Author Archives: Chris Banks

Supernova SN 2014J in M82

Society members, including our own LAS Supernova Search team, have been imaging the recent supernova (now designated SN 2014J) in M82 / NGC 3034 (also known as the Cigar Galaxy). At a distance of approximately 11½ Light Years (roughly 68,000,000,000,000 miles!), it is the closest supernova to us since 1993 (SN 1993J). Although it now […] Continue Reading »

Surprise at the Science Museum, Chris Banks

During a recent trip to London, I paid a visit to the Science Museum. In the space gallery were the old favourites of the mock-up Lunar Module and various rockets and space vehicles. The one item that really caught my eye however, was the first mirror that Willaim Herschel made for his great 40-foot telescope […] Continue Reading »