Space

JWST: A new era of planetary science

In case you missed part one of the JWST series, check it out here for explanations of more of the first images, as well as an insight into how the telescope works! But now, its time to move on to the JWST targets I find most intriguing- planets! WASP 96b: A distant world of discovery… Continue reading JWST: A new era of planetary science

SciComm, Space, Spectacular Scientists

Spectacular Scientists: Laci Brock

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

Chemistry, Physics

CLOUDS CLOUDS CLOUDS! Why are some flat on the bottom and fluffy on the top?

Clouds are cool. Like, they NEVER fail to amaze me (maybe I’ve just been in lockdown too long…). Sure, they are incredibly annoying when you *just* want to observe the moon/jupiter pairing but missed it due to the entire weekend being overcast, but seeing how they form layers, and how by looking at them you… Continue reading CLOUDS CLOUDS CLOUDS! Why are some flat on the bottom and fluffy on the top?

Space, Spaceflight

Why is Mars so hard to land on?

This summer is chock-full of exciting missions to Mars, with China’s Tianwen-1 and the UAE’s Hope orbiter already en route to Mars, and NASA’s Mars 2020 set to launch on July 30th. ESA was also meant to launch its Rosalind Franklin Exomars rover, but that was delayed to 2022 earlier this year. I’ll talk more… Continue reading Why is Mars so hard to land on?

Chemistry, Physics, Space

The Structure of the Solar System

Thanks to seismology, Earth-observing satellites and geology, we have a pretty good idea of what the interior of the Earth looks like, although we are discovering new things year on year! I recently took part in an online course about Deep Earth Science, and another all about Moons, so I thought I would share some… Continue reading The Structure of the Solar System

Space

Do other planets have weather?

Short Answer: Yes! More Interesting Answer: Read on… On Earth, the weather is powered by the interaction between the sun, rotation of the earth, and our atmosphere. The energy from the sun heats up water on the surface, causing it to evaporate, which causes rainfall. And the energy from the sun is what drives the… Continue reading Do other planets have weather?

Astrobiology, Physics

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