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All alone in the dark

Tiny Enceladus, illuminated by Saturnshine, amid a starry backdrop. Flagrantly stolen from Emily Lakdawalla, because it’s a beautiful image…

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IBEX

No one seems to have been shouting too loudly about NASA’s IBEX probe. In fairness I suppose, it isn’t going to be looking at any planets or surveying any galaxies. From an astrochemical perspective though, IBEX is far more exciting … Continue reading

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Fermi Gamma Ray Map

It seems to be everywhere on the web at the moment… But it’s easy to see why! First light from Fermi. A postcard of the Universe seen in gamma rays. How cool is that?

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Extrasolar Kuiper Belt

This interested me. Astronomers in Baltimore (led by Christine Chen) have managed to image what they believe to be a Kuiper Belt around another star. HD 181327 in the constellation of Pictor is a young Sun-like star 165 light years … Continue reading

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Omega Centauri

As globular clusters go, Omega Centauri is the king. At an estimated 5 million solar masses with a diameter of around 150 light years, it’s by far and away the largest of the 150 or so globular clusters known in … Continue reading

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One Hundred Million Suns

Supernovae, as I mentioned in my previous post, are among the most powerful events in the entire known universe. There are even a few different types — Type Ia happen when a greedy white dwarf accumulates too much mass, Type … Continue reading

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Kaboom!

Apparently, lots of people were disappointed by NASA’s cryptic press release only being about a supernova. In our own galaxy. That’s right, only a supernova. It’s ok, it’s only one of the most powerful events in the naturally occurring universe, … Continue reading

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AB Aurigae b

AB Aurigae is a star that should be interesting to any planet formation theorists out there. At a mere 3 million years old, it’s still surrounded by a thick disc of dust, which is thought to be planet forming. Now, … Continue reading

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Intergalactic Clouds

So most textbooks would have you believe that the intergalactic medium (usually known as the IGM) is largely just a barren void. A total vacuum in most places with a density of about 1 atom per cubic metre. Virtual nothingness. … Continue reading

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Sol Invictus

When I’m studying hard, I always find it makes me extremely creative. What’s more I also find that being creative is a good outlet, and seems to help give my brain some space to digest information. So I made this. … Continue reading

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