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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Yes it really is that large; during Comet Holmes' outburst in 2007 it was bigger than the Sun.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/boe/files/banknotes/50-character-selection-names.pdf?la=en&hash=F0CCA0655EEC2788748D885BE036662B574B615E It's a PDF file.
  7. 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.
  8. No minor planets brighter than mag 17 within half a degree of Pluto at that time, according to MP Checker. Strange one.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. The data has fallen behind again a bit, would appreciate an update if possible. Thanks. http://britastro.org/computing/charts_asteroid.html
  12. 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
  13. And how was that test independently verified I wonder?!!
  14. The Wild Duck and the Dumbbell, both made me gasp the first time I saw them.
  15. Avani, your likes to posts ratio is almost 5:1, which must surely be the highest on here and not surprising. Everytime you post an image we know we're guaranteed something special, so thanks again for another masterpiece!
  16. Interview here with the great man, conducted by Friedrich Hund who lived to be 101 -
  17. Well I wish it had never came to be, it's nothing but a bloody nuisance!!
  18. I'm finding it difficult to estimate the brightness of this comet... on a single DSLR frame it looks around mag 7.5 but through 20 x 80 binos it's big and nebulous and at least a magnitude brighter. It does seem on course to meet expectations.
  19. SIMBAD must be in error I'm sure. If Castor and Mizar can be famous examples of spectroscopic binaries, the brightest star in the sky would be much more represented in the literature if this were true.
  20. I'm pretty sure the spectroscopic binary being referred to is in fact Sirius A and the Pup. The spectroscope was used in this case to determine that the velocity of A is variable, and is in close agreement with the result derived from visual observation.
  21. It has reportedly faded by over a magnitude in the last 24 hours.
  22. Seen it easily in 20 x 80 binos several times over the past week, doesn't matter how high the Sun is. It's unmissable really, when you know the general location. Also saw it naked eye with the Sun still above the horizon. Stunningly bright object!
  23. Despite having just passed eastern elongation, Mercury is actually more difficult now than it was 2 weeks ago. That easterly drift has dragged it deeper into the twilight, whereas at the start of July it was more northerly and against a darker sky background.
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