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Everything posted by bejay1957

  1. When is 'live' actually 'live'? As I was watching something else on the TV, got my tablet to watch the NASA YouTube feed, the YT app was running @15sec earlier than the YT feed in my laptop browser!
  2. NASA feed kept dropping for me, so gave up; now swapping between Slooh, and Weather Channel twitter feed
  3. Given the various threads criticising The Beeb for its efforts at coverage of astronomy they can't win...
  4. Probably preaching to the converted, but if you haven't already got eclipse glasses, be aware of the counterfeit products apparently flooding the market over there https://www.reuters.com/article/us-solar-eclipse-eyes-idUSKBN1AQ15R
  5. The announcement was further back than I thought, but the Beeb is re-using the TW name for a year to badge science and technology programmes http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/tomorrows-world
  6. Seen a couple of trailers for this, with Chris Hadfield in charge of selection it might be worth a watch. Also one of the first BBC science programmes to get the reborn Tomorrow's World badging.
  7. Not a verbatim quote, but Gerry Anderson was at first worried by Lew Grade's reaction to the first TB episode "That's not a TV series..." "... its a motion picture!"
  8. Unfortunately that one is missing the Lady P outtakes that are at the end of the cinema 'version'.. Also worth remembering the Gerry Anderson homage/parody in Stargate SG1
  9. Ah! I was at the cinema watching Valerian at that time..
  10. Which channel was this? Thunderbirds Are Go was the second feature film I ever saw at the cinema (first was The Dambusters re-release) If you're at the cinema, keep an eye out for the full TB Halifax advert, complete with outtakes at the end - though not sure Lady P would ever use expletives...
  11. Might be impossible to find now, but a good few years back I recall someone getting video of a head-on meteor - pretty sure it was a Leonid
  12. I think a telling viewpoint on Discovery is from the guide/schedule, and just how few shows now interest me; History is even worse, and don't Mention H2...
  13. Spent an hour in the reclining garden chair; saw 14 Perseids, only one fireball - and that was behind me and reflected in my glasses. Seem to recall saw more last year.
  14. Good to know it wasn't me just being unobservant then
  15. 90 minutes reclined on the garden chair (keeps me below bat height), only one Perseid and one sporadic; lost count of the planes and satellites
  16. Got a clear sky, though with the temperature falling, will need to put on some un-summery clothing for a Perseid-watching session
  17. All fairly academic, with remarkable regularity in the UK for these type of events, was under thick low cloud and rain here
  18. I know we occasionally touch on finding life elsewhere in our Solar system, recent announcements suggest that life can exist in the most unlikely places - such as Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression; this has popped up in a couple of feeds over the weekend: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170803-in-earths-hottest-place-life-has-been-found-in-pure-acid http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/news/a27655/scientists-find-life-in-earths-most-barren-hellhole
  19. After just about every weather except snow today, now have a clear sky
  20. I think my most spectacular Perseid night was way back in 1997, I'd gone down to the Avebury area for skywatches (hundreds of peeps at some locations); at times the large and bright meteors/trails resembled the Martian invasion of George Pal's War of the Worlds movie.
  21. Will be out looking for Perseids - if we ever get a clear evening/night sky again...
  22. Not sure if this should be astro lounge or weather, but over on fb I am signed up to the feed from Severe Weather Europe. Over the past week they have had some spectacular images of sprites taken from ground-level, although one image is suspect as it purported to be sprites over Italy photographed from Germany. The most recent image is linked below; what is beginning to puzzle me is whether people are simply looking harder and photographing these, or are they becoming more frequent? Must admit I had thought these were supposed to be very hi-altitude phenomena?
  23. I know of people (no longer with us), who swore blind that they had watched what would now be recognized as satellites - but in the 1930s/40s There are undoubtedly loads of military birds up there not on any of the tracker sites/apps, and I don't mean the 'secret' X-37 - so secret its mentioned all over the internet..
  24. Always worthwhile checking for your location on the likes of heavensabove; if I'm reading the report correctly this object was passing W>E so would be possible for the ISS, but there was no predicted pass for that date/time, and no obvious bright satellite for the date/time. There is still much doubt over Mayak*, but unless something went very strange off the Soyuz launch vehicle, it should be on a roughly circumpolar orbit? *If data is correct I may have seen Mayak on 25 July, but that was the last clear sky here, so haven't been able to verify anything since then
  25. In fairness, in Midsomer astronomy is no more dangerous than other hobbies..
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