Asteroid Angel

Asteroid Angel was discovered by C.S. Shoemaker and D.H.Levy (yes the ones after which the Levy-Shoemaker comet was named which famously crashed into Jupiter in 1994). The date of discovery of Angel was June 4th 1992 at Palomar Observatory in San Diego, California. Angel has...

New Moon in Libra – September 2011 – Hope Springs

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.  ~Lin Yutang The New Moon occurs at 11:08 Universal Time on the 27th September 2011 at exactly 4 degrees Libra. The New...

Asteroid Lucifer

1930 Asteroid Lucifer was discovered by E. Roemer at Flagstaff (USNO) on the 29th October 1964. Lucifer's Tale Once you start reading into the mythology, you soon find that there is a whole hoo-ha on who exactly Lucifer was. Notably, the name (or rather the Hebrew...

Asteroid Sisyphus

Asteroid Sisyphus was discovered on the 5th December 1972 at 02:28 by Paul Wild at Zimmerwald observatory in Bern, Switzerland. The largest of the Apollo asteroids, Sisyphus is an Earth-crosser meaning that it's passage through the sky takes it through Earth's orbit. There is no...

Norman Wisdom – A New Star in the Heavens

I have to say I was sad to hear of the death of Norman Wisdom yesterday. He was a staple of my childhood. I can still remember crying with laughter when I perhaps six or seven as I watched his antics with Mr. Grimsdale....

Lunar Eclipse December 2011 – Knowing

The lunar eclipse occurs on the 10th December 2011 at 14:36 (UT) at 18GEM10 "Beware of the Blood Moon" my Grandmother used to say. Deeply superstitious by nature, she would even wake me up if moonlight drifted through the curtains onto my face. She said it...