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The Night Sky

Discussion in 'General 4x4 Discussion' started by Ditch, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. Ditch

    Ditch Active Member

    One of the most enjoyable things about getting out & camping for me is sitting around a campfire & gazing up at the night sky. Started this thread so forum members can post some of the events that are about to happen in the night sky for those who are interested to keep an eye out for. Anything relating to the Night Sky - Meteor Showers, Eclipses or even Starlore about the constellations.

    To kick it off there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse resulting in a "Blood Moon" this Saturday morning (28-07-18) with a partial eclipse starting around 4:24 am(AEST). The Moon will start to turn red at 5:30 am & will be in total eclipse at 6:21 am just above the western horizon. This will also be the longest eclipse in the last 100 years at 1 hour 43 minutes. The Moon will set before the eclipse ends so the whole event won`t be seen except for those in Western Australia. The next Lunar Eclipse won`t be until 2021.

    Also on the same night the Sun - Earth - Moon - Mars will be in alignment & Mars will be the closest (Perigee) to Earth since 2003. The Moon will be at it`s further-est (Apogee) point from the Earth.

    At the moment there are 4 planets visible to the naked eye at around 8:00 pm. Venus in the west, Jupiter directly overhead, Saturn in the east at about 45 degrees & Mars just above the horizon in the east.

    If anyone gets some photos of the eclipse post them here or on the Night Pics thread.
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  2. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Cool , I will be watching to see know I know.
  3. sharkcaver

    sharkcaver Well-Known Member

    Cool. I'll be at work at 0440 on Saturday. Will keep my eye's peeled. I've been noticing a red "star' about 45 degrees to the SouthEeast this last week, thinking it was mars??
  4. Ditch

    Ditch Active Member

    Yep, that would be Mars. It will be close to the moon tonight when it rises & tomorrow morning when the eclipse is taking place.
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  5. peterfermtech

    peterfermtech Well-Known Member

    From last eclipse taken from home in Melbourne.

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  6. barcher

    barcher Well-Known Member

    While you're up looking at the moon and mars, the ISS makes a bright Passover beginning at 5:34am. In Wagga. Times will vary with location.
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  7. Hoyks

    Hoyks Well-Known Member

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  8. Ditch

    Ditch Active Member

    Will be a Northwest to Southeast pass. Had a look at the times yesterday but didn`t check to see if it would be visible or not. Thanks for the reminder.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2018
  9. barcher

    barcher Well-Known Member

    Heavens-Above has this info
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  10. Ditch

    Ditch Active Member

    Well this mornings eclipse was a fizzer for me, total cloud cover. hope someone else got a good view of it.
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  11. mikehzz

    mikehzz Well-Known Member

    Me too. The same thing happened earlier in the year for the previous blood moon. :oops:
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  12. sharkcaver

    sharkcaver Well-Known Member

    When the moon broke cloud cover for me, it was back to white :( Only got fleeting glimpses of the blood moon, mostly obscured by light cloud or otherwise it was not visible at all.
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  13. Ditch

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  14. Ditch

    Ditch Active Member

    There are stories in many cultures about the night sky. They can give a different perspective on how we see it. One of them comes from Aboriginal stories of The Emu in the Sky which was shared by many tribes across Australia.

    The "Emu in the Sky" & a rock carving in Ku-ring-gai - Chase National Park.

    The Emu in the Sky is not a constellation of stars but the dark areas in the Milky Way between the Southern Cross & the constellation of Scorpio. It can be seen during the winter months in the southern sky. It was used as a calendar for when to collect Emu eggs & also indicated when the initiation ceremonies should take place.

    One origin story comes from the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples of northern NSW & tells of a blind man who lived in a camp with his wife who he would send out to look for Emu eggs to eat. She would find the Emu eggs & bring them back to him but he would complain they were too small. One day she went out looking for eggs & came across the tracks of a very large Emu which she followed & found it sitting on its nest. She threw stones at the bird hoping to scare it off. Instead the bird stood up, attacked & killed her.
    Meanwhile the blind man was becoming hungry waiting for his wife. Unable to see he began to feel his way around the camp until his hands felt a bush & found some berries on it. Eating the berries he was suddenly cured of his blindness & picking up his spears he went out looking for his wife. He found her tracks & followed them, finding her body by the Emu’s nest. Realizing the Emu had killed her he speared the Emu & sent it`s spirit into the Milky Way. There it remains to this day & became known as the Emu in the Sky.

    During March the head & neck of the Emu appears in night sky & from April to May the full length is revealed in the sky from south toward south east. During this time the Emu is said to have legs & looks to be in a running pose. This is said to be representative of the females who during the mating season run after the males.

    During June & July the Emu appears to change its position with the disappearance of its legs & is said to be now male & sitting on its nest hatching the eggs. It is at this time that the eggs can be taken for food.

    In late winter (August to September), the neck of the Emu becomes indistinct in the sky, leaving the body to represent an emu egg. This was taken as a sign that the Emu chicks were hatching & that the eggs should not be taken.

    It is around this time that the initiation ceremonies took place. The Emu in the Sky & the Milky Way at this time is vertical in the southeast & represents a pathway from the ground to the sky.

    The connection between the Milky Way & the Bora could be linked to the creator figure Baiame. Baiame’s son, Daramulan, was given to the people & it is through Daramulan that Baiame “sees all”. Baiame is worshiped at the Bora ceremony & Daramulan is believed to come back to the Earth using a pathway from the sky.
    The Bora rings & the pathway of the neck that links them.

    The ceremonies took place in the Bora Rings, a large one for all members of the tribe & a small one for the initiates. The small ring is thought to represented the head of the emu & the large one the body & where aligned to the direction of the Emu in the Sky. The rings were sometimes near a flat topped hill which is said that Baiame used to step up into the sky after he created the earth.

    The male Emu also raises the chicks at this time, similar to the way the male tribe members took over the education of the initiates.

    So next time you are out during the winter months when the sky is dark have a look for the "Emu in the Sky".

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  15. BIGCOL

    BIGCOL Well-Known Member

    What a great post Ditch, thanks for sharing it with us.

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  16. Ditch

    Ditch Active Member

    Good story for around the campfire during winter when you can see it. Got a few more about other constellations but will leave them until they are visible in the sky.
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  17. Ditch

    Ditch Active Member

    Christmas Comet & Geminid Meteor Shower.
    The Geminid Meteor shower makes it`s annual appearance this week with the peak happening in the early hours of Friday morning. There will be around 15 - 40 meteors per minute depending on your location - the further north the more meteors. The Geminids are the result of dust and debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon that the earth passes through each year.

    The "Christmas Comet", officially known as 46P/Wirtanen is the brightest comet of the year & the 10th closest comet encounter in 70 years & will be at it`s brightest early Saturday morning. You can spot the comet from anywhere in Australia in the north-eastern sky from about an hour and a half after sunset until early morning when it sinks below the horizon.

    For more details have a look at this link -
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  18. Blue_haired_man

    Blue_haired_man Well-Known Member

    Was planning on taking the swag up the hill to watch this, but looks like yet again rain/cloud is forecast for the weekend. Can’t complain though, will hopefully give the dams a good drink and give the cattle some green pick.
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