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How to spot a shooting star this weekend

Wherever you are this weekend, if you get the chance, don’t forget to look up. The Perseid meteor shower was first seen two thousand years ago, and is visible every year from mid July to the end of August.

August 10, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

Art and science collide in a tale of two cultures

As I mentioned a little while ago, I’m involved in putting on a TEDx event at the Royal Albert Hall later this year. Today we announced our theme — a tale of two cultures — with a trailer featuring some recognisable (and some not so recognisable) places in Albertopolis.

August 8, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
A little perspective on our place in the universe

A little perspective on our place in the universe

Here are some things that will give whatever might be on your mind at the moment a little perspective. You’ve probably seen these images plastered all over the Internet already.

July 27, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

Today's the day! A new pale blue dot

Where will you be at 10.27pm (UK time) tonight?The Cassini spacecraft will be somewhere behind Saturn. But it'll be looking at Earth, at us. So we'd better make sure we're looking back.

July 19, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

A homesick astronaut on Mars

There are going to be plenty of technological and physiological hurdles to jump before we land the first astronauts on Mars. But once they're safely on their journey, another kind of challenge may rear it's head.

July 7, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

Happy Birthday Higgs Boson!

A year ago today I was at the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. Miles away in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists were getting ready to tell the gathering media about a discovery that would change physics forever.

July 4, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

Good morning Gliese 526, the Earth says hello

Over the years we've sent a lot of stuff into space. Most of that has been spacecraft sent out to explore the solar system -- the moon and sun, planets and asteroids.

June 17, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

Space eye candy: Cool cosmic dust and a bright Orion nebula

This patch of sky holds some of the youngest stars ever found. The ribbon that runs through the centre of the image is made up of dust clouds in the constellation Orion, which holds one of the busiest nearby stellar nurseries.

May 15, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

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