Algol

Tiny points of light, with a magic all their own.
Christopher K.
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Re: Algol

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Over the course of about five hours this nighttime period (from ~9:49pm Friday to 2:49am Saturday) Algol will dim to minimum brightness. At 9:49pm Algol will be seventy-three degrees up, and forty-two degrees up at 2:49am.

Christopher K.
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Re: Algol

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Algol will be at minima from 12:40am to 2:40am CDT tomorrow morning; unfortunately Algol will have already set. However, one can glimpse Algol for a short while in the northwest tonight beginning at ~9:15pm CDT.

The European X-Ray Observatory Satellite once caught a three-hour X-ray flare with a temperature of sixty million degrees emanating from Algol. (I believe it was in June 2003.)...
https://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/ob ... gol_lc.gif

Christopher K.
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Re: Algol

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Another regular-as-clockwork minima for Algol--this one tonight from 8:30pm to 10:30pm CDT. Here's a finder chart...
https://skyandtelescope.org/wp-content/ ... hart_m.jpg

Below is the NOAA forecast for 9pm tonight...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 80%
relative humidity, 81%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, S 8 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This is a poor sky for gazing, but it should be better marginally tomorrow night.

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