Monthly Archives: December 2008

Could we help The Sun cheat death?

Since they were first discovered in 1952, blue stragglers have baffled astronomers. Appearing strangely youthful amid their ageing brethren, many now believe blue stragglers are formed when two smaller stars merge. There is, however, one theory which is rather more… … Continue reading

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28

28 is approximately the number of Earth years that make one Saturn year. 28 is a happy number, a triangular number, a hexagonal number, a centred nonagonal number, a harmonic divisor number, the fourth magic number and the second perfect … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift?

An article in the Telegraph (from last month) was pointed out to me the other day about someone who could just be one of the most important people in physics today. Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the current head of the … Continue reading

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An Atlantic View

I miss the sea. Nottingham is about as landlocked as you can be while staying in England. Just like the darkness, I used to take the sea for granted somewhat, back when I lived here. Sometimes it’s nice just to … Continue reading

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Best – Gifts – Ever!

Santa was extremely good to me this year. Highlights from my list of goodies are… A new pair of black and red stripey gloves A shiny chrome USB memory stick An adoption certificate for a grape vine (including a tour … Continue reading

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A Simple Kind of Life

As many an astrochemist will tell you without hesitation, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are important molecules to study, because they’re directly relevant to the origins of life. We tend to repeat this like a mantra, and perhaps we don’t always fully … Continue reading

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Astronomical Twilight

Before going to bed last night, I decided to step outside briefly, for some fresh air. Night time out here is pleasantly tranquil and blissfully dark. I never realised I’d miss the dark as much as I evidently do. Night … Continue reading

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Protonation’s what you need

Ah, the humble proton. Simple, stable, and able to drastically affect the chemistry of other molecules — and nowhere more so than in the Interstellar Medium (ISM). H2 molecules, for instance are readily protonated in dense interstellar clouds, forming H3+, … Continue reading

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Ooo! Carnival of Space #84 is live. This week, courtesy of Next Big Future. Go! Read! Procrastinate! Enjoy!

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A Supercritical Ocean?

Venus is, in my humble opinion, one of the most fascinating planets in our entire solar system. Granted, it’s not exactly the kind of place you might go for a picnic. In fact, if you went there without any sort … Continue reading

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