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The beautiful Swiss night sky

Today's Astronomy picture of the day is a really nice shot of the Milky Way over Neuchatel.

Just thought I'd share.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110221.html
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Old 21.02.2011, 11:59
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

I stopped nightsky viewing for the winter as i wasnt seeing very much and plan to start again in the springtime. any tips?
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Old 21.02.2011, 13:59
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I stopped nightsky viewing for the winter as i wasnt seeing very much and plan to start again in the springtime. any tips?
Yeah, one place : the Salève
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Old 21.02.2011, 15:31
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

I'm actually quite surprised, but where I live at the edge of Zurich city, I get to see quite a lot of stars. Granted, with the clouds today, it's not good, but even the cities have nice spots.

If you want to spot specific constellations and the like this is a nice tool: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=sky+chart+9pm

It's the wolfram alpha sky chart and you can adjust the time. It uses the location of your IP address.
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Old 21.02.2011, 17:12
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Sky in Geneva has become quite "polluted by lights" these last years. There's sky stuff I could see when I was young that I can't see by now...

I gave up astronomy and sky gazing for several years 'coz of that....


There's a software I like : Stellarium
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Thoroughly and utterly fascinating, did you also see the wide angle sky image?

Made me feel like Captain Kirk, navigating the Cosmos like that.

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Old 21.02.2011, 22:11
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Yeah, one place : the Salève
I have never been on the Salève even if having seen it often enough, but my Godfather in Geneva (Rue François-Grast 18, CH-1208) always praised that mountain for its views. Is it worth the excursion ?
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Old 21.02.2011, 22:57
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Aren't February and November the months during whuch you can see shooting stars ?
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

There are a few great apps for the iphone/ipads re stargazing etc. You hold it up to the sky and it shows you constellations, galaxies, planets etc, Great and simple way to learn whats up there.
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:17
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There are a few great apps for the iphone/ipads re stargazing etc. You hold it up to the sky and it shows you constellations, galaxies, planets etc, Great and simple way to learn whats up there.
I have StarLite which is a free app.
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:51
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Absolutely amazing - and one of my favourite places in Switzerland, Le Creux du Van - very near my birthplace. Wonderful.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Wow! The pic above Neuchatel is amazing - i had no idea you could see the sky at night like that over here.

I'm planning to visit Galloway Park just south of Scotland in late April. Its one of the "dark sky" places in Europe where you're supposed to be able to see the night sky with no light pollution.

If there was a group of ppl planning to visit neuchatel for star-gazing, i'd be happy to join.

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Beautiful! I'm so excited for some great hiking trips (moving to Neuchâtel in April)... and would definitely be keen to join a star-gazing expedition.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

What gorgeous pictures
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I have never been on the Salève even if having seen it often enough, but my Godfather in Geneva always praised that mountain for its views. Is it worth the excursion ?
Yeah, it's a beautiful place, with a beautiful view over Geneva on one side and the Mont-blanc and some other French mountains on the other side

It's definitely one of the stuff to see when you're in Geneva. Great walks, great picnic places.


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Aren't February and November the months during whuch you can see shooting stars ?
being a novice i wont claim to know for sure but i thought the shooting stars were the comets that come in april
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I have StarLite which is a free app.
Is starwalk anygood for ipad?
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I have StarLite which is a free app.
I use Star Walk, think it may be paid, but really good.
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I use Star Walk, think it may be paid, but really good.
Thanks for that
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

+1 for Star Walk...an excellent app no matter where you are in the World, no roaming data charges needed. It superimposes the shape of the constellation over the stars, so you can see why it is named as it is. Clicking on any star also tells you about it too, and it also shows where the ISS and other satellites are too.
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