Category Archives: General Annoucements

Asteroid 1578 Kirkwood

Asteroid 1578 Kirkwood

1578 Kirkwood, provisional designation 1951 AT, is a Hildian asteroid from the outermost regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 52 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 10 January 1951, by astronomers of the Indiana Asteroid Program at Goethe Link Observatory in Indiana, United States. The asteroid was named after American astronomer Daniel Kirkwood (1814-1895). You won’t be surprised to learn that we don’t have an image of 1578 Kirkwood. The lunar crater Kirkwood was also named in the astronomer’s honour and yes, here’s a photograph.

Hope ….

Hope ….

North and South Korea walking together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

World’s oldest lightbulb …

World’s oldest lightbulb

The Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb, burning since 1901. It is at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Due to its longevity, the bulb has been noted by The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and General Electric. It is often cited as evidence for the existence of planned obsolescence in later-produced light bulbs. The Centennial Light was originally a 30-watt or 60-watt bulb but now is very dim, emitting about the same light as a 4-watt nightlight.

By 1951 this bulb had already been shining practically non-stop for 50 years. It has now been going strong for 116 years. God, I feel so young. The bulb has its very own website which actually features a real-time webcam. Here is the link …

I had become monomaniacal …

I had become monomaniacal …

Now that’s not something you hear every day. The author of this particular quote containing a reference to 1951 is James D. Watson.

James Dewey Watson (born April 6, 1928) is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”.

An Unknown World in 1951 …

An Unknown World in 1951 …

Unknown World (a.k.a. Night Without Stars) is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction adventure film from Lippert Pictures. It stars Bruce Kellogg, Marilyn Nash, Jim Bannon, and Otto Waldis.

The film’s storyline concerns an expedition seeking livable space deep beneath the Earth’s surface in the event a nuclear war makes surface life impossible. In 1951 nuclear war was an ever-present possibility. Only 6 years earlier, in 1945, nuclear weapons had been used in anger. Films such as Unknown World and The Day the Earth Stood Still  very much reflected this.

Moving on …

Moving on …

May Dame Fortune smile sweetly down upon you in 2018.

Scrooge (1951)

Scrooge (1951)

Scrooge is a 1951 British fantasy drama film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843). It stars Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, and was produced and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, with a screenplay by Noel Langley. It was released as A Christmas Carol in the United States.



Lost Continent is a 1951 American black-and-white science-fiction film. An expedition is sent to the South Pacific to search for a missing atomic-powered rocket in order to retrieve the vital scientific data recorded aboard. On an uncharted island they discover more than their rocket, now crashed atop a mysterious plateau. They find a lost jungle world populated by prehistoric dinosaurs.

Sights Of London in 1951 …

Sights Of London in 1951 …

This is a British Pathé production from 1951 called Sights Of London. It was a film intended to promote tourism. Note that George VI was still the king at this time. All very British of course.

Battle of Cambrai … 1917

Battle of Cambrai … 1917

The Battle of Cambrai took place on the Western Front during the First World War. It began exactly 100 years ago today on 20th November 1917 and lasted until 7th December. It was the first battle in which tanks were used en-masse. The tanks were British Mark IVs.

British Mark IV tank