Category Archives: Orion

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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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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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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In search of a dark sky

The strong smell of European cigarettes once again fills the air around me. It’s a warning and I know that it’s time to pop into the kitchen and put the kettle on. The sky disappears. My neighbour has reached the … 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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