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by Paul Sutherland
Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Disappointing comet?
Replies: 31
Views: 3765

Halley was at its finest in March 1986 and I got lovely views from New Zealand. In April, when most people travelled south, its tail had fanned out and was less distinct against the Milky Way, as I recall. Certainly it was less prominent from UK skies in 1985 but I still remember it being an attract...
by Paul Sutherland
Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Disappointing comet?
Replies: 31
Views: 3765

Re: Disappointing comet?

Skymania has stated "However, older readers will remember general disappointment among the public caused after expectations were raised for Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965,..." I must hold my hands up to this. I realised the day after writing that piece that I was thinking of Kohoutek and I have now corre...
by Paul Sutherland
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Supernova in M51
Replies: 0
Views: 553

Supernova in M51

There is a supernova in M51, the famous Whirlpool Galaxy. It is the second observed in the galaxy in six years. See the SPA report.
by Paul Sutherland
Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:21 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Meteor Section webpage problems
Replies: 27
Views: 8813

In the interests of fairness, I feel that I should point out that the Meteor Section website is in full working order, but Alastair is apparently using Internet Explorer 4, a browser which dates from 1997 and which is now used by only a handful of people. Ah, that will explain a lot! I was puzzled ...
by Paul Sutherland
Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sunday 10 April -- Space Night on BBC4
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Destination Titan was a fascinating account of a UK-led triumph, following the work of the SPA's President John Zarnecki. Loved it!
by Paul Sutherland
Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sky at Night
Replies: 9
Views: 1253

brian livesey wrote:I don't watch "Sky at Night" and for the simple reason that astronomy takes a back seat on the programme. If you know what I mean .. .
Just out of interest, how do you know this if you don't watch it?

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9732

For the record, this was the excerpt I was referring to (in a discussion about the Kindle) where Ian anticipated being banned, just so that no one thinks I made it up.
Deimos wrote:Ian
(still not reprimanded ... "you are banned" letter is probably in the post)
No ban. No surprise!

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9732

Well said, Nick. I've heard the same about the boost in interest from the general public. Some societies found big queues for their observing nights and a boost in numbers at regular meetings! Great news if the case.

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9732

You've said this before, but I've seen no evidence of anyone telling you what you are allowed to think. We have had a discussion, which involves having different views. You posted earlier saying you expected to be banned. I didn't see that happen either. I don't know where you got it from. I don't t...
by Paul Sutherland
Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9732

Deimos wrote:Why would saying "elliptical" and being correct rather than "parabolic" and being wrong confuse the general public ?

Ian
They could be inspired by the series or they could come here and be put off astronomy for life by the tedious pedantry.
by Paul Sutherland
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9732

I was puzzled like Brian L at first as well, because I thought he was falling due to gravity. But then I realised the point was that he was freed from the effects of gravity and so was able to float around etc. Good to know Einstein had a name for it!

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The tone of the forum
Replies: 26
Views: 3322

You've noticed that moderators apply the light touch. That's good. :-)

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The tone of the forum
Replies: 26
Views: 3322

I agree with Rachel. There are plenty of other places where people can discuss non-astronomical subjects. To do so here would impose more work on the moderators and would consume more of the bandwidth that the SPA has to pay for.

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology to Close?
Replies: 4
Views: 1062

That is out of order. I'm happy to provide a link to your article here and remove the offending one... This news was comprehensively reported by the SPA's own Paul Sutherland on the Skymania web site. See below for link: http://skymania.com/wp/2011/03/life-from-space-expert-loses-funding.html Thank...
by Paul Sutherland
Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:20 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The tone of the forum
Replies: 26
Views: 3322

I've found this forum to be one of the most friendly and relaxed around, notable for its lack of censorship. The only people I've seen banned are the pornographers and spammers who have tried to slip in to post material, but who are kept out by one of our diligent helpers in particular. Contrast thi...