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Terry Pratchett, amateur astronomer

Postby Grunthos » Sun Aug 07, 2005 06:43 am

Last night (Saturday 6th August) BBC4 dedicated an evening's broadcasting to celebrating 48 years of The Sky At Night. [Bit worried they didn't wait 2 more years for the 50th anniversary, Patrick Moore is in his 80s and has been ill recently... :cry:]

Anyway one of the programmes was about amateur astronomers and the contribution they make. They featured 4 or 5 such amateurs in detail, one of whom was ... Terry Pratchett.

Terry talked with his usual eloquence about his hobby, and showed us round his (very impressive) observatory in his back garden. He said he had got interested in astronomy when a young boy, and it was that which led him to science fiction.

The programme is being repeated in the small hours of Thursday/Friday night, if anyone missed it and would like to see it.
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Postby steeljam » Sun Aug 07, 2005 07:56 am

Thanks for that. Must check the Radio Times and set my alarm.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:45 am

Thanks Grunthos. :) Now all I need is a TV set.
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Postby ladyramkin » Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:21 pm

Thanks, Grunthos. I'll set the timer
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Postby Silverfox » Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:32 pm

We've got the tv but due to living in the middle of a wood we only get a watchable signal on BBC2 and the 2 terresterial ITV channels. I'll try to get someone else to record it for me though.

Thanks for the heads up. :)
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Postby Rob » Sun Aug 07, 2005 09:58 pm


For anybody who missed Time Shift, here's a photo of Terry in his observatory:


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Postby Fendetestas » Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:17 pm

I want that telescope.
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Postby Catch-up » Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:33 pm

Nice picture! Thank you Rob. :D
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Postby Doc Brown » Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:41 pm

Fendetestas wrote:I want that telescope.


Agreed, that is one serious piece of equipment :D
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Postby unohoo » Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:51 pm

My, Terry, that's a big one.

Oh, and welcome back Mr Wilkins.
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Postby Catch-up » Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:04 pm

unohoo wrote:My, Terry, that's a big one.

Oh, and welcome back Mr Wilkins.


That's right! How was the vacation?
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Postby swreader » Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:29 am

When I saw this thread, I just had to quote the first Q&A in the American Paperback of Hat Full of Sky.

Tiffany aching has decided she wants to be a witch when she grows up. What did you want to be when you were Tiffany's age?

When I was Tiffany's age, I wanted to be an astronomer. I never succeeded in my ambition, because astronomers have to be good at math, and I've never been very good at math. I thought astronomy was a really cool job, because you got to stay up late at night. But I have to say I'm very pleased that now, because of the success of my writing, I've built my own observatory.
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Postby Zephyr » Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:38 am

Damn...that's some serious telescope...wow!
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Postby Ptim » Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:57 am

Rob wrote:
For anybody who missed Time Shift, here's a photo of Terry in his observatory:


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Postby Catch-up » Mon Aug 08, 2005 03:15 am

What's the t-shirt say?
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