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Old 13th February 2020, 01:52 PM   #41
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As a kid of 10-12, thereabouts, I played a lot with neighboring boys whose parents were from Iran. Their aunt, who also lives in town, has the given name "Uranus". Pronounced with a rolling "r" of course and a short and stressed leading "Oo": OORRRahnuss (the trailing "u" again but dark like "oo", but very short). The "ah" not a diphtong, not like "ay", like the a in "fart".
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Old 13th February 2020, 05:19 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
That's why the "Uhr-Uh-Nus" pronunciation got started.


That one suffers from sounding like Itís full of pee.

How about oo-RAH-noos? Kind of a latinized pronunciation.
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Old 13th February 2020, 06:46 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by xjx388 View Post
Thanks all.

Itís only been recently that I started spending time outside looking at the stars as a form of meditation/relaxation. I had never seen Venus so bright.

And now I know that maybe my phone isnít the most reliable instrument for star gazing. Maybe itís time to invest in better equipment. Any recommendations?
Yes. You have no idea what might tickle your interest (that is NOT a criticism) so the last thing you want to do is invest in whatever gear and find that your interest lies elsewhere.

So you need a cost effective entry point. Something that will facilitate your growing interest without a crippling cost. Also not much effort.

So your answer is to download Stellarium. It's free. It shows you what exactly is in your local sky at any time. I use it all the time.

Your next question is which piece of sky in the app relates to what piece of sky outside?

Also easy and also free.

Learn some constellation. Not all of them, that would be stupid. Just 2 or three that are enough to allow you to orient yourself your visible sky and the stellarium skymap.

That's easy. Assuming Northern hemisphere, find the Plough/Big Dipper. From that one can find Polaris, the current pole star. From those, on can identify, say, Cassiopeia (5 primary stars, easy to spot) and now you have three points of reference which you can use to match the skymap on your screen to the skymap over your head.

And you have spent nothing but a little time and personal effort.

Once you do that for a bit, it might be that you decide that some aspect of it intrigues you. This is always the point at which spending money becomes a thing. However, all is not lost. Your local astronomy clubs will be only too happy to allow you to peer through their gear. Thus you can "try before you buy" Furthermore, they will be free with advice on what gear is good or bad.

You don't have to build your own Kitt peak in a single action., or ever. The guy with the record for identifying Supernovae did it all from his back porch with a modest telescope.
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Old 15th February 2020, 03:36 AM   #44
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Interestingly, the sea is as much green as it is blue (sea green is actually a colour), so Neptune would have been a good name for the seventh planet, and when the eighth planet was discovered, they would need a name for it, and since it was blue (sky-blue is a colour) they could have named it after the God of the Sky.... and the God of the Sky is.......





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Old 15th February 2020, 09:23 AM   #45
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Same here in the Northwest of the USA. Most of the time.
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Old 15th February 2020, 09:38 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by xjx388 View Post
Thanks all.

Itís only been recently that I started spending time outside looking at the stars as a form of meditation/relaxation. I had never seen Venus so bright.

And now I know that maybe my phone isnít the most reliable instrument for star gazing. Maybe itís time to invest in better equipment. Any recommendations?
One of the fun things to do is view Venus during the day. Easy to do with binoculars if you know where to look. It's bright enough, kind of like the moon but much smaller. There are various places where you can enter the time of day, latitude and longitude, and get the exact place to find it. Easy to start right around sundown (when it sets after the sun). Then look for it the next day in the same place half hour before sunset. It's just a bit further East and higher. Some surveyors use it to determine true north to within 30 seconds of arc or so with a theodolite.
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Old 16th February 2020, 01:12 AM   #47
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I never make jokes about Uranus. It's been done so often it's become worn out.

The Futurama take on the name
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