In this article I would like to discuss the conditions that enabled life to evolve on Earth, and the possibility of such conditions existing elsewhere within the Universe. First of all let us focus on the position of Planet Earth around the Sun. Earth is the third planet in a succession of the rocky planets within the inner Solar … Continue reading Is There Life on Mars?
Versatile Blogger Award
My first award! Thank you It's Not What It's Why for this nomination The award rules are: Thank the person who nominated you Share the award on your blog Share seven random facts about yourself Tag 15 fellow bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated. So, these are the facts about GlamSci Bloggers: Christine: … Continue reading Versatile Blogger Award
Cosmology – What’s That All About?
So, Cosmology is my current field of study (along with Astrophysics) but I think that it is somewhat of a mysterious subject to most. What do Cosmologists do? What is involved in Cosmology? What is the point? Well hopefully I shall try to shed some of the mystery….. What IS Cosmology? So, the Oxford English … Continue reading Cosmology – What’s That All About?
The Gravity of Some Dark Matters…
The night sky is literally full of stars, planets, galaxies, comets, asteroids, gas clouds, subatomic particles, photons, neutrons, moons and supernova remnants scattered in every direction. Despite the amount of visible matter that our own eyes and telescopes can pick up, this is only around 5% of the total matter in space. So where is … Continue reading The Gravity of Some Dark Matters…
Cardiovascular system in space!
The term cardiovascular means heart (cardio) and blood vessels (vascular). They work together in a synergistic and complimentary fashion to ensure adequate oxygenated blood supply to the entire body. There are many different factors that can influence how that happens, gravity being one. In fact, if you think about it, its’ the very reason why … Continue reading Cardiovascular system in space!
Enceladus, Titan and the Search for Life
I actually hoped to write about the search for life in a later blog post but the powers that be at NASA have been in the media recently speculating the chances of life on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn. Enceladus is a frozen world orbiting Saturn with a surface of fresh clean ice. … Continue reading Enceladus, Titan and the Search for Life
Genes for Jeans?
Genetics are what makes you, you. They dictate everything from your eye colour to whether you’re a human or a T-Rex (imagine having tiny arms and a massive head like that when you’re trying to take a selfie). Genetics are also a group name for our genome which is like a biological computer code that … Continue reading Genes for Jeans?
A Tale of the Immortal Jellyfish
Recently, on one of the surveying trips I was participating in for the charity ORCA (who specialise in conservation of marine mammals in UK and international waters), I was talking to the Captain of the ship and he told me about a species of Jellyfish he had recently read about called Turritopsis dohrnii. Like all … Continue reading A Tale of the Immortal Jellyfish
Our Place in the Stars
In this article I would like to discuss our place within the Solar System, and the origin of this magnificent structure as well. The Solar System is a gravitationally bound system comprising the Sun and the objects that orbit it, either directly or indirectly. Of those objects that orbit the Sun directly, the largest eight are the planets … Continue reading Our Place in the Stars
Photometry in Exoplanet Detection
Last month I discussed that one of the most popular methods of exoplanet detection was the transit method. This is the process of looking at the “brightness” of the star, and seeing how it varies when the planet passes over the face of the host star, as seen from Earth. The transit method is the … Continue reading Photometry in Exoplanet Detection