Do you need some eerie sounds to spook the little ghouls and goblins
tonight? Why not play the Eerie and Bizarre Sounds of the Saturnian
are sounds of Enceladus, echoes from Titan's surface, speeding
through Titan's haze, and sounds from the Lord of the rings, Saturn!
There are even more spooky sounds of our solar system on the JPL
webpage today http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
look on the New
And if you want to see a ghostly interloper in the sky tonight, take
out the binoculars and see a comet from your own front (or back)
yard! Here's where to look:
To the unaided
eye, the comet looks like a fuzzy star, but in binoculars (or
telescopes) it looks like a ghostly snowball with a bright center,
much like the image shown on the link above. It was taken by Gary
Spiers, who is one of our sidewalk telescope gang in Monrovia.
Congrats on the picture!
"To see the comet, all you have to do is step outside and look to the
Northeast. You should be able to see the "W" that is the
constellation Cassiopeia - it's standing on its end. One and a half
"fists" away to the right is a bright star in the constellation
Perseus. You probably won't be able to see all the Perseus stars, but
the bright one - Mirfak - should be visible. It marks the top of a
triangle, which is about the size of your thumb held at arms length
away. The triangle's lower left corner is the comet!".
We may set up telescopes for a special comet viewing night Saturday
the 3rd. Stay tuned, we'll send an announcement if that plan firms
October What's Up is about tricks and treats in the night sky. It
starts out with some of those spooky sounds from the solar system.
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini SOC http://soc.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
What's Up? http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/amateurastronomy/index.html