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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby SANEAlex » Wed Jul 18, 2018 09:02 pm

Penners wrote:For those in the UK who might be interested, there is a lunar eclipse on the 27th July. It's in the early evening so we won't have to stay up until silly o'clock to see it. :D

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Apparently its going to be one of the longer time Blood Moons possible because the Moon will be a Mini Moon as in when full this time it is close to apogee.
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Jul 20, 2018 08:48 pm

Today in 1969, Neil Armstrong went for a little walk . . .

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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:21 pm

Photo of the moon, taken out of the window of Apollo 11 on this day in 1969 :D


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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby steeljam » Sat Jul 21, 2018 09:50 pm

Grace Speaker wrote:Photo of the moon, taken out of the window of Apollo 11 on this day in 1969 :D Image

Taken by Michael Collins. Cannot see Armstrong and Aldrin!
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Jul 27, 2018 07:51 pm

Penners wrote:For those in the UK who might be interested, there is a lunar eclipse on the 27th July. It's in the early evening so we won't have to stay up until silly o'clock to see it. :D

Lunar eclipse
Well isn't this bleedin' typical?! You wait patiently for weeks and weeks to see the Blood Moon, there hasn't been any rain for forty days and forty nights, there's barely been a cloud in the sky for months, come to that, but the night of the Blood Moon lunar eclipse, what do we get in London? Full bloody cloud cover, with thunder and lightening to boot!!! :evil:

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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Sandra » Fri Jul 27, 2018 09:03 pm

Local news covered the story about the upcoming eclipse at 18.30 - by reporting from Jodrell Bank. I'm pretty sure that they were looking elsewhere (especially since they can look through clouds)

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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Nonny Mouse » Fri Jul 27, 2018 09:53 pm

I'm bummed this isn't next week, I could see it then. Oh well, got up to see the last several blood moons.
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:16 pm

Nonny Mouse wrote:I'm bummed this isn't next week, I could see it then. Oh well, got up to see the last several blood moons.
In my part of London we got to see bugger all too, thanks to the full cloud cover :roll:
Just as well I didn't go to all the trouble of setting up my camera, tripod and telescope out in the garden, as the most interesting thing going on out there tonight was Felix the cat chasing a moth around the lawn :meow:
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Squigglyx » Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:24 pm

Lancashire covered in cloud too.
I had my camera set up and ready to go with a 600mm lens and all settings preset. :(

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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Sandra » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:17 am

January - apparently
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby chrisboote » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:15 am

would it be awf'ly bad mannered to say that while I was in Copenhagen it was a glorious brilliant huge orange in a cloudless purple sky?
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Jul 31, 2018 02:57 pm

chrisboote wrote:would it be awf'ly bad mannered to say that while I was in Copenhagen it was a glorious brilliant huge orange in a cloudless purple sky?

You sir, are an absolute rotter!!


That said, did you take any photos? :wink:
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby chrisboote » Wed Aug 01, 2018 06:46 am

Grace Speaker wrote:
chrisboote wrote:would it be awf'ly bad mannered to say that while I was in Copenhagen it was a glorious brilliant huge orange in a cloudless purple sky?

You sir, are an absolute rotter!!


That said, did you take any photos? :wink:

Nope, didn't take a decent camera with me (travelled ultra-light, just one backpack!)
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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:34 am

Photo of the aurora on Saturn just because it's so beautiful :D

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Re: The Astronomy thread

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:37 am

Shamelessly pinched from TweetyTwits:

Michael Collins is the only human, living or dead, not contained in the frame of this picture... (NASA)


Mind, blown! :shock: :D :shock:

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