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

Space

What’s up in 2022? Spaceflight Edition!

Last was a big year for space exploration, with the arrival of 2020’s Mars launches in February followed by an exciting summer of commercial human spaceflight firsts- bringing the space industry to the attention of the general public (and provoking some much needed conversation about the ethics of spaceflight). Let's take a look at what 2022… Continue reading What’s up in 2022? Spaceflight Edition!

Space

The Decade in Space Exploration

This decade has perhaps been the most pivotal since the 1960s/70s, in terms of space exploration, both crewed and uncrewed! (to read more about the development of human spaceflight, click here) We maintained our continuous presence in space, with 41 missions to the International Space Station, ranging in length between 64 days and a year!… Continue reading The Decade in Space Exploration

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, Space, Spaceflight

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!

Astrobiology, Space

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