An Earthlike Planet Is Coming Soon …

One day in the future perhaps not 10 years from now we will be able to look up into the night sky at particular stars and know that they have Earth like planets orbiting them. SETI is going to scan the stars with exoplanets for intelligent life in 2011 and you never know do you? [...]


Supernova Explosions Aren’t Quite What We Thought

Supernovas are exploding stars which, depending on their type explode in different ways and for different reasons. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on the way you look at it new evidence has been found that these theories aren’t quite right. An instrument called the solar mass ejector imager has given extra information. Data from the imager, [...]


What Are Pulsars?

What is a pulsar? As its name suggests it is an object that emits regular pulses of different types of radiation. Normally the pulses are detected as radio emissions but can be detected in the visual wavelengths, x-ray wavelengths and gamma ray wavelengths. Pulsars are neutron stars that have different characteristics to a neutron star. [...]


Would Finding an Alien Civilisation Prove or Deny the Existence of God?

Does God exist? That is a question that has been pondered over for 1000s of years since humanity could first think about his existence. Religions claim to know the answer and scientists take an objective view that is always changing as evidence appears. Most religions have to look at their beliefs differently or disregard science [...]


Latest Update on Exoplanets Lecture (July 2010)

The latest on the search for planets in other planetary systems. .


Kepler Mission Releases New Planets the Size of Earth and Above

Kepler is a mission to study 156,000 stars using the Kepler telescope up there in space. 706 target data has been released in a report but 400 have not. The exoplanets found have sizes from as small as Earth to as large as Jupiter. They have also found five multi planet systems which sound quite [...]


Habitable or Goldilocks zone

We live on an Earth that from day to day seems permanent and stable. We go to work, school and perhaps the pub every day and it seems like things will never change dramatically. Unfortunately as we are all beginning to realise things in the universe are forever changing which when looked at from the [...]


Closer Views on a Growing Solar System

I wrote an article on the formation of the solar system and other planetary systems throughout the galaxy a few weeks ago. New information is coming to light all the time and this is a field that has a lot of discoveries left to find. The new discoveries were published in the astrophysical Journal. Astronomers [...]


Carnival of Space 154- Atlantis, Mars, Fire and Beyond

It’s been a while since I last posted the Carnival of space. Well, it’s here again the very best of the space community websites all on one site. Fancy living on Mars? I think there are a lot of people that would probably say yes. Their stay would probably be quite short today but what [...]


A Star Sprints Away from Its Birthplace

The Hubble telescope has found a blue hot star which is 90 times bigger than our sun sprinting across space. It would make the trip from the Earth to the Moon in under two hours which is not the fastest ever but is pretty fast anyway. A rogue star is probably to blame for breaking [...]


Why Won’t That Supernova Go Bang?

A massive old star is about to die… How a supernova explosion will be observed and what with. [podcast] wont the supernova explode.mp3[/podcast] By NASA Join the forum discussion on this post – (1) Posts


A Simple Look at Black Holes and Their Affect on Light and Mass Including Hawking Radiation

So what is a black hole? A good way to look at what a black hole is, is to think of a region of space that has so much mass that everything around it is unable to escape its gravitational pull. The mass of a planet determines how much gravity that planet has, the higher [...]


Best of the Week Podcast-Hubble’s First Images of an Extrasolar Planet.

Paul Kalas was the leader of the team who managed the long-sought feat of actually taking a photograph of a planet orbiting another star. Before this, all the planets outside our solar system were found by indirect means. He describes how they achieved the breakthrough, using the Hubble Space Telescope, and discusses the wide range [...]


Best Of The Week- The Guiding North Star Podcast

Everything you need to know about the North star. No, it’s not as boring as it sounds! Be a north star expert. [podcast] star.mp3[/podcast] By slacker Astronomy


All About Sunspots, Are They Good Or Bad?

The Sun is quite a useful piece of the solar system. Without it, let’s face it, we wouldn’t be here, so when it starts doing odd things it is a cause for concern. sunspots appear normally and are a regular feature of the Sun. So how do sunspots affect the Earth? Should we really worry [...]