Archive for December 31, 2009

Blue Moon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 31, 2009 by telescoper

Tonight’s a blue moon, and it’s also New Year’s Eve (obviously), so just before I head out for a booze up,  here’s an appropriate celebratory track!

Happy New Year Everyone!

(Physics and) Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 4

Posted in Astronomy Lookalikes with tags , , on December 31, 2009 by telescoper

Oh go on then, it’s raining outside so here’s one more.

Has anyone ever noticed the resemblance between former musician, now particle physicist and media star Professor Brian Cox , and the Cat in the Hat from the Dr Seuss Books? Apart from the hat, that is…

Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 3

Posted in Astronomy Lookalikes with tags , , on December 31, 2009 by telescoper

Well, I seem to be on a roll but I don’t want to use them all up at once so here’s a last one for the day. Has anyone ever noticed the remarkable similarity between Professor David Southwood, Director of Science at the European Space Agency, and the erstwhile TV Sports presenter Des Lynam?

Des Lynam

David Southwood

Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 2

Posted in Astronomy Lookalikes with tags , , on December 31, 2009 by telescoper

Just to prove I wasn’t joking,  here’s another one.

While reading the bumper Christmas holiday edition of the Anthropic Cosmological Principle the other day, I was struck by the similarity between one of the authors (the esteemed Professor John Barrow, who happens  to have been my thesis supervisor) and Father Dougal, as played by Ardal O’Hanlon in the popular situation comedy, Father Ted. Perhaps this accounts for the book’s theological overtones?

Father Dougal

Professor John Barrow

Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 1

Posted in Astronomy Lookalikes with tags , , on December 31, 2009 by telescoper

The other evening, when I was watching Miss Marple on TV, I was struck by the remarkable resemblance between the eponymous detective  (now played by  Julia McKenzie) and  Professor Andy Fabian, the President of the Royal Astronomical Society. I wonder if by any chance they might be related?

This isn’t the only example I can bring to mind of a famous astronomer or cosmologist who bears a strong resemblance to someone famous outside their own sphere, so I’ve decided to run a series of astronomy look-alikes which I’ll post from time to time when I can’t think of anything better to do. You have been warned!

Julia McKenzie

Andy Fabian