Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Telstar. A Tale of two Rockets.

July 22nd 1962 If I had wanted to see pictures from across the Atlantic I would have to wait.  Couriered by aircraft in a few hours and then eventually broadcast perhaps a day after the event, picture news travelled slowly.  … Continue reading

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299,792,458 meters per second

What you see isn’t real. Ok that’s over egging it a little. What you see is not reality now. When you look in the mirror that’s not exactly how your face looks when you see it.  The light took just … Continue reading

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A small break in transmission… Irregular Astro Camp 2012

I would just like to take the opportunity to point you all in the direction of the Irregular Astro Camp 2012.  This will be held over the weekend of 7th-9th September 2012 and should be a fun, informal and relaxed weekend … Continue reading

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Aphelion, brought to you by Kepler

Today is Aphelion Day.  Not a date you will see on many calendars or one requiring a public holiday. You won’t notice any changes or spectacular sights, but today we are as far from the sun as we get. In … Continue reading

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Can we have a better name?

It is such an uninspiring name. Which is unfortunate as they are stunningly beautiful. Globular Clusters. Globs. Sounds like something found on an X-ray. But these are amazing little jewels.  One of the most breath taking objects that can be … Continue reading

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