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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1283780#msg1283780
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2019, 12:48:59 AM »
The other big one in the news is the recent New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object.

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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1283784#msg1283784
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2019, 11:44:48 AM »



Fun fact: Queen-guitarist Brian May is an astrophysicist. :)

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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1284589#msg1284589
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2019, 11:24:42 PM »
Don't forget this night's Lunar Eclipse! :)

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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1285935#msg1285935
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2019, 08:06:42 PM »
A moment of silence for Opportunity, the Mars Rover.

Opportunity is said to now be offline after losing communications with NASA. The rover was supposed to last 90 days on Mars before losing communication but had miraculously lasted 15 Years.


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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1285936#msg1285936
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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1285938#msg1285938
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2019, 08:33:30 PM »
The homestead I live on is dubbed 'The West View Farm'. Beautiful sunsets w/o near zero light pollution. (1/2 the neighbors are Amish.) But to the point; in this rarified winter air, I noticed *6* red static objects in the sky. Most were in the east near Orion's belt and a couple were to the SE. They were as bright as Mars. So I was wondering if anyone is aware of any new low orbit satellites w/ red light output, or some other explanation - like a natural phenomena - to explain this?

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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1285939#msg1285939
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2019, 08:40:19 PM »
The homestead I live on is dubbed 'The West View Farm'. Beautiful sunsets w/o near zero light pollution. (1/2 the neighbors are Amish.) But to the point; in this rarified winter air, I noticed *6* red static objects in the sky. Most were in the east near Orion's belt and a couple were to the SE. They were as bright as Mars. So I was wondering if anyone is aware of any new low orbit satellites w/ red light output, or some other explanation - like a natural phenomena - to explain this?

I advise you to check Stellarium to figure out what you were seeing.

Here is a snapshot, could you edit the pic where did you see those red lights?

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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1285940#msg1285940
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2019, 08:41:37 PM »
The homestead I live on is dubbed 'The West View Farm'. Beautiful sunsets w/o near zero light pollution. (1/2 the neighbors are Amish.) But to the point; in this rarified winter air, I noticed *6* red static objects in the sky. Most were in the east near Orion's belt and a couple were to the SE. They were as bright as Mars. So I was wondering if anyone is aware of any new low orbit satellites w/ red light output, or some other explanation - like a natural phenomena - to explain this?

If you're a Texan, it looks like it was light emitting from gas flares refracting off ice crystals in the air to cause the "Glowing Static" look.


Other than that, Stop Lights are also known to refract off ice crystals in the air and cause some glowing. Can you confirm if the would disappear and reappear?
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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1285946#msg1285946
« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2019, 12:29:41 AM »
A couple I came across this week:

https://www.space.com/43275-ultima-thule-pancake-shape-new-horizons.html

It turns out that what early pics showed Ultima Thule as looking like was basically a snowman, two spherical things mashed together.  It turns out that the shapes are a lot flatter than that, and that it only looked that way because of the angle that early picture was taken.  (New Horizons has something like 5gb of pics to send home, and due to the vast distances involved this will take about a year and a half, i.e. about as fast as dial-up felt when I was a kid)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceIL

I'd literally never heard of this group, but it looks like they have a privately funded planned lunar lander launch for 22 Feb, in nine days.  I have no idea how this hasn't been news (or how I missed it if it has) but it's very interesting as well.

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Re: Stargazing / Astronomy http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=66214.msg1285954#msg1285954
« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2019, 12:08:10 PM »
1 1/2 light years away seems a bit far fetched for a man-made object. (Yes, sarcasm.) What is of real interest, is with today's multiplexor and gyroscope technology, how space relays can't send at an OC96 rate, much less at 4G, to pinpointed demuxers. The obvious answer is that we are being fed a false narrative on the ability to use digital electronics in space. I.e. old analog is still being used because it can't be gotten around due to radiation, or some 'other' factor. The ability to send '1's and '0's light pulses >should< not be an issue with as much as is spent on orbital equipment. This very fact alone lets me entertain a couple of 'Flat Earth Theory' friends' dialog - objectively. Whatever the case may be, something's wrong in Dodge.
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