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About goodricke1

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  1. Lot of comments for a barely naked-eye object... imagine if this place had been around during Hale-Bopp!
  2. y'all making me jealous. Too dang cloudy here in Ireland and a bad forecast too.
  3. Along with Jonas' M31 image, this is my all time favourite SGL masterpiece. Epic, monumental, stupendous.
  4. And what has a beginning must have an end, right Jim?
  5. I don't think anyone is saying science is 'made up' but that it may not be the 'full truth'. It seems every scientific answer, by definition, provokes a further question... if water is hydrogen and oxygen then what is hydrogen and what is oxygen... if Mozart's brain caused that great aria then what caused Mozart's brain... if the singularity gave rise to the Universe then whither the singularity.... and so on and so on etcetera ad infinitum. In that sense terminology is indeed crucial - as Bohr said, we are 'suspended by language'.
  6. There's a feature in Stellarium under 'sky and viewing options', then 'markings' which shows the constellation boundaries.
  7. Thanks indeed for this generous gesture, will hopefully get to watch as many as possible. I did notice there seems to be an issue with the Dec 13 2008 video, doesn't seem to be loading beyond the first few seconds: https://britastro.org/video/906 it might be just my system, but thought I'd let you know. Thanks again.
  8. Superb. Between your images and those of Michael Jager, we are very fortunate to enjoy comet photography of the highest order.
  9. It's a lovely area of the sky and perhaps overlooked, with Orion/Taurus getting the lion's share of attention from our latitudes.
  10. Yes this is my thought exactly; I feel like I've seen every possible deep-sky portrayal, and that we won't get anything truly different until the days of interstellar travel! But an 'artistic' shot is still of interest, and 'unusual' or time-specific subjects such as occultations, conjunctions, fireballs etc remain both scientifically valuable and aesthetically beautiful.
  11. That's a good point actually, a few wafting clouds can make the scene look more 'artistic'. Great shots everyone. Skies cleared sufficiently here in Ireland too so that's another one knocked off the bucket list. Now to move to Mars in time for the Earth transit in 2084
  12. Quite appropriate of course, considering Gassendi was the first to observe a Transit of Mercury: http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu//full/1976JHA.....7....1V/0000001.000.html
  13. The only assumption I would make is that if it is artificial, then it must have been intentionally directed towards us. The Voyager craft for example, are expected to travel for a quadrillion years before they would approach a planet as closely as 'Oumuamua did to Earth. I find it quite suspicious that, with over 100 years of quality images behind us, we have never detected an 11th, 12th, 13th magnitude interstellar object i.e somewhat brighter than this one. The volume of interstellar space is staggeringly vast relative to the Solar System, and this object approaching to within 0.16 AU was virtually a collision. When you add in the other unforeseen properties, this is the most interesting object since the invention of the telescope imo.
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