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by jeff.stevens
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Bulletin Board Upgrade - Friday 18th December
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Bulletin Board Upgrade - Friday 18th December

I will be upgrading this bulletin board to the latest version of the software on Friday 18th December between 7:30am and 9:30am. The board will be unavailable during this time period. The upgrade will not affect the look and feel of the board, nor the functionality. Most of the changes are to ensure...
by jeff.stevens
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Geminids 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 214

Re: Geminids 2020

Wow, what a fabulous observing session. Great dedication to the cause. Very interesting to read your report - I can almost imagine how brilliant those fireballs would have been.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..
Replies: 46
Views: 493

Re: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..

I’ve just (4:45pm on 15 December) been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of Saturn and Jupiter before they disappeared below the rooftops of neighbouring properties. The Starry Night planetarium software is showing the angular separation at just under 41 arc minutes, or 0.68 of a degree. It is a f...
by jeff.stevens
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Geminids 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 214

Re: Geminids 2020

Mike/Bob, glad you got to see some. I think we may have clear patches in North Staffs this evening, so I will observe if I have chance.

Spectacular getting to see a fireball, Bob. Been a while since I saw one.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Geminids 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 214

Re: Geminids 2020

Miraculously, the skies cleared over my area for about 30 minutes this evening, at 8:35pm, and I managed to spot 5 Geminids and one sporadic. There was a little bit of intermittent cloud partially obscuring the view at times, but it was five more than I expected to see given our current weather cond...
by jeff.stevens
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..
Replies: 46
Views: 493

Re: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..

Finally, a patch of clear sky. I’m sitting on my sofa looking out of my front window, using an 8x23 binocular, and I have just detected Saturn in what I think is classed as Civil Twilight. Lovely to see the pair closing in on each other. I had been watching for about 15 minutes, and Saturn just popp...
by jeff.stevens
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Geminids 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 214

Re: Geminids 2020

Good timing this year too, with new Moon at 16:16 GMT on 14th December.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Geminids 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 214

Geminids 2020

As I type this post, I can hear the rain pattering against my window panes, and I’m thinking of the forthcoming Geminid meteor shower. This is my favourite meteor shower of the year. Robin Scagell has put an interesting article on the Popastro website. Looking at the forecast, for my area, it’s not ...
by jeff.stevens
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..
Replies: 46
Views: 493

Re: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..

I can relate to that, Brian. Haven’t caught sight of a clear sky for a while.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars in a Small Telescope
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: Mars in a Small Telescope

Michael, I really enjoyed reading about your observations, and your sketch and accompanying notes. Keep on posting.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Hyabusa2 almost home
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Hyabusa2 almost home

It’s quite a feat isn’t it, and the Hyabusa-2 craft is on its way to another mission in 2031. I wonder how they will capture the gases from the capsule - presumably open it in vacuum chamber? Interesting article on the recovery. Must have been quite a sight to see it trailing across the night sky. B...
by jeff.stevens
Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Erasmus (C/2020 S3)
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Re: Comet Erasmus (C/2020 S3)

That’s good to hear you still have a fabulous view of the night sky, Nigel.

I’m guessing it will become increasingly difficult to spot this comet now, but well worth a try.

An observatory sounds a great project. I do envy anyone who has such a place in their garden.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Arecibo Telescope to close.
Replies: 13
Views: 197

Re: Arecibo Telescope to close.

Sky & Telescope have an article with video footage of the collapse of the main instrument platform.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Arecibo Telescope to close.
Replies: 13
Views: 197

Re: Arecibo Telescope to close.

Hard to imagine the scale of this receiver. According to the article links from SpaceWeather.com the main instrument platform, which fell, weighed 900 tons. That’s a lot of weight to support.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Twilight days ...
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Re: Twilight days ...

It was very refreshing to wake up to this morning. I saw the Moon heading over to set, and it looked fabulous. I like to take a few moments to just stand and watch on mornings like these, and appreciate the beauty of the view. How lucky we are to be able to witness such scenes.

Best wishes, Jeff.