Category Archives: M42

Getting Started

New year, new hobbies. New series of BBC Stargazing Live. Just this past weekend the Guardian published a story about the rise of Astronomy as a hobby in the UK. How to get started then?  What should you do? How … Continue reading

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Hanging out in Regent’s Park

One hour of Radio 4 in the car while I crawl along 7 miles of the A40. All the while in my mirrors I can see Venus and Jupiter just to the left of my daughters empty car seat. The … Continue reading

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The Smudge of Galactic History

It makes no sense really. The sky is full of points of light and planetary discs. Defined, finite, predictable. Then you notice that funny, soft focus patch.  Your eyes aren’t sure and you blink. Glare? Light pollution?  It’s almost imperceptible.  … Continue reading

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