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Photos of the week: insects on flowers

On Tuesday I went for a photo stroll with my friend Petra. Looking at the photos now, I think I see a bit of a theme here although i wasn’t conscious of one at the time. It made a nice break from studying for my German exams next week. I’ve been studying so hard that I’ve starting thinking in German sometimes (which is a good sign) and occasionally finding it…

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Astrofest 2018

I spent most of the weekend in the Astrofest conference, learning from other people in the stargszing industry. We heard from prfessionals from La Palma, Tenerife, Fuertaventura, Aragon, Malaga, Extremadura, Andalucia, Alquevera (Portugal), Chile and Peru. I caught up with a lot of old friends and made some new ones. I got a flat behind from all that sitting, and a lot of ideas (far more than I’ll ever have…

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The lost week

Where did the last eleven days go? Well I went to see the bell of La Verdad finally arrive on La Palma. I’ve had three mornings’ work as a tour guide. I’ve had my German oral exam and passed: three more exams to go. I’ll be done in a couple of weeks but I still have a lot of studying to do. Apart from that it’s something of a mystery…

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Switching the stars on

I was quite worried about stargazing on Friday, because I was out of practice and the weather report was distinctly dodgy. Actually it all went well. I particularly enjoyed the little kids who were looking through a telescope for the first time. Witha bit of luck I set someone on their first steps to enjoying science. I was hoping to show people a crescent Venus (yes, it goes through phases…

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Samuel Ting being given his star in the San Francisco convent in Santa Cruz de La Pama

How I met a Nobel Prize winner

Life has been happening too fast to blog about. It’s nearly all good things but I’ve struggled to keep up. For example, on Wednesday I abandoned a Nobel Prize winner in a broken down car. Yes really. The Canarian Astrophysics Institute hosted a big partical physics conference on the island, all about the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which is an instrument on the ISS. (It measures antimatter in cosmic rays, with…

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The press conference at the exhibition for La Verdad

Photos of the week: La Verdad

Santa Cruz de La Palma used to have a shipyard. One of the largest ships they built was La Verdad, 485 tons displacement, which was wrecked on a reef south of Bermuda shortly after a hurricane in 1899. Luckily the water was shallow and the crew, cargo and bell were saved, although the first mate apparently had a terrible job to persuade the captain to leave. Thomas Cox, a retired…

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