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by KendalAstronomer
Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:57 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: UK astronomy under threat
Replies: 80
Views: 25884

It got worse earlier on today. STFC tried to negotiate its way out of Gemini North and South so it could negotiate re-entry into Gemini North only. Unfortunately, it appears they managed stage one, but failed in stage two, meaning the UK is now permamently out of both the Gemini telescopes. STFC hav...
by KendalAstronomer
Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Big Bang - Simon Singh
Replies: 19
Views: 8171

I have read this book and it is very good. I bought it abroad (nicer cover!). I am currently reading 'The Fabric of the Cosmos' by Brian Greene - so far so good. I finished this last night. Interesting, though he does present a somewhat optimistic view of his field. An example would be the CMB comp...
by KendalAstronomer
Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:59 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: First Light Optics
Replies: 11
Views: 2658

Yep, just to add my testimonial, FLO provided a fast and helpful service, I managed to get my items despite them being ordered over the dreaded xmas period. One was a little late, but as with ubique, more than adequate compensation was provided.
by KendalAstronomer
Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:56 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: IR telescopes and CO2
Replies: 15
Views: 4197

The climate has never changed at the rate it is doing now. And even if the carbon came from the atmosphere, it didn't come in the form it is being put back. The reason why the data does not have to be recalibrated is the same reason why the telescopes are on top of a gigantic moutain on an underpopu...
by KendalAstronomer
Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:01 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The man on mars :-)
Replies: 16
Views: 3339

Chris Lintott's write up on this is here.

He's pretty unimpressed...

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by KendalAstronomer
Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: UK astronomy under threat
Replies: 80
Views: 25884

Yep, reading the responses to this article in the astronomy and atmospheric physics communities, they have been rather curt... I believe Keith Mason is giving a politician's answer. Sometime in the next few days there'll be a press release calling for his head (amongst others) following a meeting by...
by KendalAstronomer
Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Work Experience
Replies: 6
Views: 1596

Yep, just to agree with the above comments, down here it's perfectly normal for the secretary of the astro group to get requests for work experience, which she then sends out asking if anyone will take them on. We get a few every year, probably just less than or around ten working in the group. Ther...
by KendalAstronomer
Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Messenger images of Mercury
Replies: 4
Views: 3570

On the other hand there is often amazement shown by Joe Public when these objects apparently seen only by space probes are actually pointed out in the sky or in the eyepiece of a telescope.
by KendalAstronomer
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:46 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A Story.
Replies: 17
Views: 4304

Or there are things like www.lulu.com (not the singer...), which effectively is a pay as you go printing service. People can just order a copy from your website and it gets printed, bound and delivered to them. Costs are deducted at the point of sale. www.cafepress.com is another that offers the sam...
by KendalAstronomer
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Whats the problem?!
Replies: 40
Views: 19758

There are various problems associated with light pollution. Non-astronomical ones include trouble with animals (including human) bodyclocks due to unusual light levels. This is very apt for me as I sleep in the glare of the night lights of St Pancras station... The escaped light requires energy to g...
by KendalAstronomer
Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Cloud prediction help here
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

When I helped with demonstrating at Mill Hill observatory (and years before that, when I was a student taking lessons there) we'd use this service alot to try and find clear spots. Of course, it does give more of a general than a local view and trying to distinguish a clear area from an area of ligh...
by KendalAstronomer
Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:38 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Am I way out of my league ?
Replies: 33
Views: 14224

Light travels along lines of space-time that get warped by the gravity of the blackhole. The light doesn't actually feel any force of gravity, but the fabric of spacetime does and as light moves along that fabric, it gets hit by this secondary effect. High energy physics has shown us that at high de...
by KendalAstronomer
Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:37 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: UK astronomy under threat
Replies: 80
Views: 25884

If you want to stick a topical slant on your letter, the Solar Terrestrial Physics community, which carries out observations of the Earth's upper atmosphere that are then used as inputs or validations of climate models are also being cut. In terms of ground based facilities run by the UK, the cut is...
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:33 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: UCL Views
Replies: 0
Views: 654

UCL Views

University College London has a system wherebye it sticks student/staff generated images in a gallery that then feeds a random one into the main page of the site as the main image. At the moment, the site is showing some astronomical pictures taken by PhD student Nick Wright. Available here . Note t...
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Faulkes Telescope Student Academy
Replies: 2
Views: 1176

Good stuff. The university of London Observatory has been doing projects looking at exoplanets for the past couple of years with more success than originally expected. That was with a 24inch (about 61cm) refractor and later a C-14 (about 36cm) in London, so 2-metre telescopes under better skies shou...