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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:15 am

Saw absolutely bugger all, as it clouded over round here! :(

Tried several times, but so few gaps in the cloud that I didn't see a single shooting star - still, Freddy my friendly fox enjoyed the extra sausages he got fed as a result of me being in the garden. After keeping me company for quite a while, he disappeared for a bit and then came back with his Mrs and a cub :D . . . who all got sausages too. I know, I know, I'm a Wet Hen . . .
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Nonny Mouse » Sun Aug 13, 2017 04:32 pm

We had a heckuva storm last night, couldn't see across the road much less the sky.
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:57 am

:sunny: It's total Solar eclipse day today :sunny:

For everyone in the USA lucky enough to be in the exact path of the total eclipse -take photos please! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Squigglyx » Fri Aug 18, 2017 09:08 pm

Grace Speaker wrote::sunny: It's total Solar eclipse day today :sunny:

For everyone in the USA lucky enough to be in the exact path of the total eclipse -take photos please! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
In the words of Monty Python: "You lucky bastards! Lucky, lucky bastards!"



spotted on facebook earlier today...

Moon in between earth and sun = Solar eclipse
Earth in between moon and sun = lunar eclipse
Sun in between earth and moon = apoc_eclipse

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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby phalarope » Sat Aug 19, 2017 01:14 am

Grace Speaker wrote::sunny: It's total Solar eclipse day today :sunny:

For everyone in the USA lucky enough to be in the exact path of the total eclipse -take photos please! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
In the words of Monty Python: "You lucky bastards! Lucky, lucky bastards!"

Ummmm..... it's not until Monday. We had an electrical outage around 9:30 at work, but the sun was at full wattage all day.
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Sat Aug 19, 2017 08:15 am

phalarope wrote:Ummmm..... it's not until Monday. We had an electrical outage around 9:30 at work, but the sun was at full wattage all day.
Ooops!! :oops: My bad! You are quite right - a case of premature obscuratus solis on my part there! :wink: As you were . . . until Monday! :sunny:
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby SANEAlex » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:47 pm

Grace Speaker wrote:
phalarope wrote:Ummmm..... it's not until Monday. We had an electrical outage around 9:30 at work, but the sun was at full wattage all day.
Ooops!! :oops: My bad! You are quite right - a case of premature obscuratus solis on my part there! :wink: As you were . . . until Monday! :sunny:


If you have got the right kit to protect your eyes you might see a bit of a partial eclipse in the UK on Monday from Manchester southwards in the evening 19:40 20:10 for London

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/uk/london


And a bit of late reporting I did see a few good Persieds last Saturday & Sunday between the clouds with auditory confirmation on some of them from the neighbours kids star party a couple of houses away on the Saturday, they spotted some i missed and vice versa as well.
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby SANEAlex » Mon Aug 21, 2017 04:52 pm

For those who are not over the pond with a mark 1 eyeball view @slooh are doing a live stream, as i post the sun is covering about a third of the sun at the campsite they are at.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAFaYfeUj90

Edited to add the NASA live stream as well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11y8N22Rq0
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby steveastrouk » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:22 pm

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Couple of pictures taken in Paducah KY
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Sep 19, 2017 05:38 pm

Combining two of my favourite things: books and astronomy, signed copies of Tim Peake's new book go on sale tomorrow on the Waterstones' website:

Ask an Astronaut - Signed Edition: Available to Order from 11am Wednesday 20 September (Hardback)
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Sandra » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:54 am

One of the tasks I had at Worldcon this year was to ensure that no unaccompanied adults tried to break into the children's panels...

There was only one where we had to enforce this - one where the children got to talk to an Astronaut! He was the only unaccompanied adult allowed in though!
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