Last week, the first full colour images of the universe, as seen by the new James Webb Space telescope (the successful launch of which was the astronomy community's collective Christmas present last year!), were published- leaving everyone in awe of both the universe's beauty, and of the new era of science it ushers in. If… Continue reading JWST Unfolds the Universe: Distant Galaxies & Cosmic Cliffs
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
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
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
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
Terms and Conditions Apply. The Milky Way is over 100,000 light years across. That’s a whole lot of football pitches! It has at least 100 billion stars (with some estimates reaching all the way to 400 billion!) and the range in estimates for the number of planets in the galaxy is from ‘just’ 50 billion… Continue reading Astrobiology 101: Where are all the Aliens?
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
Last time, we found out that an atom is made up of protons, neutrons and electrons, but that’s just the beginning. Welcome to the world of particle physics and subatomic particles! If you missed my previous post, I recommend reading that first! You can also read an updated version that includes the problems with the… Continue reading But What Makes Up The Atom?