Saturday, 21 February 2015

A Rare Sight

It is a unique sight to see a blend of a placid country scene and the intense action of a contest on the roads. It was a peaceful day at the roadside until the flurry of almost half a million dollars worth of bikes raced towards their climax at the finishing line 140km along the road.

Monday, 9 February 2015

An Epic Space Encounter

Every hour NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft gets 31,000 miles closer to its July rendezvous with the former planet known as Pluto. Last week, to mark the 109th anniversary of the birth of Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto, NASA revealed a new image of Pluto and its largest moon Charon.
As you can see in the image above, Pluto and Charon are finally more than a pinpoint of light to New Horizons. The image was captured on January 25, 2015 when New Horizons was was still 126 million miles from Pluto. 
New Horizons has been in flight since early 2006 and has travelled more than 3 billion miles. It will speed through a close approach with Pluto and its five moons on July 14, 2015. During its encounter with Pluto, New Horizons will map the global geology and topography of Pluto and Charon, determine their surface composition and temperature, measure Pluto’s atmosphere, study Pluto’s smaller moons Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra, and search for new moons and rings. It will be an epic encounter.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Its That Time Again

Yes the Summer and Autumn brings the best of cycling to Toowoomba.
This month we have the Oceania Cycling Championships at Goombungee, and in May we have the 5th edition of the 4 stage Tour of Toowoomba.  There is a small chance that they may select me for one of the events, so I went out and rode a fast 30km this morning. As I now sit and recover I think that maybe I have left my run a bit too late.