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  1. Hi, I was just out taking some wide-angle shots of the sky (around 8pm BST) and I saw a satellite suddenly get brighter for about a second or two (mag 3 or 4? just a guess) then go dark again. My understanding of Iridium flares is that they are very sudden but this lasted a second or two. The camera unfortunately was pointing elsewhere so I didn't capture it. How can I find out what satellite it was? I know there is a website somewhere where you can find out when Iridium flares happened, but I don't think that's what it was? Thanks.....
  2. I try to catch 'em all the time and miss... so well done!
  3. Hi Lee, another welcome from Scotland I'm 23 and a bit of a sci-fi obsessive too. don't worry, I don't have a scope either right now... get around with the binoculars pretty well when the weather isn't deciding to be grumpy. So you're a Taurus? Happy birthday then I'm Cancer but, uh, I didn't say that I'm an astrobiologist (well, I like to pretend I am), so when I catch ET I'll let you know I love Canada, you're very lucky to live there. I'd love to move over there one day...
  4. you're right about that - I remember the first time I saw it through a scope as well. I was just small and it changed the way I saw everything. I think it is the defining moment of addiction for quite a lot of astronomers....
  5. Hey, it's a shot, and that's all that matters! That's something at least, especially with the ring system relatively open. Get as many shots in as you can, if you ask me. It's hard to get anything reasonable with all the clouds around, and this is much better than anything I can come up with.
  6. lol I just read the press release... I get it now
  7. I'm not sure I completely understand the point, but I'm in too
  8. I keep meaning to set the alarm, but it hasn't happened yet... well done for getting a glimpse of my favourite planet
  9. Well, once I stopped giggling about poisonous butt grubs I checked out those pictures. He did say he didn't spend a dime in acquiring them and my first thought was, "yeah, cus you made them on your computer..." I didn't read all the conspiracy theory BS though, I'm trying to digest my dinner.
  10. Wow!! Oh my gosh, what a beautiful piece of equipment. I love old instruments, so much. Yeah, if I had the money, space and an expert team of observatory dismantlers I would certainly give it a new home and love it beyond all measure... oh well, we can but dream...
  11. This may well be the downright stupidest question that's ever entered my head. So much so that I'm cringing to ask it. But it's bugging me so I have to know... This might not be the right forum so I won't be offended if it's moved. I know that sound doesn't travel in space as the distance between molecules are too far apart to allow for vibrations as the wave passes through them, but then how does radio astronomy work? Is this just because radio waves are just part of the EM spectrum, and therefore don't behave like sound? If that's true then, umm, what's sound? I'm not the brightest penny
  12. Hey, thanks for posting this. I've always felt that the current model of solar system development leaves a little to be desired, so it's nice to see some research from an alternate system. Papers like this form loads of questions in my mind, but I'll refrain from asking them until I at least make an effort to try and find the answers for myself..
  13. Hey Rob, Thanks for describing SXR208 - it sounds fantastic. I just don't think I could afford it, though. Especially with having to get the flights on top of the cost of the course. I love the idea of doing spectroscopy - this is my field, what I really want to do. Sounds brilliant. It's been a long time since I've been in a real observatory so it just sounds really exciting. I'm aiming for the same degree - physics with an astronomy bias. What are the maths residential courses like? It seems like it will take me so long, though. S282 / S283 feel like they're going so slowly and that I'll n
  14. Hi Nigel, nice to hear from you. Got any tips? What do you think the likelihood of getting a PhD is if you DON'T come from a strong background in physics or maths? In marine biology, the easiest way to get a top job at one of the really good research institutes is to undertake loads of voluntary work. There is sort of a "standard" model of experience which is generally looked for, including diving, offshore experience, surveying etc. It's a good way of networking, proves willingness, teaches loads of skills and is great fun. Getting a PhD in marine biology is virtually impossible without thes
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