Search found 1412 matches

by rwilkinson
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Apollo 13 on BBC World Service
Replies: 5
Views: 2928

Re: Apollo 13 on BBC World Service

Now the team have produced a one-hour condensed version for Radio4's "Archive on 4":
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kmw5
by rwilkinson
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Apollo 13 on BBC World Service
Replies: 5
Views: 2928

Re: Apollo 13 on BBC World Service

The delayed final episode of "13 Minutes" has just been released: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct0v1r This covers the re-powering of the long-inert Command Module, the crucial re-entry phase and the agonising wait for them to emerge from radio balckout and appear under parachute descent. It in...
by rwilkinson
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Watch Starlink launch live
Replies: 7
Views: 3050

Re: Watch Starlink launch live - at night

The 8th batch of Starlink s (postponed from last month) were launched overnight - if you missed them at 2am you can review the video feed: https://youtu.be/y4xBFHjkUvw?t=773 This is the first night-time Falcon 9 launch I've seen - and even the recovery of the 1st stage rocket on their remote-control...
by rwilkinson
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Member Observations - Blogging
Topic: Imaging comets in the twilight
Replies: 1
Views: 3101

Re: Imaging comets in the twilight

As it turned out, by the end of May Comet SWAN was fragmenting and so had faded considerably, as shown in this image from 28th May: https://fg-kometen.vdsastro.de/pix/2020F8/2020F8_28052020.htm It took me four attempts to find a location for my tripod where I could aim low enough to reach the comet'...
by rwilkinson
Wed May 27, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Watch Starlink launch live
Replies: 7
Views: 3050

Watch Falcon9 CREWED launch live!

For the first time since the last flight of the Space Shuttle in 2011, U.S. astronauts will go to orbit from American soil. As part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX's Falcon 9 will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. The launch is currently scheduled for W...
by rwilkinson
Sat May 16, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Watch Starlink launch live
Replies: 7
Views: 3050

Re: Watch Starlink launch live

The eighth batch of Starlink satellites are due to be launched just before 9am on Sunday 17th and we can watch them live:
https://www.rocketlaunch.live/launch/starlink-8
by rwilkinson
Tue May 12, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: General - Discussion
Topic: Curios Droids
Replies: 1
Views: 1632

Re: Curious Droids podcasts

I've just watched the one about the cameras used to capture Apollo and Shuttle launches:
https://youtu.be/BlPfHV36G-g
Very impressive optics!
by rwilkinson
Sat May 09, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Member Observations - Blogging
Topic: Imaging comets in the twilight
Replies: 1
Views: 3101

Imaging comets in the twilight

Last night I got some more images of the demise of comet 2019 Y4 (ATLAS) , which began to disintegrate last month. It was also a test of imaging a comet low down in the evening twilight, as a practice for C/2020 F8 (SWAN) later this month. Sunset was only at 20:53, so it wasn't that dark by 10pm, bu...
by rwilkinson
Sat May 09, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN)
Replies: 1
Views: 3071

Re: Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN)

We'll only have a brief opportunity to see this, during the last week of May. At that time it will be low in the North-West: less than 15 degrees above the horizon in the evening twilight (not far from the bright star Capella ). swan_28may.png Last night I was checking my sight-lines and it looks li...
by rwilkinson
Wed May 06, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Club events
Topic: Tuesdays Meeting
Replies: 5
Views: 5125

Re: Tuesdays Meeting

I enjoyed last night's session, particularly Billy's tour of his sliding-roof observatory and the workshop where he makes his telescopes. 8-)