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Astrofest 2016

Postby dave.b » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:20 pm

End of a good day at Astrofest. This year I was only and to attend the Friday part of the two day conference.

(I'm writing this on my mobile phone whilst waiting for a train home. That will limit the amount I write. If you want more details please post don't words of encouragement!)

The morning lectures were good. I learnt that we can now configure a radio telescope the size of Earth and see the ring of exploding gas from recent super Nova in galaxy M82 that is over 11 million light years away. Which is, quite frankly incredible.

We also had the rather colourful Matt Taylor talk about the Rosetta mission, for which he did a fantastic job. Shame it wasn't recorded because you could learn a lot of presenting skills from it!

See the dodgy camera-phone pic below that shows a size comparison of comet 67P with Deep Space 9, the new and old USS Enterprise, and Battlestar Galactica!

During the afternoon I met a bloke from my home town, so I'll have to go and pay him a visit. I also met Alan Chapman who is a professor of history (I think) at Oxford. He gives these amazing talks about historical figures from astronomy. I was a bit miffed to be missing his talk tomorrow, but it was good to talk to him today.

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Re: Astrofest 2016

Postby dave.b » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:25 pm

The picture won't upload from my phone. I'll do it when I get home.
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Re: Astrofest 2016

Postby dave.b » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:19 pm

Here's my camera-phone picture from Matt Taylor's talk (apologies for the poor quality despite me giving it a bit of GIMP treatment). I'm not sure why it is being displayed at such a large scale either. If there's a way to get the site to display it at the scale of the page then please let me know and I'll edit this post to get it right But you can left-click on it and select the option to display the image in its own window to see it all.

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Comet 67P size comparison - Matt Taylor talk at Astrofest 2016
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I followed the slide's credit to find this page with some more (slightly) silly size comparisons: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/a-size-compar ... 1658215585

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Re: Astrofest 2016

Postby Aratus » Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:03 pm

Pretty big then - at least for a spaceship :D

At that resolution, the texture looks uncannily like a Borg cube. I wonder . . . ;)

This version of phpBB doesn't seem to allow constraining image sizes, so unless someone knows a work-around, the image has to be resized before posting.

like this . . .

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Re: Astrofest 2016

Postby dave.b » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:14 am

Thanks for doing that Aratus, I was running out of patience with it yesterday!

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Re: Astrofest 2016

Postby Aratus » Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:23 pm

My pleasure.

I really ought to consider attending something like Astrofest one year. I wonder if they would consider coming 'oop north' or even Birmingham?
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Re: Astrofest 2016

Postby dave.b » Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:04 pm

You are in luck! There will be a two day exhibition and conference in Warwickshire on 14th-15th October 2016. See http://www.ukastroshow.com/ for details.
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Re: Astrofest 2016

Postby Aratus » Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:46 pm

Now that is more like it! It is in my diary, and we will see how things pan out nearer the time. Thank you. :D
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