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First Cumbrian NLC of 2015 Season..?

VERY frustrating start to the 2015 NLC season… the weather has been mostly poor, so it was no surprise that on the night when much of the north of the UK saw the season’s opening display we were clouded out. We have had a couple of fantastically clear nights… without even a hint of a whiff of a single streak of NLC!

Last night looked very promising for NLC – by 11.15, as I set off for Kendal Castle, the sky was beautifully clear – but nothing popped out. I did enjoy a lovely view of Jupiter (L) and Venus (R) low in the west, shining close together…

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..and going into the castle ruins meant I was able to grab some lovely pictures like this…

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…but I was there to look for NLC, and I *think* I managed to see some but to be perfectly honest I’m not sure. I photographed these light clouds just after half past midnight or so…

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There’s *something* there, but NLC? Not 100% sure, so fingers crossed we get a major display soon, then I can say “NLC Spotted!” with certainty 🙂

Thank you, ROSETTA OSIRIS Team…

I believe in giving credit where credit is due, so it’s only fair to thank the Rosetta mission OSIRIS team for releasing one of their images yesterday, and it’s a beauty…

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That’s a really striking image, because it shows activity – jets – coming out of an in-shadow area of the nucleus…

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Full story and links to hi-res pics here

You see, OSIRIS team, you see? You released one of your images and the world didn’t end… a wormhole didn’t open up and suck the Earth into it! A kraken wasn’t summoned up from the inky depths to wrap its tentacles around the Golden Gate Bridge and drag it down to the deep! The Moon didn’t fall out of the sky! A horde of armchair wannabe comet scientists didn’t Save your picture, paste it into a scientific paper and beat you to the discovery of the century!

More, please… just… come on, a few more. It really wouldn’t hurt. You might even enjoy joining in with this fantastic warm fuzzy feeling everyone out here is enjoying as we see new images of Ceres and Pluto coming in. Go on, put on a clean shirt, grab a bottle, and join the party. We’d love to see you. 🙂