Just shows the dire state of journalism.
It's all right, Trev can't do the twinset.
Same here, I even make sure I can see the sky properly from under the umbrella.It seems really rather frequently these days that we get told (probably once every few weeks) that 'the northern lights can be seen as far south as (insert name of southern town here)'.
And each time I fall for it, and I go outside for my last smoke of the night at around midnight and intently stare into the northern sky for a good 10 minutes, see jack, and then the next day there are pictures on the BBC news website of green skies in (eg) Portsmouth.
I reckon they make it all up.
Ah ha! Thanks for that post Erinaceus. There were some spectacular looking pictures taken from my local area the other week which had puzzled me as I had taken a walk up to a good viewing point and seen bugger all. Assumed I'd not stayed long enough and had missed them! I feel better about it now I know that I would have been unlikely to have seen them anyway.The spectacular pictures are mostly time exposures, the real thing being underwhelming as seen from (insert name of southern town here).
Like this one?in a few days the Lyrids Meteor showers are supposed to strong this year.
This is a good time for UFOs to travel about unnoticed blending into the sky show.
Astronomers detect largest cosmic explosion ever seen
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The actual explosion captured by a Nasa space telescope
By Pallab Ghosh
Astronomers have discovered what they believe to be the largest explosion ever detected.
The explosion is more than 10 times brighter than any recorded exploding star - known as a supernova.
So far it has lasted more than three years, much longer than most supernovae which are usually only visibly bright for a few months.
One theory is that the blast was caused when a vast cloud of gas was swallowed up by a black hole.
‘It’s new territory’: why is Betelgeuse glowing so brightly and behaving so strangely?
After the ‘great dimming’, the closest red giant star to Earth is pulsating twice as fast as usual and lighting up the southern hemisphere’s early evening sky
Fri 26 May 2023 04.52 BST
One of the brightest stars in the sky is behaving strangely, pulsating from bright to dim twice as fast as usual and giving scientists an unprecedented insight into how stars die.
Betelgeuse, the closest red giant to Earth, has long been understood to move between brighter and dimmer in 400-day cycles. But from late 2019 to early 2020, it underwent what astrophysicists called “the great dimming”, as a dust cloud obscured our view of the star.
Now, it is glowing at 150% of its normal brightness, and is cycling between brighter and dimmer at 200-day intervals – twice as fast as usual – according to astrophysicist Andrea Dupree of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics. It is currently the seventh brightest star in the night sky – up three places from its usual tenth brightest.
Betelgeuse is Alpha Orionis which ought to mean the brightest star in Orion, Western astronomy AFAIK has never regarded it as being brighter than Rigel. Quite a few constellations have the magnitude out of sequence with the greek letter order. I remember there was speculation about whether the old astronomers got it wrong or whether certain stars have brghtened or dimmed over very long periods or a bit of both.An update on Betelgeuse's behaviour