Don’t mention the war? It would be nice not to have to but Ireland’s Six Nations opener takes place in the engorging shadow of last autumn’s ill-starred Asian campaign. Yes, we won’t be forgetting the debacle in Vietnam – sorry, I mean Japan – any time soon. The horror, the horror remains fresh in the memory.
Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and protective glasses as the moon blotted out the midday sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the US from coast to coast in nearly a century.
The Irish space industry took a giant leap forward yesterday as Cork welcomed delegates to the International Space Studies Program, where 320 international professionals, academics and astronauts will spend the next nine weeks in the city.
The sky is full of stories. Constellations record mythical figures and events. Most take their names from the Greeks or Romans, although we know the Greeks based their system on Sumerian traditions from some 3,000 years earlier.
Crisp cold nights, a touch of frost on the ground and the lure of a cosy fire might conspire to keep us indoors in December, but it really is worth popping your head outside, even for a few minutes, to soak in the wonders of the night sky.
DURING March the bright stars of winter give way to the inexorable lengthening of the day as the sun rises higher in the sky. On March 20, the day and night are of equal length, the so-called spring equinox (‘equal night’).