A supernova in our galactic neighbourhood

An amateur Russian astronomer has observed a Supernova in M82, a galaxy that is only 12 million light years away (a walk to the chemist on cosmic scales). The supernova has been confirmed as a...
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...
Dark, seasonal flows emanate from bedrock exposures at Palikir Crater on Mars in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Water flowing on Mars

NASA has announced that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped some interesting photos that seem to indicate that water still flows on the surface of the red planet during the summer months. No water was directly detected...

The first concrete evidence of Cosmic Inflation?

It was announced on Monday that the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarisation 2 (BICEP2 - don't you love projects acronyms?) experiment at the South Pole found a special pattern in the cosmic microwave background...

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...
The newly discovery dwarf planet shows up as red-green-blue coloured dots. Three images, each taken about two hours apart, were combined into one. The orbit of this world may be hinting that a planet far larger than Earth also lurks in the outer solar system Photograph: Scott S Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science

Rulers of the Oort Cloud

A new dwarf planet has recently been discovered in the solar system, orbiting at about 10 light hours from our Star. This is the furthest object belonging to our planetary system that we have been...

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...

Extraordinary video of a Solar Flare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrHowF3HRLY The Associate Press has released a video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory of a flare erupting from the Sun. Solar Flares are sudden brightening of the Sun's surface. They occur when the strong magnetic field...

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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