This month’s tale comes from Birmingham Astronomical Society secretary Paul Truelove
One night in the 1980s I was set up at 2am in my garden with a 6-inch reflector, poised for a lunar occultation of Venus. Alone in the dark, I drew a sudden intake of breath as a large warm mass slid along my leg. Jumping away from the eyepiece, I looked down to find next door’s cat huddling up to me for some night-time warmth! My surprised reaction caused the feline intruder to scarper into the night. Luckily, the furry incursion didn’t mar my pride at having given a talk in the presence of one Sir Patrick Moore earlier that evening. Being a cat lover, Patrick may have appreciated the Venus-feline conjunction. In the image above, I’m pictured with Patrick at Kitt Peak Observatory… or should that be Kitty Peak?
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