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Bandersnatch08/08/2018 14:47:55
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Interesting animation at: **LINK**

Note: you can zoom/rotate this.

Neil Wyatt08/08/2018 15:27:50
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Nice one, Bandersnatch.

I've got my laptop running 24/7 trying to pick up radar detections of Perseids.

Comet Smith-Tuttle is thought by many to be the single biggest threat to life on Earth. If it ever hits it will be 27 times the impact of the dinosaur killer!

Bandersnatch08/08/2018 16:01:46
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Well, it's a good thing we don't have any dinosaurs left then. Except here of coursedevil

Don't quite follow the radar bit. I presume it means your looking to detect echoes of radar that someone else is sending?

(If you get a minute you might correct my typo in the title). tks

Edited By Bandersnatch on 08/08/2018 16:04:52

Neil Wyatt08/08/2018 17:21:26
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Posted by Bandersnatch on 08/08/2018 16:01:46:

Don't quite follow the radar bit. I presume it means your looking to detect echoes of radar that someone else is sending?

Yep! Graves is a huge radar in southern France used to track satellites. With a ~2m band yagi aerial and a cheap software defined radio (and lots of confusing software) you can receive and log the satellite trails.

Neil

Bandersnatch08/08/2018 18:22:32
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Interesting stuff !

As an aside, I have a "cheap software defined radio" which I've never really got into because of the "lots of confusing software". (Not talking radar .... just regular use).

One thing I noticed on the original APOD link is that if you zoom right in you see how close the comet orbit comes to the Earth's orbit at perigee. Scary. When's it due back?

Neil Wyatt08/08/2018 19:22:02
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2126, they thought there was a chance of it hitting Earth, but have decided we are safe for at least 2,000 years...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Swift%E2%80%93Tuttle#Threat_to_Earth

Neil

Russell Eberhardt08/08/2018 19:29:32
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 08/08/2018 19:22:02:

2126, they thought there was a chance of it hitting Earth, but have decided we are safe for at least 2,000 years...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Swift%E2%80%93Tuttle#Threat_to_Earth

Neil

The effects of global warming are a much more immediate threat, if not to us then to our grandchildren.

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Bandersnatch03/08/2019 18:56:47
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Last year, I'd only looked at this meteor shower animation on a PC. This year I discovered that going to the original site and viewing on an iPad (or presumably similar touch-sensitive device) is much better.

Neil Wyatt04/08/2019 21:05:18
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Must set up my detector soon!

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