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Or Cornwall in August 1999 of sad memory. The Argentine site was spot-on, so maybe NASA were in Chile. Certainly the weather prospects there were much worse anyway.
Brian M. says it was a wonderful eclipse with a magnificent corona. More (with pictures) later.
Great, thanks James. All the other live streams seem to be clogged up, but this one is actually working (for now…). And Neuquén is where our people are, so it’s great that it’s clear there (yesterday it wasn’t, I heard.)
Fabulous sequence David!
Brief gap in clouds last night (25/07/2020) at around 23:00 (BST). At present we can just catch it (sideways) through our west-facing bedroom window. Not naked eye from here (Surrey) at this time, although we saw it clearly naked eye at about 02:30 in a crisply clear but brightening NNE sky on July 11. But last night it was still good in binoculars (8×50) and very easy to locate beneath the Plough. Faint and fairly diffuse dust tail, better with averted vision, but any ion tail not seen.
That sounds like a good opportunity to reply to the Royal Mail suggesting they should use compostable material for all their wrappers in future!
Members should note BTW, that there is a big difference between “recyclable” and “compostable” wrappers. Many magazines & journals have trumpeted their change of wrapping material from ordinary plastic to “recyclable” plastic – but until this is recyclable with normal kerbside collections (which is currently not the case) it has relatively little value, as few people will bother doing it. Genuinely compostable wrappers contain no plastic and can be added to your food-waste bin or your garden compost heap: one less piece of plastic to pollute the environment.
Many thanks Nick. This really is a superb service, and much appreciated.
Thanks for posting this. It is indeed good to hear that some of us have managed to see one despite the weather. I am particularly annoyed about Britastra, of course, which has a very particular resonance for the BAA.
>>…we do see occultatons, and these are always rewarding particularly at 3 am !<<
Yes indeed, I would really second this — whatever your normal observing programme, if you have never “done” an asteroidal occultation, do give it a go. A bit like solar eclipses, after your first success, you will be hooked for life!
Thanks Mike, that is so lovely.
Only 20 I’m afraid. Round 6 (Instruments) let me down….Fun quiz, and beautifully presented, thankyou. Happy Christmas everyone!
There was a good article on the subject by John Prockter in the 2012 June Journal: https://britastro.org/journal_old/pdf/122-3prockter.pdf
Thanks Andy. We were lucky that the New Horizons images arrived when they did, literally on the day the Journal went to press — I had another cover image in reserve, but New Horizons was such a magnificent achievement I was pleased to be able to fit them in. And thanks are due to our printers, Magazine Printing Co. of Enfield, for turning this particular Journal round so quickly.
Times have certainly changed since twenty or thirty years ago when the Journal proofing and printing process took weeks, and a complaint often heard was that the content was always months out of date.
Hazel31 August 2014 at 3:11 pm in reply to: Celebrating Huggins’ spectroscopic observation of the Cat’s Eye nebula #576683
Congratulations on a very interesting observation, particularly the Doppler variations.
As well as Sky and Telescope of course, Stewart Moore had an article about Huggins last month in our very own Journal:
>>Does this replace the Exhibition Meeting?<<
The Exhibition is every other year now, so for this year and 2012 we have held a ‘summer meeting’ in the intervening year.
Bookings are coming in very fast for the meeting at UCL on July 12 and numbers are inevitably limited, so do book soon if you would like to attend.
Yes, this is a most unfortunate image despite being a superb and evocative picture. The simple words ‘artist’s impression’ don’t appear at all, NASA really should know better.
As we all know, the media have a lot to answer for. My somewhat poorly informed, Daily Mail reading neighbour was all excited the other day, “had I seen the new planet, it’s got water on it”. To start with I thought he meant Enceladus with its subsurface ocean, but eventually decided it must have been the Kepler planet which caught his interest. But had I seen it? Err, no, actually.