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Basic Space

Space and astrophysics research made simple

Look up and see the "stars" tonight...

This post in an updated version of one that appeared last year on the previous incarnation of this blog. Once again, by chance, I'm away from the bright lights of the city during a yearly event that is best witnessed in an area with little light pollution and a clear sky...

August 10, 2011 — Kelly Oakes

On the origin of chemical elements

We take it for granted that there exists a periodic table with numerous elements (at last count, 118) from which we can construct the world around us.

August 2, 2011 — Kelly Oakes

A stellar nursery in Orion

This is a little different to my usual posts. As it is visible on every post on this blog, I wanted to add a little explanation to the picture I chose to use as a banner The image up at the top of the page next to the "Basic Space" was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released in February this year...

July 29, 2011 — Kelly Oakes

Jupiter sneaked up on asteroid belt, then ran away

Mars has always been the toddler of the rocky planet family. With a radius half that of Earth’s and a mass just over one tenth of that of our planet, it is bigger than baby Mercury but not quite as grown up as Earth and Venus...

July 26, 2011 — Kelly Oakes

We're cosmic dust but you're everything to me

On February 23rd 1987, the journey of some light that had been travelling for 168,000 years came to an end. Astronomer Ian Shelton at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile was observing the night sky as usual when he saw something out of the ordinary...

July 21, 2011 — Kelly Oakes
Welcome to Basic Space!

Welcome to Basic Space!

Welcome to Basic Space. For those who read my blog before (all three of you…), this is going to be much the same, only bigger and better.

July 5, 2011 — Kelly Oakes

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