calendar -- October 2012 <BR> 1 Mercury 1.6° NNE of Spica (15° from Sun, evening sky) at 14h UT. Mags. -0.4 and +1.0. <BR> 3 Venus 0.15° SW of Regulus (40° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mags. -4.1 and +1.3. <BR> 4 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 11h UT. <BR> • Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia) <BR> 5 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 1h UT (distance 405,160 km; angular size 29.5'). <BR> 5 Mercury 3.1° SSW of Saturn (17° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT. Mags. -0.... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:44:58 EST Stream Bed on Mars <link><BR>9/mars-curiosity-rocks-rushing-water-p<BR>ics.php?ref=fpb </link> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:50:35 EST Autumn Chat Hi everyone. Health problems with my mom have kept me pretty busy during the summer and with all the doctors visits, going back and forth between my house and my moms and having to eat out far too much I have gained way too much weight. Now I must take control again. <BR> <BR> Let me know how you all are doing and let's support one another. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:21:49 EST Intro to Astronomy Club Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just a little line to note that I'm just so exited to have found this Spark Team. Looking forward to getting to know you a little better over time and hope to be actively involved as much as I can. Getting healthy involves a real time commitment, and much of my effort will be concentrated on what goes on in the kitchen, at the dinner table, plus gaining a real sense of balance between rest and strenuous outdoor activity. I have an active interest in the cosmos and read as ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:20:14 EST anybody plan to watch Mars Curiosity landing? It's such a Rube Goldberg device I can't imagine all the parts working, but I'll be up at 1:30 am local time with fingers crossed. Anybody else planning to do anything to celebrate/ worry over its arrival? <em>432</em> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 20:51:57 EST EarthKAM- what should I photograph? I have codewords for the EarthKAM mission July 10 to 14, but I don't have very many kids hanging out with me during summer vacation. Any of you all have a suggestion of what I should take pictures of that my kids will find enthralling once school starts again? Colorado Springs fires? Patagonia snow cover to compare to later in the year? Can I SEE (visible light photos only) differences in ocean salinity? I wanted to do Jackson glacier at Glacier National Park, but the images are a golde... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:59:45 EST Astro nerd looking for fitness buddies >.> Hi, I'm currently working on an undergrad in physics in hopes of eventually becoming an astrophysicist. I love basically everything about astronomy, and pretty much science in general (particularly also paleontology and zoology, especially birds)! <BR> <BR> My current fitness goal is to get back down to a healthy BMI, which means going from 185 lbs to 160 lbs. (I want to get down to 130 lbs eventually, but first things first!) <BR> <BR> My current fitness problems are lack of motivation and... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 04:13:45 EST July Sky Highlights Sky Calendar -- July 2012 <BR> 1 Mercury at greatest elongation, 26° east of Sun (evening sky) at 2h UT. Mag. +0.4. <BR> 1 Venus 4.8° SE of Jupiter (32° and 36° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mags. -4.4 and -2.0. <BR> 1 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 14h UT. <BR> 1 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18h UT (362,366 km; 33.0'). <BR> 3 Mercury 1.6° SSW of Beehive cluster (M44) (26° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. +0.7. <BR> • Beehive Star Cluster (M44) (Wikipedia) <BR> 3 Full Moon ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:34:49 EST June Sky Highlights Sky Calendar -- June 2012 <BR> 1 Moon near Spica and Saturn (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mags. +1.0 and +0.5. <BR> 3 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 13h UT (358,485 km; 33.3'). <BR> 4 Moon near Antares (midnight sky) at 3h UT. <BR> 4 Full Moon at 11:11 UT. <BR> • Full Moon Names (Wikipedia) <BR> 4 Partial Eclipse of the Moon from 10:00 to 12:07 UT, mid-eclipse at 11:03 UT. Best seen from locations in and near the Pacific Ocean. <BR> • Partial Lunar Eclipse: 2012 Jun 04 (NASA inc Maps &... Thu, 31 May 2012 23:40:57 EST Hi there! Hiya: <BR> <BR> I just recently Joined Sparkpeople, and found the Astronomy Team! <BR> <BR> I have had an interest in astronomy since college, (about 30 years). I took several Astonomy classes before I had to settle down and get a degree. <BR> <BR> My first telescope was an inexpensive newtonian that I purchased around the time that Halley came through. Several years later, I bought a nice Schmidt-Cassegrain (put it together the day of the OJ Bronco chase, yeah its that old) I remarrie... Sun, 20 May 2012 21:09:55 EST Summer Chat What? It's Sunday and almost noon? Say it ain't so. ;) <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't stopped by but wow has life been hectic for me. Work is demanding and stressful right now and my dad fell and broke his hip so my parents are needing my help and attention right now. He is honestly doing well because he is pretty healthy for an 84 year old man. He was also very active. He thinks now his knee gave out on him and that is why he fell. They have grab bars and handrails everywhere and he ju... Sun, 20 May 2012 14:29:09 EST May Sky Highlights Sky Calendar -- May 2012 <BR> 1 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +0.0. <BR> 4 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 19h UT. <BR> 4 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.3. <BR> 5 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. Active from April 19 to May 28. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 10-20 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere observing a few hours before dawn. Unfavorable in 2012 due to bright moonlight. <BR> • The ... Thu, 3 May 2012 00:12:21 EST Meteorite Fragments Found <link> </link> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:34:24 EST April Chat Hi everyone! Are you enjoying spring where you live? It's been amazingly nice in Wyoming. I've been enjoying watching the planetary dance at sunset and watching the winter stars move ever closer to the western horizon at night. Summer is on the way! <BR> <BR> We had a quiet weekend Friday night we just watched TV. Saturday Marty played golf and I met him for a drink when he was done. We split a sandwich then went shopping for a new ceiling fan for the living room. Got home and Marty ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 21:29:17 EST April Sky Highlights <BR> 1 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (evening sky) at 22h UT. <BR> • Beehive Star Cluster (M44) (Wikipedia) <BR> 3 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 15h UT. <BR> 3 Venus 0.4° SSE from Alcyone, brightest star in the Pleiades (46° from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT. Mags. -4.4 and +2.8. <BR> 6 Full Moon at 19:19 UT. <BR> • Full Moon Names (Wikipedia) <BR> 7 Moon near Spica (midnight sky) at 4h UT. <BR> 7 Moon near Saturn (midnight sky) at 10h UT. Mag. +0.3. <BR> 7 Moon at perigee (cl... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 21:24:42 EST Cool Article on the Sounds of Our Planet and More <link><BR>3/010321073042.htm </link> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:24:56 EST Just me. Hello. I'm Tara. I'm from South Haven, MI. I'm 31, single, no kids, and i'm looking for my own apartment. Right now I live with my mom who is going to make her Sparkpeople account tonight. As for my interest in astronomy... I invite anyone to look at my Sparkpage. You understand when you see it. <em>334</em> <BR> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 13:16:03 EST X5 Solar Flare S3 Class Solar Storm&Aurora Alert Didn't have room in the Topic but there is a S3 Class Solar Radiation Storm in Progress according to this article. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> This is a very good site to keep up with what is going on in our solar system and beyond. Enjoy Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:23:29 EST Cassini Spacecraft Finds Oxygen on a Saturn Moon What the discovery means <link><BR>turn-moon-dione-has-oxygen-atmosphere_<BR>n_1320605.html </link> Mon, 5 Mar 2012 10:53:38 EST March Chat Hi everyone! Is it spring yet where you live? It sure isn't spring here in Wyoming. We had cloudy skies tonight. Rats. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the spring? How are you doing on reaching your goals? <BR> <BR> I am getting my food scale back out. I have gotten away from weighing out my portions. <BR> <BR> Take care. <BR> Marcy Thu, 1 Mar 2012 23:20:30 EST March Sky Info Sky Calendar -- March 2012 <BR> 1 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 0h UT. <BR> 1 First Quarter Moon at 1:22 UT. <BR> 3 Mars at opposition at 20h UT. Mag. -1.2. Visible all night. <BR> 5 Mercury at greatest elongation, 18° east from Sun (evening sky) at 9h UT. Mag. -0.5. <BR> 5 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 12h UT. <BR> • Beehive Star Cluster (M44) (Wikipedia) <BR> 7 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 2h UT. <BR> 8 Full Moon at 9:41 UT. <BR> • Full Moon Names (Wikipedia) <B... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 23:18:50 EST Asteroid 2011 AG5 May Pose Threat to Earth in 2040 <link><BR>teroid-2011-ag5-may-pose-threat_n_1306<BR>200.html?ref=science&icid=maing-grid10<BR>%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl11%7Csec1_lnk3%2<BR>6pLid%3D139144 </link> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:45:53 EST Venus-Jup iter-Moon Align Saturday and Sunday This weekend on Saturday and Sunday Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon Align <BR> <link><BR>nus-jupiter-moon-align_n_1296600.html </link> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:54:53 EST Ocean on Planet Mars <link><BR>-mars/517264970/?icid=maing-grid10%7Ch<BR>tmlws-main-bb%7Cdl14%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLi<BR>d%3D133523 </link> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 22:02:26 EST Alien Planet "Super-Earth" Best to Support Life? <link><BR>w-planet_n_1250307.html?ref=science&ic<BR>id=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1<BR>%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D132686 </link> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 20:56:37 EST February Roll Call and Support Chat Okay, so where is everyone? How many are still with us? How are you doing with your goals? Have you joined any team goals? <BR> <BR> Here is where I am. I am battling a cold or virus---sore throat, upset stomach when I eat, light headed, dizzy, ear ache, etc. I have felt really yukky, but I think I am getting better now and I have been able to keep going. I have actually even been doing some moderate walking, which, as most of you know, has not been possible for me in quite some time.... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:24:16 EST February Night Sky Calendar Sky Calendar -- February 2012 <BR> <BR> 1 Waxing Gibbous Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 21h Moon is between the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters. Use binoculars to see the Pleiades above the Moon in the evening sky. Venus and Jupiter are 40 degrees apart. The two bright planets are moving about 1 degree/day closer to each other. <BR> 2 Comet Garradd, still about magnitude 6.6, is passing a mere ½° west of the globular cluster M92 in Hercules in the early hours of Friday mor... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:28:38 EST Moon Between Venus and Jupiter Has anyone been enjoying the view of the moon between Venus and Jupiter the last few days? Thursday night on my way home I noticed that the moon was even holding water. Well it dumped it all out on us again last night. lol Still it is very pretty and I was surprised that so many people on the internet had never heard the expression before. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 19:19:17 EST November December Mars Photos Released by NASA <link><BR>rs-pictures-nasa-reconnaissance-orbite<BR>r-images_n_1234517.html#s642062&title=<BR>Double_Layer_Ejecta </link> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:57:10 EST Astroid Fly By May Be Viewed by Am. Astronomers <link><BR>teroid_n_1236343.html?icid=maing-grid1<BR>0%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl11%7Csec3_lnk2%<BR>26pLid%3D130670 </link> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:43:05 EST Kepler Mission:26 Before Unkown Planets in 11 SSs <link><BR>pler_n_1236211.html?icid=maing-grid10%<BR>7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk3%26p<BR>Lid%3D130670 </link> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:55:49 EST Solar Storm Currently Hitting Earth <link><BR><BR>ml?