Category Archives: Moon

2012 – That was the year that was

938,900,000 km at 30km/s. It’s quite a ride when you think about it. Throw in 366 rotations at an equatorial speed of 1,674.4 km/h and the whole thing sounds pretty hair raising. 2012. It’s almost over and another arbitrarily set … 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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Doing the Great Things

I was talking with good friends in the pub yesterday. We talked about ‘great things’. More specifically is it worth doing them? What is the point? On the table infront of us was the obituary of Neil Armstrong, surely the … Continue reading

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Moon Dust

The storm clouds covered Southern Britain today.  Dark, brooding clouds heavy with rain and pent up electrical charge, filled all horizons.  I was driving back from our family holiday, looking forward to getting off the M4 and putting my feet … Continue reading

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Waiting for Goddess

She took her time. But it was worth the wait. We had sat and watched the NASA feed from Hawaii and were resigned to calling that our transit. Outside the clouds twisted and danced, taunting us with the reflected orange … Continue reading

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Supermoon. Grrrr!

There is a lot of anger in astronomy. It’s there under the surface, bubbling away like a storm in the lower atmosphere of Jupiter. Much of it is weather related; the frustration of UK astronomers, of late, is deep and … Continue reading

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