From Mars to the multiverse: life, space and the cosmos with Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society Lord Martin Rees presents the 2016 Peter Lindsay Memorial Lecture. Unmanned spacecraft have visited the other planets of our Solar System (and some of their moons), beaming back pictures of varied and distinctive worlds – but none propitious for life. But prospects are far more interesting […]

The Cosmos Past and Present

Estimated at 93 billion light years in diameter, the cosmos is everything we see when we tilt our attention to the night sky and much more. The history of measuring and theorising on space is the subject of an exhibition Cosmos and Culture currently showing at the Science Museum, London. The cosmos was also the […]

Bulging with data

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 […]

News Round-up: Higgs (probably), Dark Matter’s skeleton, Private Asteroid Detective, TV-Powered GPS, Libel Dismissed

Higgs boson found … probably Image: CERN Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have announced the discovery of a new elementary particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The announcement, given to a packed auditorium at CERN and broadcast live over the Internet, was met with standing ovations from scientists across the world. Although […]