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%<BR>7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D129790 </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 01:16:14 EST January Chat and Check In Hi Everyone! Happy New Year! It's time for us to make those new year's resolutions and begin a new year. I hope you had a happy and safe holiday season. <BR> <BR> I am doing well but have just been busy mostly goofing off and working. <BR> <BR> I swear I'll check back and catch up soon. <BR> <BR> P.S. I love dump cake too. <BR> Marcy Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:59:44 EST January Sky Highlights Sky Calendar -- January 2012 <BR> 1 First Quarter Moon at 6:15 UT. <BR> 2 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 20h UT (distance 404,579 km; angular size 29.5'). <BR> 3 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. -2.6. <BR> 4 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 7h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boštes. Low moonlight makes for very favorable viewing conditions this year. <BR> • The Quadrantids (Gary Kronk) <BR> • ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:58:13 EST Earth-Sized Kepler Exoplanets Discovered <link><BR>w-planets-kepler-exoplanets_n_1161213.<BR>html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-b<BR>b%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D121959 </link> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 22:51:26 EST Russian Mars Probe to Crash to Earth in January <link><BR>ssia-mars-probe-phobos-ground_n_115321<BR>4.html?utm_campaign=121611&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_source=Alert-green&utm_content=Photo </link> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:08:53 EST December Night Sky Guide <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the sky guide until or if I have time to add to it. December has got off to a hectic start to me. Please spark mail me a more complete sky guide and I will post it if anyone has the extra time. I apologize for not getting something up sooner. Thu, 8 Dec 2011 22:46:16 EST Now Here is Something Interesting! <link><BR>rcury-ufo_n_1135855.html?ref=weird-news </link> Thu, 8 Dec 2011 22:42:41 EST The Largest Black Holes Discovered <link><BR>ack-hole-scientists-discover-huge_n_11<BR>29727.html?ref=nasa </link> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 00:36:50 EST Kepler Missn Confirms 1st Planet n Habitable Zone Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ws/kepscicon-briefing.html </link> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 22:45:34 EST December and Holiday Chat and Roll Call December is here and I am late with our chat. I just got back from playing "Pa's" fiddle at the Laura Ingalls Wilder house. Even some of my students showed up. It turned out great and the staff liked it so much they gave me the Laura Ingalls Wilder cookbook which is more than just a cookbook. What a treasure!!!! <BR> <BR> I finished up just as the front was coming in and had to drive home in the rain. The nice part is that it wasn't raining hard when I got home, but I could tell that it... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 20:13:37 EST can't compete with Hubble Any ideas for how I can keep the interest of one of my 7th graders? I have an 8" reflector that I'm taking into the school parking lot where the light pollution is such that we can visually see only about magnitude 4.5 and brighter. Everything we look at he responds to with "I've already seen that." _I_ love to see Saturn with my own eyes, even though Cassini photos are sharper - G seems more interested in those super sharp images. I don't want to bore him, but I'm not sure what I can off... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 08:41:07 EST Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Well, tomorrow is the day! I am wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. I realize most of us may tend to indulge, but just remember to go heavy on the good things and a taste of the things that we like but are not the best for us, and after all, the day after Thanksgiving is another day, and we can resolve to freeze the leftovers and get back on track. <BR> <BR> Be safe if you are traveling and may you all find many things to be thankful for at this time of year. <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:24:49 EST Another Good Source of Astronomy News and Guides <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aglance </link> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:47:59 EST Radar Imaging of Asteroid 2005 YU55 <link><BR>55-radio-telescopes-probe-space-rocks.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Lots of other good videos at Tue, 8 Nov 2011 16:37:39 EST If There Was Ever Life on Mars.... <link><BR>fe-on-mars-under-ground-water_n_107403<BR>5.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main<BR>-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk1%7C110258 </link> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 20:34:13 EST More on Asteroid 2005 YU55 <link><BR>teroid-2005-yu55-earth-2011_n_1076838.<BR>html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-b<BR>b%7Cdl2%7Csec3_lnk3%7C110149 </link> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 02:21:11 EST Asteroid Fly-By Near the Earth Nov 8 !! <link><BR>teroid-earth-2005-yu55_n_1071988.html?<BR>icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cd<BR>l8%7Csec3_lnk2%7C109520 </link> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 20:52:14 EST Enormous Bright Spot on Uranus Attracts Scientists <link><BR><BR>ml?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%<BR>7Cdl14%7Csec3_lnk1%7C109413 </link> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 11:37:11 EST November Night Sky Guide November Night Sky Calendar <BR> <BR> 1 Mercury 2 degrees SSW of (just below) Venus at 23 UT <BR> <BR> 2 1st Qaurter Moon <BR> <BR> 3 Moon at apogee (farthest from the earth) <BR> <BR> 6 Sun., 2 a.m.: Set clocks back one hour to Standard Time <BR> <BR> 8 Moon near Jupiter a 17h UT <BR> <BR> 10 Mercury, Venus and Antares within a 4 degree circle magnitudes -0.3, -3.0, and +1.0 <BR> - Full moon 20:16 UT <BR> <BR> 11 Mars 1.3 degrees NNE of Regulus at 1h UT . It is just to the l... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:46:59 EST November Check in and Chat Hi everyone. I am wondering how many of you are still with us so maybe this can be a roll call, too. <BR> <BR> November is here and I am so not ready for it. I still have the heel spur issue I am dealing with, but hope to get some more news on it soon. <BR> <BR> I have had absolutely no time to take my telescopes out and enjoy them and now it is almost too late. I get a glimpse of the moon, a constellation, a planet from time to time as I walk outside to my car or drive at night, which ... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:37:38 EST The Orionids <link><BR><BR>ml?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%<BR>7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk3%7C106305 </link> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:49:12 EST Why Uranus is on Spinning on its Side? <link><BR>s/2011/10/Series%20of%20bumps%20sent%2<BR>0Uranus%20into%20its%20sideways%20spin<BR>.aspx?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_<BR>medium=email&utm_campaign=ASY_NonSub_1<BR>11013_final&utm_content= </link> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:11:43 EST October sky highlights Sky Calendar -- October 2011 <BR> 1 Mars 0.17° SSW from Beehive cluster (60° from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag. +1.3. <BR> 1 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 22h UT. <BR> 4 First Quarter Moon at 3:15 UT. <BR> 4 Venus 2.9° NNE of Spica (13° from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.0. <BR> 12 Full Moon at 2:06 UT. <BR> • Full Moon Names (Wikipedia) <BR> 12 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 12h UT (distance 406,434 km; angular size 29.4'). <BR> 13 Moon near Jupiter... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 19:01:35 EST October chat Hi everyone. We had a busy weekend. We went to a friends house for supper and cards on Friday night. Saturday we got up early and went out to breakfast. Thence were killing time till 9 am so Marty could get a haircut so we went to SAMs. Bad idea. I now have a white iPad 2 and we bought the Star Wars blue ray set. I got the 32 g hard drive on my iPad 2. It is more than I need but I thought it was not a bad idea for $100 more. I am selling my iPad to a friend. I am letting her have it for less ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:48:32 EST Magnetic Invisibility Cloak Proposed by Scientists <link><BR>gnetic-invisibility-cloak_n_979045.htm<BR>l?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7<BR>Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%7C98664 </link> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 15:49:12 EST Planet Discovered That Revolves Around 2 Stars <link><BR>s/2011/09/Tatooine-like%20planet%20dis<BR>covered.aspx?utm_source=SilverpopMaili<BR>ng&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ASY_N<BR>onSubscribers_News_110923_final&utm_content= </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 18:30:59 EST Something Discovered to be Faster Than Light ??? <link><BR>rn-light-speed_n_977014.html?icid=main<BR>g-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl16%7Csec<BR>1_lnk3%7C98214 </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 15:39:18 EST Nebula Discovered: Named Angry Bird Nebula <link><BR>gry-bird-nebula-running-chicken_n_9739<BR>63.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-mai<BR>n-bb%7Cdl18%7Csec3_lnk3%7C98006 </link> <BR> And here is a video of it: <BR> <link><BR>angry-birds-nebula-video_n_971958.html </link> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:09:46 EST Discovered: "Instant Cosmic Classic" Supernova <link><BR>s/2011/08/Scientists%20discover%20an%2<BR>0instant%20cosmic%20classic%20supernov<BR>a.aspx?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm<BR>_medium=email&utm_campaign=ASY_NEWS_No<BR>nSub_110902_final&utm_content= </link> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 11:39:18 EST Scavenger Hunt Throughout the Universe If you are interested in this game we will go alphabetically by 3's. We will choose something to find on earth or beyond that begins with an A. After 3 A items are listed we go to B items and after 3 B items are listed to C, etc. <BR> <BR> Aircraft (model) <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 23:22:19 EST September Chat and Daily Diary Hi everyone. Summer is about gone and September is here. I am wondering where my summer went. <BR> <BR> I am still dealing with 2 bone spurs. One is on the bottom of my foot and the other is in the back interfering with my Achilles tendon. Here is my diagnosis <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I am checking information on this page <BR> <link><BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> and a friend of mine has remained trouble free after... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 00:45:17 EST September Night Sky Guide Will update when I have more time to work on this, but here is a start, For more information see meteors and planet information below the sky calendar under their respective headings. <BR> <BR> SKY CALENDAR -- SEPT 2011 <BR> <BR> 01 AURIGID meteors (??) <BR> <BR> 03 Mercury is at its Greatest Western Elongation <BR> <BR> 04 FIRST QUARTER MOON 17:39 UT <BR> <BR> 07 EPSILON PERSEID meteors <BR> <BR> 12 FULL MOON -09:27 Harvest Moon gives farmers extra time to harvest their crops <B... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:38:22 EST Black Hole Eats Star? <link><BR>ack-hole-eats-star-video_n_937150.html<BR>?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7C<BR>dl5%7Csec1_lnk3%7C89642 </link> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:42:46 EST Water Flowing on Mars? <link><BR>s/2011/08/NASA%20spacecraft%20data%20s<BR>uggests%20water%20flowing%20on%20Mars.<BR>aspx?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=ASY_News_NonS<BR>ub_110812_final&utm_content= </link> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:51:12 EST August Chats and Discussion Hi everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. We just got back yesterday from our big star party. I am almost done with the postop cleanup. I need a vacation from my working vacation but the stars at night made it worth it. I saw quite a few Aquarids and a few early Perseids. Marty spent a lot of time hunting down faint, tiny galaxies from "The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies". It was fun. Astrosystems had a 18" scope that was f3.5 so it was short enough that I didn't need a ladder. I b... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 19:23:07 EST August Highlights Sky Calendar -- August 2011 <BR> 1 Moon near Regulus (21° from Sun, evening sky) at 7h UT. <BR> 1 Moon near Mercury (22° from Sun, evening sky) at 9h UT. <BR> 2 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 21h UT (365,761 km; 32.7'). <BR> 4 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 6h UT. Mag. +0.9. <BR> 5 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 1h UT. <BR> 6 First Quarter Moon at 11:08 UT. <BR> 8 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 7h UT. <BR> 13 Perseid meteor shower maximum predicted between 1h and 13h U... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 19:15:44 EST Massive Storm on Saturn <link><BR>turn-storm-cassini-photos_n_892683.htm<BR>l?