Monthly Archives: February 2016

Gravitational waves detected announcement 11th Feb 2016

At a press conference at LIGO today Thursday 11 February 2016 scientists have announced that they have definitely detected gravitational waves. The signal was detected on 12 September 2015 and was caused by two colliding black holes. The signal is … Continue reading

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Astrofest 2016 Saturday afternoon

Saturday afternoon started with Andrew Pontzen of University College London asking Does Dark Matter Exist? and going on to say why he thinks it does. Andrew laid out the main reasons to think that 5/6th of the mass of the Universe is … Continue reading

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Astrofest 2016 Saturday Morning

Saturday morning started with a talk by Mark McCaugheran on some of ESA’s recent major projects.  He started by talking about Gaia which was launched in 2013 to map and provide distances to stars in our own Galaxy. Gaia will not … Continue reading

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Astrofest 2016 Friday afternoon

The afternoon session started with a talk by Dr Tom Whyntie on particle physics in space. He pointed out that the equipment for undertaking particle physics on Earth has escalated in the last half century or so from table top experiments … Continue reading

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Astrofest 2016 Friday Morning

Astrofest is a two day astronomy conference run by Astronomy Now and held in the Kensington Conference Centre in London each February. This year’s Astrofest started with a talk by Dr Megan Argo on what happens when galaxies collide. Megan … Continue reading

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Rosetta update February 2016

By David A. Ord …… time has probably run out for the Philae lander Rosetta’s lander Philae has remained silent since 9 July 2015. With each passing day, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is getting further and further away from the Sun, and … Continue reading

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