Solar System Exploration – Neptune

Neptune was discovered in 1846, the credit of discovery is split between Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams. Both these astronomers used permutations in the orbit of Uranus to locate Neptune before observing it.  Neptune is the only planet to have been discovered from mathematical computation rather than direct observation. Although Galileo had observed Neptune... Continue Reading →


Digital Art with Inkscape Part 3 – Giving the Drawing Colour

Over the last few months I've been experimenting with approaches to create illustrations in digital and I've been sharing these. I've also been keen to work out how to take and improve on hand drawn sketches and ideas and bring them into digital too. Key to this has been learning how to use Inkscape or... Continue Reading →

Scifi Moments – When Machines Die

Science fiction films being what they are can give unique personalities to machines of different kinds, be they computers, robots or spacecraft. The moments when these machines are killed off are moments of sadness. These are some of the most memorable sad moments from science fiction movies. If you can think of others that are... Continue Reading →

Planet Simon back online

Hold onto your hats... Planet Simon is back! I've spent three weeks off blogging and here I am back into the blogoshpere ready and raring to go with a new look, new angle and a new perspective. I have to say I did enjoy the time away and although I was tempted at odd times... Continue Reading →

Taking a break

Hi guys... Just to let you know I'm taking a break. I hope to be back soon but I'll see how it goes. I hope to be able to catch up with reading your posts a bit so I'll be about but activity here is stopping for a few weeks at least. Take care you... Continue Reading →

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