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       10 Aug 2016 #1

    The Space Stuff thread


    We have a thread over at SF where we post any space related stuff, as SF is getting quieter, I though I'd start moving it over here.

    Note - most of my news comes in via twitter, if you are just seeing blank posts from me in this thread they are embedded tweets and you have something installed blocking twitter.


    So to start off.....

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       10 Aug 2016 #2

    Bright Planets Add More Dazzle to Perseid Meteor Shower's Peak


    Meteor-catchers heading out to watch the annual Perseid meteor shower this week are in for a special treat. In between watching the show on the north side of the sky, several planets and the moon will show themselves on the southern side.

    The Perseids will peak in the early morning hours of Friday (Aug. 12), NASA says, and the show could be even stronger this year. The planet Jupiter has bent the streams of cometary particles, putting more of them in Earth's path.

    Some of the meteors, which on Thursday night and early Friday (Aug. 11-12) may stream in at up to 200 per hour, will unfortunately be washed out by the moon until it sets at around 1 a.m. local time. But you can still easily see two planets in the sky, in the constellation Scorpius. Mars is just to the right of the ruddy star Antares. (The name of the star means "rival of Mars" because it is so similar in brightness and shade.) And floating above Antares is Saturn. [Perseid Meteor Shower 2016: When & How to See It]

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    Mars, Saturn and the moon will shine alongside the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 11 and 12, 2016.
    See where the trio will be in this NASA sky map. -- Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech



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    This Sky & Telescope magazine sky map shows another view of the Perseid meteor
    shower radiant for 2016 where it will be located at 11 p.m. your local time on
    Aug. 11 and 12 during the shower's peak. -- Credit: Sky & Telescope illustration


    Source: Space.com
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  3.    11 Aug 2016 #3

    Some Space Stuff


    1. My middle name Gordon was named after astronaut Gordon Cooper, space was all the rage when I was born in 1962.

    2. I now live in Florida about 80 miles north of Cape Canaveral, just recently SpaceX test launched one of their rockets there, our town felt the sonic boom created both from the launch and the re-entry of the rocket, it shook the roof pretty good and was way cool, lol.

    3. I have been to the launch center more than a few times, below are a few pics of the many I took:

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       12 Aug 2016 #4

    Excellent documentary, mind blowing and superbly narrated. Enjoy Narrated by Alec Baldwin.
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  5.    13 Aug 2016 #5

    Space , computing, teaching children, learning etc, https://astro-pi.org/
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