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  • mrpon 23 Mar 2012 10:33:05 32,117 posts
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    Facepalm wrote:
    Deckard1 wrote:
    You fuckers are going to make me buy a telescope. I don't know if my relationship can handle any more geekery. If I walk in with an astronomy set it might be the final nail.
    Try to get into a different hobby, like watching Corrie, Eastenders or Emmerdale, or golf or any sport which involves tapping a ball around. Much less geeky and ultimately more important than looking at the solar system and the universe. Which is pointless.
    Perhaps he wants to look at Uranus?
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 23 Mar 2012 10:57:30 86,819 posts
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    Thought I'd share this. What the stars look like from the ISS.

    http://vimeo.com/38409143
  • fergal_oc 23 Mar 2012 11:14:25 2,764 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Thought I'd share this. What the stars look like from the ISS.

    http://vimeo.com/38409143
    It looks amazing but the thing that always gets me is the amount of light that can be seen from the planets surface due to all those street lamps and cities.

    I'd love to go to Mars and point a telescope back at the Earth when I knew the side of the planet facing it would be in darkness.
  • DaM 23 Mar 2012 11:39:08 15,820 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    You fuckers are going to make me buy a telescope. I don't know if my relationship can handle any more geekery. If I walk in with an astronomy set it might be the final nail.
    I've been laying the groundwork for years, I mention it every six months or so. The prices seem to have come down quite a bit too.

    Plus it's "educational". Like a 48k Spectrum.
  • Deleted user 23 March 2012 12:15:22
    Dirtbox wrote:
    Thought I'd share this. What the stars look like from the ISS.

    http://vimeo.com/38409143
    That's lovely. It's odd how alien the planet looks at night. Liked the last sequence, showing electrical storms on earth and the milky way above, just before the sun rises.

    I'd like to slow the whole thing down x50 and have it as a desktop.
  • Deleted user 23 March 2012 12:16:59
    DaM wrote:
    Plus it's "educational". Like a 48k Spectrum.
    Hah! Like that thing did anything other than set me on course to piss away years playing fucking games! Educational! HAH!
  • Deleted user 23 March 2012 12:17:30
    Facepalm wrote:
    3.7 billion miles away:



    There is something very sobering about that picture.
    Keep staring at it then.
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 23 Mar 2012 12:19:04 86,819 posts
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  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 23 Mar 2012 12:19:29 86,819 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    That's lovely. It's odd how alien the planet looks at night. Liked the last sequence, showing electrical storms on earth and the milky way above, just before the sun rises.

    I'd like to slow the whole thing down x50 and have it as a desktop.
    You probably could. Convert the flv to a wmv and use the Dreamscene hack. It'd be a massive file though.

    Or snap a selection of frames and line them up for the wallpaper changer to animate.

    edit: woah

    Edited by Dirtbox at 12:19:55 23-03-2012
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    Hubble snaps exploding star's near-fatal weight-loss bid
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 23 Mar 2012 12:36:43 86,819 posts
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    What I don't understand about that is how is it suddenly visible to the naked eye again? It's not like it could hide behind something or got closer. Did a wizard do it?
  • Deleted user 23 March 2012 12:50:27
    Oh, it's bizarre:

    What’s got the world of astronomy excited about the new study is that the researchers have captured “light echoes” from the Great Eruption bouncing off dust a hundred light-years away from the system.
    Echoes! How do they know!?
    There's a link in that first article to the explanation -

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/16/eta_carinae_great_explosion_spotted/
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 23 Mar 2012 13:00:54 86,819 posts
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  • Deleted user 23 March 2012 13:15:10
    : D

    Case closed.
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  • RyanDS 23 Mar 2012 23:00:09 11,234 posts
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    Just had a lovely session. Found a club, astronomy 4 everyone that meets just outside Guilford. Took a drive out there and they had some awesome skies. Very friendly bunch of people, gave me some good tips and laid on tea and coffee which is always appreciated on a cool night.

    Saw some outstanding sites. M42 was particularly attractive, Jupiter and the Pleiades were astounding as well.

    Will definitely be heading back there again tomorrow night, this time with a proper set up. (I wasn't expecting much from the skies tonight so didn't take my laptop / camera etc.)
  • magicpanda 23 Mar 2012 23:58:49 14,466 posts
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    Good time to have a look at Mars right now if you have clear skies.

    South west sky, bright red, cant miss it :)
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 24 Mar 2012 00:55:57 86,819 posts
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    You should look at the sun first. Don't forget to wear sunglasses.
  • boo 24 Mar 2012 01:50:12 12,659 posts
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    Dirtbox. Blinding random people since 1992.
  • fergal_oc 24 Mar 2012 08:32:19 2,764 posts
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    Used my sisters refractor last night 50mm with a 1.5x barlow and I was amazed how much of Jupiter I could see after fiddling around.

    Could make out the darker of the bands on the planet and could see the 4 inner moons. Shame I can't attach a camera to it.
  • mrpon 24 Mar 2012 20:49:24 32,117 posts
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    Yup, more pics of your sisters refractors.
  • DaM 24 Mar 2012 20:51:08 15,820 posts
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    If this wasn't such an intellectual thread, I'd assume you meant of his sister.....

    He said he can't attach a camera to it. Being able to attach an SLR is a must for me - I'm assuming there are adapters?
  • HitchHiker 27 Mar 2012 11:27:04 2,832 posts
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    Took a couple more photos last night -

    Moon with 25mm Plossl
    Barlow Shot

    Edited by HitchHiker at 11:28:47 27-03-2012
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