Episode 64: Bangalore Astronomical Society

  Another episode in the current series about space and India. Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS) is probably the most industrious astronomical societies in India. Founded in 2006, it has nearly 200 paid up members based in and around Bangalore but a huge number of national and international followers online. In this episode, BAS president Naveen Nanjundappa, […]

Astronomy at the Manchester International Festival

The Manchester International Festival kicked off  at sunrise this morning and will run through until sunset on Sunday. Activities will run throughout this period – no breaks. The events include music, visual arts, theatre, dance, food and family events, some indoor and some outdoor, many created or performed by internationally acclaimed artists.. and me. I […]

Jim Reavis – Cloud Security Alliance

A short interview with Jim Revis recorded in London on 24th April during InfoSec 2013. In this interview Jim talks about the evolving definition of of Cloud Computing, the CSA’s Star Registry, CSA’s Cloud Computing Security Knowledge certification and his take on how cloud Computing has been and is evolving. During the interview, Jim refers […]

Book Review – The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin

Title: The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press (May 15, 2012) Author: Andrew L. Jenks Hardback: 315 pages ISBN: 9780875804477 Disclosure.  I contacted the author in mid 2011 just as I was finishing my book Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester. We exchanged some chapters prior […]

Fireball over Europe

For a change the sky was clear. I could have seen it but I didn’t. Last Friday a brilliant (magnitude -7) fireball swept across the sky over western Europe. Numerous visual sightings, pictures and video testify to a great night-sky spectacle but no one still knows what it actually was – meteor or space debris. […]

Episode 54: 23 July 2012 – Manchester Interplanetary Society and Stanley Davis

The August 2012 edition of Spaceflight, the monthly magazine from the British Interplanetary Society carried an article where I discuss the Northwest of England’s contribution in Rocketry during the 1930s. An extended version of that article is available for free download on Astrotalkuk.org – here. So on to today’ episode. In 1937, two teenagers Harry […]

Chinese Soviet Forum:British Interplanetary Society – London 9th June 2012

I attended the BIS Chinese Soviet Forum lat weekend, organised by Dave Shayler and Bert Vis. With 12 (yes -12!) speakers it was a cram packed day with each speaker’s talk full of meticulous detail in a topic in which they were thoroughly experienced. Throughout the day, amongst their other duties, Steve Salmon, Suzann Parry, […]

Transit of Venus and the Great British Story

The last hour of so of the transit of Venus on 6th June 2012 will be visible during sunrise from northwest of England. The following links should answer most if not all your queries.

Listen to a short interview above on Radio Merseyside with Roger Phillips today. For details of the Yuri Gagarin talk […]

BIS Northern Meeting 19th May 2012,York – Final Update

This is the final post before Saturday’s event. Currently there are about 35 of the 50 seats sold. You can still buy on line or take the chance and just turn up. I have “partnered” with the BBC and this event is now part of “The Great British Story“. If you have purchased a ticket […]

Remembering the Manchester Interplanetary Society

A plaque was unveiled by the Right Hon. Tony Lloyd MP in front of a packed room at the Clayton Vale Visitors centre yesterday. President Elect Alistair Scott from the British Interplanetary Society traveled up to Manchester to participate in this unique event to celebrate the contribution in rocket development made by the Manchester Interplanetary […]