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Sep 20 2017, 02:29 PM
Sure the Perseid meteor shower was always pretty spectacular, but the balmy summer air made for a hazy night sky and in his opinion, poorer viewing conditions. No, Gaston's favourite annual display was the Orionids shower and this year he had arranged a viewing party for all students. It was back to basics astronomy, no need for telescopes or fancy equipment, just your eyes in the right direction and a bit of patience.
He had laid out some blankets for more comfortable viewing, and there was a trunk also full of spare blankets, as the night would get chilly, it was nearly midnight after all. The moon was a small crescent and setting soon, so it wouldn't brighten the skies, all in all, it was a perfect night.
Feel free to post amongst yourselves. Professor Gaston will chime in from time to time, but this is mainly about individual observation and a bit of fun.
The Orionids shower has about 20 meteors an hour and is produced from dust grains from the most famous comet, Halley. This year it is set to be a great show!
Aug 2 2016, 01:24 PM
Gaston was never one for odds and races, but this was about having fun and meeting some of the ministerial employees before returning to Hogwarts. He may now be a school teacher but it didn't stop his academics, and that involved talking with politicians about funding. Celeste was wandering the grounds and being the social butterfly that she was, leaving Gaston to "Get on with it and talk to people." Not his usual pastime at all, but when she was right she was right.
Looking over the odds for the next race he placed a sickle bet on a horse that was 7/1 and went to watch the proceeding with the rest of the crowds.
Mar 19 2016, 04:03 PM
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This is where the luggage from first and second class is stored, with any leftover space going to third class if necessary. The Broughton luggage is all stored together in the middle of the carriage, a trunk for each of them, along with Thomas' and Florence's. Amongst their luggage appears to be a receipt
from a pharmacy.
Mar 19 2016, 04:01 PM
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Seats are packed tightly in this coach, it is a bit dirty and not very well kept. William is sat on the floor in a corner, looking worried. Hidden underneath a seat near the door is a bottle
, alongside a white glove
Mar 19 2016, 03:57 PM
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This carriage is comfortable, yet nowhere near as lavishly decorated as the first class ones. It is much plainer, but away from the riff raff in the third class coach. Florence is sat here, looking upset, but also twitchy, like she wants to leave quickly. There is a scrap of paper that looks like a note
that has been quickly discarded in the corner of the carriage.