BIS Northern Meeting York 19th May 2012

A British Interplanetary Society  meeting with a difference. The venue is in the North of England – the historic city of York. You don’t have to be a BIS member – all with an interest in spaceflight are welcome. A day long event with five speakers on subjects that include Lunar dust, Soviet & German […]

Episode 46:10th July 2011: Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester. New Book and Personal recollections

On his first visit outside the eastern bloc, Yuri Gagarin arrived in London for a 5 day visit on Tuesday July 11th 1961. He was greeted with a tumultuous and sincere warm welcome everywhere he went including his meetings with the Prime minister and the Queen. The British government juggled with acknowledging Gagarin personal courage […]

Episode 45: 4th July 2011: Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden

Probably the most scientifically demanding Apollo mission, Apollo 15 was launched on 26th July 1971 on a two week mission. Al Worden in the command module orbited the Moon for 75 orbits whilst Dave Scott and James Irwin explored the south eastern edge of Mare Imbrium on the Moon’s surface.  Apollo 15 launched with the […]

Episode 44: 15th May 2011: First Orbit and Manchester’s Yuri Gagarin Exhibition

Another Yuri Gagarin episode, I know the anniversary of the world’s first spaceflight is over but there is still lots going on over the next few months. There are two contributors in this episode, Chris Riley and Richard Evans. One of the most successful projects to mark the anniversary is the film First Orbit. The […]

BBC Stargazing Live

5/1/2011: Today is the last of the  hour long “Stargazing Live”  programs on BBC2 at 8pm with a comic Dara O Briain and a scientist Professor Brian Cox. But it is not over today!  Events continue until at least 16th January nationwide – See bbc.co.uk/stargazing. Free tonight and in the northwest? Pop down at about […]

Yuri Gagarin in Manchester – University of Salford 15th December 2010

As a result of change of speaker at a short notice, I will be speaking at Salford Astronomical Society’s annual Christmas lecture. This is a free talk and open to all members of the public. The title is “Yuri Gagarin in Manchester“. This will be an early start to the 50th anniversary commemorations next year […]

Episode 37: November 21st 2010 : Progress of Science through the Ages

Scroll to the bottom of this post to play the audio. On November 3rd this year, Professor Jim Al-khalili was to give three lectures in Liverpool on the same day (Quantum Physics, Advances in Mathematics in Medieval Islam and On the Shoulders of Eastern Giants: the Forgotten Contribution of the Medieval Physicists). I did feel […]

Episode 36: October 11th 2010 – UK Space Policy and Yuri Gagarin’s visit to Manchester and London in July 1961

Next year April 12th  2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s,  mankind’s,  first steps  into space. It was a product of the accumulated technology of many countries over many years but particularly driven by the the political landscape resulting from the 2nd world war. Since then successful robotic missions have visited the planets, asteroids […]

Wordcampuk – Manchester 17-18 July 2010

Not very astronomical but may be of interest, especially if you are in the Northwest England and express geeky tendencies. You may be aware that Astrotalkuk.org uses an extremely popular blogging platform called WordPress. No? No matter. WordPress users and developers around the world have an annual get togethers to talk about the latest developments […]

Episode 33: January 27th 2010 : Ptolemy’s Almagest

If you had the task of gathering all of humanity’s knowledge of cosmology in one place, how would you do it? Answers to questions such as, How big is the Earth? At what date and time will the Moon be full again? What makes the Sun shine? How old is the Universe? Today a good […]