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!

Physics, Space

How JWST can see exoplanets and ‘a bee on the moon’

If you’ve paid attention to any science news lately, you’ll know that the long awaited James Webb Space Telescope was probably this year’s best christmas present for anyone in the space community, with a successful launch yesterday (25/12/21) just before UK readers were tucking into christmas lunch! And when you hear that this mission is… Continue reading How JWST can see exoplanets and ‘a bee on the moon’

Astrobiology, Space

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

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

SciComm, Spaceflight

5 things that made the SpaceX launch so cool!

All rocket launches are awesome feats of engineering and science, but what made Demo-2 special? I’ve never watched a rocket launch in real life (I was meant to see the Parker Solar Probe launch in 2018, but it got pushed past the length of my visit to the space coast 😭) but every time I… Continue reading 5 things that made the SpaceX launch so cool!

SciComm, Space, Stargazing

Stargazing 101

My first proper stargazing/astronomy experience So recently I was given a Celestron telescope to borrow for the summer! And seeing as I don’t have much else to do during this crazy time, I thought I might as well start straight away. I’ve attempted to use a telescope previously, but never really had much success, for… Continue reading Stargazing 101

Particle Physics, Physics, Space, Spectacular Scientists

Spectacular Scientists: Merritt Moore

Today is the International Day for Women and Girls in Science- AKA Women In Science Day! To celebrate this, I was lucky enough to interview Dr Merritt Moore, who is a professional ballerina, as well as being an inspirational physicist! She has researched at world renowned universities Oxford and Harvard, danced with the Norwegian, Zurich,… Continue reading Spectacular Scientists: Merritt Moore

SciComm, Spectacular Scientists

Spectacular Scientists- Hollie Wright

Welcome to the next installment of Spectacular Scientists! This time, I have interviewed Hollie Wright, a photonics researcher working towards an EngD, as well as being part of the WISE initiative and sharing her life in the lab on her Instagram and blog- how cool is that! What does being a photonics researcher mean?Photonics is… Continue reading Spectacular Scientists- Hollie Wright

Physics, Space, Spectacular Scientists

Spectacular Scientists: Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Born in Ireland, Jocelyn Bell Burnell was interested in science from a young age despite her first school not initially permitting girls to study science. Fortunately, her parents supported her interest, and she attended boarding school in England, where her physics teacher persuaded her to continue to University. After an undergraduate in physics from Glasgow,… Continue reading Spectacular Scientists: Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell