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Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 23:40 Fri 22 Jan 2016
by LGTrotter
AHB wrote:What happened to the comet I failed to see?
And what of the ninth planet which nobody has seen but is definitely there?

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 00:50 Sat 23 Jan 2016
by jdaw1
LGTrotter wrote:the ninth planet which nobody has seen but is definitely there?
Video, not entirely convincing. If it is there, hopefully it has a big moon, not too close.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 01:25 Sat 23 Jan 2016
by DRT
AHB wrote:What happened to the comet I failed to see?
Do you mean Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina?

Not easy to see this evening due to the full Moon, but relatively easy to locate due to its proximity to well known constellations. Look at that page again two weeks from now to see where it is and then look for it with binoculars. When you see an indistinct grey smudge with a faint green core you have seen the comet.

It doesn't look like this...
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It looks more like this, but not so bright and well defined, more like a smudge...
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Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 11:17 Sat 23 Jan 2016
by jdaw1
Do look carefully for alien bodies.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 00:02 Wed 27 Jan 2016
by jdaw1
By one of my former lecturers, Do black holes have no hair? Worthy of your attention.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 10:00 Wed 27 Jan 2016
by Doggett
jdaw1 wrote:By one of my former lecturers, Do black holes have no hair? Worthy of your attention.
It's not quite 9am on this wet Wednesday and my mind has already been blown by the fact that Murray (x2)and Konte are in the semi-finals of the Austrailian open, and that if I am going to get sucked into a Black hole...it needs to be a big one!
Strangely I was not too surprised in who Julian's former lecturer was.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 20:58 Thu 11 Aug 2016
by LGTrotter
Perseids go cray-cray tonight, according to the beeb http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37050631 . But it is clouding up here at present so I don't think I will see much.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 09:55 Fri 12 Aug 2016
by TLW
Hopefully will have a relatively clear night tonight in Tokyo for the Perseids. The cloud cover seems to be dispersing.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 10:33 Mon 13 Nov 2017
by TLW
Should be an impressive sight.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41956191

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 11:31 Mon 13 Nov 2017
by DRT
Unfortunately it was cloudy this morning in my part of the world :-(

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 23:51 Mon 29 Jan 2018
by TLW
Wow. Hope the skies are clear for a super blue blood moon, tonight.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/super-blue ... ing-jan-31

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 12:21 Tue 30 Jan 2018
by PhilW
TLW wrote:
23:51 Mon 29 Jan 2018
Wow. Hope the skies are clear for a super blue blood moon, tonight.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/super-blue ... ing-jan-31
Learning something new every day. While I understand the colloquial use of "once in a blue moon", I did not know that this related to an actual lunar phenomena (the third full moon in a season with four full moons; though also now used by some more recently as the second full moon within the same calendar month), rather than some rare chance occurrence (such as specific dust particles in the air, or similar).

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 14:23 Wed 31 Jan 2018
by AHB
I always knew of a blue moon as being the second full moon in a calendar month - something which happens roughly once every two years.

I understand that a super blue blood moon happens about once every 150 years. Sadly for those of us in the UK, the lunar eclipse happens while the moon is below the horizon.

Re: RE: Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 20:20 Wed 31 Jan 2018
by PhilW
I'm not especially bothered about it being "blue" (since that's just a consequence of our choice of calendar and dateline etc), but I'd be interested to know when the next super blood moon will occur which will be visible in the UK.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 05:42 Fri 02 Feb 2018
by TLW
It was mercifully clear in Tokyo, and the moon was indeed a red/orange, although it appeared to have been an incomplete eclipse at the time I saw it. However, I did see the total solar eclipse over Tokyo several years ago. That was good, too.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 13:56 Fri 02 Feb 2018
by AHB
I caught the super blood moon from the office window on Wednesday night around 5pm. It was very impressive. It wasn't the blue moon since it was a few hours less than full, but it looked pretty damn impressive as it came up over the horizon.

Re: A reason to get up early

Posted: 20:45 Fri 02 Feb 2018
by DRT
Unfortunately I missed the blue phase and the red phase - I just caught a big white moon.

The blood moon is indeed an impressive sight. The blue moon reminds me of my mother singing at family gatherings in the 1970s :D