Category Archives: Space

Afronauts Online

With all of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings going on, Nuotama Frances Bodomo’s strange little film, Afronauts, which is inspired by the Zambian Space Programme, has been made available online. You can watch it here. … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima: More Music

Yes, I know it isn’t Wednesday. This week’s Women’s Outlook show should have gone out yesterday in the usual time slot, but once again technical gremlins intervened. So instead the show was run in the 10:00-12:00 slot this morning. You … Continue reading

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Mars, The Summer Planet

Thanks to Oliver Morton I have been alerted to a fascinating new scientific study of Mars which provides further proof that water once flowed on the Red Planet. A team from the Open University and the University of Leicester have … Continue reading

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Women Do Math (in the movies)

Now here’s a heartwarming story for International Women’s Day. Back in the 1960s, three brilliant African-American mathematicians — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson — were the brains behind NASA’s Friendship 7 program that launched John Glenn into space. … Continue reading

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SF & Astronomy, A Boy Thing, Apparently

I have email from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific announcing that they have updated their list of science fiction that contains good information about astronomy and related issues. This is a good thing, I thought. We should be educating … Continue reading

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When Stars Collide

Hmm, I haven’t done a “we’re all going to die” post in a while. How about this? Astronomers are now certain that our galaxy is on a collision course with its nearest neighbor, M31, more widely know as Andromeda. And … Continue reading

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Send Someone Into Space

As PR stunts go, this one is pretty spectacular. Lynx, the deodorant company, not the cat (I prefer the cat) is running a competition for people wanting to be astronauts. As I understand it, the top four in the UK … Continue reading

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Robots In Spaaaace!

While many people in the US and UK are worrying about the possibility of a robot uprising, our friends in Japan are doing all they can to make it happen. Next year Japanese astronaut, Koichi Wakata, will be spending time … Continue reading

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Hola San Antonio: Panel Suggestion

I’ve just done a slightly tongue in cheek post for the Bristolcon website. Behind it, however, is a very serious piece of physics. NASA scientists are actively considering the ideas of Professor Miguel Alcubierre for constructing a warp drive for … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

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Mad Cosmology

It’s has been a while since the last “we’re all going to die” post, but this one is seriously cool. According to Nature, our galaxy is on a collision course with our nearest neighbor, Andromeda. Eventually the two galaxies will … Continue reading

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A Time Before Time

Flicking through the iPlayer catalog this morning I noticed an Horizon program I hadn’t seen before. It was apparently first broadcast in October 2010, but must have been repeated recently for it to show up again. It is called What … Continue reading

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Extreme Astronomy

This week’s Horizon program, “Seeing Stars” was short on the science and long on fabulous photography of beautiful desert landscapes and large, complex pieces of engineering. It was all about some of the strange new ways astronomers are observing the … Continue reading

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A Star is Dying (Sorry Zaphod)

This one’s for you, Kendall. Momentous portents are in the offing. According to the Huffington Post, the red giant star Betelgeuse is collapsing and could go nova at any time. The claim comes from Dr. Brad Carter of the University … Continue reading

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Cosmology Is Awesome

Via Jay Lake I have discovered a wonderful new development in cosmology. As this report explains, Nikodem Poplawski of Indiana University believes that he has found a new take on relativity that not only gets rid of the troublesome concept … Continue reading

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And The Object Was…

… a baby black hole. That press conference by NASA I blogged about last week? They have discovered a black hole that is only 30 years old. That makes it younger than me, and probably younger than a lot of … Continue reading

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An Exceptional Object

On Wednesday NASA put out a press release to say that they would be holding a special, televised news conference on Monday to discuss “the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood.” There is no … Continue reading

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Smarter Than Us?

Today in my Twitter feed I was pointed to this article (thanks Errol!) about how computers in telescopes are doing most of the grunt work for astronomers. The story leads with the idea that, “Astronomy could be the first discipline … Continue reading

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Playing Catchup

There was no blogging yesterday because I was busy. I spent a whopping 12 hours on the day job, which was a disaster in every way except that the clients seem happy and I can bill for it. Today I … Continue reading

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Trouble With Ra’s Acne

It is a long time since we had one of those “we are all going to die” posts, and I’m worried you might be missing them (hi Kendall!), so here’s a doozy. Via Damien G. Walter I discover this article … Continue reading

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