Topic: Astronomy

1-12. 26°S-Nose Brazil

Apr 29, 2005 - 2300hrs UTC │Hole in the Milky Way I

2300hrs 29 Apr 2005 UTC Map Ref 191

Thanks to Barry D., here it is in full:

Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of Omar Khaiyyam’s verse, DAWN.

Awake! For morning in the bowl of night,

Has flung the stone that puts the stars to flight:

And lo! The hunter of the east … Continue reading

1-13. Across the Equator

May 07, 2005 - 2115hrs UTC

Somewhere in Australian literature there’s a book or story called “Call me when the Cross turns over”. This would be obscure today to most Australians, I expect, because to appreciate just how the Cross does turn over, you need a horizon and a clear view of most of the sky. It’s very obvious from here … Continue reading

1-13. Across the Equator

May 09, 2005 - 0445hrs UTC

Sitrep: 0445hrs 09 May 2005 UTC Map Ref 208

The ExaminerShe who asks awkward questions of the crew and tests them with difficult tasks. has jumped back into the bus shelterExplanation here. We’re down to the #5 and 3 reefs in 30+ knots and a rising sea, still nursing … Continue reading

1-14. Nearly to Falmouth

Malcom’s info on the Milky Way

The Milky way is just 100,000 light year wide (diameter). Our sun is 26,000 light years from the center. The bulge of the disk at the center protudes 12,000 light years either side. The Milky way contains at least 250 billion stars, perhaps over 1 trillion.

By contrast the … Continue reading