A virtual telescope the size of the Earth!

A virtual telescope the size of the Earth!

Up to 2016, the biggest telescopes were composed of an array of antennas located in a particular site, like the one at Atacama Desert, in Chile. called ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/ Submillimeter Array). Its construction dates from 2004 and consists of sixty-six...
Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Sunday 23rd at 1:54 UTC marks the point of equinox – that is when there is approximately equal day and equal night, making it the official start of Autumn. As the Earth orbits the sun, in a slightly eccentric orbit and inclined at an angle of 23.5 degrees with respect...
Bright-green comets in the sky

Bright-green comets in the sky

This Monday 10th September one of two bright-green comets will be making an appearance in the night sky. A comet is a small icy body composed of frozen rock, dust and gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, cyanogen, methane, and ammonia. These balls of ice...
Planet types ‘missing link’

Planet types ‘missing link’

Why are some planets rocky and some gaseous? We may just be nearer to finding an answer through a new planet discovered by master’s student Merrin Peterson. Have you ever wondered why the Earth is rocky and solid and planets like Jupiter and Neptune are gaseous? To...
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