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by KendalAstronomer
Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:06 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: UK astronomy under threat
Replies: 80
Views: 25884

We're still no clearer where STFC stands at the moment. It posts announcements and counter announcements on its website, but only when and if cuts actually happen do we know what they're really able to do. They were badly critisized for their lack of clear management in a recent article prior to the...
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:39 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Visiting the LHC CERN
Replies: 12
Views: 2303

The Institute of Physics used to do an annual trip to CERN. I went a few years ago (having just returned from an eclipse in Zimbabwe) and it was pretty good. The tunnel was shut down that year as they were putting in the new equipment (some of which I saw in its hangar). Outside, asides from all the...
by KendalAstronomer
Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:27 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Any non-OU distance-learning Astronomy students ou there?
Replies: 33
Views: 7414

As with ajb, I'm not a distance learning astro person, but I am an atmospheric physics PhD student and help as a teaching assistant in our non distance learning astronomy and physics courses (undergraduate and evening classes), so can also be an occasional resource if required.
by KendalAstronomer
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Dark Matter & Black Holes
Replies: 11
Views: 4862

Apologies, by "objects", I meant very large nebulae, galactic haloes, things like that that take part in galactic mergers and are big enough for significant gravitational effets. Not dark matter toasters or even star scale objects, though I'm sure people are looking (not for the toasters).
by KendalAstronomer
Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Dark Matter & Black Holes
Replies: 11
Views: 4862

Dark matter is believed to form dark matter objects. Their 'influence' (rather than a direct detection of them) is seen in, for example, galactic mergers. Other than that, dark matter seems to have a limited interaction with normal matter, making it difficult to observe. Observers look for other eff...
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Skies dim for UK astronomers :-(
Replies: 9
Views: 2436

Yep, this is good as far as it goes. Access to both Gemini North and South has been reinstated, which STFC still intends to cut down to North only, meaning their battle, if they continue it, will rage on in the summer, but at least there's some grace period now for UK observations that had already b...
by KendalAstronomer
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: UK astronomy under threat
Replies: 80
Views: 25884

Plus it was factually incorrect - the release said they were still going to negotiate a lower price for Gemini, when they have actually lost all access now.
by KendalAstronomer
Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:17 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Matter Map
Replies: 17
Views: 8082

It is true that computers can do calculations more rapidly. However, it may also be possible that too many calculations made using slightly inaccurate inputs may be producing too many errors for sciences good. Yes, but the point is these innaccuracies are normally the result of the theory and will ...
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Matter Map
Replies: 17
Views: 8082

Dear John We could say with respect to Galileo that he was right (although I gather he did edge his bets a bit when shown the Inqisitions instruments of torture, which seems quite a sensible thing to do for me). However, can you tell me that the cosmologists are right and if so which one. Best of l...
by KendalAstronomer
Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Running Man
Replies: 16
Views: 3608

It looks like the same guy doing a handstand to me now. :(
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The multitude of cameras on Mars and none pointed at Phobos
Replies: 10
Views: 2240

This pageshows various images of phobos (including eclipses, movies etc), including those taken by the rovers.
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:21 am
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: spy satellite to re-enter uncontrolled
Replies: 7
Views: 5297

She's working on it - see the other thread :shock:
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Setting circles
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

Horses for courses. If you're a great star hopper, then star hopping is faster. If not, if you're target's away from known stars and difficult to locate due to light pollution and you know the RA and Dec of the object you want, (and don't have/want goto) then setting circles are useful.
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Skies dim for UK astronomers :-(
Replies: 9
Views: 2436

Except those of us who happen to be finishing their studies and applying for STFC jobs in the near future... Outreach events are also to be slashed by this round of cuts, so feweer open days and events at professional institutions for people to look around, fewer programs, leaflets, speakers and boo...
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:10 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: UK astronomy under threat
Replies: 80
Views: 25884

It's creating havoc with the scientists of the present too. One guy in the group spent nine days working on a Gemini observing proposal (you have to make a scientific case for why your observations are important and then show why it must be Gemini you use to observe, it then goes off to be peer revi...