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Astronomy / The Night Sky in November 2021
Last post by Geoffw - November 03, 2021, 05:35:49 pm
The Night Sky in November 2021
For northern stargazers, November means earlier sunsets and longer and cooler stargazing sessions, while southernhemisphere observers now enjoy the warmer nights of spring. Deep-sky watchers look to the open star clusters of Cassiopeia and Perseus and the galaxies fields of Pegasus and Sculptor. Orion rises late in the evening and dominates the southern sky after midnight. The bright planets Jupiter and Saturn are just past their prime for the year but still big enough for observing in a telescope, while Venus adorns the evening sky in the southwest and Mercury makes a brief appearance in the pre-dawn sky. The 'Halloween Fireballs', also known as Taurid Meteors continue into the first week of the month. And auroral activity has been picking up as the Sun grows more active in its 11-year cycle.

Here's what to see in the night sky this month... CLICK HERE
Most Recent Update on Worldwide Covid Statistics including Deaths, Vaccination's, and positive Covid testing results.
Note the UK has a typical six times worse daily positive result figure compared to the rest of Europe!!!

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General Chatty Stuff / Re: CLIMATE CHANGE!
Last post by welshcol - November 03, 2021, 01:01:26 pm
One hopes that reading it backwards reflects what will really happen - one hopes so for the sake of our children and our children's children.🤔

The problem, and I think, insurmountable problem is that a lot of powerful people will lose money to implement the change.
Money is the bottom line driving force for most things these days.😖
Astronomy / Catch fleeting Mercury in the ...
Last post by Geoffw - November 03, 2021, 06:14:36 am
If you've never seen Mercury, then the next few mornings offer a great opportunity - but you'll need to be quick!

Mercury photographed in the morning sky on 28 October from Walmer, Kent, by Paul Sutherland

The closest planet to the Sun can never be seen in a truly dark sky because it cannot venture far enough away from it in the sky.

We only see it with the naked eye on one of its fleeting appearances in the evening or morning twilight, soon after sunset or just before dawn.

Currently, Mercury is in the morning sky and gets high enough above the horizon to be observable before the sky becomes too bright. The ecliptic - the path along which the planets appear to travel - is tilted steeply to the horizon on autumn mornings, from northern latitudes, so Mercury gets between 5° and 10° above the horizon before being lost in the dawn glow.

You need to look roughly eastwards to see Mercury, in Virgo. You will also need a clear horizon free of low cloud, buildings and hills. A sea horizon is ideal.

Mercury reached Greatest Elongation West on 25 October, when it lay 18° from the Sun, and shone at around -0.6, which is brighter than most stars.

Since then it has been slipping slowly back towards the Sun but you will have several more days into the first week of November to catch the planet it weather conditions are favourable.

Between 6.30 and 7am BST is an optimal time to seek out Mercury before the clocks go back on 31 October. After that, look an hour or so earlier local time, of course.

A fine waning crescent Moon will lie near Mercury on the morning of 6 November.

Binoculars will help you locate Mercury due to the brightening twilight sky and its low altitude. Make sure you don't scan the sky with them after sunrise when it will be to late to see Mercury anyway.

Mercury will reach Superior Conjunction, on the far side of the Sun, on 29 November, after which it moves back into the evening sky.
General Chatty Stuff / CLIMATE CHANGE!
Last post by Geoffw - November 03, 2021, 06:07:23 am
What's On in Pembrokeshire / RHOSYGILWEN: Max Boyce in conv...
Last post by Geoffw - November 01, 2021, 11:59:34 am
Max Boyce in conversation
Friday November 26th at 7.30 till 9.00pm

Max Boyce in conversation to celebrate the publication of Hymns and Arias: the best of his selected poems, songs and stories by Cardigan publisher Parthian Books

When 'Hymns and Arias' rang out at Cardiff Arms Park some fifty years ago, those great Welsh anthems 'Calon Lân' and 'Cwm Rhondda' had found a companion and the valleys of south Wales had produced a new folk hero.
He captures the spirit and the story of the people of Wales with a warmth and charm that has made his words and music resonate with a worldwide audience. There is only one Max.
From his early days touring the folk clubs and small concert halls of his native south Wales to sell-out shows at some of the world's most iconic venues, including the Albert Hall, the London Palladium and the opera houses of Sydney and Durban, Max has become an original and treasured performer whose songs and stories have become part of folk culture. His albums, including the No. 1 album We All Had Doctors' Papers and the iconic Live at Treorchy, have sold in their millions and earned him several gold discs. His greatest influence has always been the Valleys of Wales, with their inherent warmth and humour, their sadness and passion, and he has the remarkable ability to heighten, to an art form, the 'hwyl' that attends his nation's national game: rugby union.
Compiling - in some instances for the first time in print - the very best songs, poems and stories from across his celebrated career, Max Boyce: Hymns & Arias is the definitive selected work of a major cultural figure who, through his inimitable humour, uniquely Welsh pathos and masterful wordcraft, has defined a nation and its people for more than half a century.
"uproariously and happily unique." - The Listener
Indoor Games / Playing Scrabble Online!
Last post by Geoffw - November 01, 2021, 10:46:12 am
Science and Technology / Climate change!
Last post by Geoffw - October 31, 2021, 04:44:56 pm
This cutting from a newspaper in New Zealand back in 1912 says it all. Back then, with the industrial revolution in full swing, the world was emitting 7 bn tons of carbon dioxide per annum. This year that number is five times higher as we witness an alarming increase in extreme weather events, crop failures, the eradication of ocean species and a pandemic that had led to millions dying. The world's major power brokers from the most polluting countries meet in Glasgow for COP26 to agree a plan to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions to a point of zero net emissions.

Environmental Issues / Re: Met. Office Warnings of Ex...
Last post by welshcol - October 31, 2021, 10:26:54 am
  Met Office Yellow Warning for High Winds issued for

Starts: 12:00 GMT on Sun 31 October Ends: 23:00 GMT on Sun 31 October
High winds may cause travel disruption.
Computer and Information Technology / Re: Solar Flare Effect Imminen...
Last post by welshcol - October 30, 2021, 03:23:35 pm
Quote from: Geoffw on October 30, 2021, 03:08:06 pmYou might catch an aurora, tonight.  You have an extra hour to look! :D

Do I use a net, a 🔭 telescope, or a cold bath ( as in caught a cold 😉😁)
I have had so many jabs one of them must be effective against the aurora virus 😁😁😁
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