Tag Archives: Moon

A Festival of Light

It’s Diwali today. The festival of light. Which to an astronomer sounds like a wonderful thing to celebrate. The triumph of light is a key moment in the evolution of the Universe, the evolution of matter and the evolution of … Continue reading

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Finally!

Weeks.  Months really. Don’t get me wrong, I like social astronomy.  I love a good astro-conversation over the top of a cool scope.  I can wax lyrical about stars and stuff for hours. But last night I sat under a … Continue reading

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Doing the Great Things

I was talking with good friends in the pub yesterday. We talked about ‘great things’. More specifically is it worth doing them? What is the point? On the table infront of us was the obituary of Neil Armstrong, surely the … Continue reading

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Moon Dust

The storm clouds covered Southern Britain today.  Dark, brooding clouds heavy with rain and pent up electrical charge, filled all horizons.  I was driving back from our family holiday, looking forward to getting off the M4 and putting my feet … 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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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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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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