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by rwilkinson
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

Last night I was hoping for an opportunity to catch the comet close to the Double Cluster.
There was a brief clear interval, but once I'd got the 'scope set up and aligned I only managed a single exposure before the cloud (and later fog!) descended again. :(
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Comet 2017 T2 and the Double Cluster on 26-Jan.
85-sec with NEX5R on 80ED at f/4.8.
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by rwilkinson
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Starlink's "string of pearls"

Have a look towards the SW (near to Venus) around 6:40 this evening:
starlink_20jan.png
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Where the orbital path is green the satellites will be sunlit, but where it turns grey they pass into eclipse.
by rwilkinson
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

I caught the comet again from my garden last night.
It's a bit brighter than it was in November, but the tail is not as prominent:
c2017t2_18jan.jpg
Comet 2017 T2 on 18-Jan. 83x 60-sec with Mx716 on C8 at f.3.5
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by rwilkinson
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Starlink's "string of pearls"

There should be some opportunities to see these satellites over the coming week. Tonight they will be passing over Spain and France a few minutes before 6pm: 2020-01-18 STARLINK Train.jpg so they will appear low in the South from here: 2020-01-18 view.png They will be much higher in the sky later in...
by rwilkinson
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

Towards the end of this month the comet will pass close to the famous Double Cluster.
This is its position on 27th January:
c2017t2_double.png
Cartes du Ciel chart showing the comet's position on 27-Jan
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Sadly the comet is only around 9th magnitude, so it will be difficult to spot even in binoculars; but it should present a good imaging opportunity.
by rwilkinson
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Absolute Beginners
Topic: Beginners' Guide from The Sky At Night
Replies: 0
Views: 113

Beginners' Guide from The Sky At Night

Last night's episode provided a concise half-hour introduction to visual astronomy for beginners: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000db8r/the-sky-at-night-a-beginners-guide I noted that all their young star-gazers had been kitted out with identical night-vision red-LED head-torches, just like...
by rwilkinson
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Starlink's "string of pearls"

An observer in Fort Worth (Texas) has posted a video of "the train" of new Starlink satellites on the day of their launch:
https://youtu.be/FBbzAFXoloQ
It really does look like an airborne train-load of carriages on this clip!
by rwilkinson
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Starlink's "string of pearls"

Some discussion of the potential impacts of these mega-constellations of satellites on astronomical research:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51049746
by rwilkinson
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Starlink's "string of pearls"

Their latest batch of sixty satellites (" Starlink 2 ") was launched overnight: https://www.rocketlaunch.live/launch/starlink-3 The Satflare website has predictions of their positions, which will be updated once their orbits are measured: https://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=StarLinkLaunch&sck=1#TOP...
by rwilkinson
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

This comet isn't brightening much at the moment: it's still around magnitude 10. Hence the revised prediction is that it will peak at just 8th magnitude in May. The Open University 's team have recently fixed a scheduling problem with their robotic COAST facility, so last night I was able to catch t...