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Roger Parsons
Friday, November 17, 2023 9:08:56 AM
If your sky is clear and dark....
Leonid meteor shower: When, where and how to catch a glimpse of the shooting stars
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-63670222 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
Saturday, November 18, 2023 3:43:34 PM
"SpaceX launched its massive Starship rocket but loses contact after eight minutes of flight. The top part of the rocket successfully separated from the booster which then blew up. Contact was then lost with the main rocket."

SpaceX Starship Launches But Fails After Take Off.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/science-environment-67462128 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
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Monday, November 20, 2023 5:45:02 PM
https://news.sky.com/story/astronauts-accidentally-drop-toolbox-during-space-walk-and-you-could-see-it-from-earth-13006280 

Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O'Hara spent six hours and 42 minutes outside the ISS carrying out maintenance work. But in the process, one bag floated away.

[The Daily Wail couldn't resist an uncalled-for sexist headline on the topic)
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Roger Parsons
Saturday, November 25, 2023 8:41:58 AM
Moon and Jupiter [and Saturn] nicely visible this week: Full moon 27th.
https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/blog/astronomy/night-sky-highlights-november-2023 

 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
The Beast from the East
Saturday, November 25, 2023 9:40:11 AM

Moon and Jupiter [and Saturn] nicely visible this week: Full moon 27th.
https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/blog/astronomy/night-sky-highlights-november-2023 

 

Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 



Was wondering what that bright star was next to the moon. Didnt realise Jupiter could be that bright, couldnt see Saturn though, where abouts would that be?
 
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ozone_aurora
Saturday, November 25, 2023 10:17:26 AM

Was wondering what that bright star was next to the moon. Didnt realise Jupiter could be that bright, couldnt see Saturn though, where abouts would that be?
 

Originally Posted by: The Beast from the East 


Best seen just after dusk in the southern to southwestern sky; it's some way to the bottom right of Jupiter (about 4 o'clock position). It looks like an ordinary yellow star, but is the brightest 'star' in that part of the sky.
Roger Parsons
Saturday, November 25, 2023 1:54:02 PM

Was wondering what that bright star was next to the moon. Didnt realise Jupiter could be that bright, couldnt see Saturn though, where abouts would that be?
 

Originally Posted by: The Beast from the East 

I recommend you download Stellarium or use it online. Links below. It's free and brilliant. I'd start with the 2nd.
When I last looked Saturn was in the eastern sky when the Moon and Jupiter were westering. But of course, they all move!  😁
http://stellarium.org/en_GB/ 
https://stellarium-web.org/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
Saturday, November 25, 2023 4:47:03 PM

I recommend you download Stellarium or use it online. Links below. It's free and brilliant. I'd start with the 2nd.
When I last looked Saturn was in the eastern sky when the Moon and Jupiter were westering. But of course, they all move!  😁
http://stellarium.org/en_GB/ 
https://stellarium-web.org/ 

Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 

A good rising Moon with Jupiter in attendance to the East. Saturn to the South.
https://stellarium-web.org/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 6:00:04 AM
I hope you spotted last night's full moon - the Beaver Moon - 27 November 2023.
Heads up for....
Geminids meteor shower peaks on the night of 14 and 15 December 2023
https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/geminid-meteor-shower-uk-dates-how-to-see 
Last full moon of 2023 - the Cold Moon 27th December
https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/full-moon-calendar 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 5:30:25 AM
Heads up for Auroras later this week from a solar flare on 28th.
https://spaceweather.com/ 

Watch the data come in - and hope for clear skies:
https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/ 


 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
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Wednesday, November 29, 2023 7:21:46 AM
There seem to be unusually many aurora reports at this time - is the sun being more active, or is it just easier to pick up reports on the web?
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Roger Parsons
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 8:03:02 AM

There seem to be unusually many aurora reports at this time - is the sun being more active, or is it just easier to pick up reports on the web?

Originally Posted by: DEW 

I've been watching solar activity for years and feel you may be right, but it is cyclical of course. And impressions change with age! I feel the same about the frequency of volcanic eruptions. 🙄😁
An "official line" on Solar activity is:
"We are now in Solar Cycle 25 with peak sunspot activity expected in 2025, the panel said. Solar Cycle 24 was average in length, at 11 years, and had the 4th-smallest intensity since regular record keeping began with Solar Cycle 1 in 1755."
https://www.weather.gov/news/201509-solar-cycle 
Sky and Telescope says:
"A new forecast suggests that sunspot numbers, aurorae, and other solar activity will peak sooner and at a higher level than expected."
https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/new-forecast-resets-solar-cycle-expectations/ 
 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
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Wednesday, November 29, 2023 6:17:00 PM
'Perfect solar system' found
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-67488931 

Too good to be true?
War does not determine who is right, only who is left - Bertrand Russell

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Roger Parsons
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 7:27:57 PM

'Perfect solar system' found
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-67488931 

Too good to be true?

Originally Posted by: DEW 

My hope is it is populated with a sentient moral species, unlike Earth. 😁
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
Friday, December 1, 2023 12:33:21 PM
New Scientist says:
See a forgotten meteor shower caused by a dead comet this weekend. The Andromedid meteor shower is normally a quiet affair, but very occasionally it puts on an intense show - which may happen on 2 December.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2405884-see-a-forgotten-meteor-shower-caused-by-a-dead-comet-this-weekend/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Bolty
Friday, December 1, 2023 6:20:24 PM
Magnetic activity up in the red. There should be a good chance for many to see the aurora tonight, given the cold air mass and the subsequent clearer skies in place:

https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/ 
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Roger Parsons
Friday, December 1, 2023 9:43:17 PM

Magnetic activity up in the red. There should be a good chance for many to see the aurora tonight, given the cold air mass and the subsequent clearer skies in place:

https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/ 

Originally Posted by: Bolty 

Just been admiring that, Bolty. See spaceweather.com for an update: "..geomagnetic 'aftershocks' could ignite more auroras during the night of Dec. 1-2. "
https://spaceweather.com/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Gandalf The White
Thursday, December 7, 2023 2:07:36 PM
Not sure where this belongs, but since it was photographed from space I’ll put it here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/67635753 

 
Location: South Cambridgeshire
130 metres ASL
52.0N 0.1E


Roger Parsons
Monday, December 11, 2023 5:40:30 PM
Clear skies permitting....
"The Geminid meteor shower is one of the last of the year’s major showers, and can generally be relied on to put on a good display.
In 2023, the Geminid meteor shower will be active between 4-20 December and will peak on 14-15 December."

Geminid meteor shower
https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/geminid-meteor-shower-uk-dates-how-to-see 
https://skyandtelescope.org/wp-content/uploads/Geminid_radiant_Wide2.jpg 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
Monday, December 11, 2023 9:41:22 PM
Rare solar storms could cause rail network chaos, scientists warn
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-67681360 
 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
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