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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:39 pm 
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Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson

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Peggy Whitson has broken the record for the cumulative time a US astronaut has spent in space.

On her 534th day not on Earth, she got a call from President Trump.

When she revealed details about what she has to do in space, he responded: "Better you than me."

video :arrow: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39698706


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534 days....you KNOW they're doin it up there...weightless must be fun :)

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The gal with Trump on the left looks like she is doing the grin and bear it as she lunches on a shit sandwich... :idea:


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Trump's executive counselor.

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Trump's executive counselor.



No the girl in the blue jacket...who is that a Nasa rep?


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What desk is that? It's a beaut!

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What desk is that? It's a beaut!


Ikea.....

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Cassini sends images from first-ever dive through Saturn's rings


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Major Halley's Comet meteor shower 'peaks' this weekend

http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/92253610 ... is-weekend

Spent a couple of hours freezing out on the deck this morning checking out "the shower"

alarm set for tomorrow morning for part two

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Meteor shower across NZ worth waking up for

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9229189 ... ing-up-for

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Major Halley's Comet meteor shower 'peaks' this weekend

http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/92253610 ... is-weekend

Spent a couple of hours freezing out on the deck this morning checking out "the shower"

alarm set for tomorrow morning for part two


:)

Good stuff :)

Quote from Robert Burnham:
"Night, the only time we can see where we are. :) "

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BTW, here's a good place :)

http://spaceweather.com/

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BTW, here's a good place :)

http://spaceweather.com/


Great site, cheers baddy

this mornings observations were hampered by low cloud, drove to various locations and finally out to the coast.....still cloudy, aside from getting knee deep in the sea and doing a little therapeutic screaming, the morning was a bust.

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getting knee deep in the sea and doing a little therapeutic screaming,


That's half the fun of backyard astronomy... getting out there :)

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With me it started with the Persieds in about 1994. I saw an "Astronomy" magazine with an article about how to see them. I found a field and discovered it was peaceful, and pretty.

The magazine has an "all sky map" and I started looking for constellations. It was summer so I found Cygnus high overhead, then started working my way from there, Aquila, Sagg to the south, and Cephus etc to the north, and kept building, connecting "new" constellations to familiar ones until a year went by and I had the whole sky. I've never seen the southern sky.

After a while I got a pair of 8x56 binocs and started looking for M objects, clusters M7 and M8 were my first.

Then I saw an ad in the newspaper for a used 8" Schmidtt-Cassegrain, non-computerized, but with quartz drive so it could track. It was 3500 new, and pristine, so the guy wanted 1600 (usd), but 800 was the top of my budget. I said "It's beautiful, and so worth it, but I only have 800, (he didn't know how to use it so it had only been out 4 times)." He waited untill I got all the way down his driveway and my hand was on my car door and he said, "Hey, wait." And I got it for 900 :)

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(Developing skill: Coffee still hot all the way through dawn :) ).

My first five times out I thought I made a big mistake, I couldn't find anything at all, I suffered.

Well, you know men, we won't read the instructions, but I finally did:
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It's the only book for a beginner such as myself

Which taught me I needed one of these Super-wide field, 2" eyepieces:
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It was 300$ so it was a risk, lol...

And the first night out I started knocking down targets, 30 seconds max to find any of the brighter M objects, (It took a year to stop "seeing through" the fainter ones). The difference was this had a 1.3 degree field of view on my 1675mm scope, instead of about a .5 degree or so of the stock eyepieces...this put a lot of black space around the targets and made them stand out...like going to a movie instead of trying to watch TV through a keyhole.

I was on my way :)

And that's how it happened for me :)

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baddy wrote:
Gray_Ghost wrote:
getting knee deep in the sea and doing a little therapeutic screaming,


That's half the fun of backyard astronomy... getting out there :)

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With me it started with the Persieds in about 1994. I saw an "Astronomy" magazine with an article about how to see them. I found a field and discovered it was peaceful, and pretty.

The magazine has an "all sky map" and I started looking for constellations. It was summer so I found Cygnus high overhead, then started working my way from there, Aquila, Sagg to the south, and Cephus etc to the north, and kept building, connecting "new" constellations to familiar ones until a year went by and I had the whole sky. I've never seen the southern sky.

After a while I got a pair of 8x56 binocs and started looking for M objects, clusters M7 and M8 were my first.

Then I saw an ad in the newspaper for a used 8" Schmidtt-Cassegrain, non-computerized, but with quartz drive so it could track. It was 3500 new, and pristine, so the guy wanted 1600 (usd), but 800 was the top of my budget. I said "It's beautiful, and so worth it, but I only have 800, (he didn't know how to use it so it had only been out 4 times)." He waited untill I got all the way down his driveway and my hand was on my car door and he said, "Hey, wait." And I got it for 900 :)

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(Developing skill: Coffee still hot all the way through dawn :) ).

My first five times out I thought I made a big mistake, I couldn't find anything at all, I suffered.

Well, you know men, we won't read the instructions, but I finally did:
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It's the only book for a beginner such as myself

Which taught me I needed one of these Super-wide field, 2" eyepieces:
Image

It was 300$ so it was a risk, lol...

And the first night out I started knocking down targets, 30 seconds max to find any of the brighter M objects, (It took a year to stop "seeing through" the fainter ones). The difference was this had a 1.3 degree field of view on my 1675mm scope, instead of about a .5 degree or so of the stock eyepieces...this put a lot of black space around the targets and made them stand out...like going to a movie instead of trying to watch TV through a keyhole.

I was on my way :)

And that's how it happened for me :)
dig it! The beehive cluster about half way between Leo and Gemini is lookin' real good this of year, though I can barely make it out with my naked eye anymore, gettin' old sucks.

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 Post subject: Re: Space Is Deep
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dig it! The beehive cluster about half way between Leo and Gemini is lookin' real good this of year, though I can barely make it out with my naked eye anymore, gettin' old sucks.
I know what you mean, when I hit 40, I noticed it first outside in the star charts with the low light red flashlight, it was a pain in the ass switching between no glasses for the scope, and drugstore reading glasses for the star charts, what a pain in the ass...

Then after about 10 years of that I went to the eye doctor and got a pair of real glasses, and oh my god, I'd forgotten what it was to see like that lol!

Seems I have 20/20 but a common affliction, astigmatism...hits around 40 8)

But with real glasses, the night sky returned.

Yes, it's galaxy season now with Leo high in the sky, Heartbreak Hill in Coma Bernices :)

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This image shows Jupiter's south pole, as seen by NASA's Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stenographic projection.

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescipe captured images of Jupiter's auroras on the poles of the gas giant. The observations were supported by measurements taken by Juno.


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^^^^^ Amazing! Cheers Mr. NG ^^^^^

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Construction begins on world's largest telescope in Chilean desert

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/9 ... ean-desert




Speaking of spectacles, I've almost reached bi-focal territory. Right now it's one pair for driving and one pair reading. Needing the reading specs' happened so slowly that I hadn't realized how poor my eyesight was getting, right up until my optician popped the new reading glasses on my face and his face came into focus and I realised just what an ugly mofo he was :lol:

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Today, Stratolaunch Systems debuted the world's biggest airplane. Known simply as Stratolaunch, the plane has a wingspan of 385 feet (that's 50% larger than an Airbus 380).
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As its name suggests, the Stratolaunch will be used to launch rockets from the stratosphere. This will dramatically reduce the fuel requirements - and therefore expense - of lifting satellites and other payloads into low-Earth orbit.

If testing goes as planned, the Stratolauncher will launch its first satellite in 2019...

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^^^^^ Wow Wilbur and Orville would be impressed ^^^^^

Nasa plans to 'touch the sun' by aiming a spacecraft straight at it

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This photograph from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has scientists wondering what de fuck be gwine on here...
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Is it a crater from a meteor impact? Is it a sinkhole? A hydrothermal vent? A missile silo? Jimmy Hoffa's grave?

Nobody knows...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mystery-pit-on-mars_us_59384375e4b0b13f2c664c83

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^^^^^ My first impression, it's a close up of the jack plug behind DJT's ear ^^^^^


After reading the article, I don't know what it is either..... :lol:

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January, 1967: after the Apollo 1 fire - which killed astronauts Virgil Grissom, Roger Chaffee and Ed White - technicians at the Kennedy Space Center prepare to ship the capsule to the Langley Research Center for analysis.

As a result of that analysis, NASA spent a year and a half redesigning the Command Module of the Apollo spacecraft.

The astronauts knew their ship was a mess. When they were sitting for their official crew pictures, one unplanned photo expressed their feelings rather succinctly:
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Tonight, at about 10 PM Eastern Time, the Juno spacecraft will fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The craft will pass about 9000 kilometers above the cloud tops, making this the closest approach any man-made object has made to the giant storm.

Juno is loaded with scientific instruments, which hopefully will be able to capture critical information about what makes the storm tick (it's been raging in Jupiter's atmosphere for at least 400 years, and probably much longer). At the very least, Juno should capture some very wild pictures of the Red Spot.

Stay tuned...

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