Category Archives: Stars 2012

Monthly star blogs to promote star gazing in Sinai

Winter Solstice

Speculation that Karnak Temple was aligned to the winter solstice sunrise has finally been confirmed by the recent studies of Juan Belmonte of the Canaries Astrophysical Institute in Tenerife, Spain. In a statistical survey of over 300 temples in Egypt, … Continue reading

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Driving through Los Angeles

Somebody parked the space shuttle, Endeavour, outside Randy’s Donut Shop. It could only have happened in California. Trees had to be cut down, power lines raised and the donuts paid for before it could move on. All the space shuttles … Continue reading

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NASA becomes cool!

As a goggle eyed robot landed on Mars in a flurry of media excitement, celebrity came to Bobak Ferdowsi who was glimpsed in the mission control room with a Mohawk haircut. In 24 hours his twitter followers increased in numbers … Continue reading

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Saturn

When the Cassini spacecraft swung past Saturn in 2006, it found the sun eclipsed by the planet’s disc and the sun’s rays shining through the planet’s rings, a spectacular effect caught on camera. Planet Earth can be seen as a … Continue reading

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Our galactic hub

As summer arrives, the most spectacular seasonal event in our night skies occurs as the central hub of our galaxy wheels into view. Viewed from the Earth, our galaxy appears as a glowing band, the Milky Way, arcing across the night … Continue reading

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Does it ever get really dark?

After sundown, there is still enough light to pour your gin and tonic and sit on a desert rock and gaze at a glowing landscape, for the Sun’s disc is just below the horizon and its light is scattered by … Continue reading

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The Great Bear and Bedouin star lore

As the sun sets in the south-west, the Great Bear rises in the north-east, though it’s hard to see a bear and most will see only a big dipper, the English like to see a plough. To get the bigger … Continue reading

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Venus and Valentine’s day

Venus dominates the evening sky this month giving rise to many an ardent fancy. Lovers believe the planet is shining for them and astrologers scramble to prove it. Both are deceived, however, by the thick clouds that shroud it, reflecting sunlight like a … Continue reading

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