Saint Snow
28 July 2023 09:22:09
Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 

Not sure where best to post this - but Mods please move it if you wish.
"A British-built spacecraft is expected to fall to Earth later on Friday, after completing a transformative mission to map the planet's winds.
The Aeolus satellite fired a laser down through the atmosphere to track the movement of air in any location, at every altitude, all around the world."
Aeolus: 'Impossible satellite' ready to fall to Earth
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-66326153 




It's revolutionised understanding of winds at all levels, and good to know there's two even better satellites (Aeolus-2) being sent up.

Development led by British teams - so we can still 'do it' (when the funding is there... which is the difficult part)

 

Martin
Home: St Helens (26m asl) Work: Manchester (75m asl)
A TWO addict since 14/12/01
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Aneurin Bevan
Roger Parsons
29 July 2023 16:41:07
End of the story...
Aeolus satellite takes fiery plunge to Earth
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-66326153 
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
29 July 2023 16:42:54
Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 

Reminder...

Full Moons 2023 - There will be 2 Full moons in August!
Next one:  1 August - Sturgeon Moon - supermoon - I look forward to your photos...
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
05 August 2023 17:03:40
I was very pleased to read this news on an "old friend"!
Nasa is back in full contact with its lost Voyager 2 probe months earlier than expected, the space agency said.
In July a wrong command was made to the spacecraft, sent to explore space in 1977, changing its position and severing contact.
A signal was picked up on Tuesday but thanks to an "interstellar shout" - a powerful instruction - its antenna is now back facing Earth.

Voyager 2: Nasa fully back in contact with lost space probe
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-66408851 

And now for something completely different....

Spaceweather writes: Geomagnetic Storm

"Last night, a CME hit Earth's magnetic field, sparking a brief but strong geomagnetic storm. Auroras were photographed in the United States as far south as Arizona. Another CME is coming and could deliver a similar blow on Aug. 8th."
See:
https://spaceweather.com/ 
Will it be clear and dark enough to see anything here, I wonder? I have seen a good aurora from Lincolnshire.
See Aurorawatch.
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
Roger Parsons
09 August 2023 07:39:22
The 2023 Perseid meteor shower is active between 17 July and 24 August. The shower will peak 12-13 August.
https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/perseid-meteor-shower-guide-uk-when-where-to-see 
 
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
12 August 2023 06:52:09
The ancient climate of Mars? "The Curiosity rover has discovered hexagonal patterns in ancient mud on the Red Planet, which hints at cyclical wet and dry periods and boosts chances Mars once hosted life."
Mars used to have wet and dry seasons similar to ones on Earth
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2386760-mars-used-to-have-wet-and-dry-seasons-similar-to-ones-on-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
The Beast from the East
12 August 2023 07:55:49
Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 

I was very pleased to read this news on an "old friend"!
Nasa is back in full contact with its lost Voyager 2 probe months earlier than expected, the space agency said.
In July a wrong command was made to the spacecraft, sent to explore space in 1977, changing its position and severing contact.
A signal was picked up on Tuesday but thanks to an "interstellar shout" - a powerful instruction - its antenna is now back facing Earth.

Voyager 2: Nasa fully back in contact with lost space probe
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-66408851 

And now for something completely different....

Spaceweather writes: Geomagnetic Storm

"Last night, a CME hit Earth's magnetic field, sparking a brief but strong geomagnetic storm. Auroras were photographed in the United States as far south as Arizona. Another CME is coming and could deliver a similar blow on Aug. 8th."
See:
https://spaceweather.com/ 
Will it be clear and dark enough to see anything here, I wonder? I have seen a good aurora from Lincolnshire.
See Aurorawatch.
https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/ 


 



Where is Voyager 2 now? I know somewhere beyond the solar system but would like to see on a map of relative distances if there is such a thing
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Roger Parsons
12 August 2023 09:36:21
Originally Posted by: The Beast from the East 

Where is Voyager 2 now? I know somewhere beyond the solar system but would like to see on a map of relative distances if there is such a thing

I find Google a helpful way to find answers, Beast. 🤣
https://theskylive.com/where-is-voyager2 
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
12 August 2023 10:28:36
Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 

I find Google a helpful way to find answers, Beast. 🤣
https://theskylive.com/where-is-voyager2 



I am always wary of clicking on unknown websites on my main PC though. I assume this is a reputable site?

