Forensic Astronomers: ART DIVISION.

I firmly believe that the popularity of Astronomy is strongly related to our ability of producing awe-inducing photographs of the furthest corner of the cosmos. While looking up interesting pictures to talk about on the...

The first measurement of an exoplanet day.

Dutch Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope were able to measure the rotational speed of a planet outside the Solar System for the first time. Ignas Snellen and his colleagues at Leiden University in the...

The Big Bang is not going anywhere.

On the 4th of February a paper was published detailing a Universe that didn’t need a Big Bang. While it is very interesting (you can read it here) I find myself once again at odds with how theoretical papers are formulated. The paper details a mathematical robust way to solve many cosmological conundrums. The flatness problem (discussed in this vlog), the value of dark energy and the nature of dark matter.

Alfredo’s Top 5 Physics & Astrophysics Stories Of 2015

NASA’s discovery of water on Mars Billions of years ago, Mars looked more welcoming to life than Earth was at the time. We have seen evidence of ancient lakes and river beds, but nowadays water...

Atmosphere Detected Around A Small Super-Earth

If we want to discover signs of life on an exoplanet, our best option is to study its atmosphere, which is easier said than done. The exoplanets whose atmospheres have been studied so far...

Everything you need to know about Pluto before the New Horizon fly-by

Pluto, not to be confused with Micky Mouse's dog, is going to be in the news a lot soon, as we are finally going to take a closer look to the elusive dwarf planet. Pluto...

We have discovered a brown dwarf colder than ice

Associate Professor Kevin Luhman of Penn State University has discovered the coldest brown dwarf yet using the NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. A brown dwarf is a massive gaseous object which is on the low...

Are there cows on Mars?

Obviously there are no cows on Mars but NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover detected an increase of methane in the atmosphere and organic molecules from the soil during one of its drilling sessions. The findings were...

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...

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...

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