Tagged: astronomy

Past claims about new planets were wrong – why ‘Planet Nine’ may be different - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 26, 2016

Andrew Coates, UCL There’s a real buzz among planetary scientists after a new study suggested that an unseen planet, dubbed ‘Planet Nine’, of about ten times the Earth’s mass could be lurking in the Kuiper belt, a band of icy objects beyond Neptune. The latest theory was put forward after scientists noticed that six objects in … Read More

Micro to Macro - Micro to Macro

Ryan Ridden Jan 13, 2016

In our universe the incredibly tiny and the absolutely enormous are intertwined. In our everyday life there appears to be a clear distinction between the microscopic and macroscopic worlds, however, in many ways this is an illusion. We can begin to see how the two worlds connect by looking at the fundamental rules of the universe, as uncovered by physics … Read More

Could life on an exoplanet spread to its neighbour? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 04, 2015

David Rothery, The Open University Imagine two nearby exoplanets orbiting the same sun, each with its own indigenous civilisation. They’re going through history either as companionable neighbours or deadly rivals. This is a familiar situation in science fiction, but could it ever happen? With the rapidly growing number of habitable exoplanets being discovered, this scenario may seem … Read More

Southern stars: the decade ahead for Australian astronomy - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Aug 25, 2015

Stuart Wyithe, University of Melbourne Astronomy is entering an exciting new era of exploration. Extremely large optical telescopes, including the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is due to be built in Chile in 2021, will allow studies of stars and galaxies at the dawn of the universe, and will peer at planets similar to ours around distant … Read More

The equation of time strikes again - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jun 17, 2015

Some of us are rather looking forward to getting to 22 June. That's when the days get longer again. Yes, the reality is that no-one's really going to notice much difference for a while, but it's encouraging to think that the days will be getting lighter again, if only by a little bit. Don't confuse that with temperatures getting … Read More

How Well Do You Know Your Moon? - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Feb 25, 2015

Phil Plait, who writes the wonderful Bad Astronomy blog over on Slate, noticed something interesting in a recent episode of The Simpsons: To the untrained eye, nothing about this cartoon image is likely to seem unusual. But if you spend a lot of time looking at the sky, and you have the additional context that […] … Read More