Category Archives: Telescope

Hairy Stars

Galileo agreed with Aristotle and thought them to be high atmospheric phenomenon. Burning gas or some such. Ancient texts saw them filled with evil intent or foreboding, a sight unpredictable. In 1066 the appearance of one foretold the fall of … Continue reading

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Where, oh where is the Great Big Bear?

When I was a small astronomer one of the highlights of my early interest was the London Planetarium.  It is one of those trips with my parents that I remember very fondly and still feel the edge of excitement from … Continue reading

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Incoming!

45 metres long.  About the size of a Boeing 757. 130,000 tons.  Heavier than a fully loaded Nimitz class carrier. 2.5 Megatonnes of tnt equivalent if it hit.  That’s six Polaris missiles worth of bang. Right now it’s heading our way.  … Continue reading

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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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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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How to use a telescope…

Well Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are having a happy and fun filled one.  I will be beavering away in the kitchen to rustle up lunch and indulging a couple of medicinal sherry’s along the way, while the OH … 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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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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A Legend Dies

He was 98. Born the year before the Great War tore Europe apart. 40 years later he would re-use weaponry of that conflict to further our knowledge of the Universe at Jodrell Bank. He was one of the first to study Cosmic rays … 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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