May 8th, 2007


Now that's a big bang !

Nasa have released images of a massive star about 150 times the size of the Sun has exploded in the brightest supernova ever seen.

The supernova star, called SN 2006gy, was originally discovered in September last year.

The explosion peaked for about 70 days, during which it is thought to have shone about five times more brightly than any supernova seen in the past.

Now that's a big bang !
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To Boldly Put your Foot in mouth.....

This month see's the 50th Anniversary of the Sky at night. This is a remarkable achievement in broadcasting terms made all the more remarkable because the programme has had the same presenter since day one !

Sir Patrick Moore is one of my heros ad along with Bruce Dern and Silent Running is one of the reasons I got into spaceflight and astronomy.

This weekend I watched the 50th Anniversary programme on BBC2.

I also noticed on the BBC News page today his less than PC comments about Aunty's output !

"The trouble is the BBC now is run by women and it shows soap operas, cooking, quizzes, kitchen-sink plays. You wouldn't have had that in the golden days. I used to watch Doctor Who and Star Trek, but they went PC - making women commanders, that kind of thing. I stopped watching."

Way to go Patrick ! You tell it as it is.....

But remember, Oh Be-monikled One, even Dan Dare had Miss Peabody and her remarkably perky chest to accompany him on his adventures (and do the washing up)....