Hi all! Jane and I are visiting London and Dublin for the next two
weeks, but sidewalk astronomy goes on!
Dave Hasenauer and our other intrepid sidewalk astronomers will be in
Monrovia at Myrtle and Lime this Saturday, September 30. They should
have a lovely first quarter Moon to show; the giant planets Jupiter and
Saturn won't be in the evening sky again 'til next year.
Last night we had dinner and an overnight visit at the home of Sir
Patrick Moore in the south England coastal town of Selsey. At 83, he's
still doing his show "Sky at Night" for the BBC! He doesn't get around
so well these days, but he's as talkative as ever. This morning the BBC
crew arrived to tape an episode of his program.
We got to explore his fine old thatched-roof home, talk lunar astronomy,
look through his amazing collection of astronomical writings and
sketches, and meet his beloved cats. We were joined by astronomer and
Patrick's co-author Chris Sinnot and local astrophotographer Ian Sharp.
We tried using Patrick's 15-inch fork-mount newtonian to observe, but
the early evening sucker holes gave way to an overcast sky.
The "Sky at Night" crew from BBC is planning a trip to the States in
early December, and they plan to join us in Monrovia along with John
Dobson for our regular sidewalk astronomy night. I'll send an update
when there are more details.
Tomorrow we visit Stonehenge, and Wednesday we're off to Dublin then
Birr Castle for the Whirlpool Star Party.
More updates later ...
Reporting from London,
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org