Solar eclipse 21 August 2017 – America on the move

Around 200 million Americans live within a day's drive of the total eclipse path, the narrow band of territory from Oregon to South Carolina.  According to an article in The Atlantic, up to 7 million people, perhaps even people reading this, will travel to see Monday's total eclipse. They will join the 12 million who are… Continue reading Solar eclipse 21 August 2017 – America on the move

Solar Eclipse 21 August 2017

As nearly all of my readers, particular those who live in the US, will know, there will be a solar eclipse on 21 August. For lucky viewers in a narrow band of territory running West to East across the US, it will be visible as a total eclipse - when the Moon completely obscures the Sun… Continue reading Solar Eclipse 21 August 2017

The Evening Star-Venus

Anybody who has looked up into the western sky after sunset in the past month will have noticed a brilliant white object - the planet Venus,  sometimes called the Evening Star. It is brighter than any other planet and ten times brighter than the brightest star Sirius, also known as the Dog Star. The "Evening Star"… Continue reading The Evening Star-Venus

Chinese manned space programme

On 18 November two Chinese astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, landed back on Earth after spending 33 days in space, an event which was hardly reported in the western media. During their mission they spent 30 days aboard the Tiangong-2 space station. Image from the Chinese National Space Administration Tiangong-2, shown in the mission patch above, is the second… Continue reading Chinese manned space programme

Twilight

Watching the Sun set below the horizon and the sky gradually get darker and darker is an almost magical experience.  Twilight is that period of the day when the sky is not completely dark, and it can be used to describe the period either just after sunset, or just before sunrise.  It is valued by photographers because of… Continue reading Twilight

The Morning Star-Venus

Anybody who has been up early in the past month and looked at the eastern sky will have noticed a brilliant white object - the planet Venus,  sometimes called the Morning Star. It is much brighter than any other planet and is the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon.… Continue reading The Morning Star-Venus

Dark Skies

"All humans, everywhere in the world and throughout history, have looked up at the sky and wondered at it. This experience is now denied to most people, because of the background light in towns and cities. It is important to ensure that there will be somewhere in England where young people can fully enjoy a cosmic… Continue reading Dark Skies