Tag : astrophysics

When you wish upon a star

11 months ago / 0 comments

Have you ever heard someone say “when you look up at the night sky, you’re actually looking into the past”. Is it true? Well technically, yes. As we know, light travels at a speed of roughly 300,000 kilometres a second. Even the brightest star in our sky (Sirius A) is … Read More

Cecilia Payne: Forgotten Stargazer

11 months ago / 0 comments

I still remember when someone told me back at college that there really weren’t any women in science, apart from Marie Curie. I remember thinking, “surely there are ‘no women’ because of the inherent patriarchal barriers faced by women historically”.  Meet Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a textbook example of such a case. … Read More

Astronomy and Astrophysics: Two weeks in two minutes

4 years ago / 0 comments

A selection of interesting developments in astronomy and astrophysics from the past couple of weeks.   We get the best view of the dwarf planet Ceres yet: As NASA’s Dawn mission nears Ceres, each picture gives us tantalising amounts of detail on the mysteries of the dwarf planet. In 2011, … Read More