So it was recommended to me recently (and for a astropy seminar we are having on Thursday) that I should take a look at Anaconda. http://continuum.io/media/img/spacer.gif

Heres a description from their website:

Completely free enterprise-ready Python distribution for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and scientific computing
- 100+ of the most popular Python packages for science, math, engineering, data analysis
- Completely free - including for commercial use and even redistribution- Cross platform on Linux, Windows, Mac
- Installs into a single directory and doesn't affect other Python installations on your system. Doesn't require root or local administrator privileges.
- Stay up-to-date by easily updating packages from our free, online repositoryEasily switch between Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, and experiment with multiple versions of libraries, using our conda package manager and its great support for virtual environments

Looks very promising... watch this space as to whether it lives up to all it suggests!

Comet ISON now visible to the naked eye!

Comet ISON now visible to the naked eye!

So we first heard of it last year.. and weren't sure whether it was going to be light up for all to see... but here we are with comet ISON getting bright enough to see with the naked eye... now all we need is clear skys... read more here! http://slate.me/1hQfqSV

New blog

Right so I've decided I should start one of these for all that astro and personal news out there. Enjoy!