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Mars 2003

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Mars Rovers ( JPL )

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Mars Aug. 18, 2003  2003 Clint Parrish

Amateur radio and astronomy go hand in hand.  Propagation is good when sunspot counts are high.  Moonbounce and meteor scatter enhance the hobby and make it unique.  On this site you will find photos, sketches, observing notes, equipment descriptions, links to other great astronomy websites and more!

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Astronomy This Month:  April 2005
This month, Jupiter is at opposition, Saturn is great in the western sky of an evening, and a partial eclipse graces the skies of the southern half of the U.S.  A partial eclipse will occur on April 8 and will barely be visible from Central Illinois.  Just a tiny sliver (up to 5%) will be covered by the Moon.  Watch the moons of Jupiter as they circle the planet which is at its best this month.  Saturn is also great.  Take a look at Titan and imagine the Huygens probe sitting silently on its surface.  Cassini is still very much alive and is returning great pictures of the ringed planet.  As for meteor showers, the Lyrid shower peaks on April 22.  The summer stars begin to return to the eastern sky in the evening.  Look for Arcturus high in the east a couple hours after sunset.  Happy Stargazing!!!


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When showers are forecast, note the following time and moon conditions:

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  • The above number per hour and duration of these meteor 
    showers varies from time to time.
  • Numbers represent the average number and duration.
  • The number per hour seen is also dependent on visibility factors.
  • The best time to see meteors is generally between midnight and dawn. 
  • The "Peak Today" icon appears when the showers peak occurs within the next 24 hours.

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