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February 10th, 2014 2 Comments
I am very excited to be able to release details of this year’s stargazing weekends at the beautiful and wonderfully dark Kelling Heath Holiday Park in North Norfolk. You can choose from two weekends; 7th March for a weekend of ‘Planetary Discovery’ or 17th October for ‘Deep Space’ Read more »
January 27th, 2014 No Comments
Lunar eclipses are one of the Solar System’s most enigmatic events. The great thing about them is that there is no need for any optical equipment to fully appreciate them. Just look skyward and you can enjoy the moment that the Sun, Earth andd Moon perfectly align. One such eclipse of the Moon occurs on April 15th bringing a great opportunity to try and capture one of these events on camera. Read more »
December 17th, 2013 No Comments
I have always loved Christmas, as a child and as an adult. My childhood was filled with stories of Father Christmas and Rudolp the Red Nosed Reindeer helping to pull the sleigh to deliver presents to children of the World. My parents would even hide outside at night and ring bells to make me think Santa was on his way although this proved to be counter productive as far from making me go to bed it made me even more excited! Well this year, parents of the UK and around the World can use science to really bring the story of Santa Claus to life for the children in their lives. Read more »
May 13th, 2013 2 Comments
Nearly all of my blog posts have been inspired by events or objects in the wonderful universe we live in. It is not often that I blog about people yet today, having finally watched Commander Hadfield’s incredible rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, I feel compelled to write about a man who is not only an astonaut but a great ambassador for humanity. Read more »
May 9th, 2013 No Comments
Crazy night last night! I was indoors enjoying a cheeky midweek glass of wine when my twitter timeline erupted with sightings of a fireball streaking across the sky. Most of the tweets came from UK based followers but a handfull on the continent. This is where twitter comes in really useful; following a tweet asking people to let me know where they were when they saw it, how high it was in the sky and its direction I could attempt to calculate its path. Read more »
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