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  • in reply to: JULY – Historical Astronomy Dates #16341

    BillOB
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    Very true and a sad loss to science, as follows;

    http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Harriot.html

    Quote:-
    “Thomas Harriot died in 1621. He had published no mathematical or astronomical works during his lifetime, but he left his papers in reasonably good order and set out his wishes in his will that they should be properly edited and published. This article tells the story of how 380 years have passed since Harriot’s death yet, despite many attempts, his dying wishes have not yet been properly carried out.”

    in reply to: MAY – Historical Astronomy Dates #16202

    BillOB
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    24 May
    19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer; Latinised name of Mikołaj Kopernik. He proposed a model of the solar system in which the planets orbited in perfect circles around the sun, and his work ultimately led to the overthrow of the established geocentric cosmology. He published his astronomical theories in “De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium” (‘On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres’) released 1543, the year he died.

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    in reply to: MARCH – Historical Astronomy Dates #15707

    BillOB
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    14th March 1879

    Birthday – Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. His theory of relativity led to new ways of thinking about time, space, matter and energy.

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    in reply to: Junocam #15291

    BillOB
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    A Work of Art!
    Could I have a signed copy please?

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    in reply to: Johannes Kepler – Almost Isaac Newton #14978

    BillOB
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    Thanks Andy, a very informative and enjoyable talk.
    (Alas, your secret plan to have no questions so we could get to the bar early sadly failed.)

    Hi, Tej, hope this helps:

    Eighty Years’ War, (1568–1648), the war of Netherlands independence from Spain.
    Belgium and Holland were once ruled by Spain. After, the mainly Catholic part became Belgium and the maily Protestent part became Holland.

    Thirty Years’ War, (1618–48), in European history, a series of wars fought by various nations for various reasons, including religious, dynastic, territorial, and commercial rivalries.
    It ended with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648.
    Ferdinand the second battled for five years to impose his Roman Catholism on Bavaria and Austria.
    King Christian the fourth of Danemark fought against Germany and lost.
    Sweden’s Gustav the second Adolf, having ended a four-year war with Poland, invaded Germany.
    Poland attacked Russia and established a dictatorship in Moscow under Władysław, Poland’s future king.And later attacked Germany.
    Also, there were problems between France and Spain.
    At the same time three denominations vied for dominance: Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Calvinism.

    Brexit will be a piece of cake!

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    in reply to: Images from E-Eye Trip #14924

    BillOB
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    I found this on the infernal web:
    http://www.lightvortexastronomy.com/blog/remote-hosting-at-e-eye-in-extremadura-spain
    Guess who pointed him in this direction^.

    in reply to: Congratulations to Marek #14900

    BillOB
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    Congratulations, also, the first to be awarded this medal!

    “In 2016 the Society also introduced two new medals, the Annie Maunder Medal for public engagement, and the Agnes Clerke History Medal. Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, is the first winner of the Annie Maunder Medal.”

    Quote from:-
    https://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/2943-ras-honours-leading-astronomers-and-geophysicists-2017

    More at:-
    https://www.ras.org.uk/images/stories/awards/winners/2017/Kukula%20Marek%20-%20Annie%20Maunder%20Medal%20for%20Outreach%20citation.pdf

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    in reply to: Super Mooon!!! #14304

    BillOB
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    Went out at midnight; too cloudy, went back in.

    in reply to: Free tripod and mount #14294

    BillOB
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    Hi Andy
    I have sent an e-mail.
    Many thanks,
    Bill

    in reply to: Transit of Mercury #13477

    BillOB
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    Can I suggest the Tune “Yakety Sax” by Rich and Randolf III for the video?

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    in reply to: Mercury Transits: 1601 CE to 2300 CE #13431

    BillOB
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    You beat me Andy.

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    in reply to: Kepler saved his Mother from being burnt as a Witch! #13247

    BillOB
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    Locked up because, someone pointed a finger! Fortunately, her son had an enquiring mind. Kepler probed and asked the right questions.

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    in reply to: Nacreous Clouds #12768

    BillOB
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    Oh no, thats a frightening reply! Go away CFCs and take your nacreous clouds with you!

    Tej, I only want the CFCs to go away, the nacreous clouds are beautiful; they can stay.

    in reply to: My visit to the Hershel Museum #12156

    BillOB
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    The Hershel Museum Garden.

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    in reply to: My visit to the Hershel Museum #12153

    BillOB
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    The museum is the basement, ground floor and first floors of the house. (and not a big house!)
    The furnace is a replica of Hershels’ original.
    The garden is planted with typical plants of that period of history.

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