Hello everyone! I'm sure you're all looking forward to the Holidays, and so are we in Oxford Astrophysics. But we're also thinking ahead to the New Year and there's plenty to be excited about! Stargazing Oxford returns on the 16th of January, and with it our annual Astrophotography competition. You can see last year's winners here.
Researcher in astronomy instrumentation, Dr Sarah Kendrew, tells the story of the Hubble Space Telescope's magnificent 25 years:
It is my great pleasure to announce the winners of this year's Stargazing Oxford astrophotography competition. As always, the standard of entries was very high, so congratulations to everyone who took part. The photo display will remain up in our building during the next Stargazing Oxford event on 21st March, so if you missed it last time you'll have another chance to take a look.Thanks are due to previous winners Mel Gigg and Maciej Winiarczyk, who kindly agreed to judge the competition for us this year.
Hello everyone! I'm sure you're all looking forward to the Christmas holiday, and so are we in Oxford Astrophysics. But we're also thinking ahead to the New Year and there's plenty to be excited about. Stargazing Oxford returns on the 17th of January, and with it our annual Astrophotography competition.
Recently, Chris North from Cardiff University and The Sky at Night, sat down with Alan Fitzsimmons, from Queen's University Belfast and Oxford's own PhD student Becky Smethurst to discuss the excitement surrounding the Rosetta Mission, which is set to land on Comet 67P on November 12th 2014.
Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-RMHfwa5zo
What might Earth look like to an alien living 10 light years away? We're assuming he or she has access to a decent space telescope, of course.
Today, August 6th 2014, marks a significant milestone in European exploration of our solar system. After a 10-year, 6 billion-kilometre journey, the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft achieved a successful rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At 10 am this morning, Rosetta fired its rockets and altered its trajectory to go into a series of triangular passes around the comet. During these passes, data will be gathered that allow mission scientists to decide on an appropriate site for the Philae lander, due to harpoon itself to the comet in November.
On Thursday 19th June 2014 at ~18:45 BST, an explosion high in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile marked the beginning of construction of what will be the largest optical & infrared telescope in the World. The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), built by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), will be sited at a high and dry peak on Cerro Armazones, some 20 km away from ESO's Paranal Observatory.
This blog post was contributed by Prof. Patrick Roche, reporting from Geneva: