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by brian livesey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Solar proms
Replies: 1
Views: 14

Solar proms

The Sun is still in boring mode it seems, with little to see except for proms. The last solar maximum showed lots of detail: sunspots, proms, filaments and flares. This time round the Sun is taking its time to emerge from full minimum. This morning I was able to image several proms in the PST with a...
by brian livesey
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS leaking from old age ..
Replies: 0
Views: 16

ISS leaking from old age ..

In 2019 an air leak was discovered in the International Space Station ( ISS ). Attempts to fix the leak have not been fully successful. Last year, technicians identified why cabin pressure had been affected. Other cracks where discovered in 2020 using an electron microscope and sealed, but there are...
by brian livesey
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: Rockets and satellites
Replies: 0
Views: 15

Rockets and satellites

The news agency Tass said that Russia is planning to design and build rockets capable of carrying payloads of two-hundred tonnes. While China is to built its fifth rocket launch site, including a section of a command centre and assembly testing facility. The new launch site will be in Xiangshan, clo...
by brian livesey
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Elon Musk promotion
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: Elon Musk promotion

The global population level is slowing and set to stabilise at 8 billion. It’s HOW we live at this point in time that’s fouling the nest. We need total system change, not half-baked reformist solutions. But that’s politics .. .
by brian livesey
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IC 1805
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: IC 1805

I thought it was the Eagle neb because at the centre of the nebulosity there appear to be structures that look like the so-called Pillars of Creation.
by brian livesey
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IC 1805
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: IC 1805

There’s plenty of extended detail in there. Are we looking at the Eagle Nebula?
by brian livesey
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Elon Musk promotion
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: Elon Musk promotion

The Moon and Mars were messed up long before showman Musk burst onto the scene Mike, by asteroids and comets.
by brian livesey
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mu Cephei
Replies: 10
Views: 86

Re: Mu Cephei

I haven’t seen this star for many years. It’s very pretty.
by brian livesey
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: National star-count completed ..
Replies: 0
Views: 33

National star-count completed ..

The countryside charity CPRE has completed its survey with over 8000 results. The star count has revealed a ten percentage drop in people experiencing severe light pollution since February. The CPRE attributes this reduction probably to the Covid lockdown. The number of stars counted in Orion betwee...
by brian livesey
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Another Interstellar Visitor Is Headed Our Way
Replies: 2
Views: 1406

Re: Another Interstellar Visitor Is Headed Our Way

Apparently, these interstellar visitors to the Solar System are more frequent than was previously thought.
by brian livesey
Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Which telescope to buy? This may help.
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Which telescope to buy? This may help.

Gosky sounds Russian like Gorky. It’s a company in America.
by brian livesey
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Asteroid Apophis Flyby
Replies: 9
Views: 407

Re: Asteroid Apophis Flyby

A century from now they’ll easily be able to deal with rogue comets and asteroids. In fact, with proper planning they could do it now.
by brian livesey
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Betelgeuse dimming enigma
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Re: Betelgeuse dimming enigma

I’ll see you Eva in a million years from now. :wink:
by brian livesey
Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Lonesome planet
Replies: 2
Views: 756

Re: Lonesome planet

What a revelation it would be Eva, if one of those thousand or so exoplanets so far discovered was found to have an atmosphere indicating possible life on the planet. :D
by brian livesey
Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: Starlink satellites bisect Orion Nebula ..
Replies: 2
Views: 3589

Re: Starlink satellites bisect Orion Nebula ..

All the more reason for Musk et al to go to Mars and stay there. :wink: