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Following on from last year's "Venus And The New Moon" thread,

http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/204311-venus-and-the-new-moon/?hl=%2Bmoon+%2Bvenus

behold! a dedicated thread for astronomical matters.

Tonight's wonder is a brilliant red Mars in the Southern sky, at its closest to Earth in over a decade:

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Astronomy - I'm in!

Sad that some local tw@t has built a house spilling light into our sky at home.

I am currently planning our itinerary for our trip to the states next year for the Great American Eclipse on August 21st.

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Following on from last year's "Venus And The New Moon" thread,

http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/204311-venus-and-the-new-moon/?hl=%2Bmoon+%2Bvenus

behold! a dedicated thread for astronomical matters.

Tonight's wonder is a brilliant red Mars in the Southern sky, at its closest to Earth in over a decade:

What does this mean for Aquarians?

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For me, there is only one Star in the firmanent, doing Science for the Queen and performing experiments using Imperial measures.

Science has truly come of age, now that Britain is involved.

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For me, there is only one Star in the firmanent, doing Science for the Queen and performing experiments using Imperial measures.

Science has truly come of age, now that Britain is involved.

Aye, and he doesn't even bother with a spacesuit. Just a Norfolk Jacket, Moleskin trousers, and some stout Brogues.

On a less serious note, I might get out the binoculars and look for Mars.

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I expect that right now, British (Whoopee!) Astronaut Tim Peake is growing zero-gravity cress.

All experiments are tried out on earth beforehand as part of rehearsals, so we already know how cress grows before zero-gravity f***s things up.

Still, astronauts need to have something to do.

I expect astronauts grow a lot of cress.

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Aye, and he doesn't even bother with a spacesuit. Just a Norfolk Jacket, Moleskin trousers, and some stout Brogues.

On a less serious note, I might get out the binoculars and look for Mars.

You don't need the binoculars to see it, it's very obvious if you just look south. It looks like the biggest star there and is reddish.

I will be training my telescope on it this week to see some detail.

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You don't need the binoculars to see it, it's very obvious if you just look south. It looks like the biggest star there and is reddish.

I will be training my telescope on it this week to see some detail.

I will be googling it....palo alto trumps home kit.

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I will be googling it....palo alto trumps home kit.

It does; but I still find something wondrous in seeing close up these beautiful objects sitting in the sky just above me as they are precisely now.

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You don't need the binoculars to see it, it's very obvious if you just look south. It looks like the biggest star there and is reddish.

I will be training my telescope on it this week to see some detail.

Planets for beginners -

If there is a really, really bright star it is probably actually a planet.

If it looks sort of a bit more reddish than the other dots of light it is Mars.

If it looks sort of the same colour as the other dots of light it is probably Jupiter, Saturn or Venus.

If it is low in the sky during or within a couple of hours of dawn/dusk then a good guess would be Venus.

If it is high in the sky in the middle of the night definitely not Venus.

Any others?

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It does; but I still find something wondrous in seeing close up these beautiful objects sitting in the sky just above me as they are precisely now.

Every night on nights this week, my partner was amazed when I pointed a couple of things out to them..seems they never bothered to look up and see the wonder.

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Planets for beginners -

If there is a really, really bright star it is probably actually a planet.

If it looks sort of a bit more reddish than the other dots of light it is Mars.

If it looks sort of the same colour as the other dots of light it is probably Jupiter, Saturn or Venus.

If it is low in the sky during or within a couple of hours of dawn/dusk then a good guess would be Venus.

If it is high in the sky in the middle of the night definitely not Venus.

Any others?

1) Planets don't twinkle. Stars do.

2) Venus =very bright and white tinge

3) Jupiter bright slight gold tinge

4) Saturn slight gold tinge

5) Mars Orange/red tinge

Winter constellations are easiest to learn Orion and Taurus excellent starters and signposts to many others.

The "Plough" and the W of Cassiopia are always visible from Britain and again good signposts to other constellations.

A small telescope will show 4 moons of Jupiter and some detail on planet, rings of Saturn and Titan its moon, crescent of Venus, as well as a great view of the moon.

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Every night on nights this week, my partner was amazed when I pointed a couple of things out to them..seems they never bothered to look up and see the wonder.

It's stars, and what goes on in them, that I marvel at. If people thought about it every time they saw one, people would be transfixed and never get any work done.

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Planets for beginners -

If there is a really, really bright star it is probably actually a planet.

If it looks sort of a bit more reddish than the other dots of light it is Mars.

If it looks sort of the same colour as the other dots of light it is probably Jupiter, Saturn or Venus.

If it is low in the sky during or within a couple of hours of dawn/dusk then a good guess would be Venus.

If it is high in the sky in the middle of the night definitely not Venus.

Any others?

If it sears your eyeballs out, it's a supernova.

And stop ignoring poor little Pluto, you planetofascist.

It's a plucky little planetoid, and deserves some TLC.

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And stop ignoring poor little Pluto, you planetofascist.

It's a plucky little planetoid, and deserves some TLC.

Never seen it. Probably hiding behind Nibiru.

There is also -

if it is evening/morning and the 'star' is ever to slightly moving it is a satellite.

Or a slow moving plane.

If there is a 'star' and after a couple of hours it is still in exactly the same position in the sky it is aliens.

Unless there is some sort of police/army operation going on.

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Do satellites run in a different direction to the stars?

I don't know why you're asking on here, you should be twittering Tim Peake as he'll know.

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Saturn is a gaudy show-off and distracts British (whoo-hoo!) Astro-deity Tim Peake from growing Cosmo-cress.

Sponsors of the British Space missions, the British Cress Marketing Board, are not pleased.

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I dragged out my 8" dobsonian last night for the first time in many years. Got a stunning view of Jupiter and its moons all lined up in a straight line.

Might have another go tonight, I think I've got the bug again.

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Does water cress bend to follow the sun no matter one's orbit?

Mutant space-cress will follow anything that moves, which for astronauts in a confined space can be quite disconcerting.

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Tim Peake: Can I come down yet? Beep.
Mission control: Not yet Tim. Beep.

Tim Peake: Can I come down yet? Beep.
Mission control: Not just yet. Beep.

Tim Peake: Can I come down yet? Beep.
Tim Peake: Can I come down yet? Beep.
Tim Peake: Can I come down yet? Beep.
Tim Peake: Can I come down yet? Beep.
Mission control: NO. Not yet.

Mission control: Tim?


Mission control: Tim?




Tim Peake: You didn't say 'beep'. Beep.
Mission control: Oh for f***'s sake.

Mission control: Beep.

Tim Peake: I'm bored. And it f***in' smells up here. Beep.
Mission control: OK Tim. We'll find something for you to do. Beep.
Tim Peake: Something important? Beep.
Mission control: Yeah, um... something really important. Beep.

Mission control: OK, Tim. You can... er... grow some cress. Yes, that's it. Grow some cress. Beep.
Tim Peake: Cress? Beep.
Mission control: Yes, er... special cress. Space cress. Very important, Tim. Beep.
Tim Peake: Very important? Beep.
Mission control: Yesssss... very important. Only you've got to do it quietly Tim. Quiet as a mouse. Beep.


Tim Peake: The packet doesn't say 'space cress'. It just says 'cress'. Beep.




Tim Peake: If I grow some space cress can I come down? Beep.




Tim Peake: What do we need space cress for anyway? Beep.




Tim Peake: I don't like cress. Beep.
Mission control: Shut up, Tim.

Mission control: Beep.

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