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  1. I saw Dragon last night, only briefing as it was a short window, two more chances this evening before it returns. https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=49220&lat=51.59&lng=-0.78&loc=Unnamed&alt=0&tz=GMT
  2. I checked my FS alignment last night by using Jupiter (before aligning the scope via the handset).
  3. I used google earth to get the coordinates of my back garden. Otherwise; I use two star align for general viewing (2 stars at least 90 degrees apart) and solar system align if I am just looking at planets and the moon (eg like Jupiter and Saturn last night).
  4. Lovely view of Neowise through 10x binos at 2300 in South Bucks.

  5. The first commercial launch of Space X Falcon Heavy now Weds 10th April at 2335 BST.

  6. I have just done the same thing myself and also with 10x50 binoculars.
  7. The Moon and Venus; beautiful crescent twins in the dawn skies this morning.

  8. A new moon so good conditions if the skies allow. Mars and Neptune will be separated by only 8 arcminutes so could make a colourful double in the eyepiece. Note: it may also be a good opportunity to look for Comet 46P/Wirtanen.
  9. Saturn visible just below the crescent moon NOW. 1655 Sunday 11th nov.

  10. I thought it appropriate to share this story. My wife and I recently visited friends in Mid Wales and they asked me to bring along my telescope. It happened to coincide with last month's full moon so not ideal. I noticed some good quality 10x binoculars on the side to which my friend said he has sometimes used them but did not know what to look for or where. A couple of days later we went with our wives to Hay on Wye and while perusing around a book shop I found an old, used hard copy of the above book for £5. Despite the temptation to keep it for myself, it was very well received as one of our parting gifts. I will quizz him next time. :)
  11. This came up on my twitter feed a couple of days ago and I thought you might find it of interest. It is from Philip Metzger who is a University of Central Florida planetary scientist and lead author on the study where he questions how the IAU came to its original classification as to; what is a planet ? He takes issue with the definition of a planet that required it to “clear” its orbit, and it makes interesting reading. https://today.ucf.edu/pluto-planet-research/ https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/10/world/pluto-planet-status-trnd/index.html?utm_term=image&utm_content=2018-09-12T07%3A52%3A16&utm_source=twCNNi&utm_medium=social This first link is to UCF and the second is a sample news report. Steven
  12. I thought it was poor to miss out the Google X prize (I think the short list has been drawn up and the time extended, I only know about that via Japanese TV as they have a team on the shortlist) as it would have reinforced the multi nation focus on the moon. When ESA said they want to get involved in a manned mission I thought; I hope those astronauts are well prepared for crash landings ! or should it be ?
  13. Available at John Lewis if ordered online, stores from June 1st, avoid the scalpers on Amazon marketplace. Here is a facebook live video with the co-designer.. a 17 year old !! .. demonstrating the model, skip to about 10m 30s.
  14. I think Lego must know that this will be popular judging by the response on social media alone, so I think it will be widely available.
  15. Full review. WOW. http://www.brothers-brick.com/2017/05/10/go-launch-lego-ideas-21309-nasa-apollo-saturn-v-review/
  16. Building the Saturn V transporter will be fun.
  17. Check out what is in the box, even the manual looks amazingly detailed. https://www.promobricks.de/lego-ideas-nasa-apollo-saturn-v-21309-im-review-unboxing/32597 Available from June 1st = early birthday present.
  18. It may also interest you to know that a Lego Mountain View Observatory set has made the short list for the next Lego Ideas announcement in early 2017. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/131532
  19. Not sure if this has been posted or whether this is the right place but Lego have recently announced two new Lego Ideas models (see link). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_vBQe1nRvI First up is the Beatles Yellow Submarine (550 pieces) to be released Nov 1st and the second is a SaturnV/Apollo 11. There is no date for the latter as yet but keep an eye open for it. From what I have read online; it will be over 1metre tall, is very detailed and will include the separate stages, command module, lunar lander and two astronauts, so this could be some set. Here is the original proposal: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/76841
  20. Another interesting looking space program from NHK World, this time on the Venus Climate Orbiter, Akatsuki, which due to a malfunction took a little longer to reach orbit around Venus than originally attended. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/scienceview/201603080600/ Channel: NHK World on Sky 507, Virgin 625, Freesat 209 and live via Android app. March 15th 1530 / 2130 and March 16th 0530 / 1230 / 1730 UT Or usually available afterwards via Video on Demand http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/
  21. Sorry if this has already been mentioned but 1900 TODAY Sunday 13th March on the Discovery Channel. A history of the telescope from Galileo and Newton to Hubble and James Webb. I have no idea if it is a new program or repeat.
  22. I have just posted this in the events calendar, but in case it gets missed: This program on NHK World looks interesting: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/scienceview/201602230600/ Channel NHK World on Sky 507, Virgin 625, Freesat 209 and live via Android app. March 1st 1530 / 2130 and March 2nd 0530 / 1230 / 1730 UT Or usually available aftrewards via Video on Demand http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/
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