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How to Hunt for Distant Worlds

Since the discovery of the first planet orbiting a Sun-like star in 1995, more than 4,000 exoplanets have been found. These widespread planetary systems confirm that our solar system is just one of many in our Milky Way galaxy. The discovery of such systems provided intriguing insights, challenging our perspectives about how planetary systems form and evolve. But how do astronomers search for these exoplanets and what can we find out about them? Join Dr. Rickman as she describes the scientific hunt for these distant worlds.

The lecture starts at about 13:30 minutes in after all the news updates.

Host: Frank Summers, Space Telescope Science Institute Recorded live on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 More information:

Very interesting lecture, some of this has been talked about before however it is always good to listen to different explanations of the same topics. The upcoming JWST is hopefully going to open up a lot more discoveries.

The lecture makes reference to the discovery of the moons around Jupiter with the first telescope. Which really puts in to context how quickly things have moved on. First exoplanet was found in 1992, but only recently has the number found increased.

Links at the end to the zooniverse project, two of these projects are to do with searching for exo-planets so this gives citizens a chance to take part (and get cited) in real research.


Debian 11 release

Debian [1] 11 is due for release on the 14th August 2021. More information on the website.

Information on release parties can be found below:-

If you want to celebrate it (and the conditions around you allow for
it), please consider attending a Debian release party, or hosting your
own! See [2] for more

1 Debian 2 Release Parties

Torbay Trojans vs Somerset Wyverns

Foxhole community Centre Bellfield Road Foxhole Paignton

25th July 2021 Kick off 14:00


Springboks v British & Irish Lions – 1st Test

Date : 24/07/2021 Venue : Cape Town, Cape Town Stadium Time : 17h00 (BST)


Command and Conquer Red Alert

So having installed Debian 11, I have now installed the snap daemon and the C&C Red Alert game. So slowing getting back to some of what I had on my Debian 10 install.

A few screenshots are included below.

Red Alert



Red Alert

Red Alert

Please feel free to chat on Mastodon or on IRC (See links below)




Library events for summer 2021

Paignton Library have a number of events on over the summer. Details below:

From reading sparks ( reading challenges ), Lego clubs, craft events there is something for everyone.

Reading Sparks Wild World Heroes

LibreOffice Documentation 22-7-2021

Documentation update(s)


  • Getting Started 7.1
  • Writer 7.1
  • Calc 7.1


  • Getting Started
  • Impress
  • Calc
  • Math


  • Draw 7.1
  • Base 7.x


1 LibreOffice 2 LibreOffice Documentation * LibreOffice shortcut keys 3 Free Software Foundation 4 Free Software Foundation Europe



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FutureLearn course

I am just starting “Astronomy and Space Physics: Teaching Secondary Science”. This is to help me gain more familiarity on what is taught in secondary school science. Hopefully I can find employment to support the curriculum in some capacity.

It is important to be 'pro-active' in this, gain new skills and show you are willing to learn, develop and research content.

I feel that I have a lot to offer, so hopefully I will be able to make a positive contribution one day.




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Freedom ladder – From the Free Software Foundation 2.0


The “freedom ladder” is a new method the FSF campaigns team has developed to help users get their first start in software freedom.

One problem with most guides introducing newcomers to GNU/Linux is that they stop them too soon on their “journey to freedom,” and end up suggesting that a partially nonfree setup is a desirable outcome. By contrast, our guides focus is to encourage users to not rest content with nonfree software, while at the same time recognizing that they have other pressures and obligations. We want to help them stay both motivated and determined in their gradual process to eliminate nonfree software from their lives. 

First meeting was excellent, really productive with lots of ideas being put forward

Second meeting is Thursday 22th July. 16:00 to 17:00 Eastern Time on IRC (chat) and will be looking at freedom replacements.

This is going to be 21:00 UK time I think.