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My dad took this footage of Saturn last night with his Nikon Coolpix p100 camera  

Moon, Mercury and Venus last evening

Also this rare 3-way meeting of the Moon, Mercury and Venus

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TESS (the telescope that will likely find a habitable world nearby) has passed it's tests thus far and is on course to begin its mission in the next month.

Here is a test image.

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A picture of earth from 70 million miles away  as the probe  osiris rex   approaches asteroid Bennu    just shows how small we are and how vast space is   Earth and our Moon  left

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And for Thursday morning, a crescent moon will be visible between the two planets, again low in the SE sky around dawn. Clear skies for many before the cloud and snow head in form the SW

Nice view with clear skies

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47873592

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Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy.

It measures 40 billion km across - three million times the size of the Earth - and has been described by scientists as "a monster".

The black hole is 500 million trillion km away and was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world.

Details have been published today in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment, told BBC News that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87.

"What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System," he said.

"It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exist. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe."

The image shows a intensely bright "ring of fire", as Prof Falcke describes it, surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole. The bright halo is caused by superheated gas falling into the hole. The light is brighter than all the billions of other stars in the galaxy combined - which is why it can be seen at such distance from Earth.

The edge of the dark circle at the centre is the point at which the gas enters the black hole, which is an object that has such a large gravitational pull, not even light can escape.

The image shows an intensely bright "ring of fire", as Prof Falcke describes it, surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole. The bright halo is caused by superheated gas falling into the hole. The light is brighter than all the billions of other stars in the galaxy combined - which is why it can be seen at such distance from Earth.

The edge of the dark circle at the centre is the point at which the gas enters the black hole, which is an object that has such a large gravitational pull, not even light can escape."

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/black-hole-picture-captured-for-first-time-in-space-breakthrough

 

 

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I'm actually blown away by the image. 

I have had a such a strong fascination of black holes ever since I started collecting Quest magazine in the late 80's. 

I sat and stared at that new picture for a few minutes, just getting my head aroound it. That there, is a shadow of an actual black hole... mind blown!

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20 minutes ago, D.V.R said:

So nobody knows what they are? (post above) 

I was going to suggest satellites, there's been a lot on the move recently, however these appear stationary.

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55 minutes ago, D.V.R said:

So nobody knows what they are? (post above) 

Were there multiple ones all moving in a line? If they were, that's what I saw tonight. They are SpaceX' starlink satellites - 60 of them were launched back in March.

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7 hours ago, Rush2112 said:

I was going to suggest satellites, there's been a lot on the move recently, however these appear stationary.

 

6 hours ago, Mapantz said:

Were there multiple ones all moving in a line? If they were, that's what I saw tonight. They are SpaceX' starlink satellites - 60 of them were launched back in March.

No, these were NW and they were stationery.. The spacex satellites move from west to east and I saw them too. 

Apparently Elon musk will be launching more of them soon. 

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Calculate when you can see the SpaceX Starlink satellites above your location
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SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet to start serving customers in mid-2020.

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8 hours ago, D.V.R said:

So nobody knows what they are? (post above) 

If you filmed that to the NW then it’s probably Venus. Bright and beautiful in the evening sky on every clear evening recently.

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2 hours ago, Weather-history said:

Clarity of the air is brilliant, shame about the light pollution though

 

I'm sure you've captured  Lyrid meteor at about 1:40, correct me if I'm wrong. I managed to see 3 of them between 10:15 and 11:20 pm. One for a split second was travelling the other two appeared as bright white flashes. Daughter and I doing a meteor watch tonight.

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