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Announcement on Monday?

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I suspect we all know that there is some announcement on Monday about something. Hence the reason Sky At Night has been pushed back by a day and why Chris Lintott turned his camera off when the Q&A panel he was on at the weekend was asked about it but what I can't find is who it is who is announcing the "something".

Anybody know?

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The Royal Astronomical Society I understand, but I suspect this will just be the UK arm of whatever media blitz there is.

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I'm normally good at finding things on the web. But strangely no mention of any forth coming astronomy announcement. So it appears that no clues are  being given away.

Wonder what it could be?

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I tend to ignore these things, just to avoid both the anticipation, and the following anticlimax.

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4 hours ago, jnb said:

I suspect we all know that there is some announcement on Monday about something. Hence the reason Sky At Night has been pushed back by a day and why Chris Lintott turned his camera off when the Q&A panel he was on at the weekend was asked about it but what I can't find is who it is who is announcing the "something".

Anybody know?

Somebody knows about the something, but there is a reporting embargo so only those somebodies in the know, know about the something.

Don't get too excited, it may be some esoteric astrophysical something which only scientists find incredibly exciting, or aliens...

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Probably to say it's been cloudy of late in the UK.

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It's been hanging around long enough for RT to change their schedules, and theit publishing lead time is weeks.

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Thread here

 

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Had it been something of huge and popular significance it would have been in the mainstream media - like the M87 black hole for example.  So it can't be that much.  Sorry to dampen the mood!

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I think the observatory at Herstmonceux might have let something slip about it
 

https://youtu.be/k-VlV6zq-Y4

 

(with due apologies for the weekend silliness!)

 

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My guess.

The Event Horizon Team will on Monday announce that they have captured the first image of the super massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

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On 12/09/2020 at 10:09, Charles Kirk said:

My guess.

The Event Horizon Team will on Monday announce that they have captured the first image of the super massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

Now that would be of great interest.  I hope that indeed is the case.

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My guess... evidence for life in the Venusian atmosphere. 

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curiosity found evidence of a Mole on Mars.....Another first for SGL

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8 hours ago, CraigT82 said:

My guess... evidence for life in the Venusian atmosphere. 

Looks like it. It was leaked already: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:dUWrpm80WHsJ:https://earthsky.org/%3Fp%3D343883+ 

The above is cached page from Google. They took the original down: https://earthsky.org/space/life-on-venus-phosphine-biosignatures

 

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lots of stuff appearing on the web stating MIT have found the possibility of microbe life in the venus atmosphere 

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1 hour ago, PaulM said:

lots of stuff appearing on the web stating MIT have found the possibility of microbe life in the venus atmosphere 

Yeah. This is what I’m seeing on the Twitters. 

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I believe they have found phosphine in the venusian clouds. And phosphine can only be created by scientists or by living micro-organisms that live in oxygen-free environment.

Sounds quite interesting

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24 minutes ago, feverdreamer1 said:

I believe they have found phosphine in the venusian clouds. And phosphine can only be created by scientists or by living micro-organisms that live in oxygen-free environment.

Sounds quite interesting

Phosphine is an automatic byproduct of phosphorous acid decomposing. My first thought is that finding phosphoric acid on Venus really wouldn't be surprising, hence finding phosphine wouldn't really be a surprise. That said my expertise is not in biology so I'm always inclined to imagine that a chemical route to producing these things is more likely.

 

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If it was that exciting and there was so much time to prepare us for the announcement then Bruce Willis would already be making the film about it.

Oh the drama... :)

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