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Pluto conjuctions

  1. Mar 18, 2007 #1
    Does anyone know if the Pluto Conjunction was seen by any of the big scopes in Arizona?

    I know the sky over Southern Arizona (and specifically Mt. Hopkins where the 6.5 meter scope was going to be used to photograph the rare event) was cloudy yesterday evening. This morning it was clear though. It might have cleared up in time... Does anyone have contacts with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and knows the answer?
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  3. Mar 18, 2007 #2


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    I'm not sure I'm following you - what is this celestial event that you're talking about? Pluto is currently nowhere near the sun or any planet - what is it having a conjunction with? A google turns up nothing but astrology sites that don't say anything useful.
  4. Mar 18, 2007 #3
    Russ, I think interested_learner means a star or something... Wasn't there a conjecture a couple of months ago?
  5. Mar 18, 2007 #4
    He's referring to this:http://www.space.com/scienceastronom...uto_watch.html [Broken]
    It's an occultation.

    I heard it hasn't been proven yet. :tongue2:
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  6. Mar 18, 2007 #5
    Occulation? Conjecture? I meant the same thing :smile: Yeah... I remember the occulation between Pluto and a star... It was not a few months ago, but a year or two ago. They used it to figure out Pluto's atmosphere.
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  7. Mar 18, 2007 #6
    It's NOT conjecture, which roughly means a half-baked idea :P, it's a conjunction, which means 'close' gathering of celestial objects as seen in the sky. Btw, the one the OP is referring to occurred today.
  8. Mar 18, 2007 #7
    Right. Occulation. Sorry. Wrong word. This was an especially valuable occulation because it was visable from the big scopes in Arizona.
  9. Mar 18, 2007 #8
    Do I look like the type of person who will speeeellll words correktly?

    My bad... I meant occulation...
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