In this fascinating article Duncan Lunan describes the development of the Space Suit.
Astronomy is one of the rich mix of influences on the Scottish composer Eddie McGuire, in conversation with astronomer Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans and trumpeter and conductor Bede Williams, both from St Andrews University.
‘Proud Guns to the Sea’, Analog, January 1973, was based on the ballad Henry Martin, quoting it in the title, and included a planet called Hallway, lifted from the 8th century Irish Donal Óg
What got me completely hooked was the first ‘Lost Planet’ radio serial on Children’s Hour, by the late Angus MacVicar, in 1953.
“The book begins with a history of brewing; I did feel that more might have been made of the distinction between Real Ale and cask-conditioned beer, particularly since the CAMRA revolution is often quoted as the most successful consumer protest of modern times. From there it goes on to a history of the public house”
With the evening sky becoming darker as the year goes on, the brighter stars are becoming more prominent and the constellation figures are coming back
“In early 1967 the late Prof. Oscar Schwiglhofer , founder of the Scottish Branch of the British Interplanetary Society which by then had become independent as ASTRA, was given the chance to use a simulation of a Moon landing on a Strathclyde University computer programme.”
In 1964, in the Daily Express, Sydney Jordan’s ‘Jeff Hawke’ strip ran a story called ‘Moonstruck’. Detail from ‘Moonstruck’, story and art by Sydney Jordan, Daily Express, 23/10/64 – 11/12/64, reprinted in William Rudling, ed., The Lunar 10, Jeff Hawke Club, 2007. “The ‘Jeff Hawke’ title is the copyright of The Daily Express and created by Sydney Jordan. “
Prof. Freeman Dyson’s suggestion that an advanced civilisation might break up the planets of its solar system and build a shell around its star, to utilise all the matter and energy available to it . Image of a Solid Dyson sphere, impossible
Sighthill Stone Circle, Glasgow, is described by Ken Brophy in the podcast as ‘The Neolithic’s greatest hits all brought together in one stone circle’. This is due to Duncan Lunan’s astronomically aligned circle being inspired by elements in other stone circles he has visited.