Category Archives: Astronomy

When Worlds Collide #118: Astrology in Sri Lanka – Are we leaving it all to the stars?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 22 August 2014 “Sri Lanka has many persons claiming to practise astrology with its professed powers of predicting the future. However, not one of them anticipated the … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #116: Did we all come from Outer Space?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 8 August 2014 At 75, astronomer Dr Chandra Wickramasinghe is still very much the scientific maverick that he has been for several decades. He loves to challenge … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #55: ‘Wake-up Call’ from Outer Space

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 17 February 2013 See also column on 23 Dec 2012: Avoiding the ‘Mother of All Tsunamis’ Follow up column on 3 March 2013: When Worlds Collide … Continue reading

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A New Look at Our Planet – and Island of Lanka – at Night…

I couldn’t write the When Worlds Collide column this week. Instead, here is a news feature I wrote for Ceylon Today, published on Sunday 16 Dec 2012: It helps to take a look at the bigger picture once in a … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #47: Avoiding the ‘Mother of All Tsunamis’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 23 December 2012 The much-hyped End of the World didn’t happen on December 21. As I wrote in my blog that morning, Ass-trologers (my new name … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #40: End-of-the-World, Inc.

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 4 November 2012 Last Monday, I discussed the end of the world on a live TV talk show. The latest date for ‘imminent doom’ is 21 … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #31: Lights, Camera, Apollo? Were Moon Landings for Real?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 2 September 2012 Neil Armstrong’s death last week created news headlines worldwide. We indulged in some harmless nostalgia for a turbulent decade in another century that … Continue reading

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