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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 177 - Wednesday, 12th December 2007
Watch: Mars - The Red Planet
familiar with the night sky will have noticed the red planet,
Mars rising in the northern part of the sky of late and
drifting overhead through the course of the evening. Having
just walked from the office to the house this evening (Tuesday)
to fetch a cup of tea and noticed it was just rising, and
having filmed it whilst covering the floods on Friday, I
decided to photograph it for this week's 'Nature Watch'.
photo is taken at 160x magnification, whilst Mars was just
above the horizon, so there is a lot of atmosphere in the
way. It's not exactly Hubble Space Telescope quality but
it does however show the planet as brilliant a red disc.
imagine. There have been several space vehicles sent from
Earth to Mars, some of which are still roaming the surface
and there could be microscopic life on that tiny dot in
like a severe case of red eye, Mars as it appeared on the horizon
on Tuesday evening. Ref: DSC_0081
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and the Great White Spot
Earth, the planet Mars appears as a red disc in the black
sky, as can be seen in this week's Nature Watch.
Mars, for most of the year, the planet Earth rises as a
slightly bigger, blue crescent in the pinkish evening sky
as half of the Earth's surface lies in the shadow of Sol.
During the Earth month of December, in recent years however,
the view of the Blue Planet had changed.
cosmologists working for MSETI (the Martian Search for Extra
Terrestrial Intelligence) who had been monitoring the hydrogen
line for centuries, noticed that at latitude 51 degrees,
55 minutes and 15 seconds North and 2 degrees 34 minutes
and 45 seconds West, a brilliant white spot had had begun
to appear regularly on the dark side of the Earth's disc.
among cosmologists and astronomers alike who were working
together with the MSETI project grew rapidly with the new
discovery, and word began to spread via the Martian Internet
that funding for the MSETI project had finally been proved
worthwhile. The event sparked a new, planet wide campaign
and after several years, the new 'RST' (Rubble Space Telescope)
was finally launched from the Mars Space Centre, located
at the top of Olympus Mons.
among the Mars population escalated as planet wide, the
Martian folk stayed up all night to watch the first live
broadcast of the great white spot in fine detail. The Martian
Theologists were out in force, of course, arguing that intelligent
life was unique to Mars and insisting that the Great White
Spot was purely down to Earth's lousy weather. On the whole
though, the population's money was on the telescope discovering
an Earth race which had learned how to use fire - and possibly
even crude flint tools.
the planet wide disappointment when 'Capcom Mars' was overheard
speaking to the Mars Shuttle Commander, 'Nah. It's just
the Christmas lights from Three Crosses Road . . . might
as well just hand this one over to MSET'.
joking. They're very pretty really and the kids love 'em!
This is Three Crosses Road. More streets next week.
Against Dangerous Driving Update
you to all those who have sent emails of support for my
forthcoming campaign against dangerous driving. I am currently
working on a downloadable petition form that can be printed
and circulated, then returned to me once completed. Further
information will be published soon.
am very pleased to learn that The Safer Roads Partnership
in West Mercia, which includes representatives from Herefordshire
Council's Highways and Transportation department, West Mercia
Police, the courts and NHS Primary Care Trust, are aiming
to deliver highly visible targeted speed enforcement as
well as co-ordinate, support and develop broader road safety
the meeting of Ross Town Council on Monday, Mayor, Councillor
Bedford told councillors that he had recently attended a
special service at the Cathedral for those who had lost
loved ones in a fatal road traffic collision. He said that
each of those who had lost a family member in this way carried
an oak leaf to the front of the cathedral, adding that he
had never seen such a long procession of people.
driving is not just about speed. It is also about driving
under the influence of alcohol or drugs, talking on a mobile
phone whilst in motion, driving without headlights when
conditions of visibility are poor.
think carefully before taking the car out over the Christmas
period. So may people think it safe to have just one more
drink as it's Christmas, before driving home. They may well
make it home, but some poor innocent may not, just because
somebody had 'a wee one for the road.'
you know you're going to have a drink, leave the car at
home. Not just at Christmas, but always.
If you think you may have had one too many, leave your keys
with your host and book a taxi home.
If you're going out as a group agree on who is going to
be 'Des' (the designated driver)
If you are Des, then don't let anybody convince you that
one drink won't hurt. It may do more than that.
Don't accept a lift from anybody who has been drinking or
is under the influence of drugs..
am still hoping that more offers of help with my campaign
against dangerous driving will be forthcoming. If you would
like further information on how I intend to operate this
campaign, please click here.
(Tina needs your help!)
hope that everybody has a lovely Christmas, but especially
a safe one.
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