Category Archives: Weather

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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Asteroid Day

2012DA14. Well I didn’t see it.  Well it was briefly in my scope but the gap in the clouds was so short that I didn’t get a chance to confirm which of the faint white dots was the one.  Oh … 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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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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So what about those UFOs?

It’s a question I get asked regularly. I was asked again yesterday. In a way I suppose at it’s heart is one of the most fundamental questions humanity has. Inevitably I’m eating when someone asks me. Big morsel of lunch just … 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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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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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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A quick fix

Sometimes you have to ignore conventional wisdom. Never use your scope out of a window. Leave your scope to cool. Sketch the moon when it’s dark for good contrast. Well that is all well and good but we have just … Continue reading

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