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The sky at night (meteors, Iridium flares, the moon)


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Shetland News reader Ronnie Robertson did not notice this strange light above Sumburgh airport on Monday night until he examined his photos at home yesterday. No one at the airport yesterday said they had seen anything unusual in the local airspace at the time, but could this saucer-like shape be a sign that someone out there is watching us?


Right above my flippin head too.... :? :shock:



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That one is an easy one to solve. Cameras have internal reflection if multi lensed.


You may notice the object lines up with the bright light below it, as does the other yellow lights....


More noticable with night shots, in the day time you see enlarging dots of colour/light if you take a pic too close to the sun.

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MONDAY NIGHT SKY SHOW: When the sun sets on Monday, Oct. 26th, go outside and look south. Jupiter and the Moon are converging for a beautiful conjunction. The bright pair can been seen even through thinly-clouded skies and city lights.


BIG SUNSPOT: The sun is showing signs of life. Sunspot 1029 emerged over the weekend, and it is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares. The active region's magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. If its growth continues apace, sunspot 1029 could soon become the biggest sunspot of 2009



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That can be the case, but no sun spots have also recently proved to start the auroras.

The biggest worry is the size of the spot means it could do some damage to us, well our power and comms.

If a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) were on line to hit us, we would get a wonderful night sky but it will knock out radio comms, damage satalites and could knock out power grids, this has happened in Norway and Canada.


Look here for some more info and it can set up a warning system to alert you on high activities, near misses of meteors and the such.

It will also be able to tell you about flybys of various satelites you could see, and the debris on those which have been destroyed.





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^ Yeah, I got that too, first time I've heard anything from them for probably about a year. Hope it lasts until after dark, should be a clear sky tonight. Look to the skies!



(it's also a good opportunity to point out the thing that people often forget, that mirrie dancers happen during the day and all summer too, as well as the winter spectacle we share)

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