This is what I DIDN’T see !!! Courtesy of @jamiecooperphotography - these were tonight’s Noctilucent clouds !! Now you see why I was so keen to catch them ! I hope some of you saw them or will see them tonight. See my IG post a couple of days ago for a discussion of what these beautiful things mean. Copyright Jamie Cooper. Bri
Noctilucent Clouds ? Well, this isn’t the photo I was hoping for ! But my dear pal Jamie Cooper has just alerted me to the fact that they are VISIBLE RIGHT NOW !!! Unfortunately, while he has clear skies, I have clouds - but there is just a hint here that the unearthly light of the NLC’s is shining up there behind my rain clouds. YOU MAY BE LUCKIER THAN I !! Have a look right now and post your pics with #noctilucentclouds —- Good Luck ! 💥💥💥💥UPDATE ! Looking at the weather patterns on SAT24, it looks as if you are in luck if you are in Wales or Devon or Cornwall right now. I might just be in luck in London in half an hour or so. I’ll let you know ! 🤞 Bri
ARROKOTH - the stereoscopic movie ! This incredible movie of the most distant object ever photographed - by the NASA new Horizons mission - was made by Roman Tkachenko - and this 3-D version was created from it by Claudia Manzoni. Arrokoth is a rock in the remote Kuiper Belt some 4 billion miles from Earth. Formerly known as Ultima Thule , or 2014 MU69. Beauty ! Truly awesome !! Bri
Today is ASTEROID DAY !!! This is Bennu - an asteroid in “Near Earth” orbit. (Swipe for stereos ) But not so near that it could impact our planet. However there are literally millions of asteroids out there. They are not all charted yet. So is there a possibility one could hit us ? YES. So the CorinaVirus pandemic is not the only tragedy that could overtake the Human Race. ASTEROID DAY is all about getting mankind prepared for such an emergency - or avoiding it. 💥 YOU CAN HELP ! Please visit AsteroidDay.org to learn about #asteroids , and participate in this #UN day of education and awareness. By the way ... BenBen is that large rock towards the bottom of the body of the asteroid. Credit: NASA Osiris REx —- Bri With thanks to Dante Lauretta.
On my roof. A beautiful ‘waxing crescent’ Moon tonight. We used to call this a ‘New Moon’. So new and sharp shiny, it does give a feeling of new hope. Just for the record, and to annoy you all, astronomers apply the term “New Moon” to the moment when the Moon is closest to being in a direct line between the Earth and the Sun - and so is invisible ! On the rare occasions when the Moon is EXACTLY lined up between us and the Sun, it will (obviously! ) eclipse the Sun. “Waxing” is an old English world for “increasing” - and is the opposite of “Waning”. We only see a waning crescent on an early morning before sunrise, when the Moon has passed through Full, and the illumination has diminished to a crescent again. The next one of those will be visible in about 3 weeks time. 💥💥💥💥 Swipe for stereos ! Bri
Well, APOLOGIES ! No NLC’s tonight, it seems. (The Noctilucent Clouds that I was advertising earlier! ) if you stayed up and saw nothing, I take full responsibility - and I’ll understand if you never believe me again ! Unfortunately NLC’s are about as unpredictable as normal clouds ! But my dear friend Jamie Cooper who has seen many of them says it’s highly likely that we’ll see some this week, given clear skies. 🤨 Bri. 💥💥💥💥 This was the view from my roof coming up to 1 am tonight. If you zoom in you can see the familiar “W” shape of the constellation Cassiopeia rising in the North East, as she does at this time of year. But NLC’s ? Not this time. Bri
What’s this ? NOCTULUCENT CLOUDS ! This great photo taken last night by astrophotographer Jamie Cooper shows the eery milky light of these clouds - they’re the blue-white streaks in the upper part of the first picture here. What are they ? Where do they come from? Why do they shine at night ? Well, there is still some discussion about this. They are generally agreed to be made of ice crystals at an amazing height above the Earth’s surface. Normal clouds drift around, seldom at more than 20,000 feet. These are about 50 miles high ! That’s why sunlight can catch them even though the Sun is way below the horizon to us. So in Jamie’s picture we see them directly lit by full sunlight, and how different they look from normal clouds, lit only by diffuse reddish light filtered through our atmosphere about an hour and a half after sunset (or before sunrise ). LOOK TONIGHT - from your rooftop or the top of a hill - or maybe even from your street corner. You may