“Hi, we’re the Pixies. We’re a rock band.”

Pixies @ Newport Folk Fest 006, originally uploaded by bwventril.

Just watched the Pixies at Newport DVD, courtesy of Amazon DVD rental. A mellow, acoustic gig from an American folk festival. It’s good, although odd to hear subdued versions of River Euphrates and I Bleed. Reminds me of listening to Greg play Gouge Away on his acoustic guitar, back when he was living in a cabin in the woods in upstate New York.

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Natural fireworks fill the sky

Constellation map for the 2007 Perseids meteor shower - 13th August 2007

This coming weekend sees the peak of the Perseids meteor shower. Annual meteor showers occur when the Earth’s orbit around the Sun passes through the orbit of a comet. Dust and debris, which the comet has left along its path, burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere. We see the results as shooting stars in the night sky.

Peak activity for this year’s Perseid shower is predicted to reach 80-100 shooting stars per hour before dawn (in Europe) on Monday 13th August. Read more about the 2007 Perseids at the European Space Agency.


DSC00725.JPG, originally uploaded by eat your greens.

£8,890.96 – the total take from yesterday’s book sale. Our highest total, ever! And this year we were actually turning donations down, since we had more books than we could handle.

Many thanks to everyone who got involved, particularly everyone who gave up their evenings and weekends over the last four weeks to get all this together.

There are many high quality books still left unsold. We’ll put those on sale later in the year. Tentative date for the second 2007 sale is 17th November.

Photos are up on Flickr.

Opening the 28-inch

Jim opens the dome, originally uploaded by danchamp.

Last year, after @media, a group of us met up in Greenwich on Saturday morning. I gave a rough guided tour, including the history of the Royal Observatory, John Harrison’s chronometers, the adoption of standard time and ended it all by opening up the 28-inch refractor.

If there’s interest, I’ll do it again this year. Leave a comment below if you want to come along.