Monthly Archives: June 2009

IYA2009 Public Lectures!

As part of the International Year of Astronomy, a number of my distinguished colleagues in the Astronomy Department here in Nottingham (including astropixie and myself) are giving a series of public lectures on a veritable cornucopia of astronomical topics — … Continue reading

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Cirque du Orbitale

Well that’s interesting. With his journey scheduled for September 30th, the seventh space tourist is going to be Guy Laliberte, acrobatic billionaire and founder of the famous Cirque du Soleil. Booked to hitch a lift with the Russian Federation to … Continue reading

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My God. It’s full of stars.

This beautiful little image is of the Arches Star Cluster. Taken recently, using the VLT (Very Large Telescope), it’s the sharpest image ever taken of this ellusive group of stars. You see, the Arches Cluster isn’t easy to see from … Continue reading

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Attack of the 600 foot Jellyfish!

I would like to bid an official welcome to our new gelatinous overlords, who have announced their presence by etching their image into wheat. This method of communicating with us puny Earth monkeys is time honoured amongst any and all … Continue reading

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Noticed on the whiteboard earlier… Gotta love telluric contamination. The data reduction must be going “well” I guess… Heh.

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Infrared cameras for the masses

Well that’s interesting. It seems, mobile phone cameras are actually sensitive to near-infrared light. It really does work. I tried it with my own. Near-IR shows up as a purplish colour. You can see it on anything hot enough to … Continue reading

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Astronomically Refreshing

So yesterday evening, before heading to a barbecue, I stopped off at the Student’s Union for a quick beer, and discovered something rather delightful! Being something of a fan of both astronomy and real ale, when I saw a beer … Continue reading

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Sunspot!

A sunspot!! Ok, ok, so it’s not a very big or dramatic one, but it’s a sunspot all the same (top left, in case you missed it). You might think this is rather a bizarre thing to be excited about, … Continue reading

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