Yesterday, during the now twice termly run down to Oxford, I took the opportunity to catch up with Chris Lintott, Patrick Moore's co-presenter on the BBC Sky at Night programme. Now addressed as Dr Lintott, he has just started a "proper" job at the University, researching the first stars to form in the Universe.
In the evening, we tried to catch a glimpse of Comet mcNaught from the roof of the Physics Department but were foiled by bands of cloud. It looks like it is going to be the most spectacular(but least publicised?) comet of recent years and I am going to miss it - did anyone get a glimpse? If not you can catch some photos on the BBC website here.
The time was not wasted though as I finally managed at long last to pin down Chris with a date to come up and visit us. He will be joining us to give a talk on 19th May to coincide with our exhibition and observing session planned for the Keswick Mountain Festival. You can find out more about what Chris is up to on his blog here