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OpenLearn Live: 28th September 2015

Updated Monday 28th September 2015

The doctor who excelled at the crease and the bedside & the lunar eclipse. Then more free learning through the day.

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Lunar eclipse #3

Another batch of images of last night's lunar eclipse which caught our eye. First, a jet transits past the eclipsing moon, by nebirdsplus:

A jet passes in front of the supermoon eclipse 28th September 2015 Creative commons image Icon nebirdsplus under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license

A view of the moon over a lit building in Portland, by drburtoni:

The lunar eclipse over Portland Creative commons image Icon drburtoni under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license

And after the eclipse, as Marada points out with this photo, the moon was still awesome:

The moon, post-eclipse, as morning arrives; rippled through the clouds. Creative commons image Icon Marada under CC-BY-ND under Creative-Commons license

Awesome as it is, could we ever live on the moon?


New on FutureLearn today

If it's Monday, that means there's a slew of high-quality, free-to-do courses gone live over on FutureLearn. Here's what they're offering this week:


Lunar eclipse #2

As promised, here's a few more images from last night's Supermoon/eclipse double bill. First, a view of the moon rising above Mount Vernon in Washington state by Liquidcrash:

Super Moon rises over Mount Vernon, Washington Creative commons image Icon liquidcrash under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license

The moon travels through its eclipse in this image from Dominic Dierick:

The moon as it moves through its eclipse Creative commons image Icon Dominique Dierick under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license

And here's that same passage, rendered in a Instagram style, by Gina Pina:

Supermoon eclipse - Instagram style Creative commons image Icon Gina Pina under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license

We're using "supermoon" as if it's an actual thing. It's not, really, as our short feature Mythbusting Moons explains.


BBC Two, 9pm tonight - Countdown to Life

The last episode of three, and hence, the third trimester, of our series exploring how moments in the womb can change the life of the person the foetus mighrt become. Amongst the stories Michael Moseley explores is the island where one in ten are colourblind.

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Lunar eclipse #1

Overnight, we had the rare astronomical treat of a "supermoon" and a lunar eclipse. Pictures of the event are starting to come in - here's a NASA image of the event above the Colorado state capital building in Denver:

Supermoon and lunar eclipse at Denver 28th September 2015 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA / Bill Ingalls

We'll bring you any others which catch our eye during the day.

In the meantime - why not try our free course on Moons?


Part time, full heart: WG Grace

This week, for our start-up segment we're going to be exploring the amazing achievements made part-time. We'll range over time and space, but we're going to start with sport, and the Victorian era. The cricketing hero, WG Grace.

W G Grace in 1891 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain

That Grace achieved astonishing feats on the cricket pitch is inarguable, even if there is some dispute over quite how you tot up his career totals. On the pitch, he was without peer - having his best season at the age of 47; scoring thousand upon thousands of runs for club and country over a long period as a player. And all, as the Guardian's obituary noted, without ever needing a pair of looking glasses.

Grace's nickname, though, of "the Doctor" hinted at his other distinguished career. He studied medicine during the early years of his sporting career - after 11 years, graduating from Bristol Medical School. And then, despite the demands of practicing at the nets, he also practiced medicine. As a figure of some stature, Grace could have chosen to open a cosy, suburban practice, gently tending to the aches of the middle classes. But he was as uncompromising medically as he was sportingly, and opened his surgery in the colliery village of Easton. He was known for waiving the bills of those unable to pay, and was one of the doctors who worked for the Bristol Poor Law Union - treating inmates of the city's workhouse. His importance to his community was cemented on February 19th, 1886 - he was the first medic on the scene following a huge, fatal explosion in the Easton pits.

To the world, he might have been a cricketer first and foremost. But to the people in that corner of Somerset, it was as a doctor that Grace made his real impact.

Part-time doesn't mean half-hearted. Discover how you can make time for study.

 

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