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Offline KevBrads1  
#1 Posted : 22 March 2020 06:47:51(UTC)
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This comet has been been making waves in the astronomy world for the last few weeks and the interest has ramped up further now.

 

https://www.space.com/comet-atlas-may-be-brightenting.html

 

Its been some time we've had a really good comet visible in the northern hemisphere. Hale-Bopp back in 1997, although McNaught was visible in 2007 for a brief time from our part of the world. 

I'm not holding my breath, comets can be difficult to predict how they'll turn out but let's hope we do have at least a reasonable sight come May in the evening twilight. 

Edited by user 11 July 2020 07:06:23(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#2 Posted : 28 March 2020 17:52:44(UTC)
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#3 Posted : 06 April 2020 18:12:37(UTC)
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Apparently it's fading?
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#4 Posted : 07 April 2020 08:46:45(UTC)
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#5 Posted : 09 April 2020 05:55:04(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Brian Gaze Go to Quoted Post
Apparently it's fading?

Looks like it is breaking up.

 

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#6 Posted : 09 April 2020 06:53:24(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: KevBrads1 Go to Quoted Post

 

Looks like it is breaking up.

 

Comets really are a lottery. I was hoping this would turn out to be as good or better than Hale-Bopp.

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#7 Posted : 17 April 2020 06:11:13(UTC)
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#8 Posted : 19 April 2020 22:21:03(UTC)
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What’s the current meteor shower visible? I understand it perks up from 22nd to 25th....
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#9 Posted : 20 April 2020 04:36:02(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: haghir22 Go to Quoted Post
What’s the current meteor shower visible? I understand it perks up from 22nd to 25th....
I think it’s the Lyrids and I believe the peak is Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. 

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#10 Posted : 20 April 2020 05:50:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

I think it’s the Lyrids and I believe the peak is Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. 

It's bound to be cloudy then. 

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#11 Posted : 20 April 2020 05:58:45(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: llamedos Go to Quoted Post

It's bound to be cloudy then. 

Heads up: The Lyrid meteor shower will peak on the night of 21-22 April 2019

https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/lyrid-meteor-shower-when-and-where-see-it-uk

Cloudy unless you are lucky.... I have seen stunning meteor displays over the years, but...

 

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#12 Posted : 20 April 2020 08:50:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

Heads up: The Lyrid meteor shower will peak on the night of 21-22 April 2019

https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/lyrid-meteor-shower-when-and-where-see-it-uk

Cloudy unless you are lucky.... I have seen stunning meteor displays over the years, but...

Fingers crossed for clear skies!  I won’t be seeing them at night as it’s still a bit light when I go to bed but I’ll be watching out in the mornings! 

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#13 Posted : 20 April 2020 16:40:23(UTC)
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Elan Musk’s starlink satellites are visible again tonight.

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#14 Posted : 20 April 2020 20:19:44(UTC)
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More comet stuff.....

'Alien comet' visitor has weird composition

https://www.bbc.co.uk/ne...nce-environment-52353671

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#15 Posted : 20 April 2020 20:21:42(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

Elan Musk’s starlink satellites are visible again tonight.

Hmmm...

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#16 Posted : 20 April 2020 21:51:01(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

Heads up: The Lyrid meteor shower will peak on the night of 21-22 April 2019

https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/lyrid-meteor-shower-when-and-where-see-it-uk

Cloudy unless you are lucky.... I have seen stunning meteor displays over the years, but...

 

I was outside between 9.50 and 9.58 this evening. In that time I spotted two Starlink satellites going past, a couple of minutes apart. There may have been more but our skies are not completely dark. I saw a post on Twitter suggesting they came through in bulk nearer 9.30.

Anyway, while looking for the satellites, I saw a flash in the sky in the west at about 9.57, easily brighter than Venus but it lasted for less than a second. I assume I saw a meteor hit the atmosphere and vaporise. Very cool! Easily the brightest I have ever seen.

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#17 Posted : 21 April 2020 07:42:54(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Darren S Go to Quoted Post

 

I was outside between 9.50 and 9.58 this evening. In that time I spotted two Starlink satellites going past, a couple of minutes apart. There may have been more but our skies are not completely dark. I saw a post on Twitter suggesting they came through in bulk nearer 9.30.

Anyway, while looking for the satellites, I saw a flash in the sky in the west at about 9.57, easily brighter than Venus but it lasted for less than a second. I assume I saw a meteor hit the atmosphere and vaporise. Very cool! Easily the brightest I have ever seen.

 

Possible, Darren, probable even - but could it have been space junk burning up, or even a good satellite "flash"?

Were you able to track back to a radiant from any trail?

Good luck for tonight.

Roger

 

 

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Offline Rob K  
#18 Posted : 21 April 2020 08:19:07(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Darren S Go to Quoted Post

 

I was outside between 9.50 and 9.58 this evening. In that time I spotted two Starlink satellites going past, a couple of minutes apart. There may have been more but our skies are not completely dark. I saw a post on Twitter suggesting they came through in bulk nearer 9.30.

Anyway, while looking for the satellites, I saw a flash in the sky in the west at about 9.57, easily brighter than Venus but it lasted for less than a second. I assume I saw a meteor hit the atmosphere and vaporise. Very cool! Easily the brightest I have ever seen.

Could it have been an Iridium satellite flare? They are very bright. I meant to look for the Starlinks but forgot 

Skies should be clear tonight here, I think. Haven't seen a cloud yet this week!

 

Edit - looks like I am out of date and Iridium satellites are no more!  Or at least the predictable ones, but it seems there are still some out of control satellites that continue to flare erratically, so that could be what you saw.

Edited by user 21 April 2020 08:24:05(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#19 Posted : 21 April 2020 08:50:46(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Rob K Go to Quoted Post

Could it have been an Iridium satellite flare? They are very bright. I meant to look for the Starlinks but forgot 

Skies should be clear tonight here, I think. Haven't seen a cloud yet this week!

Edit - looks like I am out of date and Iridium satellites are no more!  Or at least the predictable ones, but it seems there are still some out of control satellites that continue to flare erratically, so that could be what you saw.

That's right, Rob, Iridiums have pretty much fizzled out - but they were interesting while they lasted. It was always entertaining on Astronomy courses to all go out at the predicted time and spot a successful flare.

I don't get the same pleasure from Musk's celestial pollution! Reminds me of his speleological submarine nonsense. Elon Musk does not sound like a human name - could he be one of David Icke's Lizards?

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#20 Posted : 21 April 2020 19:36:42(UTC)
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