Astronomy

Jun
24

Philae Robot wakes up on Comet: “Hello Earth! Can you Hear Me?”

211 days after scientists last heard from the Philae lander from the Rosetta spacecraft, a distant ‘voice’ has been heard!  After a particularly bumpy landing, Philae came to rest in an area on comet 67P that didn’t  receive much sunlight causing the European Space Agency to wonder whether it would ever have enough energy for […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Science
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Apr
07

Life on Mars

A lack of investment funding may have pushed back the Mars One mission by two years to 2026, according to a recent announcement, but a visit to the Red Planet still fires the imagination as mankind’s next big adventure. Nevertheless, if you read the science, a lack of funding looks like the least of the […]

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Rosetta Data Challenges Views on Origin of Earth’s Oceans

  Artist's concept image of Rosetta Orbiter As if November’s historic feat of landing the Philae probe on a comet wasn’t enough, now the Rosetta mission is sending back data that blows a hole in the hypothesis that comets delivered much of Earth’s water to our oceans. Or, if they did, then they weren’t comets […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Physics . Science
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How About a Bit of DIY Science?

They say that 'citizen science' is the new black.  These days, the involvement of science hobbyists and keen amateurs is much in demand across a whole range of disciplines; their enthusiasm, powers of observation and insightful analysis can make an invaluable contribution to numerous research projects.

By Joanna | Astronomy . Biology . Physics . Science
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A Slice of Mathematical Pi

March 14 is a special day for geeks around the world. It’s Pi Day: the date is 3/14 – the first three digits of the constant ratio between the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which school kids everywhere know is approximated to 3.14159. It also happens to be Einstein’s birthday, so there’s a […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Education . Physics
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Massive Solar Storm causes Northern Lights

If you live in the Northern hemisphere, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights have just increased! As we reported in our recent post about Aurora Borealis, it is usually only locations much closer to the Arctic, such as Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Alaska that are able to see this amazing natural spectacle.   […]

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The Most Spectacular Light Display in the World

If you want to see a truly spectacular display of natural lights this holiday, then I'm afraid you're going to have to be prepared to travel. The Aurora Borealis is one of the most unusual and beautiful phenomena our amazing planet Earth has to offer.  But what exactly is it that has caused people to […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Environment . Science
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What’s the matter with Antimatter?

Physicists have been talking very excitedly recently about something that has been picked up by the satellite originally launched to study high-energy particles from the Sun.  The ‘Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics’, also known by the much friendlier acronym Pamela, has detected a belt of antimatter around the Earth. The reason that […]

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