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2011 – a year of looking up December 31, 2010

Posted by Marie in 365 Days of Astronomy, Look up, The Jodcast.
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For most of my life, I’ve had an amateur fascination with the universe, stars, planets etc.  When I say amateur, what I actually mean is total beginner, because I have no background in science whatsoever.  You can’t count my failed attempts at school many years ago, which was the last time I ever formally tried to understand anything scientific.  I remember watching Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos on TV when I was young and being amazed by his descriptions of the vastness of our universe, and our place in it (more about Cosmos later).  I’ve held this fascination ever since, and I love watching TV programmes and listening to podcasts on this theme, even though I still don’t always understand everything!

In November 2009, I went to a live recording of The Jodcast, a fab astronomy podcast produced by astronomers based at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank .  2010 then found me watching the BBC’s Wonders of the Solar System and catching up with myriad 365 Days of Astronomy podcasts (and others) and although often overwhelmed, still loving the experience of discovery.

Therefore, my challenge for 2011 is to feed my fascination, and to blog about this experience of discovery.  By this time next year, I want to be able to look up and know even more about what I see, understand a tiny fraction of what’s up there.  And hopefully have some fun learning!

I hope you’ll follow me on my journey.

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