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  1. When I saw it, I was inside and was just stunned! I've never seen anything so big burning up like that before, it was amazing.
  2. I have an excuse for not posting! I've been in the process of applying to university to study Physics with Astrophysics and had a few offers and interviews back! now just to get the grades...
  3. I'd definitely say that we can't really be alone in this universe, with the amount of possibilities there are out there! Especially since life could potentially be pretty much anywhere (just not always as we know it). I don't know how much intelligent life there could be (although surely we can't be alone?!) but there's got to be plenty of microbial life out there which just hasn't had long enough to develop, and could just be lying dormant, perhaps?
  4. Yeah, that's what we thought it could have been, too. Sounds like it was most likely an iridium flare by the sounds of things. Thanks for the help.
  5. It wasn't moving at all, just a stationary, bright flash.
  6. Well, my mum apparently saw this strange flash in the sky last Tuesday night at about 9.30pm. (before the whisky!) The bright flash apparently lasted about a second, was actually marginally brighter than Jupiter, but still localised in the Southerly area of sky. I don't think it could have been a plane (the mother said she saw no red light/strobe moving across the sky afterwards). We have a couple of crazy theories, though - a meteor (the most plausible, even though it didn't move across the sky), maybe light catching a satellite ..or even possibly a supernova?? Haha. Does anyone know what it actually could have been? I think my mum likes the idea of having witnessed a supernova but I don't know how plausible that could actually be. (I imagine rather unlikely, especially for something that appears that bright?) I do just think it was a meteor, but I know next to nothing, and it'd be fun to know if it was something a bit more impressive! It's always worth asking, right?
  7. Thanks again! I really appreciate the welcomes.
  8. Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone! ^^ I'm very pleased with the scope, I can't wait for the skies to become clear again to try it out some more.
  9. Hey everyone! Well, I thought it's time I made an introductory topic, since I got my first telescope a few days ago! I live in an area with almost no light pollution (only from nearby villages) so I get a great view, when it isn't cloudy! Anyways, my new scope's a Skywatcher 150P Reflector on an Equatorial mount. ** Image ** The first night after we bought it was nicely clear, and I saw Jupiter (with 3 of the Galilean moons) which really made my day, as well as Andromeda and a few open clusters a planetary nebula (can't remember the names off the top of my head!). I've also joined the Cumbrian Skies group on here to keep up to date with local news and all that. Thanks for reading, though! I look forward to getting to know some of you!~ -Iz
  10. I would say the Lake District is very good for little light pollution. When it's not cloudy (the only negative - it's a mountainous area), I often see the Milky Way and many distant galaxies. Even on hazy summer nights, you can at least see the main constellations.
  11. Arciz


    Pointing and shooting with a pretty poor camera by hand through the eyepiece!
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