It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks in the life of this (very) amateur astronomer. Of course, our old sparring partner the clouds have loomed large and thick, making viewing nights few and far between, and then, when a beautiful, visibility-for-miles kind of night did come about, Herschel said a firm ‘no.’ Try as I… Continue reading Star Diary #6-Pitfalls and Craters
There is something so beguiling about a full moon. An endless source of inspiration for gothic novelists everywhere, it has become synonymous with dark and mysterious happenings, and I have grown up enamoured with it’s beauty. A hazy evening provided the perfect opportunity to try to capture this sentiment.
I have been blessed with that rarest of astronomical phenomenons these past two weeks-clear skies on nights when I can stay awake long enough to see something! Praise be! (Normal service has now resumed, I might add. As I type a thick layer of cloud has rolled across the entirety of the sky, and seems… Continue reading Star Diary #5-Deep Sky Country
Average distance from Sun: 36 million miles Diameter: 3032 miles Rotation: 58.65 days Orbital Period: 88 days Mean temperature: 167 ℃ Axial tilt: .01 degrees Gravity: 3.7m/s² Mass: 3.30 x 10^23 kg (5.5% Earth) First recorded: 14th Century BC by Assyrian astronomers Moons: 0
I really love astronomy. I love getting Herschel out and gazing at the universe until the wee small hours of the morning. Unfortunately, this is not helpful for maintaining a non-zombie like state during the daytime, which in turn leads to some tricky situations at work. This, combined with shockingly poor impulse control means that… Continue reading Star Dairy #4-Lunar Exploration
Taken back in March, this was my first attempt at photographing Jupiter just below the moon, using my Sony DSC HX60, a long exposure and my trusty tripod. It’s not much to look at (you’ll have to trust me that it is in fact Jupiter), but it was one of my first attempts at the… Continue reading Astronomy in Pictures #2 Jupiter Rising
So this Friday just gone, I hitched up my (entirely metaphorical) breeches and went to my first ever astronomy social meeting. Believe me, my very anxious brain tried every excuse in the book to talk me out of it, not limited to poor weather, Friday night fatigue and post meal bloat leaving me looking like… Continue reading Star diary #3-Astronomy is a social pastime….honest!