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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

156 Years Ago, A Solar Superstorm

Space Weather News for Sept. 2, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

Today is the anniversary of an historic solar storm, the Carrington Event. On Sept. 2, 1859, a CME struck Earth's magnetic field with such power that telegraph stations caught fire and people in Cuba read their morning newspapers by the red light of the aurora borealis. If a similar storm struck our planet today, it might cause trillions of dollars of damage to society's high-tech infrastructure. Could the Carrington Event happen again?  It almost did just a few years ago. Extreme solar storms--past, present and future--are highlighted on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com .

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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00870] Call for nominations for the Sir Patrick Moore Prize

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BAA electronic bulletin
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The annual Sir Patrick Moore Prize of £250 is awarded to a member or members or to an affiliated society or school for one or more of the following areas of activity, selected to reflect Sir Patrick's life and enthusiasms:

1. The encouragement of a public interest in astronomy
2. A contribution to the understanding of the history of astronomy
3. Outstanding observational work by a member or members under 21 years of age
4. The encouragement of participation in observational astronomy by youngsters
5. The carrying-out of a collaborative research project, whether between amateurs only, or also involving professional astronomers.

The prize was won in 2013 by young planetary imager Dennis Put and last year by another of our youngest members, who has worked on meteor observing and deep sky imaging, Cameron Watson.

Council is now inviting nominations for this year's Prize. Nominees may be nominated by themselves or by another. Please send nominations, including a short statement explaining the reason the person should be considered for the awarding of the Prize, to Madelaine Davey at the Office (email office@britastro.org) by October 20. Nominations will be considered by a committee, which will make a recommendation to Council, and the Prize will be presented at the December Ordinary Meeting.

David Arditti (Chair, Sir Patrick Moore Prize Committee)
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (August 29, 2015)

Dear comet observers,
We have prepared the following new chart for our homepage:    C/2013 US10 (Catalina):    - a 12x16 degrees chart for the period 30 August - 11 September 2015    This new chart is now available in the charts section of our  mainpage at: http://www.shopplaza.nl/astro    Reinder Bouma/Edwin van Dijk  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Aurora Watch, Aug.27-28

Space Weather News for Aug. 27, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

Earth's polar magnetic field is storming as our planet passes through a region of south-pointing magnetism in the solar wind.  Last night (Aug. 26-27), observers around the Arctic Circle saw some of their first auroras in months and Northern Lights descended across the Canadian border into multiple US states.  Solar wind conditions favor more geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras on Aug. 27-28.  Check http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

AURORA ALERTS:  Don't sleep through the auroras.  Get a phone call when geomagnetic storms are underway.  Space weather alerts are available from http://spaceweathertext.com (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Friday, 21 August 2015

Astronauts see "sprites" and "trolls" from Earth orbit

Space Weather News for Aug. 20, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

This month, astronauts onboard the International Space Station have witnessed exotic forms of lightning that reach up from thunderclouds near Earth's surface all the way to the edge of space.  Their photographs of "sprites" and "trolls" dancing over Mexico are a must-see.  These forms can been seen from Earth's surface, too.  Observing tips and more information are available on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com

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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Monday, 17 August 2015

Rare "Gigantic Jets" erupt from Hurricane Hilda

Space Weather News for Aug. 14, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

GIGANTIC JETS OVER HURRICANE HILDA: A rare form of upward lightning that reaches almost to the edge of space has been observed shooting up from Hurricane Hilda as the storm approaches Hawaii.  See the video and learn more about these "gigantic jets" on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com

INFERIOR CONJUNCTION OF VENUS:  The planet Venus is turning into a whisper-thin crescent as it passes almost directly between the Earth and Sun this weekend.  Photos and observing tips are available on http://spaceweather.com


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Thursday, 13 August 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00869] RAL weekend update.

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BAA electronic bulletin
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If you are still planning to come to the meeting in RAL on 4 - 6th
September please note that accommodation at RAL is now closed. Also the
Sunday tour is fully booked so we cannot take any bookings for this now.

If you are still planning to come on Friday evening or for the Saturday
please ensure you book no later than 26th August as we cannot take any
bookings after this date.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there

Hazel

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*Hazel Collett*
*Meetings Secretary For the British Astronomical Association*
*Burlington House*
*Piccadilly*
*London*
*W1J 0DU*
*Tel: 07944 751277*
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Friday, 7 August 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00868] Final reminder for the weekend meeting on 4th to 6th September 2015

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BAA electronic bulletin
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This is a final reminder for the next British Astronomical Association
weekend meeting on 4th to 6th September 2015 which is being held at is
being held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, OX11 0QX

This event is now less than a month away, so if you are planning to go and
have not yet booked please do so now.


If you are planning on staying at Ridgway house please be aware the *closing
date for booking is Friday 7th* August not Friday 14th as originally
advertised. Details of accommodation and booking arrangements are available
on the BAA website www.britastro.org/RAL2015  <
http://www.britastro.org/RAL2015>* or from the BAA office. After 7th August
any unallocated rooms will be cancelled.

Programme for the Weekend is:-

Friday Evening 19:00 – 22:00
Dr Chris North (University of Cardiff) - State of the Cosmos
Newbury Society members' short talks

Saturday 09:30 – 17:45
Paul Eccleston (RAL) - Space Engineering and Instrumentation
Dr Emanuele Nardini (Keele University) - Winds and feedback from Active
Galactic Nuclei
Dr Chris Pearson (RAL) - Herschel's Incredibly Cool Universe
Dr Jackie Davies (RAL) - Observing the Sun from Space
Prof Andrew Taylor (University of Edinburgh) - Euclid, ESA's Dark Energy
space mission

Sunday Morning 10:00 – 12:00
Tour of the new RAL Space National Space Integration Facility

The cost for the weekend for BAA and Affiliated Society members is
£15.00 and for non-members is £17.50. For accompanied children under 16 the
cost is £7.00. This includes refreshments and a cold buffet lunch on
Saturday.

Because of security requirements at the RAL site, anyone wishing to attend must
pre-book. Bookings will close on*26th August*. If you book and are not able
to come please let us know so we can let someone else take your place.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Hazel

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*Hazel Collett*
*Meetings Secretary For the British Astronomical Association*
*Burlington House*
*Piccadilly*
*London*
*W1J 0DU*
*Tel: 07944 751277*
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BAA-ebulletin mailing list visit:
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(c) 2015 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Perseid Fireballs

Space Weather News for August 5, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

PERSEID FIREBALLS:  One meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other--and it's underway now. Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower.  NASA all-sky cameras are detecting an increasing number of Perseid fireballs as the shower's peak approaches on Aug. 12-13. Check http://spaceweather.com for updates and more information.


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Friday, 31 July 2015

Blue Moons and Atmospheric Radiation

Space Weather News for July 27, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

TRANSCONTINENTAL SPACE WEATHER BALLOON EXPERIMENT:  Last week, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus conducted a unique experiment in atmospheric radiation involving airplanes and high-altitude balloons launched simultaneously almost 3000 miles apart. For the next five days, we will be highlighting some of the results.  The news kicks off with some interesting measurements of cosmic radiation inside a commercial passenger jet.   Visit http://spaceweather.com for details.

BLUE MOON:  There's a full Moon this week and according to modern folklore it is a "Blue Moon."  Most Blue Moons are gray, as usual, but sometimes a Blue Moon can really turn blue.  Find out more about this phenomenon in today's edition of http://spaceweather.com


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/