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View Poll Results: Do you think there was anything before the big bang?
I don't think there was anything before the Big Bang 39 11.93%
I think something existed before the Big Bang 134 40.98%
I don't think the big bang happened 40 12.23%
I think the universe is part of a mutiverse 150 45.87%
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Old 2nd December 2021, 09:40 PM   #7851
Galu is offline Galu  Scotland
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But this time a TRIPLE.
I'm not so sure it's a TRIPLE!

I think you've captured the bright Jupiter on the upper left and the faint Saturn on the lower right.

Venus will presently be much lower in the sky and to the right of Saturn.

I base this on the attachment which shows the situation as it will be on December 7th 2021.

EDIT: I opened your attachment which I now see is different from your main picture. That must be the bright Venus on the lower right.

So a TRIPLE, but in the attached photo - not the main one.
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Old 2nd December 2021, 10:28 PM   #7852
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I must Thank you, Galu. I missed a trick here...

What is the Universe expanding into..-december-7-2021-planets-jpg

How could I miss Fomelhaut? One of my favourite Stars at 22 LY. But the Planets remain.

We must watch the skies.
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Old 2nd December 2021, 11:00 PM   #7853
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We must watch the skies.
Budget refracting telescopes now come with integrated smartphone adaptors - so you can mount your phone to the eyepiece and take images.

It's not too late to ask Santa!
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Old Yesterday, 05:37 PM   #7854
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That camera is a nightmare to operate in the dark! I think I did alright last night. I had this notion that Mercury was about too, but that will be later in the month after Christmas. And very low indeed, so I am not getting my hopes up. I did see Mercury in Spring a few years back. It's quite bright.

We might look out for Comet Leonard over the next few mornings, about an hour and a half before sunrise. Sunrise is about 7.45 AM in the UK currently.

Comet Leonard on course for a good showing – Astronomy Now

Sunday's weather looks best for the South-West, Wales and Scotland:

Ventusky - Wind, Rain and Temperature Maps

It's going to be near Bright Orange Arcturus which is on an arc round from the tail of the Plough. Binoculars job I think, but who knows? Skies can be good before sunrise. Tail points away from the Sun, doesn't it. I did manage to see Comet Neowise last year. Rest of you missed it, didn't you! It wasn't much to look at in Portsmouth, but we get a good view of sunrise at Southsea beach. Over the sea.
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Old Yesterday, 07:34 PM   #7855
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What is the Universe expanding into..
For @steve

https://twitter.com/spacehub_sl/stat...826829832?s=21
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Old Yesterday, 07:50 PM   #7856
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Sunrise is about 7.45 AM in the UK currently.
Not much chance of me seeing Comet Leonard then - Galurise is an hour and a half later!
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Old Yesterday, 08:21 PM   #7857
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I spared you this, but apparently Elon Musk is in a complete PANIC about his Dreams of US Conquering the UNIVERSE. Claims to be facing Bankruptcy.

Elon Musk: SpaceX could 'face genuine risk of bankruptcy' from Starship

I was struck by this image of Sidney Coleman recently. The People's Physicist. Are we, by any chance related?

Click the image to open in full size.

Anywhoo, old system7 has already borrowed a pair of 10x50 Binoculars. Ready for Sunday. All will be revealed. Can't wait!

Expect Spectacular Results. Taking that rotten Canon Coolpix A100 Camera too. And my old HP camera which I far more trust.
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Old Yesterday, 08:36 PM   #7858
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How could I miss Fomelhaut? One of my favourite Stars at 22 LY.
I looked up Fomalhaut and it is, indeed, an interesting star - as the link below reveals.

EarthSky | Fomalhaut, loneliest star, near Jupiter and Saturn in 2021

Sometimes called the Loneliest Star, bright Fomalhaut is used in navigation because of its conspicuous place in a region of the sky otherwise lacking in bright stars.

Fomalhaut is of special interest to astronomers because it has several rings of dust and gas around it, early indications of planets in the process of formation around this star.
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Old Yesterday, 09:05 PM   #7859
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Anywhoo, old system7 has already borrowed a pair of 10x50 Binoculars.
I have a pair of 10 x 50 binos, but my World War 2 military binos are far superior for casual planet gazing.

They have the advantage of larger objective lenses (giving superior light gathering ability), fixed focus (so you don't have to fiddle around with the focusing control) and a wide field of view (so you can easily locate the object of interest).
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