Saturday, January 17, 2009

Lunar influence

As storms start to batter the western seaboard of Ireland, there's little hope that the telescope will see much action over the coming nights. Rain and sleet are promised, all fine for blowing away the cobwebs but classic hibernation weather too. Living on the coast, as we do, then its hardly surprising that we're aware of the tides as they rise and sink and indeed it's been suggested by a couple of my readers that perhaps I might say something about that engine of the tides, the moon, in one of my little 'astronomy in five minutes' videos. So why not? Sure there are plenty of other topics to cover, but its nice to get suggestions and with so many blogs that have no readers/followers I'm grateful that I have a readership and so am happy to oblige! I'll look at some interesting and lesser known aspects as well as the basics. I also had it originally in mind to issue an episode on every full moon, but I'm out of sync thus far!

The video below shows the rotating Earth as the moon passes by viewed from a space probe some 31 million miles distant.


  1. Hey Iain, I found your blog through the school of life on facebook! We are trying to do something similar but our aim is to get new people to meet up and connect based on common interests. Your blog is great! and we would love if you would be an expert at one of the events that we are organising in Galway over the coming weeks. We have access to a projector for you to show a clip if you wish, and our events aim to have an expert talk for 20-30 minutes about what they are passionate about, like what they do on - and we could potentially film it and put it up on our site.

    We would love you to do it, let me know what you think, my email is, you can check out our website,, and ring me on 0872889973. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  2. Sounds great...i've been looking at organising a 'festival of ideas' in the city as should touch base.