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl4%7Cse<BR>c3_lnk2%7C218397 </link> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 19:31:10 EST July Night Sky Guide 2011 Sky Calendar -- July 2011 <BR> 1 New Moon at 8:53 UT. Start of lunation 1095. <BR> 2 Moon near Mercury at 23h UT. <BR> 3 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 9h UT. <BR> 4 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 15h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 1.01674 a.u. or about 152.1 million km. <BR> • Earth at Aphelion ( <BR> • Photographic Size Comparison (Anthony Ayiomamitis) <BR> 5 Mars 5.4° N of Aldebaran (33° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mags. +1.4 and ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 02:42:28 EST July Check in and Chat: How's it Going? July is here and it doesn't seem possible we have already had our longest day and now we are cycling toward winter again. I guess now we make the most of the summer we have left. <BR> <BR> I am starting July with a lot of aches and pains and difficulty walking, but I am still exercising and using my weight lifting bench more often since it is difficult getting up and down and if I get down on the floor it is next to impossible to get up because of my legs. At least I am starting it on Medi... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 01:45:11 EST partial solar eclipse July 1st I don't get to see it, but I'm wondering if any of you is in a location where you can. Any Spark People sailing around the southern pole? Wed, 29 Jun 2011 06:40:37 EST FUN Last Letter Game In this game we won't be limited to astronomy things. The object is to start your word with the last letter of the previous word. To make it interesting let's try to use up all the letters of the alphabet in selecting our last letter of our word before the game is completed. <BR> <BR> I will start with <BR> <BR> fuN Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:11:53 EST Mercury Messenger Makes Big Finds on Small Planet <link><BR>-Makes-Big-Finds-on-a-Small-Planet-517<BR>101770?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl9<BR>%7Csec1_lnk3%7C216508 </link> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:21:26 EST what are you doing for the Venus transit next June I want to make a really big deal of it, since it's the last one in the lifetime of everyone who might see this one. Anybody else already have observing plans? (I have a flight to Idaho just in case it's cloudy here in Massachusetts - my friends all think I'm nuts) Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:42:16 EST June Check in and Chat Since today is June 1st I feel like summer might finally be here. Yippee. Hopefully I’ll have warmer weather here soon and can start my afternoon walks at work again. That will be nice for a change and good for me too. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the summer? How will you try to be healthier? <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you but I certainly am more active in the summer and seem to be more motivated to get out and do things. I am generally cold and am terrified of walking on ice so... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 00:24:43 EST June Sky Highlights Sky Calendar -- June 2011 <BR> 1 New Moon at 21:02 UT. Start of lunation 1094. <BR> • Lunation Number (Wikipedia) <BR> 1 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 21:16 UT. Visible from high latitudes in the northern hemisphere. Begins at 19:25, ends at 23:06 UT. <BR> • Partial Solar Eclipse of 2011 Jun 01 (NASA) <BR> 6 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 3h UT. <BR> 7 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 20h UT. <BR> 9 First Quarter Moon at 2:09 UT. <BR> 9 Venus near the Pleiades (18° from S... Tue, 31 May 2011 22:32:56 EST Gravity Probe Confirms 2 Einstein Space-Time Theor Here is a good read if you have not already seen it. You may have to click on News under astronomy,com <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.aspx?archdate=201105 </link> <BR> <BR> See if this works. Fri, 13 May 2011 19:19:26 EST Hi from Colorado I'm not new to SP, but just saw that there is an astronomy team. We haven't had our scopes out in years, but I hope we get some time this summer to do some stargazing. We live in the city and our neighbors are very nice but they leave lights on all night so we need to get out of town for viewing. <BR> <BR> I also hope that packing up and moving scopes keeps me motivated to lift weights. Our equipment is old and heavy, so I really need to get stronger. <BR> <BR> Hope we have some good vie... Wed, 11 May 2011 14:24:44 EST Reminder About Saturn Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Virgo) is the only planet in good telescopic view. Look for it high in the southeast as the stars come out, with Spica twinkling to its lower left and bright Arcturus about twice as far to its upper left. Saturn shines highest in the south around 10 or 11 p.m. daylight saving time — not long after dark now. <BR> <BR> In a telescope, Saturn's rings have narrowed slightly in the last few months to 7.6° from edge on. The pointlike source of Saturn's months-old white ... Mon, 9 May 2011 11:26:27 EST May Check in and Chat Here it is May. In April I bounced up and down like a yoyo with my weight. I have lost 2 pounds but will wait until I see if I am going to gain this back next week before I do a happy dance. LOL <BR> <BR> My goal for May is to get back into strength training and get some consistency and progress in my weight loss. I used to do weight training exercises religiously but then I quit having time for them. I think that would really help me keep from yoyoing and look better at whatever my weig... Sun, 1 May 2011 17:02:23 EST May Night Sky Guide 2011 Sky Calendar -- May 2011 <BR> 1 Moon near Mercury in the morning sky <BR> 1 Mars 0.4° NNW of Jupiter, morning sky <BR> 3 New Moon <BR> 5 Moon near Aldebaran at 14h UT. <BR> 6 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 13h UT (broad peak). Active from April 19 to May 28. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 10-20 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere. Favorable conditions this year. <BR> 7 Astronomy Day 2011 Astronomy clubs, plane... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 17:32:39 EST Hello Hi, Started SP a couple weeks ago. Got a different team suggestion which was fine but it has a 100K members! Huge! Gravitational forces (groan) must have brought me here for a better fit. I do so enjoy star gazing! Sometimes I get out the charts, and once in a blue moon, I get out the telescope, but mostly, I just gaze at the night sky. Its so calming after a hectic or troublesome day! The magnificence of it all! <BR> <BR> Glad to be part of this group and share both encouragement f... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:00:36 EST Large galaxies stopped growing 7 billion years ago Very interesting article on the Astronomy Magazine site. <BR> We are always reminded that no matter how much we think we know there is so much left to discover. <link><BR>News/2011/04/Large%20galaxies%20stoppe<BR>d%20growing%207%20billion%20years%20ago.aspx </link> <BR> If this link does not load right click on the tab that says Astronomy News and then scroll down to the April 18, 2011 segment to the last article with the above title. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 17:40:35 EST Viewing Saturn Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Virgo) is the only planet now in good view. After passing through opposition on April 3rd, it glows low in the east-southeast as the stars come out. Saturn rises higher in the southeast during evening and shines highest in the south around 11 or midnight. Look for twinkly Spica 12° below it or to its lower left. Don't confuse Saturn with brighter Arcturus 30° to its left or upper left. <BR> In a telescope, the rings have narrowed slightly in the last few months to ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:50:19 EST The Lyrid meteor shower should peak Apr 22 The Lyrid meteor shower should peak late tonight, but it's usually quite weak. The best chance to see an occasional Lyrid will be around midnight daylight-saving time, when Lyra is up fairly high but the Moon hasn't yet risen. <BR> Just south of Regulus is the dim but galaxy-ridden constellation Sextans, the Sextant. Dig up some of its far sights using Sue French's Deep-Sky Wonders column, chart, and images in the April Sky & Telescope, page 58. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:39:40 EST April Night Sky Guide April is Global Astronomy Month <BR> <BR> April Sky Calendar <BR> <BR> 2 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 406,656 km; angular size 29.4'). <BR> <BR> 3 New Moon at 14:33 UT. Start of lunation 1092. <BR> <BR> 4 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 0h UT. Visible all night long, the <BR> ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. +0.6) and closest all year (disk <BR> diameter 19.4"). Saturn's rings appear magnific... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 15:04:10 EST April Chat and Support Here it is April already. I won the lottery, and I am moving to where the weather is always 75 degrees, Yep, April Fool. <BR> <BR> However, I do feel like I won the lottery as my little wild kitty is now in the house and is behaving very well. He still won't let me touch him but does accept food and is quite mannerly so far in the house. Actually, more so than my old dog and my old cat. Hope they don't teach him bad habits. But the best thing is that I got to watch him playing for probabl... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 00:21:01 EST Rare Supermoon Tonight Saturday's full moon will be a supermoon. <BR> <BR> A supermoon is a new or full moon that happens to coincide with a close approach of the moon to the earth. Saturday's full moon will be the closest it has been to Earth in 18 years, according to <BR> <BR> It is raining here so I will likely not get to see it unless it clears. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:47:16 EST March Night Sky Guide March Night Sky Guide <BR> <BR> 1 Moon near Venus (41° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. -4.1. <BR> 4 New Moon at 20:46 UT. Start of lunation 1091. <BR> 6 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 8h UT (distance 406,583 km; angular size 29.4'). <BR> 6/7 Cresent moon near Jupiter six degrees to Jupiter's right. (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. -2.1. <BR> 10/11 Moon 3 degrees from the Pleiades <BR> 12 First Quarter Moon at 23:45 UT. <BR> 12 Moon near Aldebaran ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 20:34:17 EST March Support and Chat Hi, All, <BR> Here it is March and spring is around the corner. We don't have a lot of time to get that extra winter weight off for the warm days that await us. Also, this is a great time, when we are not having spring showers to go out and observe the near and distant celestial bodies and objects of interest in the March skies. I am hoping things will settle down here so I can get more viewing done in the upcoming months. <BR> <BR> I will have more sky this year now that I had some trees ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 18:21:32 EST February 2011 Night Sky Guide Sky Calendar -- February 2011 <BR> <BR> 1 Moon near Mercury (16° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. <BR> 3 New Moon at 2:31 UT. Start of lunation 1090. <BR> 4 Mars at conjunction with the Sun at 17h UT. The red planet passes into the morning sky. <BR> 4-8 Pi Hydrids weak meteor shower <BR> 6 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 23h UT (distance 405,924 km; angular size 29.7'). <BR> 7 Moon near Jupiter at 4h UT. Mag. -2.1. <BR> 8 Alpha Centaurids meteor shower peaks at 11h UT... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:21:37 EST February Check In, Chat, and Support Well, February is upon us and at least Spring is that much closer and we are seeing longer days. We are in an arctic freeze here. It came in last night and we have had rain, ice, sleet, snow and even blizzard conditions for a while. What a mixed bag. <BR> <BR> Sunday I had a flat tire so Monday before the storm blew in I had to go get a new one since it turned out to be ruined. I got cigarette lighters to start my fire if I needed to start it from scratch and to thaw gate latches, etc.... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:15:55 EST January Check In and Chat for Support Well I had somewhat of a melt down New Year's Eve evening. It had not occurred to me that it was New Year's Eve all day but when it hit who knew that that would be the holiday I would miss my husband the most. I guess because it was an evening we usually spent together with friends or alone and somehow watching TV (which I don't usually do) or watching a movie alone just doesn't cut it for seeing in the new year. <BR> <BR> However, for today I made a cranberry and no sugar added fruit cockta... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 01:32:08 EST January 2011 Night Sky Guide Sky Calendar -- January 2011 <BR> 1 Beginning of the second decade of the third millennium. <BR> 1 Moon near Antares (30° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. <BR> <BR> 2 Moon near Mercury (21° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. <BR> <BR> 3 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 19h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983341 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers. <BR> <BR> 4 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 1h UT. Active between 1-10 January. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 01:14:31 EST new Universe Fanatic Hey, <BR> I joined this team last night and didn't have the time to come by and introduce myself! I am Haley and I love to look at the stars! It amazes me at how big the universe is-and how beautiful it is! I look forward to meeting all of you! