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  1. That's an APOD right there, wonderful stuff.
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    Time joke

    Hmmm... the technology of the future, or any alien technology, will be easily capable of reversing death.
  3. 55, 63 and 104 Tauri are all being occulted from my location, along with a few 7th mag stars. Aldebaran is no longer in the path though.
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    What's this cluster?

    I was scanning that area the other night and the Stellarium app on my phone identified all those binocular Ms and NGCs. Much more satisfying than not knowing or grappling with maps and torches. Makes casual starhopping a lot more interesting too so highly recommended.
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    The big and the small of comet 46P

    Yes it really is that large; during Comet Holmes' outburst in 2007 it was bigger than the Sun.
  6. That's quite an anthropomorphic viewpoint; it's difficult to see how theories grappling with the unexplained origin of the Universe 14 billion years ago could be less profound than the supposed events on a random planet 10 billion years later. A survey like this was carried out at the end of the 20th century by professional scientists; Newton finished 1st and Einstein 2nd. Perhaps the deciding factor was Newton having less raw material to work with in the 17th century, whereas Einstein had a greater number of shoulders to stand on. (Hawking finished 54th by the way; we need to distinguish between having a high public profile granted by the media, as opposed to actual accomplishment which might go unnoticed in popular circles.)
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    Stellarium comet update

    I'm also using an older version and get that blank box also. So the way I add a comet (or asteroid) is to go to the MPC ephemeris service: https://minorplanetcenter.net//iau/MPEph/MPEph.html I then put the object name, say 64P, in the box provided and check the "MPC 1-line" option farther down. A text file is generated which can then be uploaded to Stellarium in that same 'upload orbital elements' window. Hope that helps.
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    Sir Patrick as the new £50

    https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/boe/files/banknotes/50-character-selection-names.pdf?la=en&hash=F0CCA0655EEC2788748D885BE036662B574B615E It's a PDF file.
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    Theory of Everything?

    No offence but the fact that you would 'reject something from the outset' is nothing short of closed-minded fundamentalism. If we were 'created by someone' then that truth has to be accepted and choosing to believe otherwise is frankly irrelevant. And to say that the answer to why the universe exists is 'for no reason whatever' is so intellectually unsatisfactory that it makes me wonder why you have the slightest interest in astronomy, physics or anything else. Again no offence.
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    No minor planets brighter than mag 17 within half a degree of Pluto at that time, according to MP Checker. Strange one.
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    Sir Patrick as the new £50

    I remember SPM criticising the Germans even though he spent a lot of time at ESA HQ in Darmstadt. That was disappointing as science should be way above petty nationalism.
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    Shall we get rid of the moon?

    The moon is kinda boring relative to its size; at least the likes of Europa, Enceladus etc actually have something going on. And I think I've seen most of what can be seen now with my 8-inch so yes, get Trump to press that button
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    BAA asteroid charts not updated?

    Updated now, thanks.
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    BAA asteroid charts not updated?

    The data has fallen behind again a bit, would appreciate an update if possible. Thanks. http://britastro.org/computing/charts_asteroid.html
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    Psi1 Aquarii North Pole Fly By

    Yes I managed to observe the occultation too. Hope you weren't distracted from the main event Paz, by those interesting events off the north pole

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