"Can you see the stars?"

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by wegotchickens, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Click the link below to learn more about helping map out the effects of light pollution on star-gazing.
    This is the International Year of Astronomy, so they are looking for participants from all over the world!!

    http://www.globe.gov/GaN/index.html
     
  2. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, I was looking at Orion's Belt just lastnight when I was standing on the porch listening to the Mountain Lion down the road screaming that blood curdling scream they do. Scared the bajeezers out of me! [​IMG]
     
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Yikes!

    I can't wait to try this as soon as we have a clear night.
    Going to drag my youngest outside to 'help' me decide what level we're at!
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Unless it's cloudy we're at a Magnitude 7....no light pollution here....which is how I like it....far away from town!!
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I can't even pic out Polaris here in Phoenix. Too much light pollution.
     
  6. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow stars-

    I used to love the stars. When I lived in Tennessee, I recall talking to my mom on the phone telling her how amazing the night sky was- that standing out there made you feel so small, that the sky had so many stars it was just like you would see on the space movies/documentaries...breath-taking.

    Here, near Detroit- barely anything at all. On a clear night, you can pick out the big dipper, and some others- but nothing spectacular that makes you feel insignificant...

    My last trip to my old home town in Tennessee, I asked everyone- "Where did all the stars go?" It used to be breath-taking...but now they have built up the area so much, put in so many houses and buildings and 'town' is hoppin' now- you cant see the stars.
     
  7. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    I can still see stars where I live. Not as well I can back in GA, in the valley where Mom lives, but well enough.

    Still haven't gone outside and checked what level of magnitude we can really see yet, though.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    "Oh look, the star is out tonight"

    "Helicopter"

    LOL

    Light pollution galore.
     
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I see the milky way every night this time of year. I LOVE IT!
     
  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    I really want to do this, but every time we go outside it's cloudy out! Silly Smokie Mountains doing their thing, I guess. Will have to keep trying!

    debiraymond, I too can see the Milky Way, but only during the winter on crisp cold nights when the skies are exceptionally clear. Love it!
     

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