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yeah saturn was the first planet i saw through my telescope, i think i saw one of its moons too, titan. Sometimes though i prefer to do stargazing without any equipment, just sit outside and see what i can see. i saw the milky way from my backgarden on several occasions, not really bright but it was nice to see.

Posted: 23-11-12 19:26 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Yeah - I've sat out in the garden and just looked up - my gardens not surrounded many street lights so you get quite a good view. 

I have a camera with a strong zoom too and I got a brilliant close up of a full moon once - it's really clear - there were no clouds.

Posted: 23-11-12 19:29 by Former Member

yeah same, there is only one streetlight near my backgarden which i can block out with a tree I stand in the right place. It's really hard to try and persuade any of my family to do stargazing with me, so i usually do it alone, but i don't mind i find it relaxing. my cat sometimes sits with me which is sweet.

Posted: 23-11-12 19:32 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

wow you guys are tight 

and cool you look at planets and stargazing 

never tried it

Posted: 23-11-12 19:34 by aliimz

Awww....

My family aren't really into it either. space and stargazing is fascinating - but except my nan who lives 100s of miles away, no one else shares my passion for it. I don't even have a cat to sit with me - except for the strays lol.

Posted: 23-11-12 19:35 by Former Member

yeah my cat likes it. he sits right below my telescope sometimes, tripped over him once, didn't even know he was there, how do cats creep up you like that. MY dad does have a interest but not a deep enough one to want to come outside in the cold. My school do astronomy gcse but they only offered it to the school last year, which was too late for me. But i think its good to keep it a hobby, its really handy too when people ask what your hobbies are, instead of saying something boring, you can say astronomy. its great. so what else have you seen and what would you like to see?

Posted: 23-11-12 19:40 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

No one in my family shares my hobby - although I want to make a career out of it (astrogeology). But as a career I would be studying planets in more depth - that's like a dream come true. 

I have seen mars - it was still quite far away though - but it looked quite cool.

I have never seen a meteor and I would really love to. I would also like to see saturn. 

Posted: 23-11-12 19:43 by Former Member

cool... i aint got  any hobbies really... well except i can play the piano... shud start sum more hobbies..

Posted: 23-11-12 19:44 by XXD!

What about you?

Posted: 23-11-12 19:44 by Former Member

well, I've seen nebulas, starclusters, planets and the andromeda galaxy through my mums binobculars. I would love to see a proper dark sky, no lights anywhere just stars, that would be amazing. also, i want to see the crab nebula in taurus.

Posted: 23-11-12 19:46 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

just got to go and have tea now, back soon :)

Posted: 23-11-12 19:48 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

I would love to see the andromeda galaxy - I know someone who has a star named after them there = ].

Where my nan lives (in the countryside) there are no street lights, and you can see the stars and planets really well - it is amazing. She has a giant telescope and she stays up like every night to star gaze. 

Posted: 23-11-12 19:49 by Former Member

hey, i'm back. wow your nan sounds amazing, love to know someone like that.

Posted: 23-11-12 20:11 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Yeah - I remember getting told off when I was 5 for telling the whole class that she knew everything lol. I guess that's where I get my love of star gazing from.

She is pretty amazing - she always says to me 'look out tonight you can see mars' or something like that. She's like my astronomy calender - she knows when everything happens. = ]

Posted: 23-11-12 20:13 by Former Member

thats cool, on the topic of mars, i would really like to see it through a bigger telescope so you could see some surface features

Posted: 23-11-12 20:17 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Yeah the cloest i've got to the surface of mars is 'solar walk' = ]. 

I know it's a bit far off but I would love to see Neptune and it's 'great dark spot' for real and not just in books.

Posted: 23-11-12 20:23 by Former Member

yeah that would be great. do you watch those stargazing live programs, i think they are great.

Posted: 23-11-12 20:25 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

I do from time to time - when I get the chance. 

I can't believe they would not allow the live search for intelligent life - it would've been amazing. I read an article the other day about exoplanets which offer the best possibility for finding life - they have atmospheres close to ours. It sounds pretty awesome to find more life. 

Posted: 23-11-12 20:28 by Former Member

yeah they are great programs. I find the idea of the whole aliem invasion thing stupid, all those fake videos people make and people calling the police when they see a strange light  (an areoplanne or a chinese lantern) in the sky, but i do believe life is out there somewhere, it may be close or it may be on the other side of the galazy or in another galaxy. also it may not survive the same way we do, it could thrive on breathing a whole other gas, we simply don't know, but we start looking for life that is similar to us, but i think its important not to forget that there is proberly life that is completly different from us. sorry for going on a bit.

Posted: 23-11-12 20:33 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

It's ok I agree! I think that life might be able to survive on something different like hydrogen or helium. But there must be something out there, because we can't be the only things on the universe which can survive.

Posted: 23-11-12 20:37 by Former Member

i agree. but i do think that finding all these exoplanets is great although we shouldn't completley ignore the ones that arn't in the habitable zone

Posted: 23-11-12 20:42 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Yeah the exoplanets are probably are best chance, but we should not just reject the planets outside the habitable zone. I wonder how they find life on planets when they are 100s of light years away???

Posted: 23-11-12 20:44 by Former Member

i don't know, its an overwhelming topic

Posted: 23-11-12 20:47 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Yeah it is i kind of impossible to every fully know everything.

Posted: 23-11-12 20:49 by Former Member

are you doing any science subjects at school or are you in college?

Posted: 23-11-12 20:52 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR