David Walker investigates how enlisting the joint observational powers of amateur astronomers through citizen science projects will help further our knowledge of the universe.
A recent study by a team of international researchers has determined that a staggering number of brown dwarfs may be present in our galaxy
In the fourth part of our Diary of a researcher series, Josh Greenslade gives us an insight in to what life is like at an observatory 2,800m above sea level. One thing is for sure: not even making coffee is easy up there.
A total solar eclipse, photographed from Jakarta, Indonesia. The eclipse provided new opportunities for scientists to study the Sun’s atmosphere.
Neil Stoker gorges on a new book of Hubble images, and wonders how these extraordinary pictures have changed us
After 18 years of hard work, the world’s largest observatory has finally been inaugurated …
The Lovell Telescope was once the largest steerable radio telescope in the world and can be seen from miles around …
Citizen science is becoming an extremely popular method of data analysis …
Women throughout the ages have helped to shape our understanding of science. Here are six of the most influential …
Margaux Calon explains how a schoolboy, at only 15-years-old, made a discovery that could shake the very foundations of astrophysics …
Science is becoming ever more specialised, ever more difficult to understand without being an expert in the field. Science communication offers tools and platforms to make this challenging, yet interesting science accessible to everyone. One of these tools is a 360-degree digital dome. Mario Di Maggio, manager of one of the busiest small planetariums in […]
A map of the Milky Ways’s entire central bulge, displaying 84 million stars, has been created. The central bulge formed early on in our galaxy’s life, and so understanding what goes on in there could help astronomers learn more about how galaxies get to be the way they are. The bulge contains huge numbers of […]
This is the first in a series of reviews of the sessions held by the Science Communication Group on 13th September, in celebration of 21 years of the Science Communication MSc at Imperial College. We will be putting up reviews of each session over the next couple of weeks. If you went to the celebrations […]
Guest contributor Conor McKeever kicks off our new fortnightly round-up of the key science news of the last few weeks. Two more place cards at the Periodic Table Video: youtube | periodicvideos Scientists have officially named two elements whose discoveries were announced last year. Element 114, first detected in 1999 by scientists at Russia’s Joint […]
Map of scientific collaborations Guest contributor Julie Gould celebrates the Internet’s Golden Jubilee. There have been significant leaps in our understanding of science and technology in the last fifty years. Some have radically changed our world, such as our sending a man into space and the silicon chip. However, one tool above all has become […]
This detailed photograph of our Moon was taken at the University of London Observatory (ULO), on the amazingly beautiful and intricate Fry telescope. Made by famous telescope manufacturer Thomas Cook in 1862, it was moved to ULO in 1930. It is used often to instruct astronomy students and is mainly used to observe planets, solar […]
In April 2003 UK’s national hero of informatics, HPCx, was the second most powerful supercomputer in the world, but a new superhero was destined to substitute it within four years: HECToR’s time had arrived. HECToR, whose acronym stays for High End Computing Terascale Resources, started to be under the spotlights in October 2007 and is […]
9 September 2011 – 5 February 2012 Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, SE10 9NF “The Royal Observatory Greenwich is proud to present Astronomy Photographer of the Year – a free exhibition showcasing some incredible images of the sky. Now in its third year, 2011 has brought some incredible images to the competition and exhibition, […]
8 months in the making, this simulation is the most detailed picture of how the Milky Way formed. For more information visit http://www.hpc-ch.org/blog/2011/08/25/first-realistic-simulation-of-the-formation-of-the-milky-way-computed-at-cscs/
When Giovanni Schiaparelli tilted his telescope towards Mars in 1877, he was hardly expecting to answer one of humanity’s enduring questions: are we alone in the Universe? Yet, what he found sparked almost a century of heated debate about whether he had done just that. The Italian observed a series of long, straight lines, or […]
Science writer and producer Piers Bizony takes a retrospective look at NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell discusses space bacteria and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life and we ask Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees if we’ve any hope of getting to the red planet. Presented by Thea Cunningham and featuring reporters Camila Ruz, Thomas […]
Having started life as a hypothetical planet, it was only recently that Neptune’s precise path through space was confirmed, as it completed its first full orbit since its discovery in 1846. To celebrate this occasion, NASA released some stunning anniversary pictures, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. At the giant planet’s great distance of 30 […]
The Milky Way has been seen blowing a pair of giant gamma-ray bubbles. Measuring 50,000 light-years across and towering above our galaxy, it’s thought the bubbles may have been formed 100,000 years ago by jets of matter created when 100 suns’ worth of material fell into the black hole at the centre of our galaxy. […]