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:03:08 EST Aussie Stargazer here Hi <BR> <BR> I am a keen amateur and mature age post grad student in astronomy in Australia - I have a lot of weight to loose and look forward to meeting other likeminded folks here <BR> <BR> Regards <BR> <BR> Donna Mon, 27 Dec 2010 08:50:26 EST Aussie Stargazer here Hi <BR> <BR> I am a keen amateur and mature age post grad student in astronomy in Australia - I have a lot of weight to loose and look forward to meeting other likeminded folks here <BR> <BR> Regards <BR> <BR> Donna Mon, 27 Dec 2010 08:50:09 EST Rare Timing for Lunar Eclipse on Winter Solstice As many as 1.5 billion people worldwide will be able to watch when the Earth's shadow creeps across the moon's surface early Tuesday morning, the first time in hundreds of years that a lunar eclipse will fall on the winter solstice. <BR> <BR> With the full moon high in the winter sky, the lunar eclipse will be visible from four continents, with the best views from North America and Central America if weather permits, scientists say. <BR> <BR> To read more click below: <BR> <link>www.aolnew... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 16:19:00 EST Venus:Warning to Earth on Global Warmin Proposal? Sorry for the spelling but not enough room in title line. <BR> <BR> A solution to global warming which proposes to inject the atmosphere with artificially large quantities of sulphur dioxide at around 20 km to counteract the global warming resulting from increased greenhouse gases might actually cause a more harmful problem. <BR> <BR> The detection of a sulphur dioxide layer at 90–110 km by ESA’s Venus Express orbiter in 2008 posed a complete mystery. Where did that sulphur dioxide come f... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 18:16:00 EST December Check In and Chat for Support Hi, Everyone, <BR> <BR> It is hard to believe that November is gone and December is here. I am barely getting things done for winter and I started back in the late spring and early summer. I never dreamed it took so much time and effort to get things accomplished when there is just one person working at it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I still have a cold spot in my living room. I am not sure why with the new windows. Maybe it is just a cold spot but it happens to be where my computer is and that do... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 10:46:06 EST Anti-Matter Captured at Last Scientists (Briefly) Trap Elusive AntimatterUpdated: 1 hour 4 minutes ago <BR> <BR> AOL News (Nov. 18) -- It powered the Starship Enterprise's warp drive and almost blew up the Vatican in Dan Brown's novel "Angels & Demons." But antimatter is no longer confined to the realm of far-fetched fiction. Scientists have now discovered how to capture and contain matter's elusive and exotic counterpart. <BR> <BR> In a study published in the journal Nature, researchers at the European Organization f... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:13:58 EST November Night Skies Guide Sky Calendar -- November 2009 <BR> <BR> 1 Mars 0.23° NNE from center of Beehive cluster (M44) (92° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. +0.4. <BR> <BR> 2 Full Moon at 19:14 UT. <BR> <BR> 3 Venus 3.5° NNE from Spica (17° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.0. <BR> <BR> 4 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 5h UT. <BR> The Pleiades (Wikipedia) <BR> <BR> 5 Taurid (south) meteor shower peaks. Active between 25 Sept and 25 Nov. Associated with Comet 2P/Enck... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 23:32:48 EST November Check in and Chat for Support Hi everyone, <BR> I can't believe it is November already. I am still weatherizing here. Hopefully I will have some new windows in the next 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I will be leaving this week to go to a Conference which is honoring my husband. I am supposed to receive a reward for him. I wish he could be there to receive it instead of me so it is bittersweet for me but I am so thrilled that they are honoring him and have paid all my expenses to be there in his behalf. <BR> <BR> I am riding wit... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 23:10:38 EST Oldest Galaxy Discovered So Far? Astronomers say they've found oldest galaxy so far <BR> October 20, 2010 - 5:17pm <BR> Click here to see photo and read article <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In the center of this Jan. 5, 2010 NASA handout image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is a hard-to-see galaxy that European astronomers say is the oldest seen in the universe so far. They used this image to focus a Chilean telescope to look for unique light signatures. (AP Photo/NASA) By SETH BOREN... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 22:30:33 EST Meteor Shower Alert Orionids Meteor Shower-- <link><BR>t-meteor-shower-visible-this-week/1967<BR>7736?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl1%7<BR>Csec1_lnk3%7C178762 </link> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 01:27:34 EST Obsolete Constellations Vespa, the wasp: <BR> <BR> A small, obsolete constellation that was located just above Aries, the ram. The constellation originated with the German astronomer Jakob Bartsch who created it during the seventeenth century. Other astronomers label the constellation as Apis, the bee. Later atlases recognized the constellation as a fly, called Musca Borealis. The term borealis (northern) was added to distinguish the constellation from Musca Australis, the southern fly, which is located below the ... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:05:39 EST Hi sparks I'm new on Sparkp, and it was cool to see an astro group on the site I could join. <BR> <BR> I live in Sydney, AU, and for a while astronomy was helping me get fit - setting up the scopes in some scrub in the middle of nowhere for the weekend, taking walks through the bush during the day and observing at night... <BR> <BR> but for the past few months I've had really bad luck, the weather would be crystal clear but the moon bright and near full, or close to new moon and clouds or rain. I li... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 02:45:13 EST October Check in and Chat <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> Yesterday was a really good day. I got a really good bid on the roof and everything worked for once all day long. What pleasant relief that was!!! <BR> <BR> Today I had dinner with my new neighbors. It was very good and I really appreciated them inviting me to eat with them and their visiting family. However, I am sure it didn't do good things for my weight loss program. <BR> <BR> Marcy, Sorry about your family...I know the feeling. I hope everything has settled s... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 17:39:23 EST Naked Eye Comet Coming Up <link><BR>=a&id=10173&utm_source=SilverpopMailin<BR>g&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ASY_No<BR>nSubscribers_News_100924_final&utm_content= </link> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 19:50:00 EST Reverse Alphabet Astronomy Things Here is a fun game to see how long we can go without skipping a letter. Hope you will join me. <BR> <BR> Z- Zeta Sagittarii). At bright third magnitude (2.63) and beautifully prominent because of its location, Ascella makes the lip of the Little Milk Dipper of Sagittarius Thu, 9 Sep 2010 00:48:53 EST September Check In and Chat Thanks Marcy for the sky calendar. I hope I will have time to check some of it out this month. <BR> <BR> I have lost 2 pounds so things are not totally bleak. Also, have had some good things happen and that makes me feel a lot better. <BR> <BR> I did manage to get my good scissors stuck half in and half out of my shredder but finally found a way to salvage both. I should have taken a photo of it. I could maybe have won some kind of prize for a stupid human trick. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 01:39:21 EST September Skies Sky Calendar -- September 2010 <BR> 1 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 0h UT. <BR> • Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia) <BR> <BR> 1 Venus 1.0° SSW of Spica at 2h UT. Mags. -4.4 and +1.0. <BR> 1 Last Quarter Moon at 17:22 UT. <BR> 3 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 12h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky. <BR> 5 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (morning sky) at 22h UT. <BR> 5 Mars 2.1° NNE of Spica at 22h UT. Mags. +1.5 and +1.0. <BR> 8 Moon at perigee (c... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 00:56:43 EST Remember Perseid Shower Peaks Aug 12-13 I am an avid fan of meteor showers. I don't get to watch them or record them like I once did when I was a member of the American Meteor Society, but I enjoy them just he same. <BR> <BR> This was sent to me by one of the astronomy groups I participate in. Hope you enjoy reading about it. <BR> <BR> "Earth began entering the Perseid stream in late July. Over the past several nights, increasing numbers of shooting stars, including some dazzling fireballs, have been reported. Rates of around 2... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:02:43 EST August Night Sky Calendar 3 Last Quarter Moon <BR> <BR> 7 Mercury at greatest elongation, 27° east from Sun (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. +0.1. <BR> <BR> 8 Venus, Mars and Saturn within 4.8° diameter circle (47° from Sun, evening sky) at 7h UT. Mags. -4.2, +1.5 and +1.1. <BR> <BR> 8 Venus 2.7° SSW of Saturn (evening sky) at 11h UT. Mags. -4.2 and +1.1. <BR> <BR> 10 New Moon at 3:08 UT. Start of lunation 1084. <BR> • Lunation Number (Wikipedia) <BR> <BR> 10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:00:25 EST August Chat and Support Hello everyone, I guess Marcy is busy right now so I will put this up so we can share what is happening in our lives and support each other in getting slimmer bodies. We just have a few weeks of summer to go to get in shape while the weather is good so I am trying to use my days wisely. <BR> <BR> I have not been good about my eating this summer as I had planned, but instead have been on again off again in my eating habits. Yes, I know I am grieving and stressed but I need to learn how t... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 10:50:41 EST Hello Hi my name is Paula, I am new to this team but not to sp.I am an amateure astronomer. Sat, 24 Jul 2010 11:37:06 EST July Chat and Support Hi all. Well I did it! I took the Hardin out for a spin tonight. This is the first time I have done this alone. I always had my dh to help. I will admit that it was pretty hard getting those springs attached, but I did it. Had to even put the base back together again when the screw holding it fell out. <BR> <BR> I didn't get a long time out because clouds came in but I did get to take a spin around Scorpio, Cygnus, and the Ursa Major just to check things out. <BR> <BR> I ate right... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 02:48:10 EST June/ Early July Night Sky Oops saw you moved it after I posted this. Shows how observant I am so have edited it to the last part of June and a link to an interesting Night Sky site for July. I like the following link because you can print of a free sky map, but also like the link below it for some very interesting viewing. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 22 June Bootids Meteor Shower. The June Bootids radiant is the constellation Bootes. It won’t be as active as the Perseids Met... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 19:33:19 EST Obsolete Constellations Found this in some e-mail I receive and decided to pass it on. <BR> <BR> Frederici Honores, Frederick's Glory: <BR> A modern constellation created by German astronomer Johann Ehlert Bode between 1787 and 1790. He created the constellation in order to honor Frederick the Great of Prussia, who had died in 1786. The constellation is primarily composed of a royal staff and crown, surround by a wreath of laurel. The constellation can be found between Lacerta, Cassiopeia, and Andromeda. The cons... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 18:55:39 EST Could New Life Form Lurk on Saturn's Biggest Moon? Could New Life Form Lurk on Saturn's Biggest Moon?Updated: 4 hours 6 minutes ago <BR> Print Text Size EmailMore <BR> Mara Gay <BR> Contributor <BR> <BR> AOL News (June 7) -- There may be life on Titan, Saturn's hazy, red moon. <BR> <BR> While there are no signs of aliens just yet, some scientists say findings from a NASA spacecraft suggest the existence of extraterrestrial life is possible on Titan. <BR> <BR> NASA's Cassini spacecraft found Titan lacking in hydrogen and acetylene, two i... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 21:58:54 EST Walt Whitman Meteor Mystery Solved Walt Whitman Meteor Mystery SolvedUpdated: <BR> <BR> (June 3) - The long-standing mystery over exactly what famed poet Walt Whitman saw streaking though the sky 150 years ago has apparently been solved by a team of bookworm astronomers. <BR> <BR> Following a trail that began with a 19th century painting and led to hundreds of newspaper reports, the researchers discovered that the "strange huge meteor-procession" mentioned in Whitman's noted collection "Leaves of Grass" indeed re... