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Folks are getting excited about recent reports of an “interesting” signal picked up by the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). SETI scientists say you shouldn’t get your hopes up - it’s probably not aliens.

**UPDATE: Definitely not aliens! - a Soviet Era satellite instead.**

The incident reminded me of another potential brush with E.T. back in 1977: The Wow! Signal. Robert Krulwich wrote a blog post all about it if you want to learn more. And for a more technical description, check out a report from Jerry Ehman, the man who wrote “Wow!”

Images: Big Ear Radio Observatory and North American AstroPhysical Observatory, Patrick Foto/Getty Images


Venus, Mercury and a Meteor Over the Savannah Skies Observatory at Dawn - June 3, 2017 by Joseph Brimacombe
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Taken from Savannah Skies Observatory with a Canon 5DS R and a 14 mm Digital Cinema Lens. NOTE Mercury is just above the horizon mid-image.


Moonset at Savannah Skies Observatory - May 8, 2017 by Joseph Brimacombe
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Taken from Savannah Skies Observatory with a Canon 5D Mk II and 8-15 mm lens.

Saturn reached its 2017 opposition on June 16. Of course, opposition means opposite the Sun in Earth’s sky and near opposition Saturn is up all night, at its closest and brightest for the year. This remarkably sharp image of the ringed planet was taken only days before, on June 11, with a 1-meter telescope from the mountain top Pic du Midi observatory. North is at the top with the giant planet’s north polar storm and curious hexagon clearly seen bathed in sunlight. But Saturn’s spectacular ring system is also shown in stunning detail. The narrow Encke division is visible around the entire outer A ring, small ringlets can be traced within the fainter inner C ring, and Saturn’s southern hemisphere can be glimpsed through the wider Cassini division. Near opposition Saturn’s rings also appear exceptionally bright, known as the opposition surge or Seeliger Effect. Directly illuminated from Earth’s perspective, the ring’s icy particles cast no shadows and strongly backscatter sunlight creating the dramatic increase in brightness. Still, the best views of the ringed planet are currently from the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft. Diving close, Cassini’s Grand Finale orbit number 9 is in progress.

Image Credit & Copyright: D. Peach, E. Kraaikamp, F. Colas, M. Delcroix, R. Hueso, G. Therin, C. Sprianu, S2P, IMCCE, OMP


Heaven Above and Hell Below 2 - Feb 23, 2017 by Joseph Brimacombe
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Taken with a Canon 5D Mk III and 35-mm Lens in a Cyclapse protective housing.


The Moon on Lunation Day 22 - Oct 23, 2016 by Joseph Brimacombe
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Taken from Coral Towers Observatory using a SKYnyx 2-2 Mono camera and 16-cm Astrophysics Apochromatic Refractor on a Software Bisque PME I Robotic Mount. 1000 frames Average seeing conditions.

Selfie Saturday: Glass Animals

Sandwiched in between Coachella Weekend 1 and 2, we had the chance to meet up with Dave Bayley and Joe Seaward of Glass Animals before their big LA show at The Fonda last week. The guys shared their unique recording process with the help of some furry friends, the real story of how their hit single “Gooey” earned over 21 million plays on Spotify, and fellow Oxford bands they look up to including fellow indie rock band Foals

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