Forty five years on
I’m a day late here, but the sheer brilliance of the achievement of Apollo 11 means I have to write of it. I was just three, but I remember the day well, watching the black and white images on the TV in the corner of the room in Donegal – where we were on holiday.…
Moon landings were faked?
Here’s a special for all of you who believe that the Apollo landings never took place.
Seeing lunar craters with the naked eye
Just searching through files on my laptop and I came across this picture again: The prominence of the crater right on the terminator – I am a bit rusty at this these days but I’d guess Maginus, with Clavius below – is such that I’d suggest that humans with good eyesight must be able to…
Death of Sir Patrick Moore
Patrick Moore‘s death should surely be marked globally, because it is the passing of a man who as an amateur had a greater impact in his field – specifically planetary astronomy – than many professionals. Are there any others left in pure science who can claim that? Patrick Moore is most likely to be remembered…
The epitome of the modern
This image – of Buzz Aldrin (though you can see Neil Armstrong reflected in his vizor) – just screams ‘modernity’ at you. Yet it is 43 years old. That surely is a testimony to the scale of the achievement that the Apollo programme represents?
Death of Neil Armstrong
The man who made that step has died. A very sad day.
Here a few photographs I took of the Moon, using the same method as with Jupiter, last night.
Memo to self: fighting the Moon is a waste of time
My telescope is getting its (sadly) annual run out but I need not have bothered this week – as despite clear skies the Moon is also about (full Moon is on 1 August) – and that makes even setting up the telescope difficult: you can pick out Vega as a bright star in your scope,…
Still sends a shiver down my spine
The BBC are running adverts for their Proms coverage and one little clip reminded me of this. This music still takes me back to being 4 or 5 and watching the Apollo landings with awe. Unlike the listener, I do not think that feeling will ever “grow old”.
The Moon (again)
Won’t be doing this every night, I promise, but here’s this evening’s photograph. Possibly the crater you see at the South (bottom) is Tycho, which as any lunar observer knows dominates the full Moon with its extensive ray system, but here is only just visible in the dawn light. I suspect the (low) quality of…