Archive | January 2004

And so the fight back begins

The fight back has begun, I thought it might – we want to save


I am quoted!

Yeah! 🙂 Well the other day I was interviewed over the phone
by a representative of the Institute of Physics (IoP),
I am their representative from my Uni. They were asking me questions about
tuition fees and their new proposed£1,000 a year grant to help students
going into physics!


Extrasolar Planets and Mars

Seeing as I am doing a project
on extra solar planets and it started today how cool is it that a planet
with a magnetic field may have been found yesterday!

for more info.

Credit: Shane Erno

Also I have seen some fantastic results from ESA’s Mars
Express, lets hope it can put the American’s to shame (gonna be hard to
after Beagle 2).


Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

Carina Nebula

The Carina Nebula (NGC 3372,
also known as the ‘Keyhole Nebula’) has recently been observed via the
Hubble Space Telescope and has revelead some mysterious details that indicate
a complex structure within this Nebula.

for more information.

In search of the occult!

Well all I can say is that I had fun last
night! As I predicted at 3am just before the event occurred the sky was
filled with cloud! Argh. It wasn’t all bad because at just before 2am
we did actually see (we believe we did) Porrima disappear behind the Moon.
We then whilst waiting looked at Jupiter and Saturn which like always
was brilliant and I even saw a meteor! The meteor fell through Cancer
and was blue in colouration and lasted about 2 seconds.

Being up so late has left me feeling exhausted today but I still had
enough energy to go and see "The Last Samurai" starring Tom
Cruise which was surprisingly good.

Time to go occultation hunting

Tonight Porrima (Gamma Virginis – ZC 1821)
passes behind the Moon and then reappears later on. So I have decided
with a friend of mine to see if we can get it. This is going to take some
good work with the telescope but we should and if we don’t (which I doubt)
it will still be good fun.

If anyone would like anymore information on this then please just ask
and more information on Lunar Occultation’s can be found at:

First Day Back

Back to Uni, yes something real to do! Well
I always have things to do but it is nice to get out and about doing things.
It was nice to see all my mates that I have not seen over the holiday.

I started off the day with a nine o’clock lecture on the structure and
evolution of galaxies, it sounds great however this course clashes with
another one I want to take, Radiation and Relativity, so I am unsure witch
to do. Saying that I can actually do the Galaxies course next year (with
some extra material) and if I want to do General Relativity next year
I have to do the Radiation one. So the answer is simple, just do the Radiation
one, problem is I have not done any detailed maths in a year or so and
am a little afraid that I will be left behind. Well it is my first lecture
of this tomorrow so I will give it a go and see how it is and then decide.

Did some more lab today not making much progress, like always.

I have also had a play around with Starry Night Pro Plus, its great!
Lots of brilliant features. I really love being able to download actually
images into it.

Single Chart 2003

In theme with my albums of the year I was
encouraged by my housemate Katherine to come up with a single chart of
2003. I did this at the same time but didn’t get around to posting it
until now. Here they are:

1) Electric Six
– "Gaybar"
This has to be the anthem of the year, I can’t remember
how many times I have heard this on in clubs as well as being pumped
out of my speakers! Actually at the start of term I went to Snobs
and during this song found myself getting smacked in the face in the
mosh pit whilst breaking up a fight. Lets just say there was a little
too much blood than I would have liked, yet that hasn’t put me off
this song – it must be truly brilliant!
2) The Darkness – "Get
Your Hands Off My Woman"
Absolutely fantastic, the theme of the Reading Festival. This band
have to the best thing to hit rock music in the past decade, can’t
wait to here more. They got to number 1 in my album chart but nothing
this year was going to move Gaybar as my favourite song.
3) Red Hot Chilli Peppers
– "Can’t Stop"
What a tune, love the guitar and for once the lyrics make a little
bit of sense 🙂
4) Junior Senior – "Move
Your Feet"
Everybody! Defiantly one to dance to and the music video is great!
5) Coral – "Pass it
A truly great song from their latest album chart (see album chart)
6) Evanescence – "Bring
me to life"
Amy Lee’s vocals are spine chillingly good. Her voice is fantastic.
7) Alien Ant Farm – "These
Just one of the fantastic tracks of their latest album Tru(Ant).
I saw this played at Reading at it was great. They have been through
so much with the coach crash and yet they have bounced back better
than before.
8) Linkin Park – "Somewhere
I belong"
I actually hadn’t heard this until I saw them live at the Reading
festival. I had only heard snippets of their album and was not inspired
to listen to it until I heard this played live. Great song.
9) Good Charlotte
– "Girls and Boys"
This is one of those great songs that you will hear for years to
come and in most peoples cases not remember the band. I saw them play
at Reading and they were good, they got all the crowd to throw water
bottles at them – now I’m glad I was not at the front! My sister also
went to see them and she says that they were fantastic live. She saw
them play at the Birmingham Academy which is a much smaller venue
and so can appreciate the atmosphere more.
10) A – "Good
I first heard this as the tune in the Nokia Advert promoting their
latest MP3 playing phone but it quickly grew on me.

My Albums of 2003

1) The
Permission to land


A fantastic album with some great tracks on it. I had
the privilege to see them play at the Reading festival!
2) Alien Ant FarmTru(Ant) ‘1000 days’ kicks this album off well and even
though it maybe slightly more somber than their first album it is
still as fun but with a more serious twist which I like. I saw them
at Reading and they gave a great set.
3) Electric SixFire ‘GAYBAR’, what else do I need to say? I tried to
see them at Reading but they were in the small tent and so couldn’t
as they have achieved cult status. This is a fantastic album, I could
relax to ‘Synthesizer’ all day long
4) The White Stripes
‘Hardest Button to Button’, what a cool track.
The repetitive music video really makes me feel strange though.
5) EvanescenceFallen Love the piano and the brilliant voice of Amy Lee. I want to see
them live.
6) Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Greatest Hits
A few new tracks, all cracking. Has to go here because the Chilli
Peppers are Gods of music.
7) ElbowA cast
of thousands
Love the statues, what a great symbol for a great band. Saw them
live at Reading.
8) Linkin ParkMeteora I didn’t think I liked their recent stuff (i.e. Meteora) until I
heard them play at Reading. Well listening to them on the large scale
made me sit back and have a second thought. Great album.
9) The Coral Magic
and Medicine
‘Pass it on’, no I wouldn’t to hear this album
(unless there was a more pressing issue!)
10) The StrokesRoom
on Fire
This is probably one of the albums I have listened to less, my house
mate is always going on about them so decided to give them a go and
found that I enjoy their music.

M81 captured by Spitzer

The Galaxy of M81
has been imaged via the new Spitzer
(previously SIRF) infared telescope.

In my
opinion this a fantastic image and its looks like this new telescope
will definitely deserve the title as one of NASA’s great observatories,the
others being: Chandra,
Compton and Hubble
which are all fantastic.

I love looking at this images and finding out what they are – expect
more here! I will not go into detail about what this image is as
this can be found on the page
I saw it first.