Category Archives: Astronomy

Astronomer gives St Helena a gold star

The skies above St Helena have been judged to be dark enough for the island to become one of the world’s most attractive star-gazing destinations. It could win official recognition as a “dark sky island” within 12 months – though … Continue reading

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How Halley mapped the sky from St Helena

The astronomer Edmond Halley – famous for Halley’s Comet – spent a year on St Helena, creating the world’s first map of the stars over the Southern Hemisphere. JOHN GRIMSHAW tells the story.   While still a student at Oxford … Continue reading

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Houston, we have a problem… St Helena’s tiny from space

It might not have been the best day for nude sunbathing. Beyond the stratosphere, the crew of the International Space Station were keeping watch on St Helena when they passed over the island on Wednesday, 18 July 2012. Or trying … Continue reading

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St Helena and Venus (the planet, not the goddess of love)

It’ll be 105 years before anyone on Earth sees another transit of Venus, when the planet passes in front of the sun. And the one that happened on the night of 5/6 June 2012 was not visible from St Helena. … Continue reading

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