Christmas Day January 7th?

Happy New Year to my readers and followers and I hope you have successful 2023. Although for most us the Christmas and New year festivities are over, for followers of the Orthodox form of Christianity, Christmas is yet to come, as they don't celebrate their Christmas until January 7 The reasons for celebrating Christmas 13… Continue reading Christmas Day January 7th?

No more leap seconds

With all the events going on in the world it passed almost unnoticed that a decision was made recently to abolish the leap second. The resolution  was made on 18 November 2022 during a meeting held in Paris  held by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. What is a leap second? The length of… Continue reading No more leap seconds

Frank Drake and the Drake equation

I was saddened to find out about the recent death, at the age of 92, of Frank Drake, one of the pioneers of SETI. One of the things he is most famous for is the equation bearing his name which estimates the number of intelligent civilisations in our galaxy, the Drake equation. As a tribute… Continue reading Frank Drake and the Drake equation

Fake Astronomical Images

A friend of mine, the active amateur astronomer Colin Henshaw, brought the following photograph to my attention. It appears to show the Moon rising over Mossel Bay in South Africa. Although it was passed off as a genuine image, for reasons which Colin pointed out, it is a fake. If you study the Moon, it… Continue reading Fake Astronomical Images

June 21 2022 – the solstice

This year, the June solstice will fall on 21 June.  As most people know, In the northern hemisphere, it is the day of the year when there is the most daylight and when the Sun is at its highest in the midday sky. The origin of the word solstice is from two Latin words:  sol, which… Continue reading June 21 2022 – the solstice