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12 December 2012 @ 02:02 pm
be Sirius, please  
    A respondent in sff.net quoted a local newspaper as giving this weather report for the day Phobos was discovered:  "For this city and vicinity, generally fair 
    weather may be expected for two days, with gradually increasing warmth and 
    occasional cloudiness, possibly threatening a shower tomorrow. " Of course 
    we do know that the air was very clear and steady over Washington at four in 
    the morning, for Hall to spot the tiny spark of Phobos, thitherto unseen. 
      
    I've never seen Phobos, unsurprisingly, but I had a low-octane similar experience, 
    the first morning I used my [then] new 9.25" scope, down in the steady clear 
    air in the Florida Keys. I looked at Sirius, I think with 444X, and saw its 
    faint dwarf companion clearly, in the deep blue predawn sky. It took my breath 
    away. 

    Joe 

    (Googling, I find that it's best to look for it when the sky isn't totally dark; otherwise the brilliance of Sirius can dazzle it into invisibility.)
 
 
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desperance: lukedesperance on December 12th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine in the UK used to be the guy the police called whenever anyone reported a UFO sighting. One evening he got the usual kind of call: "People are saying there's something weirdly bright in the sky; check it out for us?" He looked out of the window, he went back to the phone, he said "It's Sirius."

At the other end of the phone, he heard the policeman say "Oh my God, he says it's serious..."
joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on December 13th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
love it!
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