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by Andrew Pike
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Favourite Patrick Moore book
Replies: 12
Views: 1999

Re: Favourite Patrick Moore book

Of his conventional astronomy books I particularly liked the Guide to books and his Story of Astronomy (later re-released as The History of Astronomy). Being something of a heretic I also have a fondness for 'Can You Speak Venusian?' and his look at end of the world predictions, 'Countdown, or how n...
by Andrew Pike
Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore
Replies: 53
Views: 13873

Re: Sir Patrick Moore

A very sad day. RIP Patrick. When I decided to qualify as an Astronomer it was Patrick who replied to my letter with advice (my school's careers 'experts' were worse than useless). Although he did not spark my interest in the subject, he was certainly responsible for maintaining the momentum through...
by Andrew Pike
Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: UFO files
Replies: 2
Views: 887

Yes, the missing files from Defence Intelligence relate to 1980 to 1982 and include the Rendlesham Forest Incident at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge in December 1980. Strangely files either side of the dates are still with us! The MoD say they were destroyed, the certificates detailing that also seem to ...
by Andrew Pike
Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Wonders of the Universe" ..
Replies: 33
Views: 3961

Sorry to say I am another Brian Cox 'anti-fan'.

Like Carl Sagan, I find his personality and presentation extremely irritating. I did manage to stumble through the Stargazing live shows because of his limited input and the mute button on my remote! However, what a wasted opportunity!
by Andrew Pike
Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A moan about the UFO spotters
Replies: 6
Views: 1173

Just to add a little balance, I'm a qualified astrophysicist who first started doing UFO research 30 years ago (amongst other things). If looked at correctly it is an extremely interesting subject. Yes it has what many astronomers call a "crackpot element" but if you do the powers-that-be ...
by Andrew Pike
Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Meteors mistaken for flares
Replies: 7
Views: 3159

It might be worth me saying that on the 11th June (also possibly over the weekend 13th/14th enquiries are still underway for reasons that are not astronomical) red fireballs/flares were seen from Lowestoft, Suffolk. The sighting was not made by an astronomer so apart from the date (11th) and the tim...
by Andrew Pike
Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Too Big ?
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

The forum on the Royal Astronomical Society website is restricted to Fellows/members only, that is due to close soon because of lack of use.
by Andrew Pike
Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:50 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Calling all Teens!
Replies: 41
Views: 11761

I had a science teacher at school who thought the seasons were due to the shape of the Earth's orbit. If it wasn't for the fact she was a right old battleship who was never wrong, I might have asked her if she also believed the Earth was flat! At college my A level physics teachers were fascinated b...
by Andrew Pike
Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:21 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Patrick Moore
Replies: 14
Views: 3951

When I decided to qualify as an astronomer I wrote to ask Patrick for advice (my careers teacher at school had problems understanding the difference between astronomy and astrology!!) I had no idea of his address, other than he was in Selsey, so I tried Patrick Moore (The astronomer), Selsey, Sussex...
by Andrew Pike
Wed May 23, 2007 11:22 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Testing! Testing!
Replies: 32
Views: 9156

The simpliest ways are always best. If it ain't broke don't fix it!! I found until about two years ago posting on any forum on any site was no problem, then over the years these forums changed the ways they do things, layout, systems, providers, etc, etc, with admin staff saying tell us if you have ...