Category Archives: Venus

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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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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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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Transit of Venus

10th December 2117. It’s certain I will be long dead.  Bar a major medical breakthrough the chances are not good that a man in his mid thirties who has a deep and meaningful relationship with the bacon sarnie will live … Continue reading

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Under a Devon Sky

My job has many perks. It also has it’s fair share of sweat, blood and tears. But last week it provided an opportunity. On the face of it being trapped in a boat on the Devon coast with 35 teenagers … Continue reading

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A Simple Device

It is a simple device really. Sitting in my Den, Waiting. It has few parts, certainly only a dozen major components. Anyone can use it. Which is probably what makes it such a dangerous object. Simple and dangerous. But it … Continue reading

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Rain stops play

I missed the opposition of Saturn last night. And a bright pass of the International Space Station. My plans for sketching M97 and NGC2419 are still on hold. This weekend’s view of the Lyrid meteor shower does not look promising. … Continue reading

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