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Strange sight over Scotland

Hi folks, I'd be grateful for any suggestions about an occurence that I have pondered for decades.

Back in the mid 80s whilst camping at a place called King's Cross on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Something caught my eye in the clear night sky: looking due west I saw what appeared to be a single star moving oddly, it darted very quickly from point-to-point in the pattern of a 'small' square, I called to ...
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i have a question about Astronomy

Hi all,
What I know about Astronomy is the same as my beloved Spurs know about holding on to two goal leads, but this month's article on the possibility of running water on Mars was as exciting as it gets.
If it were true then even as a novice a million and one thoughts spring to mind or was it the result of a slight shift of rock that allowed a lighter substance to appear? ...
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September S@N Magazine Podcast

I listened to the September S@N Magazine Podcast today. One of the items was an interview with Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory. The man is so much more interesting than my preconceived ideas of what a Catholic Jesuit Brother might be like. Well worth a listen!
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The Sky Guide Deep Sky Tour

The September magazine's Sky Guide Deep Sky Tour has globular clusters, a galaxy and a planetary nebular. I'm a big fan of globular clusters! The bonus content offers a download for EQTour for ASCOM enabled goto mounts so I downloaded EQTour and ASCOM, watched some YouTube videos and read a lot of pdfs only to discover that EQTour works with the Skywatcher mounts! Those of us with Celestron mounts, I discovered today, are supposed to ...
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Manned Mission to Mars

I realise this isn't exactly to do with the Night Sky but I was wondering if anyone could give me some benefits from a Manned Mission to Mars for a school project and if possible provide some sources as evidence. Thank you for any help!
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Exoplanet Excursions - August 2018

Is anyone else a fan of Jon Culshaw's Exoplanet Excursions in the magazine? This month he visits a three star system and lands on a moon orbiting a gas giant. As always, it's a brilliant fusion of fact and the contents of Jon's imagination! The moon of HD131399Ab appears to be a tricky place to leave, lucky the Perihelion's interdimensional propulsion regulators held up!
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Green light in night sky?

So yesterday I went out to do some milky way photography. When reviewing photos I noticed a green light in one of my test shots. I didn't see it with my own eyes, because I was stil setting up the camera. So I'm asking if any one of you would know what the greenish light is.
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Where is moderator?

Where is moderator?

(sorry formy english)

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July 2018 S@N Podcast - Blue Dot Festival Special

I've just listened to the excellent S@N Magazine podcast (search for "Radio Astronomy" to find it) from Jodwell Bank. I've never been to the Blue Dot Festival but I've been to Jodwell Bank, brilliant day out!

The podcast has an interesting lesson on Cold War era space exploration with Dr Rachael Platonov, a splendid Astrophysics lesson from Prof Philippa Browning and Prof Monica Grady explaining the Drake equation.

Nice to hear Monica Grady saying that ...
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Cannot see the telescope slewed object.

I am a new comer to the forum.
I own a Celestron advanced vx 8 telescope with German Equatorial mount. The equipment is equipped with Celestron Skyportal skyQ link software. The observing is done by pinpointing an sky object in the software planetarium and the telescope slewed to the selected object which is shown as a the blue cross button.The telescope is right on the object but I cannot see anything through my eyepiece. Is ...
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