Saturday, January 29, 2011

Iridium near Jupiter (Blue Mountains)

Planned for and viewed the Iridium 34 satellite showing, thanks to Heavens Above. It arrived on time and in the expected spot, down and a bit left of Jupiter. It did brighten more than the the bright planet, but I did not think much brighter. It was supposed to get to -7 magnitude. Jupiter is -2 right now.

Afterwards, I fetched the battery charger from the garage and checked the status of the propane generator. Still green with yellow.

Only half the pergola red LED lights were working. The east string was out. Something wrong with the junction, perhaps.

Coyotes chattered off in the distance...

Admired Aldebaran, Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Bellatrix, Saiph, Procyon, Sirius, their colours seemingly more intense somehow.

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