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 22:09:44 EST Looking up, Dreaming big Hey everyone, my name is Virginia. Not long ago I decided I wanted to start studying Astrophysics in depth, and figured since I already use this site I may as well join a community that shares the same interests that I do. <BR> <BR> Since I've only recently began my studies, I'm very open to learning, and listening. If I end up asking a stupid question (which I'm sure I will at one point), it's because I'm a beginner, a newb if you will. I look forward to learning and losing with you all! Fri, 4 Jun 2010 09:20:36 EST June Skies Sky Calendar -- June 2010 <BR> 3 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 404,266 km; angular size 29.4'). <BR> 4 Last Quarter Moon at 22:13 UT. <BR> 6 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. -2.3. <BR> 7 Mars 0.8° NNE from Regulus (74° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. +1.2 and +1.3. <BR> 8 Jupiter 0.44° SSE from Uranus (77° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mags. -2.3 and +5.9. <BR> 10 Mercury 5.9° SSE of the Pleiades (19° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. M... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 23:29:54 EST June Chat and Discussion Hi everyone. I hope you had a great day. <BR> <BR> I have a swollen tongue tonight. I had one yesterday too. I must have eaten something that doesn’t agree with me. I just took some food allergy medicine. It doesn’t hurt but I sure notice it when I talk. Marty will be happy if I am quiet. LOL! <BR> <BR> We had steak cooked on the grill tonight and I had baked potatoes ready on time bake. I don’t have any leftovers for lunch tomorrow so I’ll go buy us some subway sandwiches. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 00:00:47 EST May Chat and Support April was such a tragedy for me, I decided to change the month over. <BR> <BR> I am staying in my own house tonight. I have been cleaning and packing things. It has not been very cheery around here. I really have not lived in my house since November when it comes right down to it. <BR> I just slept here and did laundry for my dh in the hospital and rushed right back to the hospital. When I had to stay home because of the ice or snow I was too busy with the necessities to do any real cle... Wed, 12 May 2010 00:22:39 EST May Sky Highlights Sky Calendar -- May 2010 <BR> 3 Venus 6.4° N of Aldebaran (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT. <BR> 6 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 0h UT (broad peak). Active from April 19 to May 28. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 10-20 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere. Unfavorable this year due to bright moonlight. <BR> • The Eta Aquarids (Gary Kronk) <BR> • Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO) <BR> • Meteor Shower Calendar 2010 (PDF) (IM... Sun, 2 May 2010 15:44:44 EST See the Space Shuttle Early Monday Morning <link><BR>atchers-could-spot-discovery-re-entry-<BR>monday-morning/19444522?icid=main|html<BR>ws-main-n|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.a<BR><BR>tchers-could-spot-discovery-re-entry-m<BR>onday-morning%2F19444522 </link> <BR> <BR> April 18) -- Early risers in several states across the U.S. heartland may be able to beat the Monday morning blues with a rare glimpse of a NASA spacecraft flying through the sky. <BR> <BR> Bef... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 22:12:02 EST A new Galaxy <em>432</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>31</em> <BR> Hello, my name is Pam, I am a middle school Science and Social Studies education graduate, hoping to soon be teaching Science. I love space and enjoy going to Hubble's website along with reading and observing many of the great discovers Hubble provides, along with other telescope activities. Mon, 5 Apr 2010 02:56:26 EST April Chat and Discussion Hi Everyone. My computer was toast last night but sweet Marty fixed it for me. My lesson? I need to back up my files more frequently than 19 months ago. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:25:06 EST April Sky Highlights Sky Calendar -- April 2010 <BR> April is Global Astronomy Month <BR> 3 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 10h UT. <BR> 4 Mercury 3.0° WNW of Venus (19° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT. Mags. -0.6 and -3.9. Favors northern hemisphere. <BR> 6 Last Quarter Moon at 9:37 UT. <BR> 8 Mercury at greatest elongation, 20° east from Sun (evening sky) at 23h UT. Mag. +0.1. <BR> 9 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 405,002 km; angular size 29.4'). <BR> 11 Moon near Jupiter (mor... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:23:47 EST March Celestial Highlights Sky Calendar -- March 2010 <BR> 3 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 18h UT. <BR> 7 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 1h UT. <BR> 7 Last Quarter Moon at 15:42 UT. <BR> 11 Mars stationary at 9h UT. The red planet ends its retrograde motion and resumes direct (eastward) motion towards a mid-April encounter with M44. Mag. -0.3. <BR> 12 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 406,008 km; angular size 29.4'). <BR> 15 New Moon at 21:01 UT. Start of lunation 1079. <B... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:12:39 EST March Chat and Discussion Hi everyone. Supper wasn’t the greatest tonight since Marty worked late and I had supper ready right after work. The oven French fries were very crispy. My little thin 100 cal wheat buns were hockey pucks so I had to make us each another set and our little 96% lean burgers kept warm for an hour were dry. Rats. The days I cook something right away Marty is late. The days he comes home right away and is starving I haven’t done a darn thing in the kitchen yet. Oh well, we ate it and enjoy... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:11:34 EST February Sky Events 2010 Sky Calendar -- February 2010 <BR> 4 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 5h UT. <BR> 4 Mars 3.2° NNE of Beehive cluster (M44) at 20h UT (midnight sky). A nice sight in binoculars or a telescope. Mag. -1.2. <BR> 5 Last Quarter Moon at 23:48 UT. <BR> 7 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 21h UT. <BR> 8 Alpha Centaurids meteor shower peaks at 5h UT. Favorable year for a sometimes major southern shower. About 6 meteors/hour but can peak at up to 25/hour. Produces bright, fast meteors. Ac... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 23:36:54 EST February Chat and Support Hi everyone. Marty and I both have a case of the crankies tonight. He started getting phone calls from work about 11 pm last night. He had both the house phone and his cell phone going. Good thing he didn’t need to borrow mine; he’ll look cute using my pinkberry. He ended up going in to work until about 5 am. I ventured over to the spare bedroom but still didn’t sleep well. I was awake when he got home and didn’t really go back to sleep. <BR> <BR> Work was Awful Part 42 which didn’t w... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 23:35:57 EST Weekly Stargazing Tips Weekly Stargazing Tips from <BR> <BR> Unless otherwise specified, viewing times are local time regardless of time zone, and are good for the entire Lower 48 states (and, generally, for Alaska and Hawaii). Check out last week's tips or the Sky Almanac if you missed a night. <BR> <BR> January 25, 2010 <BR> The planet Mars is putting on quite a show. It is closest to Earth this week, so it shines at its brightest. It looks like a bright orange star. It rises around sunset, soars ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:20:30 EST January Chat and Support Hi everyone. Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We ran to Denver yesterday to turn in my wedding rings to be fixed. One of the diamonds in my anniversary band is loose. We didn’t spend money at the jewelry store but the giant liquor store got a pretty penny from us and then we bought quite a bit of meat at Whole Foods on the way home. That took a bite out of our checking account all for just needed to turn in a ring. <BR> <BR> Today I got my hair trimm... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 17:40:06 EST January Sky Events 2010 Sky Calendar -- January 2010 <BR> 1 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 16h UT. <BR> 1 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 21h UT (358,682 km; 33.3'). <BR> • Full Moon at Apogee and Perigee (Anthony Ayiomamitis) <BR> 2 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (morning sky) at 16h UT. <BR> 3 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 0h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983290 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers. <BR> • Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis) <BR> 3 Moon near Mars (morning s... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 17:37:32 EST New to you! Hello! <BR> Name's Leslie... I went to school to become an astronomer and came out a nurse. I still love the night sky though and I'm hoping to get back into astronomy as a hobby. I haven't used my telescope in years! Can't wait to get back into it and to learn from you all! Thu, 17 Dec 2009 02:58:12 EST Weekly Stargazing Tips Dec 13 2009 from Stardate Unless otherwise specified, viewing times are local time regardless of time zone, and are good for the entire Lower 48 states (and, generally, for Alaska and Hawaii). Check out last week's tips or the Sky Almanac if you missed a night. <BR> <BR> December 13, 2009 <BR> The Geminid shower is at its best late tonight. It could produce up to several dozen "shooting stars" per hour. You need a dark viewing location to see them, far away from city lights. <BR> <BR> December 14, 2009 <BR> The brig... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 22:25:15 EST Geminids? The annual Geminid meteor shower has been intensifying, and researchers say 2009 could be the best year yet. This year's display peaks on Dec. 13th and 14th. <BR> <BR> Keep your fireball eyes glazed onto the winter sky. <BR> <link><BR>ec_geminids.htm?list713242 </link> <BR> <BR> Let us know if you get to enjoy the show! Sat, 12 Dec 2009 23:07:13 EST December Chat and Support Marcy I am sorry about your mom's fall and lack of balance. I have that a lot. The doctors just say it comes with age, so if you get a different diagnosis let me know. In my heart I still feel like I am not old enough to have balance problems due to my age. <BR> <BR> This was a good day for my husband. The doctors said that he has amazed them with his body's response to the chemo. We are hoping that is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I did not go to see him today as it snowed here and I didn't ... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 00:55:09 EST December Skies Sky Calendar -- December 2009 <BR> 1 Moon near the Pleiades (midnight sky) at 15h UT. <BR> 2 Full Moon at 7:31 UT. <BR> 4 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 14h UT (363,479 km; 32.9'). <BR> 5 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 5h UT. <BR> 6 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (morning sky) at 5h UT. <BR> 6 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 23h UT. Mag. -0.2. <BR> 7 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 19h UT. <BR> 9 Last Quarter Moon at 00:13 UT. <BR> 10 Moon near Saturn (m... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 00:15:48 EST Emergency Request Hello, Everyone. I need everyone's help. Some of you may know that my dh went into the hospital Friday with Leukemia. The results of his tests came in today. He has practically no normal white blood cells. <BR> <BR> He was given 2-6 months to live without treatment and a 50/50 chance of living a few more years with treatment (chemotherapy). The kicker is that he has a 1/3 chance of not surviving the first 30 days of chemotherapy. We had high hopes until today. He has opted for the chemoth... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:32:41 EST Night Sky Events- Nov. 2009--Northern Hemisphere Sky Events Calendar -- November 2009 <BR> <BR> 1 Mars 0.23° NNE from center of Beehive cluster (M44) (92° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. +0.4. Daylight Savings Time in US - Set Clock Back 1 Hour <BR> <BR> Jupiter's Great Red Spot should cross Jupiter's central meridian (the imaginary line down the center of the planet's disk from pole to pole) around 8:27 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The "red" spot appears very pale orange-tan. It should be visible for about an hour before and aft... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 20:28:33 EST November Chat and Support Line Sorry, I am so slow in getting this up. Today, I had all kinds of errands and business to take care of for my mom. We had a good day, though. Then I stopped at the church and did my arts and crafts for my Sunday Sunday school class. I am still not done with that. <BR> <BR> I have eaten sensibly today even with the running. I ate before I left and after I got home so all we had on the run was a small ice cream cone when my mom needed someplace to sit down and rest for a while in our traveli... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 19:59:19 EST New ring found around Saturn! <link><BR>009/1008/1224256166908.html </link> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 05:49:08 EST October Chat and Support I saw the almost Harvest Moon this morning and noted Orion. Later caught a glimpse of Venus, but was driving and really couldn't look at the sky much. <BR> <BR> Had breakfast with my mom and took a dress to the seamstress to have a zipper put in it. <BR> <BR> Went home and got to work. I did get a lot done on the organizing but kept getting phone calls. Serious thought about taking the thing off the hook except I was afraid one might be an important call. <BR> <BR> My dh made it to his d... