Tag Archives: Sun

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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Barnard’s Mirror

If you look at the patch of sky between the Belt of Orion and Sirius there is bright 1st Magnitude star.  Just there on the right edge of the constellation Monoceros.  Down from Betelguese before you reach 53 Ori.  It’s … Continue reading

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Gold!

Gold. There has been a lot of it about in London recently. Thousands have pushed themselves to their absolute limits in order to have some hung around their necks. Millions more have watched in awe as they did so. An … Continue reading

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299,792,458 meters per second

What you see isn’t real. Ok that’s over egging it a little. What you see is not reality now. When you look in the mirror that’s not exactly how your face looks when you see it.  The light took just … Continue reading

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Aphelion, brought to you by Kepler

Today is Aphelion Day.  Not a date you will see on many calendars or one requiring a public holiday. You won’t notice any changes or spectacular sights, but today we are as far from the sun as we get. In … 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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