Photo: NASA Scientists have been discovering exoplanets for years. One prominent mission led by NASA was the Kepler mission which aimed to explore other stars and planets to find a planet that could sustain life. This article will try to give an insight into astrobiology and what life needs to survive on other planets The … Continue reading What does a planet need to sustain life?
I have always been fascinated with space, but not in the physicist kind of way, more in the muggle stuck on earth kinda of way. It seems pretty magical to me that astronauts have made it to space. I myself would never aspire to BE said astronaut but I do want to know more about … Continue reading The effects of space on our body.
Scientists have started growing organs in space which could help thousands of people waiting for organ transplants and lead to other advancements in medicine. The methods currently used are not as effective as they could be because organs develop in the womb, a gravity-reduced environment. Whilst the Earth’s gravity is constantly pushing down on the … Continue reading Medicine Exploration in Space
Over the course of July this year, China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the US embarked on five separate unmanned missions to Mars. China launched its Tianwen-1 rover and Tianwen-1 orbiter; the UAE its Emirates Mars Mission orbiter; and the US it Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter. So what’s the rush to get to … Continue reading Why all the hype about Mars?
First off, let me start by introducing myself – I’m Alex, a 27-year-old journal editor and physics student studying part-time through the Open University. My journey into the realm of sciences has often been described as rather odd. The term I like to use, however, is unique. I was born in windy Cape Town, South … Continue reading Meet Alex
The speed of light is as frustrating as it is fascinating. The speed of light in a vacuum is the fastest thing we can measure at 300,000km per second, although in a vast and ever expanding universe, it is painfully slow. The universe currently measures 45 billion light years in all directions of observation. So … Continue reading The Speed of Light – So Agonisingly Slow.
Last week I wrote about the WOW! Signal. The most likely candidate for a formal effort of contact from extra-terrestrials due to its irregular and almost artificial qualities. This does pose a thought, are radio waves the best way to establish contact? Although radio signals are received by radio telescopes every day, some are extremely … Continue reading Using Radio Waves and Other Means To Make Contact.
All over social media, there are articles discussing radio signals from other galaxies and stellar systems. The number one rule in astrophysics and cosmology is - IT IS NEVER ALIENS. A lot of radio signals can be interpreted and can have natural sources; rapidly rotating neutron stars, supermassive black holes and so on. So how … Continue reading Extraterrestrial Contact Series Part 1 – The Wow! Signal.
By Jude Morrow My latest two blog posts regarding surface water on Mars and Titan seem to have generated an influx of questions. When researching material for blog series’, the questions and comments seem to give inspiration for future posts. One such comment mentioned a large reservoir of water located at a proper distance of … Continue reading Cosmic Water Series Part 3 – Water in The Early Universe.
Of all the bodies in our own solar system, Titan is definitely my favourite. The reason being, it is one of the most likely candidates for life. I'm sure plenty of subscribers are rolling their eyes thinking; here he goes about Titan again. For this series it is quite relevant as Titan almost certainly contains … Continue reading Cosmic Water Series Part 2 – Saturn’s Moon Titan.