#107 – May 2021 Part 1

The Discussion:

  • Binocular observing
  • Do you want Ralph’s 115 triplet refractor & goto mount?
  • The Wiltshire Audio Anomaly
  • Listeners emails on historical images and refractor rivalry

The News: Rounding up the astronomy news in February, we have:

  • An update on that life on Venus story
  • Life around Proxima Centauri is in for a blast
  • More data to add to the universe’s expansion rate conundrum
  • Was Oumuamua really an interstellar comet?

Main News story: The US’ Fermi National Accelerator follows CERN with a muon discovery that also hints at a big anomaly in the Standard Model of Physics.

The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Ursa Major with a guide to its history, how to find it, a couple of deep sky objects and a round-up of the solar system views on offer in May.

Q&A: I’m getting into my 50s, and hearing Ralph say what good times we’re in as regards gaining knowledge of the Universe leads me to wonder…. what will I be around for? From our good friend Peter Jeal from London, UK.

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