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Look Out Of Your Window Now! Astronomical events.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Withnail, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. Withnail

    Withnail Well-Known Forumite

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    Not lost 'em again 'ave ya.
     
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    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Two pair are on permanent leave - although if I did a full valet of the Rover one pair may appear I think, along with the rotten apples and Wrights Pie crusts. Another pair have taken residence on the top of my slaphead and the fourth are,well,somewhere...

    Perhaps Mr Jobs has missed a trick - iPhones can make pictures,videos and take calls but can they help you read a screen?..
     
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    Heads up for the ISS pass over 22.43.

    Not a great night for it, a bit light still and a bit of cloud but at mag -3.6 should be visible.

    Even to the naked eye.

    Rising WSW, setting E 22.49.
     
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    Looking for clearer skies hopefully - tad later passes and high mags ( higher the minus higher the mag ie - 3 is brighter than -2 etc).

    That one wasn't so bad though - picked it up at ~ 70 (why...) degrees(...)W then lost it in cloud again at ~ 40 (etc) degrees E.

    Ooh look, 3 passes tomorrow - first at 00.18 at mag -3.7, blimey that thing's moving fast.
     
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    Nother heads up for the ISS.

    Rising W 23.10, setting E 23.16, mag -3.7.
     
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    Damn this cloud.

    Good sighting but could've been better. It's still hanging around though, in fact next one is 00.45 if you're still up 'n' about.
     
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    Heads up for tonight - two ISS passes;

    22.27.56 rising W, setting E 22.33.47 mag -3.7
    00.03.15 rising W, setting SSE 00.07.06 mag -3.1

    Hopefully thinner, or little, cloud tonight.
     
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    3 minute warning.
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Excellent view. I'm sure I could see one of them waving at me...

    Interesting task for those who might care about such things. I spent some time, a while ago, trying to discover when was the last time that there was nobody in space...
     
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    Best this week.

    I waved. Ridiculous i know but why ever not?
     
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    Tricky.

    Will look a bit closer when i'm feeling a bit more analytical - but it would appear to be around 1980-81. Too vague i know - must try harder.
     
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    Passing now mag -3.5 W > ESE.
     
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    Fantastic - you could see the cargo ship on the same flight path!

    It'll be back at 00.29.59, not as bright but at mag -2.0 still very obvious. Look out for the cargo ship ~20 deg in front of it.
     
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    The cargo has landed

    One of the last of the brighter ones tonight as it slips ever southwards and it could be a good night for it.

    23.20.55 rising W, setting SE 23.25.21 mag -2.9
     
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    3 minute warning.
     
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    3 minute warning

    Rising W > SSW mag -1.9
     
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    saw the earlier sighting this evening, around -3.4 mag, very very bright indeed even given the reasonable amount of natural light left.
     
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    Looks like it's leaving us so i'll stop now. Good one tomorrow though. Seeing as we've page hopped, re-link to up-coming
     

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