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by orson
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore
Replies: 53
Views: 13540

Re: Sir Patrick Moore

I'm afraid you are misinformed. He was not the only regular broadcaster on astronomy. His predecessor was Dr. John Guy Porter, of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, who broadcast regular monthly programmes on RADIO, each lasting 15 minutes. The programmes were called "The Sky at Night". Presenting as...
by orson
Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Henrietta Leavitt
Replies: 0
Views: 864

Henrietta Leavitt

I just picked up a copy of Astronomy Now magazine at Smiths, and noticed that they are celebrating the 2013 centenary of the Herzsprung-Russell diagram. Now this made me wonder why they have not celebrated the centenary of the astronomer Henrietta Leavitt? If it hadn't been for her, we might not hav...
by orson
Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Saturn & Venus & Mercury before Dawn
Replies: 15
Views: 3919

Re: Saturn & Venus & Mercury before Dawn

I've seen the crescent moon, but I haven't seen the planets! I must make an effort to get out of bed extra early tomorrow morning....
by orson
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore
Replies: 53
Views: 13540

Re: Sir Patrick Moore

I fail to understand the vitriol of Brian's posting about PM I am totally baffled by it. It's almost as if Brian holds some kind of personal grudge against Patrick, for whatever reason. I remember something similar with respect to Brian Cox earlier in the year, and I was just as baffled then. I thi...
by orson
Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Favourite Patrick Moore book
Replies: 12
Views: 1910

Re: Favourite Patrick Moore book

My favourite book is the original 1977 George Lucas novel Star Wars. Sir Patrick was kind enough to sign it for me. He thought it was very amusing!

I really like his Atlas of the Universe. Apart from having lots of wonderful images, it's also full of great information. But it's a hard choice!
by orson
Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore
Replies: 53
Views: 13540

Re: Sir Patrick Moore

Unfortunately some people are too full of their own self importance to restrain from negative comments on a thread like this. There's a tribute thread running on Stargazers Lounge. Have a look at that one. Thank you for this. It's a shame we had to stand up to defend PM on this day of all days. Hop...
by orson
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore
Replies: 53
Views: 13540

Re: Sir Patrick Moore

David, Whilst you are entitled to your opinion, I submit that it is not up to you to attribute where the blame lies. I would point out that the B.B.C. has broadcast statements that he was "a curmudgeon, difficult, truculent and awkward to get on with". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20660908 We are s...
by orson
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore
Replies: 53
Views: 13540

Re: Sir Patrick Moore

What next? Burial in Westminster Abbey? With a little ingenuity, the BBC might be able to arrange to have his brain, complete with electrodes and voice-synthesizer, immersed in a retort of warm nutrients, so as to squeeze, say, another five years of astro-chat out of him. Thanks to the media, the a...
by orson
Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Web site: The Binocular Sky
Replies: 6
Views: 1863

Re: Web site: The Binocular Sky

I am building a web site aimed at binocular users: http://binocularsky.com The latest enhancement is that I am developing some interactive Sky maps for binocular users. The first one, for latitude 51*N in December (but also useful from October to January) is now online at: http://binocularsky.com/b...
by orson
Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus seen!
Replies: 3
Views: 857

Must look out for it when the skies clear again.....weather forecast doesn't look very promising!
by orson
Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Asteroid Earth crossing at only 12000 kms from us
Replies: 23
Views: 3046

Will it be visible from the UK?
by orson
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: By Jove....Jupiter is Back!
Replies: 2
Views: 807

Thanks for that, I'll be looking out for Jupiter! Long live clear skies!!
by orson
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: 2010 April 20 -- First aircraft contrail seen in six days
Replies: 15
Views: 2713

It's sooo reassuring to know that we have our own self-appointed grammar and spelling controller on board, isn't it? What wold we do witout her?
by orson
Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus and Mercury
Replies: 46
Views: 6637

..but no Wasat on 12 August 2420. Hale Bopps return isn't it.... :roll: ------------- 13.30BST: I was wondering if the crisp blue sky was something to do with the aircraft being grounded so the skies have had a chance to clear a bit-less the so called volcanic ash.... :roll: You could have a point ...
by orson
Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Chinese Lantern Menace Again !
Replies: 38
Views: 6593

Astrocomet wrote:Did the idea of the Eden project come from the 70's film silent running or something?
Sounds like something out of Star Trek!