Tag Archives: Mars

Dan Dare report for duty!

In the 1970s we gave up on the Vertical Empire.  The UK shot Black Arrow into the skies above Woomera and placed a small test satellite called Prospero in a near perfect orbit, dusted its hands and said enough. Well almost.  … Continue reading

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A Curious Journey

The silence felt like it would match the silence Mars Science laboratory had experienced over the last 8 months. London is rarely quiet but waiting for a bus to appear in the early morning gloom of 4.30am is about as silent as … 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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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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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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