Category Archives: Astronomy

The Science Story With Everything

Back in August I posted this on Facebook: “I have been given what looks like the perfect science story. It combines geology, paleontology, astronomy, ecology and a little chemistry to produce a radical but plausible explanation for a major scientific … Continue reading

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The Eddington Limit – Science And Fraud

The difference between science and most other areas of life is not that scientists don’t make mistakes, but that when they do there is a reasonable chance they will eventually admit and correct it. Even if they don’t the scientific … Continue reading

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Navigating By The Stars

On Monday night much of the inner north on Melbourne suffered a blackout that went on for around six hours. I had to ride from Brunswick to Preston and back and it was a very odd experience. While for the … Continue reading

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April Still On Sale

I’ve got out of the habit of posting about each edition of Australasian Science, but this April edition certainly justifies something. When looking for writing work I think this will be my CV edition. For a start, the cover story … Continue reading

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Apophis Slides By Like An Asteroid In The Night

On Wednesday the asteroid Apophis will make its closest approach to the Earth for quite a while. No need to drag out your end of the world kits (carefully tucked away after the Mayan apocalypse failed to eventuate), it will … Continue reading

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This, Just This.

Around the age of seven I decided I wanted to be an astronomer. As time went on my choice refined. I wanted to work on the discovery of extra-solar planets, that is planets around stars other than the Sun (something … Continue reading

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Vale Patrick Moore (The Good One)

Patrick Moore died yesterday. That’s Patrick Moore the astronomer and science communicator, not Patrick Moore the liar for hire*. The astronomer Moore’s politics were not all that much closer to mine than his namesake – he supported UKIP and various … Continue reading

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