STAR TRAK for October

October 4, 2011
Jupiter. Photo courtesy of NASA

As the short nights of summer give way to the longer nights of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, Jupiter will come into view above the southeastern horizon as the sun sets. The huge planet will be much brighter than any other object in the sky this month, reaching opposition on the night of Oct. 28-29. Since it will be opposite the sun in our sky, it will be visible all night, reaching its highest point in the south around midnight.

Opposition also marks a planet's closest approach to Earth, so Jupiter will be a magnificent sight in any telescope. For the best views, wait until mid-evening when it will be above the close to the horizon. In addition to the planet's many surface features, at least four of its moons will be visible. first observed these moons in 1610 and immediately realized their importance: they showed that Earth is not the center of all celestial motions, as nearly everyone before then had believed.

Venus will be visible very low in the southwest shortly after sunset. For viewers at mid-northern latitudes, it will set just a half hour after the sun at the beginning of the month and about an hour after sunset by month's end.

Mercury will appear below Venus in the last week of October, so low in bright twilight that binoculars will be needed to see it.

Mars passed through the Beehive of the constellation Cancer the Crab on the morning of Oct. 1, providing a fine sight in binoculars and telescopes as well as a great opportunity for photographs. The red-orange planet rose around 2 a.m. local time and was high in the southeast by dawn. It will spend the rest of the month moving toward the bright white star Regulus in the the Lion.

Saturn will pass through conjunction with the sun on Oct. 13, emerging into the morning sky during the second half of the month. On Oct. 31, about a half hour before sunrise, the yellow planet will be almost 10 degrees high in the east-southeast with the bright white star Spica nearby to its right.

Meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will peak before the first light of dawn on Oct. 22. Try watching around 2 a.m. local daylight saving time, shortly before the third-quarter moon rises. The Orionids appear to originate from the constellation Orion the Hunter. Orion will rise before midnight in the east southeast, and the number of meteors will increase as it gets higher above the horizon. The shower will be active for most of October, with the number of meteors gradually increasing from the start and declining after the peak. The Orionid meteors are dust particles from Halley's Comet, left behind in the comet's orbit.

Moon phases

The moon will be at first quarter on Oct. 3, full on Oct. 11, at third quarter on Oct. 19 and new on Oct. 26.

This year astronomers have designated Oct. 8 as Observe the Moon Night. Groups around the world have planned events for this night. For details, visit

Explore further: Venus, Saturn and Regulus cluster before dawn in October

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1.4 / 5 (9) Oct 04, 2011
As you gaze at Jupiter, be aware of experimental measurements that show Jupiter:

a.) Is composed of different elements than the Sun [1,2], and

b.) Contains a much higher proportion of elements and isotopes made by rapid neutron capture [3,4], the r-process.

1. "Isotope ratios: The key to elemental abundances and nuclear reactions in the Sun"

2. "Abundances of Hydrogen and Helium Isotopes in Jupiter"

3. "Isotopic ratios in Jupiter confirm intra-solar diffusion"

4. "Excess Xe-136 in Jupiter"

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo

4.4 / 5 (7) Oct 04, 2011
"As you gaze at Jupiter, be aware of experimental measurements that show Jupiter:

a.) Is composed of different elements than the Sun [1,2]..."

Oliver, what *elements* are found on Jupiter that are absent in the Sun?
4.3 / 5 (6) Oct 04, 2011
barakan showed that evidence of yours was debunked by more accurate methods. did you forget that already?
1.5 / 5 (8) Oct 07, 2011
Oh no. I do not forget so easily.

In fact I recognized the danger of receiving manipulated data.

That is why in 1998 I obtained the original 1995 isotope data directly from the NASA Administrator himself [1], after being falsely told that the Galileo probe confirmed the Bilderberg model of the Sun as a steady H-fusion reactor [2].

It is not. That fact is being released in Phase 2 of the Plan.

Keep trying. Do not know forget Phase 3.

1. "Isotopic ratios in Jupiter confirm intra-solar diffusion",
Meteorites Planets Sci 33-A97, 5011 (1998)

2. The Bilderberg solar model, Solar Physics 3, 5-25 (1968)


3. Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6; Qur'an 17.85

Don't forget: Good comrades share information.
3.5 / 5 (8) Oct 07, 2011
The probe experienced temperature swings in the instrument payload that went well beyond what the engineers had expected and what they had calibrated the instruments for. By insisting on using the original poorly-calibrated data, you have demonstrated that you are not interested in accurate data, you are interested in cherry-picked data. This is intellectual dishonesty rearing it's ugly head, but what makes it even more disgusting is that you then accuse others of what you are guilty of.
3.7 / 5 (6) Oct 07, 2011
If data was manipulated, where's your mathematical analysis of it? When humans fudge data, they tend to do so in ways that can be detected mathematically because they tend to be ignorant of details of number frequency in data, such as Benford's Law. If data manipulation is occurring, where is your proof? Show us the smoking gun or shut up.
1.6 / 5 (7) Oct 08, 2011
Why ask me for data that Dr. Dan Goldin ordered Dr. Wes Huntress to release to the PUBLIC (not to me) within 24 hours on this 1998 CSPAN recording?

The data has been posted on my web page for years. Links to the data were published in some of our papers and presentations at science conferences within a few months.

Is there an excuse for hiding experimental data that falsified ridiculous claims that

a.) Earth's heat source is a steady H-fusion reactor, and
b.) Man-made CO2-induced global warming?

Confidence in world leaders and in government science suffered.

The data belongs to the PUBLIC!

You, me, and everyone else.
4.3 / 5 (6) Oct 08, 2011
bullshit, you cant back that up oliver. Thats why you avoided the question once again and then proceeded to rant about conspiracies. its pathetic.
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 08, 2011
Since Oliver has claimed he would answer questions
I will respond to questions, as time permits, but I do not have time to argue with those who will not read information published in peer-reviewed papers [1-6]
I have read them and he knows it. Clearly he has ample time considering the number of posts he makes has been increasing.

Where is evidence for Iron in the those solar flare images you like to use? They only have TRACES of iron.

Where is the evidence that neutrons repel each other in a way that is different from the Pauli Exclusion Principle?

Where is someone that supports your idea that the Sun is a pulsar? And how did that a pulsar form IF there is such a thing as neutron repulsion?

Since you are now claiming that neutron repulsion can blow galaxies apart how did they form in the first place since with neutron repulsion of that magnitude even stars WITH neutron stars in them could not form nor could they retain planets.

The papers do NOT cover these.

5 / 5 (1) Oct 09, 2011
"In fact I recognized the danger of receiving manipulated data."

Of course, the experimental measurements are never manipulated in these people's minds. Only the data that disagrees with them. Typical and oh so shallow.

Do you happen to live down the street or next door to neal adams?

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