Archive for March, 2012

Gorgeous galaxies and mars maria.

Clear skies the last couple of days have given mixed fortunes. Yesterday transparency was fabulous, but seeing wobbly, whilst the couple of nights before that were the opposite. But between them, I managed to see quite  a lot. Read more…

Review of “Why call me God?” By J.H.Hatfield.

I came to read this book by an extraordinary encounter. I was speaking at my local Humanist Group on “Darwinism and Religion” a month or two back. At a couple of points in my talk I was interrupted by a member of the audience who went off on a rather long rant about what Genesis and the Bible were about. Read more…

More marvelous mars and some spring galaxies

The last couple of nights were mostly cloudless, moonless, but with curiously poor transparency (including lots of sky glow). Nonetheless I made the best of conditions to look up some galaxies and of course, the red planet. Read more…

Letter to the York Schools and Youth Trust

Just sent this letter to YoYo. I don’t like having to do this sort of thing, but I feel that someone has to do it and that not enough people are doing it. Read more…

Mars, and two doubles: Xi and Nu Ursae Majoris

I’ve been terribly busy at work recently and it hasn’t left much time for the stars. However, on 5th March I  made it out briefly and observed Mars and a couple of doubles. Read more…