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

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

Biology

Do plants get sunburnt?

This summer, we have had some extraordinarily hot days, with Europe facing heat waves that broke records! So it is likely that you had to cover up and slather yourself in sun cream- or face getting burnt… But I found myself wondering, plants need the sun to survive, so the age-old advice of ‘stay in… Continue reading Do plants get sunburnt?