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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Gfamily » Fri May 20, 2022 7:14 pm

Pishwish wrote:
Fri May 20, 2022 4:56 pm
Boeing's long delayed Starliner space capsule launched yesterday, on its second test flight. (The second test flight was necessary because the first one did not go well in 2019). The failure of 2 thrusters on yesterday's flight is being downplayed, but it does indicate that Boeing has a long way to go before it can re-establish its reputation for competence.
If it's clear across the UK this evening at about 11pm, there is a relatively high passage of the ISS, and while it's passing over UK, the Starliner capsule will be making its final approach before docking. I've no idea how visible the Starliner will be, but it'll be worth having a pair of binoculars to see if you can see a separate point of light next to the ISS.

For us in NW England, the ISS will be visible from about 23:08 BST - and will take about 6 minutes to cross the sky.
The docking itself is scheduled for 00:10 BST.
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Gfamily » Mon May 30, 2022 9:44 am

I sent this message to my BIL and SIL in California about an astronomical event that may be somewhat exceptional for one night only.
If it's clear tonight at about 10pm there may be a very intense meteor shower visible from the US.

There's a comet (Schwassmann-Wachmann 3) that returns every 5½ years that seems to be breaking up, and we may be passing through its debris this year. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, so best to get a recliner and look to the south east between 9:30 and 11:30 this evening. No equipment needed. Only a possibility, but worth keeping an eye out for. It's badly timed for us in UK so we'll miss it.
The peak time is reckoned to be at about 5:00 UT - so translate to whatever your local timezone.
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by dyqik » Mon May 30, 2022 7:06 pm

Gfamily wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 9:44 am
I sent this message to my BIL and SIL in California about an astronomical event that may be somewhat exceptional for one night only.
If it's clear tonight at about 10pm there may be a very intense meteor shower visible from the US.

There's a comet (Schwassmann-Wachmann 3) that returns every 5½ years that seems to be breaking up, and we may be passing through its debris this year. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, so best to get a recliner and look to the south east between 9:30 and 11:30 this evening. No equipment needed. Only a possibility, but worth keeping an eye out for. It's badly timed for us in UK so we'll miss it.
The peak time is reckoned to be at about 5:00 UT - so translate to whatever your local timezone.
9pm Eastern, so conveniently just as it gets properly dark.

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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Martin Y » Mon May 30, 2022 10:09 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/61617907

"This is the Perseid meteor shower..." No. It isn't. It's a dramatic view of star trails plus perhaps two meteors playing Where's Wally.

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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Gfamily » Tue May 31, 2022 10:48 pm

Visible aerosol explains the appearance of Uranus

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Well, it amused me!
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Martin Y » Wed Jun 01, 2022 6:46 pm

Just needed a way to crowbar in bleaching instead of whitening to achieve peak puerility.

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