Mark Thompson's Astronomy Blog
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June 1st, 2016 No Comments
I cannot believe the response to my ‘Dangers of Observing the Sun’ youtube video posted last month. If you have not seen it yet then you can catch it right here. At the time of making this blog entry it is sitting at just over 993k views, will it reach 1 million, let us hope so.
June 18th, 2015 No Comments
Ask a group of people when summer starts and you will get a whole host of different answers. In this video blog I explain all and its actually pretty simple..
June 17th, 2015 No Comments
According to NASA, they’re like great “Geophysical Light Bulbs” — turning on every year in late spring and can be seen many evenings during the summer months. To the unwary sky watcher they could be mistaken for just another strange cloud formation, but their true nature is much more puzzling.
March 13th, 2015 No Comments
Interesting challenges with my new iOptron CEM60 mount. All setup in observatory but last job was to polar align it. Polar alignment is an essential task that aligns the mount with the Earth’s axis of rotation so that a motor drive can easily track objects across the sky. Powered it all up to start polar alignment routine but not a hint of the motor tracking! Read more »
February 22nd, 2015 No Comments
In October 2015 Mark will be presenting his 24 Hour Space Spectacular at the Royal Institution in London! The event, which is being arranged in aid of Marie Curie will take audiences on an ambitious and fascinating journey around the entire Universe in the time it takes the Earth to spin once on its axis. Read more »
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