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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Withnail, Apr 17, 2010.
That looks like Venus (in blue jeans).
@staffordjas, there is an easy digital solution to quickly and easily disabling the flash on a phone.
Put a fingertip over it.
... whilst being sure to avoid disabling the lens at the same time...
I'll see you that 1, and raise you this .................
A Musical Guide To Our Solar System from the centre to the edge:
You Stole The Sun From My Heart - Manic Street Preachers
Mercury Rising - The Stranglers
Venus As A Boy - Björk
Planet Earth - Duran Duran
Life On Mars? - David Bowie
Asteroid - The Devil Wears Prada
Jupiter Crash - The Cure
Saturn's Pattern - Paul Weller
Rocket To Uranus - Vengaboys
Neptune - Foals
Kuiper - Benn Jordan
Halley's Comet - Sarah Darling
Pluto - Clare & The Reasons [possibly in a double act with Charon, Ferryman Of The Damned - David Denyer]
Voyager 1 - Black Rivers
Oort Cloud - Scale The Summit
Mars is easy to see in the evening. Reddish colour in the south/southeast. However if you see a large tripod type thing in the distance ... f**king run for it is my advice.
Well, the chances of anything coming from Mars may be a million to one against, but I've got a piece of Mars (NWA6963).
That looks like a part of the exhaust manifold of a Tripod Machine if ever I saw one ...
Sky Map's a very good app to get if you want to know what it is. Line your phone up with the star and bingo.
I have the cd in the car. Brilliant if you're driving home in the dark, in the middle of a thunder storm............
Saturn, Jupiter and the Moon putting on a show this evening if you get a clear sky .....
The International Space Station almost collided with the Moon last night, it was a close run thing. Of course, they may have missed each other by a quarter of a million miles, but it sure looked close.
Jupiter and Saturn are nicely positioned in our night sky, relatively 'close' to each other. Even a relatively small telescope should reveal Jupiter's Galilean moons and Saturn's rings. And if you've got something of reasonable power you should be able to look at Uranus later in the night.
We are now into Solar Cycle 25 and it's interesting how Solar Activity has been reducing in magnitude over the last few cycles. Solar cycles peak (maximum sunspot numbers) roughly every eleven years although the actual cycle is 22 years as the magnetic polarity of the spots reverses .. (think of it a bit like a Sine wave.)
There's been much speculation about possible causes and effects and references to an event a few centuries ago called the Maunder Minimum wherein the cycle seemed to collapse for about 75 years. I've been watching this graph for some years now.
We're all pretty much at the mercy of our parent star. If you must have a God, I'd say old Sol is a number one contender for the job. (Not that praying to it is likely to do much good.)
Named after Annie Maunder and her husband Edward. Annie Maunder was a remarkable astronomer at a time when female astronomers were pretty much unheard of: https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/annie-russell-maunder
Sadly, outside of astronomical circles, her achievements remain largely unrecognised.
pray there isn't a second wave
Reminds me of Cecilia Payne in more recent times. She was a remarkable astronomer and astrophysicist who because of her gender had some considerable difficulty in getting her education both here and in the states.
She figured out pretty much what the Sun was mostly made of (hydrogen, her ideas then suggested most of the Universe was this at the time) but her conclusions were again suppressed to the point where she was more or less strong-armed into suggesting in her Doctorate that her results were 'spurious.' She was of course right.
Not only unsung, but her work was subsequently plagiarised.
Ah, that reminds me - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky on Great Lives.
And Frank Drake was one of her students.
Major Astronomical announcement, due at 16:00 today, and I mean ASTRONOMICAL!!!
The possibility of life on Venus !!!
Given the conditions on our sister planet ... I do not want to meet something that grew up there. It would make Danaerys Targaryen's dragons look like fluffy lovable little kittens ... (even if it is microbial.)