The Universe in 10 Features: 4. Reionisation

The Universe coming out of the cosmic dark ages was a bleak place. The afterglow of the Big Bang had slipped into infrared radiation and neutral hydrogen was a...

Destroying the One Ring in Space

I was asked by Larry, one of my students, about what would be the best place in the solar system to destroy the One Ring. Since the 25th of March is the anniversary of its destruction and the fall of Sauron I thought I’d dedicate this vlog to answering the question as seriously and as accurately as possible.

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: the woman who discovered what the Universe is made of.

In this vlog, I talk about Prof. Payne-Gaposchkin, one the most important astronomers of the 20th Century. Thanks to her we know that stars are not made by the same elements as the Earth, and that Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe.

The Universe in 10 Features: 7. Elliptical Galaxies

Our 7th feature is about elliptical galaxies. Elliptical galaxies are the other main class of galaxies we find in our universe. They have a spherical stellar distribution, meaning simply that their stars' orbits are not in a plane any more, and instead have random orientations.

Snuffing Out Candles With Carbon Dioxide

0 A cool thing to do if you have leftover dry ice is to snuff out candles using just carbon dioxide. You put dry ice in a jar and let it...