Monthly Archives: August 2010

An extrasolar family

It’s startling to believe sometimes, that it’s been nearly 20 years since the first discovery of planets outside our solar system. New exoplanets are still being discovered constantly, with nearly 500 confirmed detections so far. The tools in the planet … Continue reading

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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Astronomers

It’s no great secret that I’m a big fan of geek toys. Some people may remember how amused I was by the iPod Touch I got a couple of years ago. Well ok, I finally bit the bullet and am … Continue reading

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Spaceballs!

Causing quite a big stir in the astrochemical world recently is the astronomical detection of C60, more popularly known as fullerene. This is kind of a big deal. Fullerenes have been known about since the 1980s when Harry Kroto et … Continue reading

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“The Planet and the Radio Dish”

Sometimes I just see an image which makes me stop and stare. This is one of those images… Click to aggrandise (and believe me, you really need to see this image full size!) I really love images like this. It’s … Continue reading

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Antiquity

I like when people give nicknames to things, especially when they’re appropriate ones. Even though seemingly a lot of people frown upon naming astronomical objects, a couple of exoplanets managed to pick up nicknames back when there were only a … Continue reading

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