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When Does Summer Start?

June 18th, 2015 No Comments

sunAsk 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..

Look out for Noctilucent Clouds

June 17th, 2015 No Comments

Noctilucent CloudsAccording 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.

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iOptron CEM60

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 »

24 Hour Space Show – Companies….I Need You!

February 22nd, 2015 No Comments

IMG_3423No stranger to public speaking, Mark is embarking on perhaps the most ambitious live science show ever undertaken.

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 »

Your last chance for 8,000 years. Comet Lovejoy Observing Guide

January 7th, 2015 No Comments

Comet Lovejoy Comets have been in the news a lot lately especially with the excitement of the Rosetta mission to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It seemed nothing could top the succesful landing of the Philae probe on the comets surface to whip up some celestial excitement among the public until Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy started to make an appearance. Read more »

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