Category Archives: Astronomy

Dust

Dust. That is all it is. Tiny particles of dust vaporising in the atmosphere. They look so bright, appear to fall so far and in the scale of the human mind that struggles to comprehend anything beyond 600 metres away … Continue reading

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A Baker Street Christmas

We had a wonderful christmas gathering last night and paid tribute to Sir Patrick Moore. I have blogged about it here at the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers website. More pictures of a moving and wonderful occasion here via Philip Stobbart.

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Patrick

It was one of those coincidences.  I was perhaps 500 yards from where I met him when I heard and it was the person who had taken me to meet him who told me the news. It’s an amusement arcade … Continue reading

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Architectural Fundament

You have to admire the ingenuity of it.  The deep thinking intelligence of it all.  The precision of the design and architecture.  I mean it was just placed so precisely.  How did they know? This morning I watched as three … Continue reading

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Scouting the Universe

I had the privillage of meeting a group of enthusiastic Scouts last night and helped a friend show them the Universe.  Neil from @kidzOutdoors has blogged a report of the evening here- http://kidzoutdoors.com/blog/?p=1091 Please go have a read! To stand … Continue reading

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A Festival of Light

It’s Diwali today. The festival of light. Which to an astronomer sounds like a wonderful thing to celebrate. The triumph of light is a key moment in the evolution of the Universe, the evolution of matter and the evolution of … Continue reading

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Finally!

Weeks.  Months really. Don’t get me wrong, I like social astronomy.  I love a good astro-conversation over the top of a cool scope.  I can wax lyrical about stars and stuff for hours. But last night I sat under a … Continue reading

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Barnard’s Mirror

If you look at the patch of sky between the Belt of Orion and Sirius there is bright 1st Magnitude star.  Just there on the right edge of the constellation Monoceros.  Down from Betelguese before you reach 53 Ori.  It’s … Continue reading

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Never any time

It’s a real bugger really. Work. Don’t get me wrong, I actually quie like my job.  In fact I mostly enjoy it.  The work can be fun and rewarding and of course it has that essential ingredient of a wage. … Continue reading

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Am I mean?

Kid says cute thing and I cut it down. That’s the summary so if you are short of time, thanks for reading. It wasn’t even one of my science lessons, I was just on the warm up act for a lesson on … Continue reading

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