On the 11th of February 2016, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced that they had detected the first evidence of the existence of gravitational waves the previous September. At the time this was a massive triumph for the team that observed them and made headlines worldwide. So what are gravitational waves? In 1916, … Continue reading Gravitational Waves
Sagittarius lies at the centre of the galaxy and is represented in mythology as a Centaur pulling back a bow. From the northern hemisphere, the brighter stars are easily recognised from an asterism known as the teapot. The brightest star in Sagittarius is Epsilon, a rapidly spinning binary star. At 143 light years from us, … Continue reading The Constellation Sagittarius
I admit, last weeks post was slightly shorter than most other posts I’ve ever written. Following on from this I have decided to complete a series on the signs of the zodiac from the point of view of astronomy. The Zodiac are the star groups and systems can observe from Earth depending on the time … Continue reading Signs Of The Zodiac Series
One of the enduring symbols of Christmas and The Nativity is the star the wise men followed to greet the baby Jesus. The star of Bethlehem as it became to be known, has been researched extensively and there are several hypotheses as to which celestial body the Magi (Wise Men) followed to reach a stable … Continue reading What Was The Star of Bethlehem?
We all see the apocalyptic social media posts of a doomsday event. Mainly an asteroid or supersized fictional planet impacting the Earth. Everyone hid under a rock in 2012 thinking the world as we know it was going out in a blaze of glory! It is accepted that a large asteroid collided with the Earth … Continue reading If An Asteroid Were Heading Straight For Us…..
First of all I have to put a disclaimer on this weeks post. GlamSciUK is not an active supporter or lobbyist for nuclear power. This post is my own opinion voiced on this platform to open discussion and heighten awareness. We need to explore all alternative energy sources to meet the increasing needs of the … Continue reading Save The Earth Series : The Need for Nuclear Power.
A year is 365 days, one full orbit around the Sun. A day is one full turn on the Earth's rotational axis. So what would happen if the Earth's rotation just suddenly stopped? If the Earth stood still suddenly, everything not attached to the crust of the Earth would just be swept up into the … Continue reading The Day The Earth Stands Still