Summer is fast approaching, and with it ~hopefully~ should come some clearer spells great for backyard astronomy (or garden stargazing as I like to call it!). The past few months have been dreadful for amateur astronomers like myself, with storms and thick layers of cloud filling the skies on all but a couple of nights.… Continue reading Top Tips for Astrophotography and Stargazing
Getting work experience is difficult even in normal years, and the pandemic made it even more challenging. But don't let this deter you! Work Experience is really valuable, and can help you figure out what you like (and don't like) so you can narrow down the fields you want to pursue further. When searching for… Continue reading How to find and make the most of work experience!
Neptune is the furthest planet from the sun, at a whopping 30 Astronomical Units (where 1AU = distance between earth and sun). Its distance and low albedo (how much light it reflects) mean that it's not visible to the naked eye- so its discovery was somewhat more complex than the other planets, most of which… Continue reading Triton and other Mysteries of the Neptunian System
If you read my post about the UK space industry, you'll know that it's dominated by small-medium sized companies, with many focussed on small satellites. One of these companies is In Space Missions, and I was lucky enough to get to (virtually) spend 3 days with them last month doing some work experience! It was… Continue reading So you want to work in the space industry: my work experience!
As we are leaving winter behind and entering spring, we finally might see some warmer weather and clearer skies (fingers crossed!), making stargazing and astronomy much easier and more pleasant. The downside is that nights are getting shorter, so you may have to stay up a little later to see fully dark skies, whereas in… Continue reading A Tour of the Night Sky: March 2021
Welcome back to another instalment of Spectacular Scientists... but this time although she has a STEM background, she isn't a typical scientist- Lauren is studying to be a space lawyer! Just goes to show you don't have to be an engineer to work in the space industry! The pandemic may have postponed her studies, but… Continue reading Spectacular Scientists: Lauren Killam
ESA opens Astronaut Applications Earlier this month, ESA (the European Space Agency… thankfully the UK remains a part of ESA despite Brexit!) announced they would be opening astronaut applications for the first time since 2008! Although I can’t apply, this is still incredibly exciting- so I immediately signed up to attend the press conference… and… Continue reading So you want to be an astronaut: Europe Edition!
This time on Spectacular Scientists, I got to interview Laci (you may know her as @stellerarts on Instagram)! She is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist (how cool!!) studying the atmosphere of brown dwarfs in binary systems. Jade: Congratulations on submitting your paper! What was it about? Laci: My research is on the atmospheres of substellar… Continue reading Spectacular Scientists: Laci Brock
Although it was announced at the beginning of February, the mission shot to public attention after an out of this world commercial at the superbowl. So, what is it? Inspiration 4 will be the first fully commercial, all civilian, orbital crewed space mission! Let’s break down what this actually means: Fully Commercial: means that unlike… Continue reading What is Inspiration 4?
When you think of space, the organisation that immediately springs to mind is NASA, and then probably SpaceX. But for those of us who don’t live in the US, the fact that a lot of the big companies and funding for space research are found there is more than a little disheartening, especially when you… Continue reading So you want to work in the space industry- UK edition!