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Pom-Pom Comets

March 12th, 2009

I thought people might be interested in these pompom comets that I made with my scout group – the kids loved wirling them around there heads and occasionally letting go when on was ‘escaping the solar system’ or in other wards ending up hooked on on of the roof beans where it still sits quietly! […]

Blood Moon and Shooting Star

March 10th, 2009

Tonight I went out at twilight with my husband and over the top of our village hung the most fantstic orange moon! It was being lensed by the atmosphere and so appeared absolutly huge! I was very sad not to be able to get a photo of it from both an observation point of view […]

As part of my Scouts Astronomy and Astronuatics badges I came up with a project of makeing a solar system (not to scale) that they could lay out on the floor of the village hall and make more bits off ie the moons and comets etc…

Astronomy Cub disastor

March 4th, 2009

Alaric took his cubs out onto the common for a second attempt at stargazing but yet again it was too cloudy. He walked them up to the top of the common and the cloud actually did start to clear but the kids were just being too restless by this point so the mission was aborted. […]

Making Head Way

March 1st, 2009

I went for lunch round my friends house today – she is a writer and tends to hang around with interesting people. The other lunch guest was just such a person and apparently belongs to a local astronomical society – he said he would email me the details and assured me its not expensive and […]

Jean Recognises Orion!

February 28th, 2009

My Dad came back perplexed from the Pre-school with my little girl and announced that she had been going on about Orion flying in the sky. It was actaully patchy cloud and I realised that she was talking about the constellation and not another child from Pre-school and said (mistakenly as it turned out), ‘but […]

Got my Moon Rock

February 26th, 2009

I arrived a bit earlier than I had anticipated but still not early enough to go to the APEX talk which was a shame. I met Hillary, Andy and an Undergraduate who is going to do another meteorite project. We then went down to the planetary Suite to meet up with Katie who has the […]

Making a Planisphere

February 26th, 2009

I thought I’d just bring to your attention the post I have on Salaric Craft which shows how I made planispheres with my scout group.

The Moon a Geologists Tale

February 19th, 2009

This was my first lecture on my course last year – this write up origonally appeared on my personal blog with lots of excess geology ramblings in it!  It starts with me being almost late – ok well I was! After double checking everything I was almost late as I was drinking tea and reading my […]

Deep Stuff

February 12th, 2009

Last year I went to the first of the departmental research seminars at UCL – a version of this origonally appeared on my personal blog it was by Lars Strixrude and was on an area I basically knew nothing about. It was called Minerals to Mantles: The Planetary Mosaic. There was alot of stuff in this […]