Archive for March, 2010

The Aristarchus Plateau

Yesterday, a lovely bright day 12 moon hung in the southern sky just before and after sunset. I went out with the scope, having not done any moon sketching for some time. Read more…

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Blue sky, an ichneumonid wasp and a bee

Some lovely warm sunshine today had me mowing the lawn for the first time this year. Just look at that. Read more…

Sweeping up the virgo cluster

On 22nd March, there was a clear sky following in after a cold front had dumped several hours of rain on us. In the damp night, with a day 6 crescent moon hanging out in the west, I went galaxy hunting. Read more…

Eight galaxies

Once again, I’ve taken ages to post these observations up from a wonderful clear night’s viewing, possibly the best I’ve ever had here. I just galaxy hopped the whole evening and let the ancient light of distant objects stir my retina; there’s nothing like it. Read more…

Spring bees

It’s been a great day today, with lovely warm sunshine. We spent the day gardening, and boy did that feel good? The first insect life to speak of was around; this little solitary bee was visiting croci in the garden; also honey bees and some queen bumblebees were around. Read more…

Four pairs

Taken me nearly a week to post these observations from 7th March. Great dark sky but I didn’t linger long because of the extreme cold. Read more…

Weekend in the Peaks

We spent last weekend in the peaks as part of a family get-together. We’d arranged it all before we knew that spring wouldn’t be up for it by now, but luckily, despite nature being back to normal, or behind, the weather was kind. Read more…