When we celebrated World Space Week (4-10th October), much of the focus was on, well, space! And when you think about fields like astrobiology, you probably think of exoplanets, exploring the solar system or maybe aliens in sci-fi movies. But a lot of space research, especially that of astrobiology or planetary science, is actually conducted… Continue reading Space on Earth
The Drake Equation
You can watch this as a YouTube video if you’d like! Linked below 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDIHwIQ5xeY After a fantastic response to my Kepler’s Laws posts, I decided to continue with my Equations of Space series, and return to one of my favourite areas of science, astrobiology! What is the Drake Equation? Essentially, it is a long… Continue reading The Drake Equation
Aliens on Venus?
All you need to known about the discovery of Phosphine in Venus' clouds! EDIT: The findings have since become into doubt after independent review of the data, but the science behind the potential discovery I discuss here is still interesting! I will do a blog post on some other linked discoveries soon, which I will… Continue reading Aliens on Venus?
Spectacular Scientists: Jasmine S
Look at this! Another Spectacular Scientists feature! I really love these posts, as hearing about everyone’s journey is so interesting and motivating! I hope it inspires you/ you find it helpful as much as I do! Jasmine is also a science communicator, and is studying my favourite topics- planetary science (particularly atmospheres) and astrobiology! She… Continue reading Spectacular Scientists: Jasmine S
Pushing the limits of sight, with science!
For most people, sight is a hugely important part of life. Sight first evolved 550 million years ago, as light-sensitive proteins in a single-celled photosynthesiser, which allowed it to identify the direction light was coming from, increasing its ability to photosynthesise! Over time, these built up and became incorporated into specialised cells, and slowly adapted… Continue reading Pushing the limits of sight, with science!
5 level SciComm Challenge
The amazing Soph Talks Science (read my interview with her here, or find her blog here!) started up a challenge on Instagram: explain your research/field of science in 5 levels of explanation: A child, a Teen, an Undergraduate, a Post-grad, and an Expert... I'm not an expert, nor do I have my own research yet,… Continue reading 5 level SciComm Challenge
Nasa’s Next Adventures!
The Rovers, Landers and Orbiters; Flybys, Touchdowns and Sample Returns Artemis- NASA’s next major mission series- has dominated most media coverage of NASA’s next steps... and rightly so! It will be the first time since 1972 that we have been to the moon, and it will mark the first female to step foot there! But… Continue reading Nasa’s Next Adventures!
What would it be like to live around TRAPPIST-1a?
TRAPPIST-1 is a star system about 40 light years away from Earth! The star (TRAPPIST-1a) is an ultra cool red dwarf not much larger than Jupiter, though it is much more massive (as in, has more mass) and was discovered in 1999, but its first exoplanets were only found in 2015 by the TRAPPIST telescope!… Continue reading What would it be like to live around TRAPPIST-1a?
Astrobiology 104: Looking for Life beyond the Habitable Zone
In my last post, I talked about the possibility of life existing within the sun’s habitable zone. Although it is an easy method of elimination when it comes to using precious telescope time, this narrow minded approach is becoming less relevant as we discover more about the conditions in the outer solar system. Read on,… Continue reading Astrobiology 104: Looking for Life beyond the Habitable Zone
Astrobiology 103: Looking for life closer to home
In my last post, I talked about how cool exoplanets are, and how we can find them, and look for life there. But there is a small possibility that we won’t have to travel so far to find life. Although unlikely to be intelligent life, there are some locations that NASA has highlighted, and plans… Continue reading Astrobiology 103: Looking for life closer to home