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The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy are on a collision course!

Posted: 21 Jun 2012

Forget global warming baking the Earth - how about something even bigger, like the destruction of the entire Milky Way galaxy? Celia Escamilla Rivera looks at new evidence that predicts a cataclysmic fate for our own galaxy.

The Biggest Questions in Astrophysics: Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Posted: 08 Jun 2012

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is visiting Professor of astrophysics here at the University of Oxford and is one of Britain’s most respected physicists. Professor Bell Burnell discovered pulsars as a PhD student and became the first female president of the Institute of Physics. I asked for her thoughts regarding the current big questions in astrophysics, and after acknowledging that Dark Energy and Dark Matter are issues that of course loom large, Professor Bell Burnell went on to highlight the importance of obtaining a direct detection of gravitational waves.

Transiting planet visible with the naked eye!

Posted: 05 Jun 2012

In the early hours of this Wednesday morning, Venus will pass directly in front of the Sun, in a transit event that won't happen again within your lifetime (unless you live till 2117). Astronomers in Oxfordshire are marking the event in a range of ways: Suzanne Aigrain has gone to Sweden for a better view, and the Abingdon Astronomical Society are heading up to the Ridgeway to watch the Sun, and Venus, rise.