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 22:44:47 EST What Did You Stop Yourself From Eating Today? Sometimes we not only don't give ourselves credit for the good things we choose to eat, but we also don't give ourselves enough credit when we do have the strength to say no to something we really shouldn't eat. This might be because as much about saying no to too much quantity of food as well as saying no to poor quality of food. <BR> <BR> Today I said no to bread, though I love it, I am gluten intolerant and often cheat here, but not today. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:45:19 EST Get Fruits and Veggies by Eating a Rainbow Let's all try to eat at least 4 different fruits and veggies a day and list them by color. That way we can eat healthy and challenge one another to eat a variety of healthy fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Today for me: <BR> <BR> Purple--Plum <BR> Orange--Orange and Carrots <BR> Green--Okra and Mustard Greens <BR> Red--Red Pepper, Apple <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:37:58 EST Daily Exercise Check In Let's check in here with our daily exercise to help keep one another motivated. <BR> <BR> I walked 30 minutes today and played my fiddle for 60 minutes. (Thank goodness playing an instrument counts as exercise.) I also did 15 minutes strength training. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:32:20 EST In the Night Sky (Fall and Winter) ABC Game Okay, I will start. <BR> <BR> <BR> A= Andromeda Galaxy Tue, 29 Sep 2009 00:45:56 EST Night Sky Events- Oct. 2009--Northern Hemisphere Okay, here are the Night Sky Events for Oct. for the Northern Hemisphere. Has anyone heard from Joss? I have removed the sticky topic from the southern sky events until she checks back in. <BR> <BR> Fall is definitely upon us with the Harvest Moon being in October this year. <BR> <BR> Oct 3-4 Harvest Moon, the time closest to the fall equinox when the moon reaches full stage. <BR> <BR> Oct 5-6 Mercury reaches its greatest elongation. <BR> <BR> Oct 7 Piscid meteors - A very long dur... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 00:33:29 EST September Chat and Support Line Okay, I am slow to recognize that it is September. Things have been pretty hectic here so I guess it is good that I remembered to look at the calendar. <BR> <BR> The thought of having to write an article for the newspaper on the museum on top of everything else is like just one responsibility too many, especially with the deadline being Tuesday. <BR> <BR> To top it all off suddenly I found that someone had left a telescope where I teach in hopes that I could fix it. It is a Bushnell mo... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 01:23:03 EST Night Sky Events- Sept 2009---Northern Hemisphere Here is the basic guide. I will try to add more during the month. <BR> <BR> 1 Jupiter shines left of the Moon this evening <BR> 2 The Moon passes 3° north of Jupiter, 5 p.m. EDT. Jupiter's Red Spot should transit around 9:45 p.m. EDT. See the section on Jupiter as no moons will be visible for a period of time. <BR> 4 Full Moon (exact at 12:03 p.m. EDT). Jupiter's Red Spot should transit around 11:23 p.m. EDT. Saturn's rings are turned edge-on the Earth today for the first time since... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 02:02:59 EST Telescope Review For those interested in purchasing a new telescope I decided to review the one I bought as I put it through the typical observing tests. <BR> <BR> Telescope and Specs: <BR> <BR> Hardin 8" f/6 DOB Deep Space Hunter reflector <BR> <BR> 26mm Astrola Plossls Eyepiece <BR> <BR> 12mm Wide Angle Eyepiece <BR> <BR> 9mm Astrola Plossls Eyepiece <BR> <BR> 2x Barlow Lens2 inch Rack and Pinion Focuser (Aluminum) <BR> <BR> Moon Filter <BR> <BR> Laser Collimator <BR> <BR> 2" to 1.25" Eyep... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 21:27:33 EST Our Telescopes and Accessories <em>244</em> <em>283</em> <BR> My new to me telescope is home!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I picked up my 8 inch Dobsonian telescope today and WOW!!!!!!!! <BR> Here are the specs: <BR> <BR> Hardin 8" f/6 DOB Deep Space Hunter reflector <BR> <BR> 26mm Astrola Plossls Eyepiece <BR> <BR> 12mm Wide Angle Eyepiece <BR> <BR> 9mm Astrola Plossls Eyepiece <BR> <BR> 2x Barlow Lens2 inch Rack and Pinion Focuser (Aluminum) <BR> <BR> Moon Filter <BR> <BR> Laser Collimator <BR> <BR> 2" to 1.2... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 20:35:49 EST August Chat -- Stop in for Support Marcy, I am so proud of all of you walking in the "race for the cure". Wishing you a great walk amd high energy. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the hiug. My finger is a little sore toight but it is pretty far from my heart so I am sure everything is okay. I can take the dressing and soft cast off tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <BR> Talk to ya later! <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2009 22:49:18 EST Night Sky events- August, Southern Hemisphere Planets visible during August (mid-month) <BR> All planets are visible during the month of August. Mercury and Saturn are visible in the early evening twilight, Jupiter is visible all night as well as Neptune (although binoculars or a telescope will be needed to spot Neptune). Venus and Mars are visible in the pre-dawn sky and lastly, Uranus will be visible (with binoculars/telescope) from mid-evening onwards. <BR> <BR> Astronomical event <BR> The Aboriginal constellation “the Emu” is high i... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 22:23:57 EST Night Sky Events for August 2009 Night Sky Events for August 2009--Northern Hemisphere <BR> (forgot to include that in topic line) <BR> <BR> 1 - Alpha Capricornids Meteor Shower Peak, remains of comet Honda-Mrkos-Padusakova, about 35 meteors per hour - MANY which are bright fireballs! - can be expected in the morning hours; nearly due south of overhead about midnight. <BR> <BR> 1 - Venus opposes Pluto (Venus Cancer; Pluto Capricorn) <BR> <BR> 2 - Mercury enters Virgo <BR> <BR> 3 - Ceres enters Libra <BR> <BR> 5/... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 23:42:53 EST Healthy Food for Summer A-Z and Their Benefits Asparagus- <BR> <BR> Asparagus has some dietary fiber, <BR> vitamin A, and vitamin C. It is an excellent source of the B vitamin folate. A serving of six cooked fresh asparagus spears has 1 g dietary fiber, 490 IU vitamin A, 10 mg vitamin C and 131 mcg folate. Besides, it is also low in fat, sodium and practically no cholesterol. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 15:43:47 EST Question for the Week July 19-25 Question for the Week: <BR> <BR> (Since I have been lax in this maybe we can try a weekly question.) <BR> <BR> What music do you like to use to work out with? <BR> <BR> <BR> My answer: <BR> I like a lot of music but I just recently found a great site for working out with weights while I am dancing to music I like. Here it is for those who are interested. <link> </link> <BR> I worked in a lot of the upper body spark strength training exercises with these. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 23:33:55 EST Hello! I actually have my Bachelor's in astronomy (how many people can say that??!!) and have been a fan of the skies for as long as I can remember. I worked for the planetarium at college for a while, hosting labs and star shows for kids. I still have a pretty nice Meade telescope for fun amateur viewing and am working on my doctorate in veterinary medicine. Sat, 18 Jul 2009 17:04:11 EST Space Shuttle Endeavour (seen from Ireland) Hi gang, <BR> <BR> Did anyone see the shuttle in the sky last night? I saw it around 11.20pm local time here. It had separated from its fuel tank and both were travelling together at some speed! It was really exciting to watch, a truly memorable sight. I ran indoors and dragged my BF out to watch it, he watched the shuttle and tank for about 15 seconds before they disappeared into the Earth's shadow. <BR> <BR> I believe Endeavour and ISS will be chasing each other over the next few days, s... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 08:59:49 EST Questions for the Days July 14-15 2009 Have you lost weight and then gained it back while on SP? <BR> <BR> Yes, I must confess that I reached my goal and stopped entering my food and then put on 5 pounds with the holidays, eating out too much, and being lax in calculating what I put into my body, and the fact that due to my injury I have had to stop doing strength training exercises for a while to let the separated cartilage heal. So here I am trying to <BR> lose the five pounds I have gained. <BR> <BR> In our monthly discu... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 12:25:29 EST Question for the Day July 9, 2009 What is motivating you today? <BR> <BR> Just the fact that I have a telrad coming has me feeling great. When I am feeling good I usually do better in all things. Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:43:41 EST Question for the Days July 7-8 2009 How long have you been on Spark People? <BR> I have been here for a little over 1 1/2 years. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why do you stay on SP? <BR> <BR> Because I reached my goal weight here and went on maintenance here for the support. I have done it slowly so that I would hopefully keep the weight off. Unfortunately, since I separated cartilage and can't do my strength training I feel that I may be losing ground again. It could be that I am just losing muscle where I once had it so soon when ... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 14:07:02 EST 50 sights you must see before you die Hi guys! I just remembered that I have an old issue of "Sky at Night" magazine. There is a list called 50 sights you must see before you die...or something like that...Anyway, I just thought I would pass it on to you all so that you can see the list. Perhaps you have seen a bunch of them, but you can use it as a checklist of sights you want to see. I will try to remember to scan it tomorrow and post it on here so you all can see the list! <BR> Clear Skies, <BR> Danielle <em>8</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2009 00:33:46 EST Question for the Day July 6 2009 Sorry to be gone so long and lax in posting the questions,but the last 2 days I have been gone most all day both days. Hope to hear some answers from some of you one these questions as I am getting lonely hear. (Grin) <BR> <BR> Today's Question: <BR> How did you do with calories and exercise over the weekend? <BR> <BR> My answer: <BR> I did fair. I over did a little on the 4th by having 2 hot dogs instead of one and eating 2 pieces of peanut butter cream pie instead of one, but don't think... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 16:05:20 EST Night Sky events for July- Southern Hemisphere Astronomical Events for July <BR> Southern Hemisphere. <BR> <BR> Planets visible during July. <BR> Saturn visible in the early evening sky, Venus, Mars and Jupiter are visible in the morning sky. Jupiter visible from mid-evening onwards. With a telescope or large binoculars, Neptune and Uranus are visible in the morning sky. <BR> <BR> Atronomical event <BR> The Aboriginal constellation “the Emu” is high in the evening sky all month, the head is formed by what astronomers refer to as the Co... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 02:28:55 EST Question for the Day July 3 2009 What is your strategy for the 4th of July weekend if in the US or just the weekend elsewhere? <BR> <BR> Here we are celebrating the 4th of July weekend and it is usually a big celebration. We were invited to a big BBQ and picnic with lots of sugary desserts and high calorie food, but thank goodness I was saved from that by my mom. She has been trying to move the grill out to the patio for several days now but has not been able to lift it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday she told me on the phone tha... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 12:35:55 EST Question for the Day July 2 2009 Are you satisfied with your progress? <BR> <BR> My answer: <BR> Yes and no. I am satisfied that I have reached my goal weight but wondering if I should try for a lower goal weight that is also in my range of a healthy weight. I will be considering this. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 02:02:36 EST General Chat for July--How're You Doing this Month Woohoo!!!!!! I have had a great 2 nights. I went sight seeing all around the universe. I started with some familiar Messier Catalogue objects in Scorpio and Cygnus, explored clusters, binary stars, etc. and ended up with viewing Jupiter and even Neptune. Jupiter is blindingly bright these nights and several of its moons are showing up well. What a great 2 evenings if had! No moon to bother me or hide the beautiful objects found in deep space. Of course I go out about 1 -1:30 am and stay out u... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 11:43:42 EST Question for the Day July 1 2009 What are your weight loss and getting fit goals for July? <BR> <BR> I am trying to maintain but I am sure eating out a lot here lately and even had pop. I need to get myself back into check and stop the extra stuff or I could gain. At my goal and still holding by the the skin of my teeth. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 11:29:35 EST Any Ideas?? Hey guys! I have 2 questions that I was wondering if you would be able to answer for me... <BR> <BR> 1. I have a really crappy telescope. I would like to invest in a nice one and also get a good camera that would be able to hook up to the telescope so I can take nice pictures. I was thinking of looking at Nikon for the camera, but am totally lost on how to start looking for a telescope, since there are so many choices! I am not really sure what features I want and might be necessary for ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 23:35:24 EST Question for the Day June 30 2009 Did you get to go out and stargaze any this month? <BR> <BR> YES!!!!! At last I did and am. I tried the binoculars one night and tonight I got the telescope out and am touring the sky. This is the clearest night so far!! Will let you know more in the chat tomorrow. