Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's coming soon - the story of the entire universe!

Our next video programme is nearly complete - just been busy with a few other pressing deadlines in my non-astronomy time! I hope to post it up during this coming week.

In the meantime, however, the next couple of days is also the closest approach of Comet Lulin. Not one of the most dramatic cometary visitors, but it is still visible in small telescopes and binoculars and if it reaches the predicted magnitude 5 you should be able to see it unaided in good conditions. For more info and some lovely images click here.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

down at the docks and up in the sky

After entertaining sailors and random others in a bar in the docks with stories of the wonders of deep space ( a public 'science in the pub' type event), I'm turning now to the latest episode of our video series and it will be online soon. The theme will be the Big Bang and the universe on the largest scales.

In the meantime, may I suggest that if you are keen on seeing what stars and planets are visible from your location at any time, and would like to explore the night sky in some detail, that you download and install the free Stellarium software? Versions run on Mac, Windows and Linux and its fun and extremely simple to use.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Moon - latest video

As promised, the latest 'astronomy in roughly 5 minutes' video is about the Moon. Of course this is a potentially vast subject and I only skirt around some aspects, but there's plenty more scope to revisit some topics as IYA 2009 continues! No questions on the video this time, but if you want a challenge, why not find out why we don't have eclipses every month?!