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Astronomy and Space

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 9:32 pm
by Gfamily
Just out looking at Venus and Mercury

Had to take 3 images (using camera directly attached to the telescope) to get both of them in this stitched photo
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 11:21 am
by Gfamily
UK people may be able to see the just launched Dragon Crew mission on Wednesday evening about 15 minutes after its launch scheduled for 21:33 BST.

The ISS (its destination) makes a pass just before 11pm

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 1:13 pm
by Martin Y
Gosh. Nice photo. How far apart were they? I mean, what's the angle of view in that photo, roughly?

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 1:29 pm
by Gfamily
Martin Y wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 1:13 pm
Gosh. Nice photo. How far apart were they? I mean, what's the angle of view in that photo, roughly?
Thanks, at the time they were about 1 1/4 degrees apart - equivalent to 2.5 times the width of the full moon.
Physically, Venus was about 44,300,000 km and Mercury about 161,000,000km away.

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:40 pm
by Gfamily
If you're up late (or early) and have a low horizon to the North and East, have a look for a naked eye Comet (C/2020 F3 Neowise )
Our friend took this photo just before 3am this morning
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Below it are some noctilucent clouds

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:05 am
by shpalman
Up at 04:30 for this
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Zoom in of the relevant bit:
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:13 am
by Gfamily
Very nice - is that Mars and the Moon off to the right?

We're down in London to set our daughter this weekend so have missed the best nights (mornings) so far for this apparition.

We went out on Richmond Bridge at about 11:30 on Friday night, but it was too early and the comet too low.

We were able to point out Jupiter and Saturn to a couple of passers by though, which was worthwhile.

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:22 am
by shpalman
The horizon is very high around here and I don't really have much of a view to the west at all so I thought the early morning would be my best chance. That's Venus over on the right but Aldebaran was visible next to it. Maybe instead a few days* it will be easier to see it in the evenings.

LG phone cameras are pretty impressive, not least because they give you a manual mode in which you can set the ISO and ask for very long exposures. My cheap tripod is a bit wobbly though.

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:29 am
by shpalman
The view should have been more or less this, with the comet in Auriga.
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:52 am
by basementer
shpalman wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:05 am
Up at 04:30 for this
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Zoom in of the relevant bit:

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Lovely.
Someone on an astro forum that I used to frequent said of comet Hale-Bopp "I'm going to miss it - it somehow makes the night sky complete". One only gets a handful of naked eye comets in a lifetime - I saw Kohoutek, Halley, and Hale-Bopp, but I might well miss this one altogether through my accident of geography. Suffering hemisphere envy.

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:33 am
by jaap
We went out at about 0:30-01:00 last night to see the Neowise comet. We drove out to a nearby field to get a low horizon away from the street lights. It was only just visible with the naked eye, but with binoculars it looked great.

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:31 pm
by johnathan
Thanks. You helped me with my homework.

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:39 pm
by lpm
How to see Neo, the one, during July. In a few days it'll be up in the north near the saucepan, the saucepan being the best known constellation.

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/how-to-se ... t-in-years

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:08 pm
by shpalman
The uphelpful thing is that (a) it's not on the Sky Map app but (b) you'll probably need the app to show you where to look because for the moment it's probably going to go below the horizon before the sky is dark enough to see any recognisable constellations.

Well, most of you are probably a lot further north than I am, does that help?

It's too cloudy here to have any hope of seeing it this evening so getting out of bed at 4:30 am on Sunday was totally worth it.

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:35 pm
by basementer
Here's a link to the Heavens Above page (set it for your own location and time zone using the link at the top right of the page)

https://www.heavens-above.com/comet.asp ... =0&tz=NZST

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:01 am
by Gfamily
shpalman wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:08 pm
The uphelpful thing is that (a) it's not on the Sky Map app but (b) you'll probably need the app to show you where to look because for the moment it's probably going to go below the horizon before the sky is dark enough to see any recognisable constellations.

Well, most of you are probably a lot further north than I am, does that help?

It's too cloudy here to have any hope of seeing it this evening so getting out of bed at 4:30 am on Sunday was totally worth it.
The free version of Sky Safari (Android definitely: Apple probably) shows the comet.
There's a couple of apps by that name, look for the one by simulation curriculum.

Re: Astronomy and Space

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:02 pm
by Gfamily
Our Astronomy Club members had a busy few days over the weekend

I've collated their images into our Club website's picture gallery
It can take a few seconds to load
https://www.midcheshireastro.co.uk/gallery