Category Archives: Astronomy

Comet Neowise

There’s a field of maize at one side of our garden. Last night comet Neowise was clearly visible above the field.

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APOD is 25 Today!

For the past 25 years, the folks behind Astronomy Picture of the Day have been providing a daily astronomical image or video that illustrate the beauty of science. Congratulations to them… I use their Apps to set a new daily … Continue reading

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Mist Eclipse

Today was an opportunity to see a partial eclipse here in the Netherlands. Unfortunately the weather gods were not smiling. Much of the country had cloudy skies. Here in the Achterhoek, there were not only cloudy skies but heavy mist. … Continue reading

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The Wanderers

A rather impressive short film, with the always impressive words of Carl Sagan. I won’t live to see these scenes in reality, but hopefully some of our species will.

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Particle Fever

I watched Particle Fever last night. It’s a documentary about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson. It’s staggeringly good. Equally staggering is the scale of the physics experiment that the LHC embodies. It’s probably the … Continue reading

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The Perseids

I spent a hour or two outside in the garden looking for evidence of the Perseid meteor shower. I really should have been out on Monday – when the shower was at its peak – but, as usual, cloud cover … Continue reading

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A Sense of Wonder

The moon has stirred the imagination of humans for millennia. It still does. Here’s a view of the rising moon captured by Mark Gee. Worth watching.   Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo. (hat tip to Jerry Coyne)

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RIP Patrick

So Sir Patrick Moore has died – at the age of 89. I can’t say I’m surprised, he has not looked at all well in his recent Sky at Night programmes, but it is still sad news. I grew up … Continue reading

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The Perseids

The Perseid meteor swarm reached its annual maximum at around 14:00 yesterday afternoon (local time) on the 12th August. That meant that for the past couple of nights (and hopefully tonight) the chances of seeing a meteor streak across the … Continue reading

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Curiosity Rover and Usain Bolt

Yesterday, a man ran 100 metres in 9.63 seconds. This morning, a robot laboratory successfully landed on Mars and will begin its search for evidence that life may also have existed on a neighbouring planet. Of these two stories, it’s … Continue reading

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An Orrery For The 21st Century

Ever since I was a small boy with an interest in astronomy, I’ve wanted an Orrery. Today, 55 years further on, I’m no closer to owning my very own Orrery than ever I was. Still, hope is on the horizon. … Continue reading

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Titter Ye Not

I found it hard to suppress a titter, let alone a guffaw of derision, when I read today that the Astrological Association of Great Britain is sending a petition to the BBC. In one of the brilliant Stargazing Live programmes … Continue reading

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The Geminids – II

Well, I had a spot of luck after all last night, despite the fact that we had snow showers and the sky was cloudy during the evening. I woke up at 03:30 am and found that the sky was cloudless, … Continue reading

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The Geminids

It’s the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower tonight. I’m hoping that there will be clear skies here, but at the moment we have snow showers passing through, so it’s highly probable that 2010 will be another missed opportunity. … Continue reading

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The Night Sky

Here’s a stunning time-lapse video made by Stéphane Guisard of the night sky at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. Do watch it at the full 1080p resolution and in fullscreen mode for the best effect. Seriously beautiful. I just wish … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law

Last Thursday night was the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The sky was reasonably clear, so I stayed out for about ninety minutes at around midnight. I saw a number of Perseids, but nowhere near the 60 per … Continue reading

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