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by Deimos
Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Earths position in the Universe
Replies: 63
Views: 25389

Demios, You say : "I have considered such models and they just don't work. If they did then people would be saying "Imagine raisin bread in 3D ..." but they don't they say "Imagine a ballon surface ...". I really don't see the point here..! the growing dough model is in 3D already, dont imagine, ju...
by Deimos
Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Earths position in the Universe
Replies: 63
Views: 25389

Deimos, try imagine some raisin-bread dough, with lots of yeast in. As it grows, all the raisins gets further apart, and its in real 3-D, no need to switch your brain into 2-D mode.. BTW, did you check the expansion link ? http://www.exploratorium.edu/hubble/tools/center.html I have considered such...
by Deimos
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Earths position in the Universe
Replies: 63
Views: 25389

Having been watching this thread I think the difficulty is with the mental model those trying to understand are using. For me it just does not work trying to think of things in our traditional 3D framework. When I start thinking e.g. as a sphere expanding you have to start asking "expanding into wha...
by Deimos
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

I don't think mention of Russel Brand is really relevant in this particular case (?). Russell Brand only mentioned as an example of celebrity and their target audience, not in relation to his and Mr. Ross' behaviour. could have equally said MC Hipsets and Diva Booty presenting Newsnight (they would...
by Deimos
Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

I am sure that the involvement of celebrities such as Jonathan Ross helps boost the number of TV viewers but ... There are two aspects to Jonathan Ross' involvement: Firstly, each celebrity has their own particular type of audience - which is why e.g. Russell Brand is not a judge on Celebrity Come ...
by Deimos
Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

We have to also remember that while astronomy is our thing, it's not everybody's thing. Spring Watch might encourage a flurry of hedgehog spotting, but how many people watching then become active naturalists or bird spotters? Actually an awful lot - to the point where it is causing problems in the ...
by Deimos
Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

Re: Stargazing Live

The many comments here about it being a failure are not reflected in the response of the general public. I too followed the #bbcstargazing hashtag on Twitter while the shows were on and the reaction from contributors was overwhelmingly positive. The local societies that I have heard from in the Lon...
by Deimos
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

A bit off-topic but what would be interesting and probably help people enthuse others is for some organisation to try and find out what started people's interest in astronomy. Its a difficult question to answer as it needs a lot of people and some way of usefully summarising their answers. For me it...
by Deimos
Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Evening Classes ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2576

I have never found any in my own area and so have done the Distance Learning courses run by Universities. I can recommend Liverpool JMU http://www.astro.ljmu.ac.uk/courses/distance.shtml courses (done several now and they are excellent content and very well run). There are other establishments runni...
by Deimos
Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

Here at Newcastle Astronomical Society we’ve had 5 new membership enquires which can be directly contributed to this programme. Disappointing response given the prime viewing time and all the publicity given. However, he real test will be what happens next year - if people who did join became activ...
by Deimos
Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

" SPA/SERC (?)" The SERC evolved into the PPARC in 1990, which in turn became STFC. That stands for Science and Technology Facilities Council, but is often disparagingly referred to as Swindon Town Football Club. Science and Engineering Research Council (in my day). Its been through a number of nam...
by Deimos
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

Baseing the presenters at Jodrell Bank was "too professional" a location. There was not enough about what to use to look at the sky - an important omission perhaps. I remember a Sky at Night program several years ago during the Persids (in Aug) which was basically Partick Moore, Brian May and a few...
by Deimos
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

... I had previously quite enjoyed Prof Brian Cox's "Wonders of the Solar System" TV series - I recall only a few little things that frustrated me. Personally I think his programs to date have been very poor - but that is a personal opinion and holds no more weight than anybody else's opinion. I tr...
by Deimos
Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Stargazing Live on BBCiplayer
Replies: 63
Views: 8743

Saw a bit of last night program (as I had convinced my neighbours to watch it so they might understand my obsession). It has a number of problems that cause it to fail disastrously. 1. They are trying to do a Spring/Autumn Watch (basically trying the same formula). Unfortunately the presenters do no...
by Deimos
Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:42 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Cancun Climate Change Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 783

I think the problem with the Cancun meeting was that the meeting emitted more greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere than it "recovered. By the time you add-up all the air fuel flying all those delegates to and home again, hotels, air conditioning, etc. the additional CO2 emissions would be somewhat ...