Went out half an hour before a 6-minute ISS pass last night to set up and caught a pair of satellites flaring – could be USA229 and associated debris.

I then imaged the main event of the evening, a lovely ISS pass starting at 11:04 p.m.  Moving from right to left in the imaged, I stopped as I thought it was moving too far off to the left, and then swung the camera East and caught the last bit of the trail.  Should be another massive 6-minute pass tonight which I will get if the weather plays ball.

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I just finished painting the South Dome’s decking which finishes the Spring cleaning of the two dome’s for this year.

The South Dome has just had a re-injection of life for the Hyperstar III with the addition of a 9-Megapixel SX814C OSC CCD and a Lodestar X2 guide camera.  Just waiting now for a clear night to get the guide refractor focused up and the guide camera rotated into NSEW position, and the main 814C imaging camera needs to be collimated to the Hyperstar III.  Once this is done it is Hyperstar time once again at the New Forest Observatory.

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OK – so things are now getting very interesting indeed here in the UK. Just a few weeks before a rather important General Election, Theresa May announces that she wants to bring back Fox hunting. No, this is not fake news, this is the real deal!! And here’s a prediction for you – she will drop a few more of these bombshells in the next few weeks. Why?
Well, I’ve had my suspicions about this election from day one. This business about a mandate just doesn’t hold water. She will still get untold flack from her opposition even if voted in, and if she does get voted in, it won’t give her any more leverage in the Brexit negotiations, she still has a very hard and very difficult job to do – a job that I think is well beyond her capabilities, as it was well beyond Cameron’s capabilities, which is why he quit (after clearly stating that he wouldn’t).
Theresa May was a staunch remainer and now, finding herself in the impossible position of heading the Brexit negotiations – she is doing a Cameron – she desperately wants to lose this next election. The trouble is, the so-called opposition is so flaky she might win even though she doesn’t want to. You just couldn’t make it up.

This country is currently in the shittiest state I have seen in 63 years on this planet – and it looks like it is going to get a helluva lot worse before it gets any better.

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If you had clear skies, you may have noticed last night that Jupiter was very close to the 12-day old Moon.

This image has a fisheye view of the scene over the New Forest Observatories and inset there is a telescope view of the encounter.

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So the Prime Number the MegaNode computing facility just found has now been confirmed – it is:


Which is 388,342 digits long and is in the top 5,000 largest primes.

I just ran the numbers through Mathematica to see what the whole thing looks like – it takes up many pages – and the last digit is a 9.


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Yesterday – 2nd May 2017 – the DELL Quad Node number cruncher came up with a new Prime(s).  Don’t know how many digits or how many Primes yet until my “checker” reports in.  However a kind Admin ran the number through his machine and confirmed I had found my first new Prime Number.  MEGA!!

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Is today’s EPOD – http://epod.usra.edu/blog/

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work, and Dr. Brian May for creating the stereograph.


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I don’t know who kicked this meme off, but some dipstick Journalist ignorant in the history of astronomy started it a couple of years back, and successive dipstick Journalists have carried on being lazy and simply copying this crap.

What has annoyed me this time?  Vera Rubin DID NOT “discover” Dark Matter in the 1970s by observing anomalous star movements in galaxies.

The person who DID first discover Dark Matter by applying the virial theorem  to star motions in galaxies was in fact Fritz Zwicky who did this work way back in 1933.  He even called the unseen matter in the Coma galaxy cluster – dunkle Materie – Dark Matter.

I was incensed to see the BBC propagating this Vera Rubin myth in the recent 60th Anniversary Sky at Night, and they actually got back to me with an answer as to why they did this.

They kindly brought it to my attention that as this was a look over the last 60 years of astronomy, and as Vera Rubin was working in the 70s, then that’s why Zwicky didn’t get a mention.

What?  So if they knew that Zwicky was the real discoverer in 1933, why mention Vera Rubin at all?  What did she actually bring that was new to the party?

I’ll let you come to your own conclusions on that one.


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As well as capturing asteroid JO25 2014 on the single Sky 90/M26C – I also managed to grab 16 subs on the two 200mm lenses with the Trius M26Cs.

Sub number 12 (counting down from the top) is missing as I had cloud over the region during that 5-minutes.

As I couldn’t properly process this data myself, I sent it over to Noel Carboni in Florida USA who did the most superb job as you can see below.  Thank you Noel!!

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