Earth rising…


A new human epoch – the Anthropocene…

An interesting debate about formally adopting the next geological age of the planet – the Anthropocene.

The changed geological human footprint will be visible in the form of radio active material from atomic bomb tests, plastic pollution, increased carbon dioxide levels, industrial scale mining, deforestation & agriculture and human-induced mass extinction.

‘In the past, geological changes on a scale big enough to merit a new epoch have been the result of events such as the eruption of a supervolcano or a catastrophic meteor strike – things a lawyer might describe as acts of God. Now, instead of being just another one of the millions of species on our planet, humans have become the determining factor – the guiding, controlling species – and many of our changes will leave a permanent mark in the rocks.’

‘Others feel that the new epoch is upon us and we should come to terms with its implications for the planet. “We broke it, we bought it, we own it,” Ellis says. “Now we’ve got to take responsibility for it.”‘

I totally agree.



Yesterday was the day before the Supermoon event, where the moon is 221,566 miles away, at the point of Perigree closest to Earth, resulting in the biggest and fullest full moon since 1993.

I spent 2 minutes trying to get a clear picture of the Moon, but only managed to get the above shot, which is slightly blurred. This was using a 1/2000 exposure, with a 200mm zoom lens.

I’m going to try again tonight but use a manual focus either side of the automatic focus.

Just as I logged into WordPress, there was the following blog with a very clear image on it! That’s my target for tonight!


Climate prediction software…

Ok, the title of this post is hardly inspiring, but the software is! Check out the link to it via the Guardian website below.

The climate prediction software basically uses millions of personal computers to run climate software, which otherwise would have needed a super-computer etc. The software analyses weather records from the past 50 years to try and predict what the effects of climate chnage will be, and where.

They already started this experiment while I was working in Swindon, maybe 5 years ago, and it was cool seeing the visuals of the spinning planet and various weather patterns. You can access this once you’ve installed it.

Anyway, it’s a chance to be a small part of a very significant bit of research and to contribute to our understanding of planet Earth!

Also, it’s a great education tool, as you can get the software to show you all sorts of visualisations, based on weather, or temperature etc. I’m going to use it to show my boys how the different countries all relate to each other, particularly where their dispersed family are!