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me miss it also, plus IT didn't land in my garden money to be made on selling remnants
No fireballs, but I did get to see the ISS right at sunset at 19:02 local time on Saturday night! It caught the last dying rays right between Jupiter and Venus and was visible for about 45 seconds.
Orange, with a green tail?
In may have been in-falling satellite debris.
The most brilliantly colored fireball I ever saw was that, the fireball beginning with a strongly blue flare as the titanium heat shield burned off, followed by a green flare, as the copper circuitry boiled away, and finally a red-orange flare as the remainder of the object continued to burn on re-entry.
Some lovely new sun portraits, courtesy of Discover:
Bonus: Extremely entertaining comments section provided by serious but amiable astronomy geeks!
A87749068 April's BATS, there's a good meteor shower coming up teamed with a very new moon, so should be a great count!
Exceptionally dramatic sunspot!
It may be related to the March 6 coronal mass ejection that produced exceptionally bright night skies and unusual meteorological phenomena like rainbows and rings around the moon early in March.
Wouldn't want to mistake the upcoming transit of the sun by Venus, June 5 -6 2012 for a sunspot, last chance to see one until 2117.
Other special solar events coming up, an annular solar eclipse, May 20, 2012.
I'm a little too far south to see it in totality, but will be able to see a dramatic partial, if nothing else.
The Old Farmers Almanac recommends a number 14 or higher welding filter for viewing the sun directly.
More links below.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the transit of Venus: A9913908
a van on Venus!
Found a small typo in the age of David Peck Todd in the section on the 1882 transit. Machine error.
A really first rate article.
Found some notes that the upcoming transit is going to be used to help plan systems that may help in studies of the atmospheres of extra-solar planets discovered by means of the transit method, no details as yet though.
Thanks ITIWBS, I enjoyed putting that together
I have fixed the � (what I call wonky code) replaced it with a dash, which is what it should have been in the first place
I have also heard that they're going to be analysing the atmospheres of extrasolar planets, I think they already can do this for transiting worlds, it's the others detected by different methods which they need help with.
ISS Crew 30 time-lapse set to music:
Walking In Air http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWz5ltE_I4c&feature=youtu.be
Lots of Aurora Action!
Marvelous link, KWDave!
Thought that one might get a couple of thumbs up! Glad you enjoyed it.
It may take this Netscape/AOL image a minute or so to stabilize.
Saturn PHOTO Shows Moons Tethys And Enceladus In High Resolution
The image of shadows on Saturn's rings is from a slide show under the title beneath the link.
Hyperlink to main article in upper left hand corner.
NASA: Pursuit of Light (SLYT):
NASA still does one thing well; inspire dreamers. This is a beautiful video.
to those in the line of sight.
Cloudy right now, but then again, I've almost 11 hours to wait (if it's clear, a huge if, I'm located where the "ring of fire" will be visible )
did you see it?
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