Summer twilight

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere we are at the time of year when there is the most daylight. In this post I’ll talk about the long summer evenings: not only does the Sun set later at this time of year but the amount of twilight, when the Sun has set but it… Continue reading Summer twilight

Paperback and e-book from The Science Geek on Venus

I have now produced a paperback version of my book on Venus, the planet closest to the Earth in distance, size and internal composition, and the third brightest natural object in our sky after the Sun and the Moon. Topics include how Venus appears from Earth and the fact that Venus’s phases can only be… Continue reading Paperback and e-book from The Science Geek on Venus

Stellar aberration

This post is a bit more technical than usual and discusses stellar aberration, the apparent movement of stars as a result of the motion of the Earth.  It is an interesting case of the application of the scientific method.  Observations were made to test a scientific theory, but unexpected results were found, which in turn… Continue reading Stellar aberration

Solar energy costs

In a previous post I talked about the advantages of solar electricity compared to other renewable source of electricity. In this post I’ll move away from my normal scientific topics and discuss the costs of small scale solar energy and how it compares with other renewables. Whats is 'the LCOE'? When comparing the relative costs… Continue reading Solar energy costs

Advantages of solar energy

As shown in the graph and table below, most renewable electricity is generated by hydroelectric power. Solar energy lies in third place behind wind. Electricity generated from renewable sources. From Our world in data (2018). The ‘Others’ category includes biofuels  (e.g. burning wood, animal and agricultural wastes), geothermal energy and wave/tidal power) Despite only being… Continue reading Advantages of solar energy