Tuesday 18th June 2019,
Frontiers Magazine

Browsing the "Astronomy" Tag


A Shining Star

Williamina Paton Fleming (1857-1911) This year is the 125th anniversary of the discovery of the Horsehead Nebula in Orion, one of the great achievements of one of many women in science. It came at a time when a woman’s role [...]

July 2, 2013 People and Ideas
Star trails over Sinclair and Girnigoe Castle by Maciej Winiarczyk

Caithness skies and seas have star role

A Caithness photographer has won two awards in a national astronomy competition. Maciej Winiarczyk had two pictures in the top six of the Stargazing Oxford competition run by Oxford University’s Physics Department. He was the winner of the Astro Phenomena [...]

March 10, 2013 People and Ideas
Aurora Borealis in Orkney photograph taken by Andrew Hollinrake

Sleepwalk among the planets

In late November on Papa Westray, I set my alarm for before dawn – 6.30am – on a morning when I read it could be possible to see four planets in the sky at once. I get out of bed, [...]

March 4, 2013 Stories from the Islands
Where mountaintop meets infinity

Where mountaintop meets infinity

About the closest we here on Earth can come to touching the sky is atop the arching Karakoram-Kunlun mountain range in south-central Asia. It has the highest road in the world, on a plateau about 6,000 metres above sea level. [...]

March 1, 2013 Going Further

On earth as it is in heaven – was Orion linked to Orkney’s Neolithic heartland?

If there is one constellation that dominates an Orkney winter, it must surely be Orion. Even to those not remotely interested in astronomy, this pattern of stars is one of the most striking and recognisable in the night sky. Four [...]

March 1, 2013 Archaeology & History
Sunrise at Brodgar

Sunrise at Brodgar

It happened with the tenth issue of the Orkney Telephone Directory; a very good photograph of the double stone (the only double stone) at the ring of Brodgar was on the cover. As it lay in front of me I [...]

March 1, 2013 Archaeology & History