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  1. Same here. It would mean we were put here supernaturally for unknown reasons.
  2. It was the 5th January he died, just if anyone is confused. They were two magnificent sights, Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake, quite amazing that they showed up in such a short time-frame.
  3. https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/575199-herschel-2500-finished/
  4. Another illustration of the vastness of the cosmos is that these are a dime a dozen for the large telescope surveys, and yet we are waiting 414 years for a visible one in our own Galaxy.
  5. Surprised this hasn't got a mention on the Supernova chat group.
  6. I have failed to spot this comet in an 8-inch scope, although 13th mag stars were visible in the field. It is very diffuse and the generous quoted estimates, which refer to its total surface brightness, don't reflect how difficult it is to spot visually. I'm not going to waste any more time trying to track it down.
  7. My preferred way of finding it is to draw a line from Aldebaran through Menkar, and continue on for nearly half that distance.
  8. I think you should. In our cloudy climes, it will save you vital time which would otherwise be wasted by starhopping.
  9. Jupiter, Mars, Ganymede, Zubenelgenubi 1 +2... and United Airlines Flight 110 from New York to London!
  10. OK, but what about this?? https://www.amazon.com/Sigma-200-500mm-Ultra-Telephoto-Nikon-Cameras/dp/B0013DAPNU
  11. You say it 'grew until it was about the brightness of Vega'. But the difference between Capella and Vega is only 0.04 magnitudes, so that doesn't sound like an overly dramatic increase. Probably some optical effect from looking through glass I'd say.
  12. The Sun's gravitational pull on the Moon is nearly twice as strong as the Earth's, so it is actually more true to say that the Moon orbits the Sun with the Earth causing a perturbation in that orbit.
  13. Just got a 15-minute window there, saw 6 of which three were around zero mag. The Geminids live up to their billing once more.
  14. I would certainly pay good money for a close up view of it. There should be zillions of these objects out there of course, but the fact that the first one has several oddities would not have been predicted.
  15. I've reported a few errors like that myself, here is the link: https://sourceforge.net/p/stellarium/discussion/278769/
  16. Interesting that the Regulus reappearance at 2213 on the 8th is visible from London, where moonrise is 2151, but not visible from central Ireland where moonrise is 2223.
  17. Very well done! It sure is an interesting dead space battleship asteroid
  18. Which reminds me of that nice double in M36, STF 737. Mags 8.5 and 9 with a comfy 10" separation. We've had a rare streak of 4 clear nights in Ireland so been quite busy.
  19. I wish it were 22 LY away, it would be some sight!
  20. Whew!... that cloud bank just about held off the eastern horizon From central Ireland -
  21. Where should we draw the line though? Should the general public have a say in Brexit when only a small minority are professional economists?
  22. No sign of it in 15 x 70 binos last night but I did enjoy the obvious open clusters NGC 1528 and 1545 nearby. Not sure how Messier missed those.
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