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Looking forward to Lindau

In less than two weeks time I'll be boarding a plane from London to Zurich and then zipping across the Swiss-German border to Lindau by train. I'm pretty excited about it – it will be the first time I've stepped foot outside of the UK since before I started my Physics degree five years ago, and my first time at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.In its motto, the meeting promises to "educate, inspire and connect scientific generations"...

June 19, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

Zooming in on an intergalactic collision

Point a camera at a particular patch of sky for more than 50 hours and what do you get? This image of Centaurus A, a galaxy 12 million light years away: Well, for "camera" read (after taking a deep breath) "Wide Field Imager of the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory in Chile"...

May 18, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

They came from Mars

A glowing fireball descended through the sky over North Africa last July, accompanied by two sonic booms. Observers saw the fireball turn from yellow to green, then split into two parts before one fell to the ground in a valley and the other crashed into a mountain...

April 26, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

Crushed comets give star a dusty belt

Two thousand comets a day collide around nearby star Fomalhaut creating a continually replenished dust belt in the outskirts of the star's system, according to a new paper recently published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.Fomalhaut is a young star...

April 17, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

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