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 01:22:02 EST Night Sky Events for July- Northern Hemisphere July 2009 Events <BR> [Held at arm's length, the width of your fist is 10º, the width of your index finger is 1º. The width of a full Moon is 1/2º.] <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Venus and Mars are 4° apart in the morning sky. Look for the two planets in the east. Mercury may be spotted 30° to the lower left of Venus. <BR> <BR> 2 Midpoint of the year 2009. Venus and Jupiter are 90° apart in the morning sky. Venus is in the east while Jupiter is in the south. Venus is the brighter of the two planet... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:07:19 EST Question for the Day June 29 2009 You can now save "Drafts" of SparkMail messages. When composing or replying to a message you will now see a button to save your Draft, and you also have a <BR> Have you noticed Drafts folder in your list of folders? <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes...keep meaning to use it and will someday. My biggest fear is I will forget a draft is there and think I have sent it already. <BR> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 13:19:29 EST Questions for the Days June 27-28 2009 Many members have expressed interest in buying gift certificates to the SparkPeople Store. We are happy to announce that Spark Certificates, which you can buy for friends, family members or fellow members, are now available in the SparkPeople store. They are available in increments of $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100. <BR> <BR> Have you been to the SparkPeople Store lately to see what they have that is new? <BR> <BR> Yes... They are getting a lot of new items. Hope they have clearance sales! <BR... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 17:12:14 EST Question for the Day June 26 2009 How do you like the new design and features of our Spark Mail? <BR> <BR> Answer <BR> I love them!! Things are getting better all the time. <BR> For those who have not noticed here is what we are talking about: <BR> <BR> We launched a few tweaks to SparkMail today: <BR> 1) You can now save "Drafts" of SparkMail messages. When composing or replying to a message you will now see a button to save your Draft, and you also have a Drafts folder in your list of folders. <BR> 2) An overall visual re... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 00:31:27 EST Question for the Day June 25 2009 How can I help? Do you need extra support or help reaching your goal? <BR> <BR> If so please let me know how I can support you better. <BR> <BR> <BR> My answers. <BR> <BR> Yes...I need to maintain. <BR> <BR> Everyone can help me more if I get more members posting to our monthly chats so I can know better how to help everyone and get help quickly myself. <BR> <BR> I would also like to know what other features you would like on our team to make it more interesting. <BR> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:34:46 EST Question for the Day June 24 2009 How is the weather affecting your workouts? <BR> <BR> My answer: <BR> I am having to pick my times to be outside this week as we are under a heat alert. It is so hot and humid here. It is 93 but feels at least 103 with this high humidity. I have really been drinking a lot of water to replace all the water I have been losing through my pores the last few days. I still try to get at least 60 minutes of exercise outside each day. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jun 2009 22:59:58 EST June Bootids-Next Meteor Shower is this Week!!!!!! Here is a good article on this meteor shower. Please try to stop by his page and leave a comment if you like it. <BR> <link><BR>or-shower-june-bootids/ </link> <BR> <BR> Next Meteor Shower - June Bootids <BR> <BR> <BR> June Bootids Meteor Shower <BR> The next meteor shower is the June Bootids, this is the first summer shower. The Bootids meteor shower starts June 22nd and peaks on June 27th and ends July 2nd. The shower’s parent comet orbits our Sun ... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 23:04:50 EST Questions for the Days June 22-23 New Stay On Track Calendar <BR> We've also added a monthly Stay On Track Calendar to the site, which gives you an easy-to-read, monthly view of what's coming up in your program (scheduled workouts and appointments) and what you've tracked (food, workouts, notes and earned SparkPoints) each day. This calendar is interactive and printable, too!. To see your Stay on Track Calendar, go to the Reports section (under the "My Tools" tab). Scroll down to the "Weight and Other Reports" section to fin... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:18:23 EST Questions for the Days June 21-22 2009 New Stay On Track Calendar <BR> We've also added a monthly Stay On Track Calendar to the site, which gives you an easy-to-read, monthly view of what's coming up in your program (scheduled workouts and appointments) and what you've tracked (food, workouts, notes and earned SparkPoints) each day. This calendar is interactive and printable, too!. To see your Stay on Track Calendar, go to the Reports section (under the "My Tools" tab). Scroll down to the "Weight and Other Reports" section to find... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:09:17 EST Questions for the Days June 19-20 2009 Below is a Blog from on Spark Guy's blogs telling about resetting spark points on articles you have already read and some other features. <BR> <BR> Questions <BR> <BR> 1. Have you read all of the articles on Spark People or were you getting close to reading all of them. <BR> <BR> Yes, long ago and had stopped doing points as I was at a disadvantage, though I still read and reread articles of interest. <BR> <BR> 2. Do you plan to reset your read articles? <BR> <BR> Yes I probably will. ... Fri, 19 Jun 2009 15:04:55 EST Question for June 17-18 2009 Late last week we launched an enhancement to our Friend Feed feature. Now, when your friends set their status or reach a goal you can leave a comment, and your friend can reply with another comment. You can also receive an email notification when a friend leaves a comment on your Feed. <BR> <BR> We hope you like this feature! Please drop a comment in this topic on our Site/Technical Help Forum if you have any questions! <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know anything about this new feature? <BR> <... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 22:42:58 EST Question for the Day June 16 What are your favorite no calorie drinks? <BR> <BR> For me it is water with stevia and a drop of banana extract. I also like ginger tea, green ginger tea (ginger and green tea), raspberry extract, stevia and either green tea or black tea, green tea (decaffeinated) and sometimes decaffeinated coffee. Tue, 16 Jun 2009 01:51:58 EST Questions for the Days June 14-15 2009 Sorry have been away for a couple of days and just got home. <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> How often do you weigh? <BR> <BR> My Answer. <BR> I weigh about once a month and sometimes once every 2 months. <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> In between weighing in how do you keep track of your progress? <BR> <BR> By how my clothes are fitting me. Sun, 14 Jun 2009 21:28:45 EST Question for the Days June 10-11 2009 Sorry I have been MIA. Things have been pretty hectic here and also have been having storms come through. <BR> <BR> June 10 Question: <BR> <BR> Have you noticed the new IM feature on SP? <BR> <BR> Yes, very interesting. <BR> <BR> June 11 Question: <BR> Did you check to see if you have added everyone as a friend who has added you as their fried? <BR> <BR> I did and was surprised that I had not added everyone as a friend who had added me. I do try to do that so was really surprised. At ... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 12:35:59 EST Questions for the Days 6-7 What are your vacation or holiday plans this summer or winter depending on where you live? <BR> <BR> We will probably go to several states this year but haven't decided exactly where and when. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have a plan to maintain your exercise and to eat healthy while eating out? <BR> <BR> I ususally do. I won't stay in a hotel without and exercise room and a refrigerator...oh, and wireless internet. I also only eat at places where I can get a balanced meal and split it into 2... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 00:47:31 EST Question for the Day June 4, 2009 Has anyone seen the new Star Trek movie? <BR> <BR> Yes, took my dh to see it for a bd present. <BR> <BR> If so what was your opinion of it? I had some mixed feelings and some questions but will not comment on it as I don't want to give away parts of the movie for someone who has not seen it. <BR> <BR> Would sure like to know what some of you thought about it. Thu, 4 Jun 2009 14:24:46 EST Questions for the Days June 2-3 2009 We are told that most people don't get enough vitamin D. One good way to get vitamin D is to go out and enjoy the sun. <BR> <BR> June 2 <BR> Do you eat the right foods or take vitamin D supplements to make sure you get your daily minimum requirement of vitamin D? <BR> <BR> Yes, I do in my calcium which is a balanced calcium/magnesium/vitamin D capsule. I also drink milk in cereal, eat lots of fish, and eat spinach and potatoes rather frequently. <BR> <BR> June 3 <BR> <BR> Do you also mak... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 02:52:01 EST This Month's Sky - June - Northern Hemisphere Sky Calendar -- June 2009 <BR> 3 Moon near Spica at 11h UT (evening sky). <BR> 5 Venus at greatest elongation, 46° west from Sun, at 21h UT (morning sky). Mag. -4.3. <BR> • Elongation (Wikipedia) <BR> 7 Moon very near Antares at 3h UT (midnight sky). Occultation visible from southern and eastern North America, northern South America, and NW Africa. <BR> • Occultation of Antares (IOTA) <BR> 7 Full Moon at 18:12 UT. The full Moon of June is called the Rose Moon, Flower Moon or Straw... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 21:46:57 EST June - What is on Your Calendar Today? - Game Today a lot, but I will choose <BR> <BR> Walking time in the sun. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 15:24:43 EST Question for the Day June 1 2009 Now that it is the first day of June, what are your SP goals and plans for June? <BR> <BR> For me it is just getting well and trying not to gain while I am able to only exercise minimally. <BR> That means I will have to cut my calories to correspond with my ability to burn them and that has not been that easy. If I can get by this birthday party for my dh I hope I will be okay. <em>20</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2009 15:21:41 EST June General Chat- What are You Doing this Summer? I am enjoying the sun today. Can't do a lot yet but I go out and look at my garden and do some light things. It makes me feel good to be out in the sun anyway. <BR> <BR> I am also going to have a busy week planning an internet birthday party and a real party for my dh. <BR> We are planning to go see Star Trek which I think I said before and to the Golden Corral to eat. To save some money we are going to go during senior hours (1pm-4pm) at Golden Corral and being seniors and also taking in th... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 15:17:53 EST Question for the Days May 30-31 2009 Have you signed up for Spark Guy's blogs to see what is happening with Spark People that is new? