Virtual Star Party: January 20, 2013: The Welcome Rookie Edition

by Fraser Cain on January 21, 2013

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Another wonderful Virtual Star Party, this time with 5 astronomers broadcasting their view of the night sky live. We had amazing views of Jupiter, the Moon, and several deep sky objects, including the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, M33, the Rosette Nebula, Andromeda, the Cave Nebula, and several others. Check out the really cool “37 star cluster”, where the stars in the cluster actually write out the number 37.

This was also the first time were joined by Louis Mamakos, who delighted us with his dark sky views from Pennsylvania.

Astronomers: Roy Salisbury, Stuart Forman, Mike Phillips, Bill McLaughlin and Louis Mamakos.

Commentary: Nicole Gugliucci, Dr. Pamela Gay, Dr. Thad Szabo, Scott Lewis

Host: Fraser Cain

We run the Virtual Star Party every Sunday night as a live Google+ Hangout. Want to find when it’s happening next? Just circle the Virtual Star Party page on Google+. Visit the Universe Today YouTube channel to see an archive of all our past events.

Here are some amazing pictures that were captured during the event:

37 Cluster by Stuart Forman

37 Cluster by Stuart Forman

Jupiter by Mike Phillips

Jupiter by Mike Phillips

Horsehead Nebula by Louis Mamakos

Horsehead Nebula by Louis Mamakos

The Moon by Russell Bateman

The Moon by Russell Bateman

Orion Nebula by Stuart Forman

Orion Nebula by Stuart Forman

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Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

Thomas Perko January 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Wow – I am so glad to have found this website! My wife purchased NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe for Christmas and it has been an enlightening last few weeks. I look forward to learning more and look forward to watching future episodes!

Ian McLeod January 23, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Thank you very much for the star parties. Many people enjoy it, including my 5 year old. It’s amazing what some video conferencing with amazingly intelligent people plus telescopes can do. Keep up the great work, you are making a huge difference.

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