It’s down to us then…

So I’m going to continue staring at the stars…


“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Prof. Stephen Hawking 1942 – 1918, thank you!

Thanks in part to you this monkey brain understands the magnitude of that and the magnitude of… All of that!

When I say, understand I mean think about, not know! But I can strive…

Oh, and Happy Birthday Einstein! (That’s kind of Ironic, not that either of you give a shit, you’re both dead!)






Shh! You’ll Wake The Neighbours…


“In a spiral galaxy, the ratio of dark-to-light matter is about a factor of ten. That’s probably a good number for the ratio of our ignorance-to-knowledge. We’re out of kindergarten, but only in about third grade.” – Vera Rubin 1928 – 2016

The night is clear, the stars a bright and this is just a sliver of the Milky Way but just in the top right of the frame there is another Galaxy, maybe 100 billion stars maybe more. but this humble photo is at best only 4% of what’s out there and here’s the good bit… It’s here too, this little pebble we call home is spinning through the universe at mindblowing speeds and every moment of every day the dark matter that Vera has predicted surrounds us. And here’s the really good bit, somebody alive today will observe it, measure it and prove its existence. That is a day I look forward to.

32 million miles away from yesterday Peeps!

Manual 365/225 It’s Still There…

DSC_8461-EditThe night sky at the moment is first class, the cloud that bubbles up just before sunset often dissipates shortly after nightfall and the brisk warm breezes from the West are keeping the air clear. The moon is accompanied by, from right to left,  Mars, Saturn and Antares. The first two, fascinating but self-explanatory, the third is the 16th brightest star in the night sky. A Red Giant, 619.7 light years away and nearing the end of its life. If this baby goes Nova everybody’s going to know about it… In about 620 years time… Unless it’s already gone and then that light show is heading our way at just under 300,00okm per second! Fingers crossed! ;o)DSC_8471-Edit-2

The other thing is the Perseid Meteor shower, we had a few flurries last night but nothing to shout about. I didn’t manage to get any shots but we did see the ISS, always a bonus!

So, it’s Friday night and I’m going to pack a few tinnies and wander off across some hills to see if I can get anything tonight.

Have a great weekend!

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/222 Oh, Just Somebody’s Bogey…

Slightly rushed blog last night due to the sudden lack of electrons. So I made the best of the dark time to head up onto the hill to get some long exposures of a gloriously clear, star filled sky…DSC_8193.jpgWhich, this evening, has lead to a conversation with the kids about Universal Expansion, heat death of the said universe (It’s coming folks and there’s nothing we can do about it!)  Huge photons and the possibility that our universe resides within a discarded bogey within a much larger universe. Now, that would have been a strange ending to Men In Black!DSC_8189-2.jpgTomorrow we’re going to talk about Quasars, Worm holes and the infinite depth of the barrel Dad’s got to scrape for the funny titles for his blog! (It’s so red-shifted it’s only visible to Mick Hucknalls hair)

That’s Entropy Peeps! XXX

Manual 365/209 The Schrödinger / Heisenberg Breakdown

There is a universal rule. It applies anywhere in the known universe (there is a distinct lack of cats and boxes in the rest of the Universe but hey…) If there is a box and a live cat within a specific but unknown area of the universe the the cat will be, with certainty, in the box. so it’s position (in the box) and speed (stopped in the box) can be known, therefore breaking the Uncertainty Principle DSC_7387.jpgAnd judging by the sharpish grumpy look of the bugger I would hazard a guess that he is very much alive too… Sorry Erwin!

This is not science, this is Drizzle maintaining the universe!

Peace Peeps! x


Manual 365/144 Got That?… Nope!

-1 x -1= 1 but the square root of one is one the square root of minus one is 1i and that that mucks with my mind and apparently it’s an Imaginary Number… I can grasp that in certain conditions x hitting y at really ridiculously high energy results in x+y-z and that we have no idea where z’s gone but there are people looking and they’re looking hard (there’s going to be a Noble prize waiting in the 11th dimension for them when they find it)  I love the fact that these people exist… My son loves the fact they exist too and he also loves the fact that when he starts getting excited about complicated math and Imaginary Numbers his Dads knuckles start to drag the floor and his brow thickens while a slightly perplexed look settles across his face…
So, based on the conversation we have just had I’m dedicating this blog to all of the hard working, relentless, frustrated, amazing Scientists around the world making it a better place and bringing us the Universe. Thank you!
Just a couple of things though…
1. These Photons are mine (They’re not I know but indulge me!)DSC_0245DSC_0236

2. The Boy’s on his way so you better move over!

Peace Peeps!



Manual 365/136 The Largest Flower In The World!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was worried that because of the emergence of the Oil Seed Rape flower my blog was going to turn yellow and now that the crop is in full flower I think I’ve managed to stop myself from cataloguing every field around here but this afternoon while out walking with my daughter (That’s becoming a bit of a habit that we’re going to continue) we were walking along the aforementioned field of yellow and I remembered a photo that Tim Peake (You know, the guy currently on the ISS) posted on Flickr a couple of weeks ago of the South coast of the UK complete with yellow fields, clearly visible, you can see his picture here. Those fields of yellow, reflected colour from countless petals of tiny flowers. Ok, mono crops, sure, but wow!

Smile Guys, The Universe Can See Us! DSC_0010-2.jpgThis weekend I have walked for miles, for the majority of it accompanied by the kids and it’s been an absolute joy even if I do ache a bit now. And I’ve been back to my favourite tree.DSC_0025-Pano.jpg

It’s a panoramic composition and when I do actually get around to printing the detail and size is going to be breath taking.

And my last for today,

DSC_0040.jpgThe road out of Stourton.

Have a look at my Flickr feed or find me on 500px.

Peace Peeps! x