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"...
I woke up early on Wednesday morning, half feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, half feeling like I'd rather just stay in bed. While most people in the UK were sound asleep, amateur and professional astronomers alike got up before dawn to witness an astronomical spectacle that won't happen again until the year 2117: the transit of Venus...
A week in space: Dragon docks, dark matter doesn't not exist (maybe), and the many ways you could have seen the eclipse
The Dragon spacecraft finally set off to the International Space Station on Tuesday morning. On Friday, Dragon docked with the ISS and NASA streamed it live.
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"...
I took a couple of weeks off blogging while I had my exams at the start of the month. This is what I missed. ESA has approved a billion-euro mission to Jupiter's icy moons, called Juice (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer)...
The big story this week was the launch of Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company backed by the likes of James Cameron, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.
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...
Objects half a mile in diameter have been spotted punching through Saturn's outermost ring, the F ring, and leaving glittering trails as they drag icy particles behind them.
If I lived elsewhere in the multiverse, this is the news and cool space stuff I’d have been covering this week. Unfortunately, in this universe I didn’t have the time.
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...
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