Astro Blog

21 November 2011

What Can You See in the Night Sky This Week?

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.

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19 November 2011

Astro News: 19th November 2011

In this week’s news, we have a colourful map of the Moon, big news about Big Science funding, and some very naughty neutrinos.

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17 November 2011

Leonid Meteor Shower

Want to see a shooting star? The Leonid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak this evening, so get out there!

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16 November 2011

What Happened Before the Big Bang?

It seems like everyone wants to know the answer to this question - not least the cosmologists at Oxford.

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15 November 2011

What Can You See in the Night Sky This Week?

What can you see in the night sky this week? Among other things: the giant of the solar system - famously observed by a giant from the history of astronomy.

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11 November 2011

Astro News: 11th November 2011

In the news this week: a close encounter with asteroid 2005 YU55, E-ELT edges closer to being funded, and 6 men who survived an unusual space mission.

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11 November 2011

Doing Science Like It's 1665

Last week, the Royal Society announced that their archive of Philosophical Transactions was being made public. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society is one of the first ever scientific publications and began in 1665. It has been running ever since. The new online archive means that anyone is now free to go and read the historic, fascinating and sometimes hilarious musings of scientists (at the time 'natural philosophers') who have written to the society to make use of the new technology of 'the press'.

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10 November 2011

Welcome!

Here at the University of Oxford physics department we've been really impressed by the enthusiasm for astronomy shown by all of you who've visited us on our monthly Telescope evenings - and it's inspired us to look for some new ways to tell you about our research. So: welcome to the Oxford Astrophysics Blog!

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