Astro Blog articles for stars

HARMONI+Adaptive Optics: a trailblazing combination!

Posted: 20 Dec 2018

HARMONI, the first-light spectrograph for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has passed a major milestone today in successfully completing the Preliminary Design Review process (PDR).

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

Posted: 30 May 2017

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.

What's Going To Happen To Betelgeuse?

Posted: 18 Jan 2012

BBC Stargazing Live is great TV - but watching #bbcstargazing on Twitter at the same time makes it even more fun. A few of us astronomers have been answering viewers' questions in real time, as they wonder about the Universe with Brian Cox and company. But here's one that had me stumped: what's going to happen to Betelgeuse? Time to call SPI-MAX...

What Can You See in the Night Sky This Week?

Posted: 21 Nov 2011

All that glistens is not gold: sometimes it’s red, or blue, or both. This week, we take a look at some double stars in the night sky and learn the difference between an optical double and a true binary. You will need binoculars or a telescope, and this week’s sky map.