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Yes! Some very interesting things there. Here is a link to a recent blog item. <BR> <BR> To sign up for Spark Guy's blogs, go to Spark Guy in your friends listings and click on his spark page, then go to his blogs and sign up for them. <BR> <BR> What do you think about SP getting so much TV coverage lately? <BR> a. Thu... Sat, 30 May 2009 13:54:37 EST Questions for the Days May 28-29 2009 Have you ever had an injury that kept you from or threatened to keep you from doing something you really wanted to do? <BR> <BR> Yes, this is my second time around with separated cartilage but I am wiser and more inventive now. LOL <BR> <BR> How did you manage to carry on with daily activities with your injury or getting around them entirely. <BR> <BR> I am working on that. The last time I only came up with walking to continue exercising, but this time I am looking for other ways of exer... Thu, 28 May 2009 22:51:24 EST Questions for the Days May 26 and 27 2009 May 26 <BR> Have you ever been to a chiropractor? <BR> <BR> May 27 <BR> If so did he/she help you? <BR> <BR> I have had to go to the chiropractor today. Fortunately, I have one who I can trust. I reinjured an old injury last night and needed to find out if I did indeed separate cartilage again. <BR> I am between doctors as my old doctor moved out of state and my new doctor will not be available until the July as she is own vacation until then, so my choices were ER or chiropractor. <BR> ... Wed, 27 May 2009 00:06:27 EST Questions for the Days May 24-25 2009 It has rained all this weekend so far. As I think back on it rain is typical here for this holiday. <BR> <BR> How many of you are getting rain and if so will it affect your plans this weekend? <BR> <BR> It affected us putting up our new portable building by getting us wet and occasionally running us into the house, but we got it done!!!! <BR> <BR> Question for May 25 <BR> <BR> With May almost over and summer around the corner, <BR> have you added any viewing equipment for your star gazin... Mon, 25 May 2009 00:33:50 EST Questions for the Days May 22-23 2009 May 22 <BR> What are your Memorial Day or, for those not celebrating Memorial Day where you live, your weekend plans? <BR> <BR> May 23 <BR> What will be your greatest concern when it comes to diet or exercise this weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> Actually we don't have any Memorial Day plans this year other than getting our portable building up and it is raining off and on and hindering us there. Our car is in the shop so we will be driving our clunker that we don't take far this weekend so traveli... Sat, 23 May 2009 20:17:52 EST Questions for the Days May 20 and 21 2009 Question for May 20 <BR> What are your favorite exercises? <BR> <BR> My answer: I like walking or hiking, working in the garden or mowing the lawn. I like things that allow me to meditate while I am doing them or things that I do that I can feel a sense of accomplishment once I have done it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Question for May 21 <BR> Do you exercise daily? <BR> <BR> Yes, I exercise every day, but usually less on Sunday as I am usually staying with my mom that day. Wed, 20 May 2009 00:55:23 EST Questions for the Days May 18 and 19 2009 Question for May 18 <BR> <BR> <BR> My answer: <BR> I will like the Instant Messaging feature. Tue, 19 May 2009 02:36:53 EST Questions for the Days May 16 and 17 2009 May 16 Question: <BR> What made you decide to join SP? <BR> <BR> My answer: <BR> I found SP through MY POINTS. I had been eating out due to being away from home a lot on business and while my mom and dh were in the hospital, I was eating hospital food and at restaurants. I had lost 38 pounds with the Zone diet in a supervised weight loss program recommended by my doctor. I managed to keep the weight off and even lose some more for 3 years until the year of 2007. I gained 18 pounds back befo... Sat, 16 May 2009 22:35:41 EST Questions for the Days May 14 and 15 2009 May 14 <BR> <BR> Are you comfortable enough with your weight to wear a bathing suit this summer? <BR> <BR> I think so. I bought a nice conservative one piece and that is what I would have bought even if I weighed less. <BR> May 15 <BR> <BR> Where do you plan to wear your bathing suit? <BR> a. Public beach or pool <BR> b. Private pool or facility <BR> c. YMCA,YWCA, or Gym <BR> d. School or college pool <BR> e. Lake <BR> f. Motel pool or hot tub while traveling <BR> g. Other <BR> <BR> I pl... Fri, 15 May 2009 01:47:22 EST Question for the Days May 12 and 13 2009 This is a two part question. <BR> <BR> Question for May 12 <BR> Do you listen to music when you exercise? <BR> <BR> Sometimes if it is part of the exercise routine. <BR> <BR> Question for May 13 <BR> If so what kind is your favorite? <BR> a. Meditation music for yoga and slow stretching <BR> b. Fast music for dancing and active workouts <BR> c. One of the SP coach's music lists found here on SP? <BR> d. have my own music play list <BR> <BR> My preference is a. the meditation music becau... Wed, 13 May 2009 00:50:53 EST Question for the Day May 11 2009 Today's Question: <BR> What is sport(s) do you or have you played yourself and enjoyed most , maybe even wish you still did? <BR> <BR> My Answer: <BR> For me it would be bowling, volley ball, croquet, and table tennis. Mon, 11 May 2009 23:15:30 EST Question for the Day May 10 2009 Today's Question: <BR> How did Mother's Day affect your eating and exercising goals? <BR> <BR> My Answer: <BR> I always spend Sunday's with my Mom so every Sunday is Mother's Day. This was not one of our better ones. <BR> <BR> A restaurant reopened and we decided to try it. I saw after looking over the food bar that they had nothing I could eat...all fried, BBQ, greasy, unappetizing veggies, ...really bad. <BR> <BR> I told my Mom we needed to leave but she went ahead and decided to mak... Sun, 10 May 2009 23:21:08 EST Question for the Day May 9 2009 What is the status of your weight loss? <BR> a. Going strong! <BR> b. Taking the scenic route <BR> c. Going nowhere fast (on a plateau) <BR> c. Off and on <BR> d. On hold <BR> e. What is weight loss? <BR> <BR> Well, today I will have to say a. I tilled the garden for 2 hours adding rows and cultivating between rows, walked a mile, and cleared our lane of tree limbs that had fallen across it in the storm. <BR> <BR> Until then I would say that I would be c. Going no where fast as I have been... Sat, 9 May 2009 21:51:39 EST Question for the Day May 8 2009 Today we had heavy winds and a possible tornado that took a roof off one of our sheds. <BR> <BR> Do you have tornados where you live and have you ever had any tornado or high wind damage? <BR> <BR> Yes, and Yes. One year a small tornado took out our peach tree. This year the roof on our shed. Fri, 8 May 2009 12:15:58 EST Question for the Day May 7 2009 Laughter is supposed to be a great tonic. If you haven't laughed for a while it is time to start looking for the "funny" side of life. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Have you taken time to laugh today? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have and try to find something funny every day. It really gets my spirit and positive outlook up and makes me forget my troubles. <em>224</em> Thu, 7 May 2009 13:10:32 EST Questions for the Days May 5-6 2009 Questions: <BR> <BR> 5--Are you a spring person or a summer person? <BR> <BR> 6--Do you feel motivated going into the summer or do you think you need a jump start again? <BR> <BR> My Answers: <BR> <BR> I am a May, June, and July person. Don't like the possiblility of cold weather and don't want to be burned to a crisp in the August heat either. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 May 2009 23:30:56 EST Question for the Days May 3-4 2009 Since I will be here only off on for a few days I will ask 2 questions today for today and tomorrow. <BR> <BR> May 3-- What is your favorite healthy desert? <BR> <BR> May 4-- What meal are you most likely to go over your limits when eating? <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Strawberries, stevia, and 2 percent milk <BR> <BR> 4. Dinner Sun, 3 May 2009 23:14:38 EST Questions for the Days May1-2 2009 <BR> Questions: <BR> May 1-- What are your May goals? <BR> May 2-- Did you enter the Swimsuit Boot Camp? <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. My goals for may are to finally reach that last 3 pounds. Maybe I have. Will have to see what the scale says Monday...but it will be a different scale so it may not weigh the same as the other one. (New temporary doctor as our doctor moved to practice in a different state. <BR> <BR> 2. Yes!!!! I did join the Swimsuit Boot Camp! It is my back up plan. Surely if I ha... Sat, 2 May 2009 22:12:46 EST General Chat for May--Talking about our Challenges I am slow getting the chat thread up this month. I have gradually slowed down from planting and now with my dh having to have an angiogram the first part of next week we are both kind of bummed out. Please keep him in your prayers. <BR> We are both concerned this time. This is getting to be too much of a reoccurence. <BR> <BR> I am maintaining my exercise and trying to stay in the bottom range of my calories. So far I am happy with what I have done in both fitness and nutrition so it would... Sat, 2 May 2009 15:56:43 EST This Month's Sky May 2009 --Northern Hemisphere Here is the Sky Calendar for May: <BR> <BR> Deep Sky Objects of the Month Omega Centauri Globular Star Cluster below Corvus, the Crow, which is below Virgo in the SE sky. This cluster is visible to the naked eye and is as big as the full moon. Seen in the late night sky. <BR> <BR> Look for the Virgo cluster of Virgo situated almost exactly between Vindemiatrix and Denebola, little more than 10 degrees south of the beautiful naked-eye Coma (open) Star Cluster. <BR> <BR> 1 Merc... Sat, 2 May 2009 03:07:29 EST This Months Sky - May - Southern hemisphere Hi all, <BR> The highlights for May (can I also say WOW! I actually put my ones up on time!). <BR> Please be aware that when I have written morning sky, that is between 2am-6am in the morning of the date mentioned… so if you plan to do the viewing of lets say,the Eta aquarids, it may be best to stay up on the 5th and watch the whole night. Or like I do, sleep until midnight of the 5th and then get up for the next few hours, before crashing at 6am for a quick sleep before work. The life of a... Fri, 1 May 2009 23:34:37 EST Question for the Day April 30 Today's Question: <BR> What is your status at the end of April? <BR> <BR> a. lost weight <BR> b. gained weight <BR> c. stayed the same <BR> d. done a little of all three <BR> e. haven't weighed yet <BR> <BR> I can't remember. I am at 153 but can't remember if that was late March or early April. It seems like I have been on the plateau for a hundred years. <BR> <BR> I weigh in next week since the only scale I have to weigh on is at the doctor's office. However, I am nervous about this be... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:10:15 EST Question for the Day April 29 2009 Today's Question: <BR> Are you concerned about the swine flu? <BR> <BR> At this point I am concerned but not worried or fearful as some people are. It is something to watch and if necessary take precautions against should it hit close. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 09:34:24 EST Question for the Day April 28 2009 Today's Question <BR> Are you getting enough protein? <BR> <BR> Not always. When I run my end report for the day, under spark points or at the bottom of the nutrition page, I seem to often be low on protein at the end of the day even though I eat meat. I either just have to accept it or add calories I don't want to add to get it. <BR> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 22:13:10 EST Where are you located? I thought it would be fun to see where everyone on our team is located. <BR> <BR> I am from southern Missouri, USA Mon, 27 Apr 2009 13:47:22 EST Question for the Day April 27 2009 Today's Question: <BR> What is your favorite astronomy magazine on line? <BR> <BR> Mine is Astronomy at because they offer great articles free in their newsletter and always have good information even without a subscription. Mon, 27 Apr 2009 13:42:16 EST Question for the Day April 25 2009 Today's Question: <BR> Have you ever tried to eat a rainbow? (This means to eat a red food, blue food, green food, yellow food, orange food, purple food, and so on.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes I have. When I did I found I ate healthier because I had more variety and more fruits and veggies in my diet. Sat, 25 Apr 2009 14:59:14 EST Question for the Day April 24 2009 Today's Question: <BR> What did you do for exercise today? <BR> <BR> So far I dug enough dirt to fill 3 huge tubs with soil for my carrots and sweet potatoes that I planted this evening. I also walked a mile before I got started. Couldn't say that I could do that now...boy do I ache, but it is a good feeling. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 23:44:41 EST Question for the Day April 23 2009 Sorry to be late on this one. Had a full day today. <BR> <BR> Do you do yoga? <BR> <BR> Yes, I like it for my stretching exercises. I modify it though as I am not balanced like I used to be when I was younger. I don't know if it is age or my FM or both. Probably a little of both. I take precautions by doing some exercises with chairs or in doorways so that I can steady myself. <BR> Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:32:56 EST Question for the Day April 22 2009 Today's Question: <BR> What are your favorite veggies? <BR> <BR> I like most veggies, but my favorites are broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, English peas, carrots, and okra. Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:43:48 EST Spring Gardening ABC Game Anything that has to do with gardening or that you might find in a garden (includes both flower and vegetable gardens) <BR> <BR> A-Azaleas Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:14:21 EST Lyrid Meteor Shower April 21-22 2009 April 21-22, April Lyrid meteor shower peaks. Best viewing night should be between midnight and dawn on Wednesday, April 22. They radiate from the constellation Lyra, which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m. <BR> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:09:52 EST Question for the Day April 21 2009 Today's question: <BR> Will you be watching the Lyrid Meteor shower tonight and tomorrow night? <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope to try for Wednesday night. <BR> Note: April 21-22, April Lyrid meteor shower peaks. Best viewing night should be between midnight and dawn on Wednesday, April 22. They radiate from the constellation Lyra, which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m. <BR> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:08:33 EST Question for the Day April 20 2009 Today's Question: <BR> <BR> Who is your worst enemy when it comes to sabotaging your healthy eating plans? <BR> <BR> <BR> I am. I really can't blame anyone at this point. Before my mom became a diabetic, she was always wanting to take us out to eat, mainly just to have something to do. I always hated to say no, since she rarely got a chance to go out. <BR> <BR> However, now that we are all trying to be more careful about what we eat, I am my own worst enemy. Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:22:48 EST