30 April 2014

30th April 1944: science & astronomy, religion & nature

30 Sun. Warm; glorious sunny day; could hardly have been better. A number of children called; showed them how a reading glass could condense the sun's rays and set fire to a match and brown paper. Short cycle ride in afternoon; saw some nice loudspeaker units in a shop at Lower Morden. To Church in evening. The Rev. G. Standing, M.C. preached a good sermon. Geoffrey Trewry (?Trewny?) the 17 year old organist at Cottenham Park is amazingly good; he has a musical future. Walk after the service as far as Wimbledon Common. Chestnut, laburnum and wisteria are almost out. Watched the conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. By 12.20 a.m. double summer time on 1st May, Jupiter was almost touching the upper point of the first quarter moon like this.  (See Fred's drawing in copy of diary below.) Jupiter is represented by the dot - not a moon occultation.

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