Lunar Eclipse August 2007

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Lunar Eclipse August 2007 Originally uploaded by c.j.b. c.j.b's lunar eclipse sequence. Being out of Sydney, he gets to see astronomical events without light pollution.

Eclipse Of The Moon

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Eclipse Of The Moon Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Went down to the beach to watch the total eclipse of the moon over the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, this was the best shot my point and shoot camera could manage. This shot was ...


Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The days are drawing out longer than I would have believed, coming from a lower latitude. The sun is rising at 5am and setting at 9am. Solstice is around the 20th of June, so the days will get even longer.

Mars is bright

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: It's close - but not that close By Richard Macey October 26, 2005 Mars, the planet named in honour of the god of war, is glowing red in our night sky. It will not be this bright again until 2018. And like many modern warriors, its arrival has been preceded ...

Surf and moon

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Thunderous, heavy surf tonight. I can hear it now, and the sea is a kilometre away. Outside, walking my dog, the surf sounded like a battle in the distance. Apparently, the sand spit on Mona Vale beach has been washed away by huge waves. The moon is a golden crescent, ...


Friday, July 1st, 2005

My iTune recently updated so it can handle Podcasts, which are a little like radio stations for the iPod. I'm just listening to NASA's podcast about Deep Impact. I like the idea it brings up, that comets have been striking Earth for millions of years...and now it's our turn to ...

Sauron in space

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Sauron, from Lord of the Rings, has been spotted in space.

Winter Solstice

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

The winter solstice happens today. Roll on summer.

Cosmos 1

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

If all goes well, the solar sail space craft, Cosmos 1, will be orbiting Earth and visible from the ground this weekend. I'll have to look out for it. What an amazing thought that there will finally be a solar sail space craft in orbit. They've been in science fiction for ...

Dust devil on Mars

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Nasa's Spirit rover caught two images of a passing dust devil on Mars. Read more about it here.

Won’t wait up

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Apparently we won't be getting data from Huygens for a few hours. Cassini is turned away from Earth so it can listen to Huygens. When it goes below the Titan horizon and can no longer hear Huygens, it will turn towards Earth and beam back the information sent by Huygens. ...


Friday, January 14th, 2005

So far so good. The Huygens probe has entered Titan's atmosphere and deployed it's parachute. I'm refreshing Google news every now and then to see how it's going.


Thursday, October 7th, 2004

So SpaceShipOne has won the X-Prize, being the first private spacecraft to fly up 100km. Good for them. I can't see spaceflight coming down in price soon, though.

Once In A Blue Moon

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

July had two full moons, on the 2nd and 31st, which makes it a 'Blue Moon' month.

The Real Death Star

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Cassini had a close encounter with one of Saturn's moons, Mimas, otherwise known as the Death Star. The crater's name is Herschel and it's 130km wide. Where is Han Solo when you need him? ;-)

Sickeningly Cute

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

How do you cheer up someone with the flu? Easy. Get them a soft, fluffy, plush flu virus that's been magnified a million times. Cute, cuddly, and contagious. From Bad Breath - Halitosis (Porphorymonas gingivalis) Oral malodor is no laughing matter. But don't give spicy foods all the credit. Microbes deserve their ...

Cassini Made It

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

From Sydney Morning Herald: Probe reaches Saturn July 1, 2004 - 1:25PM NASA's Cassini probe executed a critical manoeuvre today to slip through Saturn's rings and park itself in orbit around the planet after a 3.5 billion kilometre trip. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena received a radio signal from the spacecraft ...

Proof of Life on Mars?

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Fascinating episode of Catalyst last night. I was particularly amazed by the "Mars Rover" part, which showed a microbiologist (and his dog, hence the 'rover') who had discovered a species of bacterium in a mangrove swamp which exactly matched the microscopic 'fossils' in the famous Martian meteorite. Have a look ...

The First Private Spaceship

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

From the Independent: Hopes for commercial space flights soar as SpaceShipOne glides safely back to Earth By Andrew Buncombe in Washington 22 June 2004 Sixty-two miles above the sun-baked Mohave desert, the test pilot Mike Melvill could observe the curvature of the Earth. Seeing the planet from the edge of space was, he said, ...

Winter Solstice

Monday, June 21st, 2004

The sun started heading back to the Southern Hemisphere around 10.37am this morning. We've had quite mild weather lately (being in the worst drought in recorded history means lots of sunshine) but I'm still looking forward to summer. Temperatures usually go down for a month or so after winter solstice but ...