Archive for April, 2011

A response to “View from the vicarage” by Chris Coates

This month’s Link magazine arrived with a message from Chris Coates, parish vicar. In it he applauds St George as someone who made the ultimate sacrifice by standing up for what he believed in. He then makes the following statement: Read more…

M98, M99, M100: Spiral galaxies of the Virgo Cluster

These observations came from 27th April. In addition to observing Ms 98 to 100, which I haven’t sketched previously, I viewed M85, a lenticular galaxy, which I have. Read more…

Royal Wedding views

I surprised myself by enjoying the Royal Wedding greatly (especially choice of music- was singing along to the Parry bits) and even shed a tear or two during the vows, but the thing that mildly spoilt it for me was when those Anglican bishops opened their mouths. Read more…

More spring doubles, M61, M49 and M5

On 24th beautifully clear dark skies had me outside once more looking at spring doubles as the sky darkened, and then a couple of Messier galaxies and best best globular cluster of them all.

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Porrima (Gamma Virginis), Saturn and Hyperion

I’ve a lot of astronomical observations from the last week or so to catch up with. On 22nd April I was out in quite poor conditions and so looked at Saturn and a double star before the cloud rolled in. Read more…

The Voyager Spacecraft Golden Record

What will survive of the Earth and human civilization when the Earth is no longer here? Our interstellar space probes may. On board the Voyager spacecraft is this message and the Golden Record.

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Review of “Humanism: an Introduction” by Jim Herrick

Humanism, an Introduction is a small (100 page) tome designed to make clear to the uninitiated what Humanism is all about. The book is divided into 13 fairly small chapters, which each make good reading at a single sitting. Read more…