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Ceti Alpha V

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  1. Good luck with a clear sky Hugo. I guess West is the same as East just now. Welcome anyway.
  2. Unless the Aurora is completely grey filling the whole sky, then no aurora in the NE Scotland. In fact, for about a week now, no stars, moon, sun, sky black or blue - just grey with occasional H2O and freezing cold. A bit like standing on Venus, but cold and grey.
  3. Welcome mate - good bunch here at SGL.
  4. I think the problem may be what he says rather than how he says it. To someone new, who may not know the topic or termanology well (as they are new to astronomy), it could sound unclear. And, he is there to cover all aspects of astronomy, not just intoduction to the subject. I have heared PM in a public event which was pitched at a basic level for the planets - everyone, I would guess, understood the message he gave. Prof Brian Cox is also a great presenter. His programmes tend to be pitched at the widest audience with an introduction and information feel. Can't fault his style - he comes across clear and interesting (as does PM, although half the time I am not up to speed on the subject) Both suit the role the have. Brian Cox is excellent as a teacher (as he is a professor) and Patrick is excellent in discussing the subject he is 'professional' in, amateur astronomy. Both great, more of them on TV I say.
  5. Not to mention the total cloud cover. No wonder seeing Aurora from the UK is so rare.
  6. Thanks for the replies. If I've got it right, the moon causes the tides and the pull/ friction caused slows the Earth. The moon is pulled to the Earth but due the rotation, never crashes in. As we slow, the angle increases and the moon increases in distance. If so, if the Earth sped up a bit, the moon would come closer? Would an ice age help or be a neutral factor (in that there would be less liquid sea?) I like the idea about the magnets, very good ;-) I'll keep an eye out for that Beeb programme, it may be repeated again on BBC 3 or 4 - and I'll check the links provided. A lot to this Astronomy game!! :-o
  7. Dan Nice work and thanks for sharing. My kids are keen to get involved and this will help as I am fairly new to the subject and just looking up just begs the question, where do you start? I particulary liked your advice in your last post "Only add complexity as competence improves!" A great message to everyone starting out. Ceti
  8. I read the moon moves away from the Earth at about 1 inch per year. My questions is why? I heared it's something to do with tidal friction, the Earth is slowing down but the moon is increasing in orbital velocity, causing the increase in distance. Second question, the Earth (and presumable the moon) increase in mass each year due to space debris falling to the surface. Would this increase in mass not increase the gravity and pull the objects closer together? Ceti
  9. Paul, Great picture. I've only read about mono colour (with a pencil or two). Will be trying same when up and running but colour will have to wait (until I have got some practice in and read another 'show me how'). Ceti
  10. Chris Nice drawing. Great detail. Another skill I will have to acquire - Black and white will be hard enough, yet alone in colour. Never was good at art. Great work, will have to give drawing a try once I am up and running. Ceti
  11. The Solar system's wildest storms. The weather on other planets is not something I really considered before. I knew a little but not to the extent covered in the magazine story. Wind speeds on Neptune at twice the speed of sound - now that is something. It appears that any planet with a bit of an atmospere has weather that makes the Earth's appear almost serene. And we complain about our weather! Not a patch on the other planets. Although, our weather patterns do seem to be getting more extreme - something for climatologists to worry about? Good article though, really puts 'life' into the other planets in our solar system.
  12. Just to say thanks for the warm welcome, appreciated. Don't worry, there will be a few questions technical and daft - probably more the second. Thanks to all once again Ceti
  13. Hi Keith North East Scotland - Aberdeen to be exact. So, a bit of light pollution but not too far to go for better skies. Well, except for the wonderful weather that is.
  14. Cheers Brantuk, I didn't notice the text colour. First lesson learnt. Visability is just as important here as it is up there. Ta Ceti
  15. Hello First post to say hello and a bit about me. I’ve always been interested in ‘space’ but that has not really gone any further than watching Sci-Fi/ documentary programmes and reading a few books. My interest was really kicked off again when the wife saw that fireball/meteor last November (it was in the news as people across the country saw it) and reminded me of the time I saw something similar about 6/7 years ago. We both decided we’d like to get a telescope and let the family look at what is up there. My first port of call was to the local library to borrow a few astronomy books. Got a mighty tome on amateur astronomy – bit difficult to pick up (literally) but it did mention other suggested reading – Turn left at Orion and Nightwatch – I got Nightwatch and it is an easier read – I’ve also learned a couple of constellations, where the pole star is and what the ‘mini big dipper’/ seven sisters was (Pleiades), which has always fascinated me. Not much I guess, but a start. Borrowed some binoculars too which is good for the moon, although that is gone just now. I’ve also discovered that the choice of telescopes/equipment is as vast as space itself . So, I am taking my time and will no doubt be posting on telescopes before I make a purchase. No point rushing in.
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