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Our experience of the Eclipse 2017

By Christine Ord My husband David and I went to the US this August to experience our first total solar eclipse. I am pleased to report that August 21st this year, the day of the total solar eclipse across the … Continue reading

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An amateur detecting exoplanets

By Mark Trapnell Introduction The detection of exoplanets – that is, planets orbiting stars other than our Sun – has rarely been out of the news since the first successful detection back in 1992.  A few months ago, headlines were … Continue reading

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Experimenting with a star analyser

Experimenting with a Star Analyser (200 lines/mm) By Peter Gudegon The Star Analyser looks like an ordinary 1.25″ glass filter, but is a diffraction grating that splits-up the light coming from a star into its various colours. Many stars show … Continue reading

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Cubesats and new bright night-time object

By David A. Ord …………….the debate on the subject of Cubesats is warming up Three student-built CubeSats were launched into space On April 25th on Soyuz flight VS14 from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The CubeSats hitched a lift … Continue reading

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Are underground lunar settlements viable?

By Frank Bonner When looking at permanent settlements on the Moon there are essentially two options: building on the lunar surface, or looking for a pre-existing underground chamber which can be made airtight. In recent years there has been growing … Continue reading

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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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