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Post  adrian ss Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:39 pm

Good to see that Space X test rockets are failing at launch. This mob are contaminating the low earth orbital space around the earth with vast numbers of Sky Net type satelites. These are interfering greatly with astronomy photography and other astronomy projects .

So lets see a few more of these rockets fail at lift off. .......And they reckon that they will be sending rich tourists into earth orbit. pale Better lift their game aye!

https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/28/17906158/nasa-spacex-oneweb-satellite-large-constellations-orbital-debris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ lol!
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Post  Thunda Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:39 am

Rich kid with too much money, l like the idea of electric transport, but Mars doesn't interest me.
That sort of money could be put to better use, but its his loot.
We should be mining our own resorses like Lithium and produce mega batteries instead of multi national companies milking us out.
I once fronted a high profile labor politician and asked why we (the government) don't mine our own resorses and refine them to sell as a finished product.
His reply was " were not in the mining industry"
I said what about manufacturing?
He said, we already are into manufacturing.
And we were back then.


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Post  Axtyr Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:48 pm

I set off walking every morning around 6:15 a.m. and I am greeted by Venus, weather permitting.

This morning I got quite a surprise as I walked down my drive. There was suddenly a new planet just to the right of Venus and about the same brightness, almost a clone. It stopped me dead in my tracks as I pondered what this new celestial body was. When I stopped, the thing in the sky kept moving.
Yesterday morning I was surprised to see something flying past Venus as I set off on my walk. It wasn't as bright as this morning's satellite.

It was the brightness of the satellite this morning that really surprised me. It is rare to see any satellites due to the lights from Melbourne and suburbs. Elon must be placing his in a lower orbit than what has been the norm. I wonder if they will burn up if they start crashing into each other, or are they too low to do that if something goes wrong.
I might start wearing a safety helmet from now on.

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Post  adrian ss Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:18 am

Right now Venus does not rise over Melbourne until approx 9am. So am not sure what you were looking at?? alien alien

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Post  Axtyr Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:13 pm

I just assumed it was Venus. Maybe it is a Chinese spy satellite that just hangs there. It isn't red like Mars would be and it is in the western sky. I might break out the spotting scope the next morning it is clear and check it out.

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Post  adrian ss Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:42 pm

Yes please and take a pick.
Where from, Which direction and what a time and angle altitude. Very Happy

It is most likely Jupiter, Saturn that is setting  around 8 to 9am.

Planets Visible in Melbourne
Day:Month:Year:
Planet rise/Planet set, Fri, 23 Jul 2021

Mercury Sat 6:57 am Sat 4:35 pm Sat 11:46 am Slightly difficult to see

Venus Fri 9:08 am Fri 7:55 pm Fri 2:31 pm Good visibility

Mars   Fri 8:51 am Fri 7:27 pm Fri 2:09 pm Slightly difficult to see

Jupiter Fri 7:44 pm Sat 9:06 am Sat 2:25 am Perfect visibility

Saturn Fri 6:07 pm Sat 8:09 am Sat 1:08 am Perfect visibility

Uranus Sat 1:50 am Sat 12:13 pm Sat 7:01 am Difficult to see

Neptune Fri 9:35 pm Sat 10:03 am Sat 3:49 am Difficult to see


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Post  Axtyr Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:07 pm

I can usually see Saturn and some of it's moons with my spotting scope. The only way I can tell it is Saturn is because it is elliptical and it isn't as bright as this.
To see Uranus I have to use a mirror and place it on the bathroom floor, it appears to have a black hole in it. I can pick out Mars due to it's red colour.

This appears about N.W. at about 60 degrees.

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Post  adrian ss Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:47 pm

Thought I had a map of the night sky but it does not work so took it down.

Have a look here you may find something:
under: Night Sky Map & Planets Visible Tonight in Melbourne

https://www.google.com/search?q=where+is+jupiter+now+melbourne+time&rlz=1C1AOHY_en-GBAU708AU708&oq=where+is+jupiter+now+melbourne+time&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.15423j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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Post  Axtyr Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:45 am

And the winner is Sydeniy.....

Sorry I got caught up in all the Olympic's excitement.

It is JUPITER, by the look of it. With the spotting scope I can easily see at least 3 of the moons and maybe a fourth but it is much fainter if it is.

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