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

JWST Unfolds the Universe: Distant Galaxies & Cosmic Cliffs

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

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’

Space, Stargazing

Top Tips for Astrophotography and Stargazing

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

Astrobiology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Space

Aliens on Venus?

All you need to known about the discovery of Phosphine in Venus' clouds! EDIT: The findings have since become into doubt after independent review of the data, but the science behind the potential discovery I discuss here is still interesting! I will do a blog post on some other linked discoveries soon, which I will… Continue reading Aliens on Venus?

Space, Stargazing

Stargazing 101- comets and new kit

Last night I managed to convince my dad to go comet hunting with me, so we trekked over to the field (as our garden is surrounded by annoyingly tall trees that block the sun at 4:30 and any stars that aren't directly overhead) to try catch a glimpse of Comet Neowise before it disappeared. We… Continue reading Stargazing 101- comets and new kit

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

What would it be like to live around TRAPPIST-1a?

TRAPPIST-1 is a star system about 40 light years away from Earth! The star (TRAPPIST-1a) is an ultra cool red dwarf not much larger than Jupiter, though it is much more massive (as in, has more mass) and was discovered in 1999, but its first exoplanets were only found in 2015 by the TRAPPIST telescope!… Continue reading What would it be like to live around TRAPPIST-1a?

Astrobiology, Physics

Astrobiology 102: How to find the aliens?

Despite the fact that my last post might have made it seen that chances of finding life are pretty minute, people are still looking! And no, I don’t mean the people who are sure aliens have already visited us (Although if they did manage to find concrete evidence, that would be pretty awesome!) Organisations like… Continue reading Astrobiology 102: How to find the aliens?