Alpha Centauri

Day 9 Alpha Centauri is the star system nearest to Earth. Actually it’s a binary star system, Alpha Centauri A and B, which revolve around each other. We see it from the southern hemisphere, where it is one of the pointer stars to the Southern Cross. The following is an excerpt from my YA novel, […]

Perseus and Andromeda

Day 8 Perseus and Andromeda are two famous characters of Greek mythology. You can also see them as constellations in the night sky. Perseus was a son of the god Zeus and his mother was a mortal, the Princess Danaë. Taking a break from his busy timetable of heroic feats, Perseus stopped off at The […]

Orion The Hunter

Day 6 In Greek mythology Orion the Hunter was placed in the heavens by Zeus, King of the Greek Gods, to honour him for dying in his last battle with a monstrous scorpion. Every true huntsman has a dog; Orion has two, Canis Minor and Canis Major in which you can find Sirius, the dog […]

Astrology and Astronomy

Day 5 As soon as humans became aware of the natural rhythms of the earth and seasonal changes they wanted to create calendars and clocks. Calendars were essential to be able to understand agricultural cycles. Food meant power and calendars were part of the armoury of kings and emperors, jealously guarded by the priests, in order […]

In The Observatory

Day 4 This is where you look at the stars. In the observatory, it doesn’t get much more romantic than this. Actually, I think Saffron and Nate might have had a romantic moment. Dreams, Wishes and Star-Gazing He put his arm round her again and together they wandered along the display cases. His closeness filled […]

Blogger Summer Circus Giveaway Hop

Star-Gazing Tent The idea of the Summer Circus was to pitch up with your tent. To represent Far Out, Nate and Saffron decided to run a star-gazing tent, since Cosmology is one of the themes of the book. During the day we’re running videos of sky-watching in different parts of the world and at night […]

In the Planetarium

Day 3 What is a planetarium? It’s a building with a domed roof onto which we can project a simulated display of the night sky, study the stars and learn the positions of the constellations. It’s a bit like a cinema, with comfy seats, but instead of looking at a flat screen, the viewer sees […]

The Greek Myths

Day 7 The Greek myths are one of the themes in the story. Saffron’s birthday is 8th December and her star sign is Sagittarius, which could account for her boldness and tendency to adventure. The tale of Andromeda, the maiden chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster, is a metaphor for […]