Category Archives: Astronomy News

Podcast: In Our Time – Cosmic Rays

You may be interested in this week’s edition of the BBC radio programme “In Our Time“, hosted by Melvyn Bragg, which deals with the topic of Cosmic Rays. From the BBC iPlayer site: Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss cosmic rays. In 1912 the physicist Victor Hess discovered that the Earth is under constant bombardment […] Continue Reading »

Astronomy and Space News Roundup: 5th May 2013 to 13th May 2013

The Sun may have finally realised it’s late for this cycle’s maxima, speculation that Hydrogen and dark matter are skulking together in the void between galaxies, and an emergency spacewalk to stop the ISS from losing its cool(ant). Date Title/Link Source Submitted by 6th May 2013 Landsat Thermal Sensor Lights Up from Volcano’s Heat NASA […] Continue Reading »

Free, Public Lecture: “How to Explore the Universe”, 21st June 2013

Professor Andy Newsam of the Astrophysics Research Institute, John Moores University, Liverpool, will be delivering his Inaugural Lecture, “How to Explore the Universe” at 5.30pm on 21st June 2013. The Universe is a dynamic, ever-changing place full of extremes. From Black Holes to asteroids, massive exploding stars to elusive distant planets, every part of the […] Continue Reading »

New LED streetlamp design may help reduce light pollution

A news article from the BBC outlines work by a team who are developing an improvement to LED streetlamp designs, which they claim will be able to reduce the wasted light (i.e. that which goes in undesired directions such as ‘up’) to just 2%. Click here for the BBC News article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22292129 Assuming that the […] Continue Reading »

Astronomy and Space News Roundup: 25th April 2013

Where to look for aliens in the Solar System, what happens when you hit a gas giant with a big snowball, the Horsehead in infra-red, and more… Continue Reading »

Transient Lunar Phenomena and its relation to Solar activity

Transient Lunar Phenomena, or TLP for short, are a poorly understood happening which occurs on (or perhaps in the atmosphere of) our Moon. They appear as brief glows, flashes of light, misty areas or shadows against the Moon’s disc. For a very long time, these occurrences were consigned to the realms of pseudo-science, over-active imaginations […] Continue Reading »

Possibility of aurora tonight, Sunday 17th March 2013

Following a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) impact earlier today, there is a possibility of aurora tonight. At the time of writing the KP index is measuring 6. The higher the number, the more likely we are to see an aurora. KP=6 means there’s a possibility. If it gets to 7 above the likelyhood increases […] Continue Reading »