The Moon appears to be bigger and brighter tonight as it’s elliptical orbit brings it closer to the Earth than at any other time of the year. If you are teaching about the Moon at the moment this is a great story to teach about the Moon’s orbit and phases as well as the effect […]
The story Getting into space the traditional way, in a space shuttle, is an expensive process but at least we know it works. Is travelling up in an elevator attached to a 36 000 km cable any more cost effective or realistic?
The story The society for Popular Astronomy is organising a Moonwatch event which starts this Wednesday (17th) and runs until the following Sunday. During this time the Moon will go through a number of phases from crescent to full. They have a website dedicated to the event which encourages teachers to study the Moon with […]
The story How long will it be before visiting space will be as common an event as boarding a flight to Spain? And will we be holidaying on Mars rather than Marbella in the future?
A home from home? Solar system discovered like our own
The story Another space post from me this week – seems those astronomers are hard at work at the moment. This story comes via the European southern Observatory (ESO), where astronomers have found a Solar System 127 light years away
The incredible shrinking Moon
The story Astronomers studying pictures from a NASA orbiter have announced that wrinkles on the surface of the Moon is evidence it is still geologically active and that it is not the dead, inactive lump of rock that we have previously thought.
Most massive (not biggest) star discovered
The story: Astronomers discovered a huge star in a nearby galaxy last week. R136a1, part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, is estimated to have a mass 265 times more than the sun and to shine around a million times more brightly.
Monitoring the melting ice
Climate change has been a hot (pun unintended) topic in the news recently. The latest UN climate talk opened on Friday, with the hope of reaching the global treaty that the Copenhagen talks in December failed to produce.