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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, he has...

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 have now been retired and given...

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 from a couple of hundred to over 20 000....

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 pale blue dot to the left at 10 o’clock...

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 sky. As we orbit round the Sun, our...

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 the Earth’s atmosphere. Cat thieves and burglars do not yet merit...