Astro Blog

04 May 2018

Space Warps is back: Help Us Weigh Galaxies!

The Space Warps team and Zooniverse are excited to have joined forces with Science Friday to launch our most recent hunt for rare and elusive gravitational lenses.

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21 February 2018

Magnetic field traces gas and dust swirling around supermassive black hole

This blog post is based on a press release issued today by the Royal Astronomical Society.

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14 February 2018

A major milestone in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project - inauguration of the first prototype dish

This blog post was contributed by Prof Angela Taylor reporting from China.

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30 May 2017

A new era of astronomy: Construction of the 39m Extremely Large Telescope dome & main structure officially starts

On Friday 26th May 2017, a major milestone in construction of the world’s largest visible and infrared telescope, the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), was reached.

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18 December 2015

Stargazing Oxford Photo Compeition 2016: Entries Open!

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.

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28 April 2015

Hubble at 25

Researcher in astronomy instrumentation, Dr Sarah Kendrew, tells the story of the Hubble Space Telescope's magnificent 25 years:

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27 January 2015

Stargazing Oxford 2015 Photo Competition - The Winners

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.

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18 December 2014

Stargazing Oxford 2015 Photo Competition

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.

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23 October 2014

Rosetta Mission Excitement Builds

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

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02 September 2014

Could we detect life... on Earth?

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.

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