Tag Archives: Jupiter

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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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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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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It’s all in the perspective

As I write this the sky is showing off. We are witnessing the coming together in our sky of our two brightest planets – Jupiter and Venus. They have been moving closer all winter and now on a cool, early spring … 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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The Pale Graphite Dot

I’ve just put a dot to the left of Jupiter. It took a few moments thorough my eyepiece to judge how far to the left. Then I put a small dot on the page of my notebook and moved on. … 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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