The Omega Centauri cluster. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

The Alpha and The Omega (Centauri) of Habitable Planets

Finding out if there is life in the Universe is far from easy and even the preliminary steps are full of uncertainties. Planetary scientists don’t completely agree on what ingredients make a planet habitable,...
Artist’s impression of the merger of two neutron stars. Credit: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick

Gravitational Waves Were Used To Look Inside Neutron Stars

Last October, scientists witnessed the first neutron star collision thanks to gravitational wave observations and the subsequent use of regular telescopes. Those observations were the first step towards a new method of astronomy, and...

Seeing Steve – Observing the new Aurora phenomenon 

As you might have seen in a previous post, I was recently in the Arctic circle and was lucky enough to enjoy the natural spectacle of the Aurora borealis! Northern lights are weird; I...

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

Hawking's 'The Universe In a Nutshell' was one of the first astronomy books that I read. It was a revelation and it solidified in me the desire to become an astrophysicist, and the need...

Stargazing Down Under

We’re currently in New Zealand on our honeymoon and we were lucky enough to have dark clear skies for a couple of nights. And let me tell you that we’ve been blessed by the...

Visiting The European Astronaut Centre

Recently, I've had the chance to visit the European Astronaut Centre, one of the important facilities belonging to the European Space Agency.  I was there as part of a research test and I got the...

Seeing The Great American Eclipse

I know I haven't shut up about the eclipse for the last 8 months (and I'm not planning to anytime soon) but I wanted to just explain what it meant to me. Seeing an eclipse...

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