Tag Archives: Atmosphere

The Telstar. A Tale of two Rockets.

July 22nd 1962 If I had wanted to see pictures from across the Atlantic I would have to wait.  Couriered by aircraft in a few hours and then eventually broadcast perhaps a day after the event, picture news travelled slowly.  … Continue reading

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Astronomy for Lunch

The warmth of the lunchtime Sun and a cup of tea. Hasn’t the weather been kind? If you are a UK based astronomer the last fortnight has been the stuff of dreams, in fact weather has almost paid back the … Continue reading

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A Toxic Love Affair

Since last Summer the King has been holding court. High, bright and demanding tribute, Jove has sat on his throne and looked down on us. Millions have looked up, stared, wondered and admired. But Jupiter is being been usurped. A … Continue reading

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Bored of Jupiter?

Ok, I’m going to confess.  I decided I am bored of looking at Jupiter.  Yes, I know…”how could you?!” Well during my last two observing sessions I barely gave the King a second naked eye glance, let alone swing the scope … Continue reading

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