Tagged: New Year

Great conjunctions and the star/comet of Bethlehem - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Dec 20, 2020

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] There have been many articles in the mass media about the ‘Great Conjunction’ between Jupiter and Saturn that will occur on December 21st. Some of them have been good, and informative. Many have been fairly poor. Others have been… well, weird. Some writers have imagined that there is something vitally significant about the conjunction (the … Read More

Happy New Year (and a missed Easter) - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Mar 25, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] As I write it is March 25th, which was the date of New Year in Great Britain and its colonies until 1752. Indeed, throughout history it was a common date for the start of the civil year in a wide range of European states and principalities, being the traditional date of the vernal … Read More

Numbering our New Years - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Dec 31, 2018

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] New Year is coming in a few hours (as I write), at least on the calendar used as the global standard. Not everyone counts years in quite the same way, though.     It takes most of us a week or two to get used to the number of the year having changed. In the … Read More

And so this is Christmas… - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Dec 19, 2018

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] The date of Christmas is a matter many find confusing, and yet the adopted anniversary is easy to understand if you follow through the history, astronomy and human biology that are involved.  Why is the Nativity commemorated on December 25th, when it is clear Jesus was not actually born on that date? And how can … Read More

Matariki: reintroducing the tradition of Māori New Year celebrations - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 30, 2017

Rangi Matamua, Waikato University The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, is one of the most obvious star groups in the night sky, identifiable to the naked eye. In Aotearoa/New Zealand, the star cluster is known as Matariki. This name is a truncated version of the saying “Ngā mata o te ariki Tāwhirimātea” meaning “the eye of the god … Read More

New Year’s Honours – Who is being recognised? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jan 15, 2017

Each year when the list of New Year’s Honours recipients is announced I eagerly look to see if any scientists and engineers are among the recipients. And usually I am disappointed to see a sparse representation. More often awards seem to go to sportspeople, politicians and business people, or at least that is the impression I get, particularly from the media. But is … Read More