My "porn only" laptop on the other hand....
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Roger Parsons
12 August 2023 11:06:38
I have an array of protective measures in place, Beast - a bit like putting on 2 condoms before going for a lemonade at 'Spoons" just in case?
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
13 August 2023 01:51:44
Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 

I have an array of protective measures in place, Beast - a bit like putting on 2 condoms before going for a lemonade at 'Spoons" just in case?



LOL

You cant swim with wellies on, let alone 2

 
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Gavin D
20 August 2023 09:37:54
The Russian space agency has said its Luna-25 spacecraft has crashed into the moon
Roger Parsons
20 August 2023 10:32:01
Originally Posted by: Gavin D 

The Russian space agency has said its Luna-25 spacecraft has crashed into the moon

It was obvious things had gone seriously awry. I wondered if they might have had scope to consider directing it at Ukraine!  Whoops! Sorry! An unfortunate accident.... 😲
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
21 August 2023 19:12:45
Arctic Aurora Season Begins Early
"Over the weekend, a stream of solar wind hit Earth, sparking a rare display of August auroras inside the Arctic Circle. This might be the earliest start to Arctic aurora season in more than 17 years, highlighting the increasing strength of Solar Cycle 25. Full story @ Spaceweather.com."

https://spaceweather.com/ 

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
The Beast from the East
22 August 2023 08:43:47
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22 August 2023 11:15:10
Originally Posted by: The Beast from the East 

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I’m working this morning on a Sea Shell Exhibition for next year. Beast might like it because it delves into sex, ancient gods, mythology (Tyros and the origin of Tyrian Purple) spiral galaxies and their connection to shells (and vice versa). It’s got to pass the censor of course as it will be in a family (and dog) see Tyrian Purple) friendly place. Of course I’m planning to include bio prospecting/piracy Giant Clams, Cone Snails and modern warfare/medicine.
So thank you for posting that Beast. That image is great though. I’ll have to try and locate the copyright holder as it might fit into the display.

"And by the beach-run, Tyro,
Twisted arms of the sea-god,
Lithe sinews of water, gripping her, cross-hold,
And the blue-grey glass of the wave tents them,
Glare azure of water, cold-welter, close cover."

Poseidon you're a bad bad god.
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South Dorset
Elevation 60m 197ft
Roger Parsons
23 August 2023 07:56:31
Chandrayaan-3: landing today? Hopefully. Should infuriate Putin in it does...😂
The lander will attempt touchdown at 18:04 local time (12:34GMT) on Wednesday, with the descent planned to start at 17:45 India time from its current height of 25km (15 miles), Isro has said.

India's Moon lander Vikram aims for historic lunar south pole landing
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-66578870 
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
Saint Snow
23 August 2023 09:41:51
Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 

Chandrayaan-3: landing today? Hopefully. Should infuriate Putin in it does...😂
The lander will attempt touchdown at 18:04 local time (12:34GMT) on Wednesday, with the descent planned to start at 17:45 India time from its current height of 25km (15 miles), Isro has said.

India's Moon lander Vikram aims for historic lunar south pole landing
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-66578870[/url]



Seems bizarre that the UK is still giving overseas aid to India whilst they're spending billions on vanity missions to the moon 

 

Martin
Home: St Helens (26m asl) Work: Manchester (75m asl)
A TWO addict since 14/12/01
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Matty H
23 August 2023 22:21:00
Can anyone explain why third world India has a space programme and receives billions in aid from other nations, yet vast swathes of their country live in conditions you wouldn’t keep an animal in?
The Beast from the East
24 August 2023 22:38:31
It doesn’t get billions, and much of it doesn’t go directly into government coffers but into specific programs like education for girls or sanitation projects which are controlled by NGOs, not Modi 
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