catch them. They only occur at this time of year. WHY ? Well, that’s the part that in question. The ice crystals need a grain to form around - so it seems they are influenced by the remains of meteors that strike the atmosphere. But nobody saw these before 1885 - why ? All those shepherds watching their flocks by night ?! They missed them ? Seems unlikely. And every year recently they seem to be getting more common. It’s thought that CO2 and Methane assist the process, up there in the Mesosphere, and we know these gases are on the increase due to man’s activities - including emissions from cars and planes - and of cattle farming, for instance. So this beautiful phenomenon may be a valuable indicator of what Humans are doing to the planet. Have a look tonight ! You don’t need a telescope - just clear skies - best chance around midnight. 💥💥💥💥 Look towards the North if you are in the Northern hemisphere. I honestly don’t know what happens in the Southern Hemisphere. Maybe someone will tell me ! Bri @jamiecooperphotography
Anybody see our ‘Watch Party”tonight on Queen Channel Youtube ? What did you think ? This is an nice alternative view of the Love of my Life Moment from the O2 - the same night we used for the Watch Party. From @3dbyelisa - thanks !!! Well, those were the days. Let’s see what the future brings. Take care Folks. Bri
ANITA says “Happy Lockdown to all !!!” She doesn’t often want to be IG’d - but tonight ... she insisted ! Swipe for 3-D parallel and crosseye views ... and the marvellous recycled candle ‘cake’ which she fashioned between supervising Happy Hour (vodka time ) and cooking a slap-up vegan sausage and mash !!! Wishing you all happy stolen lockdown moments. Bri
Performed here some years ago by my close relative T. E. Conway - ah, those were the days - can’t tell you how much I empathise with this wonderful song. Look - my dear old friends from the Brian May Band are here. Thanks guys ! Thanks MaryF.3D for posting. And thanks to the guy who captured this moment on video. Bri
I’m a believer in the vital importance of a truthful and accurate history. In George Orwell’s book ‘1984’ the hero works in the Ministry of Truth - REWRITING history as recorded in Newspapers etc. So really, of course, it’s the Ministry of Lies. Theresulting propaganda is what is used to whip the populace up into a frenzy, in which they never question what they are being told. I sense a real danger of the erosion of free speech in today’s rush to tear down society as we know it. We MUST change the future - because the past was not good enough. But I believe blaming and shaming and denying history will only create further injustices. For anyone interested in the way to fight injustice without the motivation of vengeance, Nelson Mandela’s book “The Long Walk to Freedom” is essential reading. OK - I’ll shut up and get back to music now ! Bri
Baby Blue ! I like these ! The first ‘Red Special’ in this colour was made to special order for my dear friend, singer songwriter and guitarist @lynncareysaylor - but they have become popular now. As have the News of the World Robot design models. But what is consistently the best seller by far? The Antique Red, of course! If you’re interested, just search BrianMayGuitars - it’s all there on the Website. Oh -!- and, as you can see, the guitar may not arrive perfectly tuned ! Ha ha ! But it will play just fine straight out of the box. 💥💥💥💥 And - YES - we do make left-handers !
So touched by these guys - who can both play me off the pitch, over the stands and way into the deep blue !!! I had to post this to show MY appreciation of their wonderful words. This means so much. So let me say it plainly one more time. I don’t take this accolade to mean anything except a large number of guitarists did me the honour of declaring that the way I play guitar moved them more than any other player. It’s a nice little game to play, and I’m very grateful for the outcome, and grateful to @totalguitar . But the nicest thing about guitar playing is that there IS no “greatest“. We all bring different things to it, even when we are beginning. One of the greatest things about having made the guitar the centre of my life has been that I’ve had the chance to work up close with so many incredible players, and get to know them as musicians, and as human beings. In my mind, you all deserve this award more than I do. But, just for a moment, I’m happy and honoured ... thanks folks. And huge special thanks Nuno and Steve. You are giants ! @nunobettencourtofficial @stevevaihimself Bri