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Trekkies everywhere

Posted in Astronomy, Journal with tags , , , on 06/04/2013 by Jen Healey

… at the Space Centre today.  It was brilliant.

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To mark the end of the two-week respite from the dreaded school-run we went to Leicester for a visit at the Space Centre.  A treat in itself, but there was a Star Trek Convention there today.

We ate lunch in the same room as Jean-Luc, saw Klingons (in New Rock boots), green-skinned women and the most amazing Borg dude – it was amazing.  I know that admitting this may well confirm my status as a geek, but it was great to see people enjoying themselves, dressing up and having fun.

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This was the closest likeness of the guy we saw today that I could find (photo credit).  He even moved like a drone from time to time, it was genius.

An addition to the fun indoors, we even had some sunshine today, which was a nice change for this ‘spring’.

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Beth loves it there, as do I.  Although, she went up to the top of the rocket/building in the lift, but point-blank refused to go back down in it, so we had to take the stairs.  At least we didn’t have to climb up them.

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I love that the section on the right is called Thor!  Also, I got to listen to a bit of Bowie at the top, and write ‘Ziggy played guitar’ on a slip of paper for a display that documented what people remember about the moon landing – tee hee.

 

Perseids Meteor Shower

Posted in Astronomy with tags on 12/08/2011 by Jen Healey

Just a quick reminder (thanks to BT news on my email homepage) that tonight is set to be the best night to watch the August Perseid meteor shower.  Details here

Image pinched from google

Here’s hoping that neither the moon nor the clouds obscure them too much…

 

Lunar Perigee

Posted in Astronomy with tags on 19/03/2011 by Jen Healey

Tonight is the night of the latest lunar perigee and I can’t wait to get out there this evening with my binoculars, my camera and my little girl of course.  She’s almost as excited as I am to see the sky tonight, clouds permitting. 

Here’s the best, most concise video I have managed to find on the subject, from NASA. 

And here’s a link to the Sky at Night magazine page on the perigee… 

http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/news/big-brilliant-moon 

I hope you all manage to catch a glimpse too.

Picture of the Day

Posted in Astronomy with tags on 07/03/2011 by Jen Healey

My sister Lotte told me about a really cool website that she gets on her iPhone, because she’s a show-off 🙂

Here’s the link to it, it’s the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day, which gives you a different image each day, along with a brief explanation from a professional astronomer…

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

I have that one and the HubbleSite – Tonight’s Sky on my bookmarks already.

Todays daytime TV

Posted in Astronomy, TV with tags , on 02/03/2011 by Jen Healey

All hail the majesty of Sky TV and a subscription to the Lifestyle and Culture, and the Documentaries, packages.  Without it, daytime television has the power to bring you down, your mood and your IQ!  My morning of feeding and fitting in the odd bit of housework was certainly enhanced by sharing it with the Barefoot Contessa and Man vs Food… 

This is a clip from the show I watched today, which is one of the episodes without the awesome eating challenges, but still good tv.

Then a bit of mind-blowing How The Universe Works… 

Amazing. 

Now, given the choice, you’d have to be a bit nutty to choose This Morning and Cash In The Attic over such cool stuff.

No stars

Posted in Astronomy, Comedy Genius, Journal with tags , , , on 23/02/2011 by Jen Healey

Well I’m up before the sun again, but I’m actually not bothered.  My little boy impressed me again last night with sleeping in his own room, after 10pm he didn’t make a peep until 5am, so I’m starting off the day pretty pleased.  Although, the sky is being less than cooperative, as it is cloudy which prevents me from seeing any stars.  If it wasn’t being awkward, this is what is on offer from the universe to view this month…

http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/tonights_sky/

I love astronomy and I plan, one day, to do a course in it so that I’ll actually be able to know what I’m looking at, beyond a few of the major constellations.  It fascinates and humbles me to gaze into the night sky, when it is clear.  It has a similar effect to that of watching the sea, for me at least, in that it can make all the everyday hassles, worries and inconveniences seem insignificant and trivial.  It really is a wonderful, beautiful and peaceful way to quiet a stressed mind.  When you consider the sheer vastness of it all, everyday niggles become just that, niggles that can (sometimes) become instantly manageable, because in the grand scheme of things it is a minute, tiny, fleeting moment in the cosmos. 

There are an infinite number of things that are much greater, more powerful and important than, for example; being late for work, someone being rude to you, what dress size you are or how much sleep your children let you have.  In comparison with the billions of years that the universe has existed, life truly is too short to sweat this very small stuff. Especially when you consider that each one of the stars pictured below is a gigantic nuclear sun, similar to our own, with its own set of planets with their own satellites.  Also, this is a very small portion of the night sky, which is full of billions and billions other celestial wonders… 

Star Cluster NGC 290

It really is Pringle sandwich time! 

Crush crush crush, yum yum yum yum yum…

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