Tag Archives: Weather

So what about those UFOs?

It’s a question I get asked regularly. I was asked again yesterday. In a way I suppose at it’s heart is one of the most fundamental questions humanity has. Inevitably I’m eating when someone asks me. Big morsel of lunch just … 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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Transit of Venus

10th December 2117. It’s certain I will be long dead.  Bar a major medical breakthrough the chances are not good that a man in his mid thirties who has a deep and meaningful relationship with the bacon sarnie will live … Continue reading

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Under a Devon Sky

My job has many perks. It also has it’s fair share of sweat, blood and tears. But last week it provided an opportunity. On the face of it being trapped in a boat on the Devon coast with 35 teenagers … 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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In search of a dark sky

The strong smell of European cigarettes once again fills the air around me. It’s a warning and I know that it’s time to pop into the kitchen and put the kettle on. The sky disappears. My neighbour has reached the … Continue reading

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Being hit by a meteorite

It’s pretty amazing to be outside on a sunny day.  The warm sun, a gentle breeze, the sounds of life all about you.  To just consider for a moment the way that we are all connected within Earth’s biosphere, how … Continue reading

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The Astronomer’s Den

It’s Cold outside.  Really cold.  3 Centimetres of ice on the pond cold. The sky though, is stunning. Really Stunning. I knew it would be.  The winter Sun had watched me at work all day from a clear blue sky. It’s … Continue reading

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