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An obituary for Stephen Hawking

The group was saddened to hear today about the passing of Stephen Hawking. The following link is to an obituary written by Roger Penrose giving a summary of his life and contributions to science. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/14/stephen-hawking-obituary   Advertisements

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Space law

By David A. Ord ……………. So, whose Space is it anyway? The question is being asked with increasing frequency and in many different contexts.  The complexity of some of the answers has become the fuel of a rapidly expanding new … Continue reading

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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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