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by KendalAstronomer
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Kendal Solar System Model and solar viewing August 13th 12-4
Replies: 0
Views: 1806

Kendal Solar System Model and solar viewing August 13th 12-4

For those in the right area, the Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal are holding the third annual Kendal Solar System Scale Model, publicity image below: Poster The model runs on Waterside from the cafe, which will again be doing themed food (last year's "space cakes" were apparently good selle...
by KendalAstronomer
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:07 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: ESA Publish A Roadmap for Fundamental Physics in Space
Replies: 9
Views: 4664

That's pretty much what these things are for. The Americans have also done their own version , defining the present priorities for astronomy, and so ranking the biggest potential projects in terms of how well they meet these priorities. Then, they get funded one by one (though it isn't certain even ...
by KendalAstronomer
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: your earliest observations ??
Replies: 20
Views: 3880

When I was ten (1991), I was given an old greenkat terrestrial spotting scope and pointed it towards the Pleiades, the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter. No matter what they say about poor quality, small refracters, to a ten year old, that was brilliant.
by KendalAstronomer
Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:11 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Noctilucent Cloud Activity - 2010
Replies: 18
Views: 4349

This year wasn't as good as last year for me, but I did get a night or two of shots. Full set from all nights here . http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4762096077_1200199498.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1290/4705184612_d447a4a7ec.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4762085763_c8511df3e9.j...
by KendalAstronomer
Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Solar System Scale model, Kendal - August 14th
Replies: 0
Views: 1504

Solar System Scale model, Kendal - August 14th

A few of us from the Eddington Astronomical Society and others will be standing like lemons (big, planet sized lemons) along the banks of the River Kent in Kendal to produce a scale model of the solar system. There'll be information leaflets, themed wares and displays at the cafes et al that coincid...
by KendalAstronomer
Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: What happens to mass at different speeds
Replies: 24
Views: 9763

Re: What happens to mass at different speeds

Does this result follow intuitively from E=mc^2 ? If not, is there any other way to understand this. It doesn't follow on from E=mc^2 as that is the rest equation, there's a slightly more complicated formula for masses in relative motion, which is energy squared = (mc^2)^2 + (pc^2)^2 - and the incr...
by KendalAstronomer
Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: NLCs from the 16th of June
Replies: 0
Views: 637

NLCs from the 16th of June

Taken in Kendal with a variety of ISO equivalents (100, 200 and 400) all at 1 second exposure times. There was a lovely set of nocticulent clouds (I know, I have fallen, using the words "lovely" and "clouds" in one sentence without the phrase "blocked by"...) at 3am just before sunrise. There may we...
by KendalAstronomer
Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Crescent Moon
Replies: 14
Views: 3119

I was giving taking a shot of the Moon a go tonight too, sadly my telescope turned into somewhat of a cloud machine. I got it pointed at the Moon, went back for the camera and by the time everything was lined up, a small finger of cloud from a larger bank had crept over the Moon, making it too blurr...
by KendalAstronomer
Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Kendal MoonWatch - April 3rd
Replies: 0
Views: 2210

Kendal MoonWatch - April 3rd

For those in the area, come along to the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal for some lunar observing (and anything else we can grab during the evenning). Starts at 7:30, goes on until everything has clouded over completely (coincidentally also 7:30 going on recent form...). http://cumbriansky.files.wordp...
by KendalAstronomer
Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Crescent Venus
Replies: 16
Views: 4611

I've been enjoying showing off Venus' crescent to the neighbours on the few occasions the sky has been clear here. Looks lovely and bright through the celestron.
by KendalAstronomer
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin), 2009/1/23
Replies: 131
Views: 30239

I also saw Lulin again last night in the Celestron. Intermittent cloud, but still bright enough even for my father to view it (usually the ultimate test) and describe the shape.
by KendalAstronomer
Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin), 2009/1/23
Replies: 131
Views: 30239

...There was a meteor flashing through the sky as I set up... I saw a meteor whilst looking at the comet too. :D Mine was heading southeast, just to the right (west) of the comet... maybe passing through Leo. Heard lots of owls hooting too. It was great to be observing again - the last time I had t...
by KendalAstronomer
Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin), 2009/1/23
Replies: 131
Views: 30239

I managed to catch it last night too. It was the first time in a long time there was a break in the cloud. There was a meteor flashing through the sky as I set up. Eventually got my 'scope on it after a few views of Saturn, very obvious with a lovely big coma (the comet, not Saturn...). Unfortunatel...
by KendalAstronomer
Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:54 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: work as astronomer
Replies: 4
Views: 1429

The computer guy in charge of UCL's astrophysics group managed to get a phd through some stuff he was doing supporting the group, so yes you can convert to professional astronomy, so long as you find a group willing and able to use your skills to their advantage. Other channels could include doing a...
by KendalAstronomer
Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: photo/image hosting websites
Replies: 5
Views: 1575

there's a group Davep instigated a while back on flickr for spa people too (named society for popular astronomy). If you do a search, it should turn up (should you choose to use that site)