Diary of a Researcher: Life at the (not-so-romantic) telescope

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.

Massive object discovered hiding behind the Milky Way

A newly discovered galaxy supercluster is believed to be one of the largest known structures in the Universe, containing between 1,000 to 10,000 trillion stars.

Birth of a galaxy

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/

Science saved my soul

I know many of us are revising frantically at the moment, spending every waking moment trying to cram as much knowledge into our delicate little brains as we can. Either that or feeling guilty for not doing as much as we should. It can feel like our lives have been dominated by the need to […]

Podcast: 60 second science: Milky Way blowing bubbles

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. […]

Terror in the heavens

Earth-engulfing black holes, continent-crushing asteroids, crop-cremating supernovae. Sounds like science-fiction, or at worst the rant of a lunatic – and largely you’d be right. Not that these things don’t happen, it’s just that they’re extraordinarily rare and you’re probably better off minding that car screeching past you than worrying about our collective planetary plight; after […]