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Look Out Of Your Window Now! Astronomical events.

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

  1. Thehooperman

    Thehooperman Well-Known Forumite

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    Have you turned into one of showaddywaddy by any chance? :)
     
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  2. littleme

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    ... Under the moon of love, ....


    ... Well that's stuck in my head now. Thanks. :slayer:
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Recovering from Halloween.
     
  4. BobClay

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    No not a comet, the planet Mercury. There's a price to be paid for all that nice sunshine. The tail is made of Sodium, which sputters out under the relentless blast from a Sun filled sky.

    At Dartmouth St school some decades ago now I dropped a small shrapnel of Sodium into an inkwell in the physics lab as a joke. It did a passable imitation of Mount Vesuvius on heat !!! .... and got me the long walk for the cane and punishment book. :eek:

    https://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=169723
     
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    When I was at school the chemistry master had worked in industry before he became a teacher. One of his stories was that at the plant he worked at they used 7 lb blocks of sodium which came sealed in tin cans. The works foreman cycled home along the canal towpath. One day they pinched one of the sodium blocks and as he passed them on his way home they lobbed it into the canal. It hurtled around the surface of the water emitting flames and smoke. Foreman fell off his bike. We never got to hear the rest of the story.
     
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    WEATHER PERMITTING (and, unfortunately it doesn't look too good):

    At 17:58 and 31.5 seconds this evening, the International Space Station will transit (pass in front of) the moon, providing a unique view of the largest human made object in orbit, as it passes in front of our natural satellite. This will only be viewable along a very narrow track across a small part of the planet and Stafford is at the centre of this track.

    If the weather permits, you will be able to see the Space Station as it approaches the moon (travelling west to east), and then as it passes in front of the moon. It will cross the moon in a second or so, so you'll have to be quick to catch it.

    This is what such a transit looks like and the second image shows the predicted track of the Space Station, across the moon, tonight:
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  7. BobClay

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    Looks like old Sol is coming out of the solar minimum with a bit of style. A sunspot bigger than the entire Earth !!!

    Sort of puts us in our place a bit doesn't it ?

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  8. BobClay

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    BIG just isn't enough of a word for this fellah. You could quite easily drop the entire Earth into it and have room to spare.

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