Babe Among The Stars: Aurora Trip

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Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth - Ptolemy

Aurora Flight

On Wednesday 2 February my partner Gordon and I are going to Humberside Airport to take (for me) the trip of a lifetime. We're boarding the Aurora Flight, where you set off but don't land, just watch for aurorae through the plane's windows. There's a talk given by a professional astronomer beforehand, and someone will accompany us on the flight. There's an 80% chance of being lucky enough to see the aurora, but as it's a natural phenomenon it can't be predicted so we'll just have to cross our fingers and toes! I'm almost beside myself with excitement, I've never seen an aurora before and even if we're unlucky this time, it'll still be on my wishlist. I'll write up the experience in my next BATS column.

Chinese New Year

The Chinese calendar is based upon the cycles of the Moon, so their celebratory dates are fluid. In 2011, the Chinese New Year falls on 3 February, coinciding with the new moon. Each year is represented by an animal, and the cycle changes every 12 years. This year it is the return of the Rabbit (or Hare). Hoppy (sorry!) New Year to any Chinese readers!

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