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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by tenchboy » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:47 pm

Gfamily wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:45 pm
tenchboy wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:31 pm
Got a western facing window? Have need to be 'just getting up' in the night? Combine the two, have a peep out to the west around 3 or 4am if you're up and about.
Venus as a morning star* just now is absolutely stunning; shining bright like a miniature moon; no wonder, as Lucifer the light-bringer, it played such a part in the communual psychey in days gone by. It is a major object in the sky and much over-looked: it is nothing short of awesome! Pre-light-polution or out on the moors it must have been utterly magnificent.
I would imagine also - in fact I'm certain, that if you marked its position above the horizon just at sun rise - by so many fingers' width at arms-length - that you would be able to spot it during the day the same distance ahead of the sun.
Lots of cool points on offer there!
Ahem, - east facing window for morning planets
Jupiter and Saturn are good in the west in the evening though.
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Gfamily » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:14 am

There's a possible announcement tomorrow of a suggestion of evidence for life on Venus

An article on EarthSky.org that seems to have jumped the gun on an embargo date, then removed, but was Google Cached,

ETA - almost did an LPM on that one...

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/ ... Oo2mS-amoI
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by basementer » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:26 am

Gfamily wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:14 am
There's a possible announcement tomorrow of a suggestion of evidence for life on Venus

An article on EarthSky.org that seems to have jumped the gun on an embargo date, then removed, but was Google Cached,

ETA - almost did an LPM on that one...

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/ ... Oo2mS-amoI
I remember when there was discussion of what might have been microbial remnants on a bit of Mars rock, mid to late 1990s, Terry Pratchett said something close to "I want so much for this to be true that I hope the scientists are trying their hardest to prove that it isn't". I couldn't have phrased it better.
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by shpalman » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:56 am

Well I did find Phosphine Detected In The Atmosphere of Venus

It wouldn't be such a good sign if phosphine were detected in the atmosphere of my lab.
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