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Exploring Warwick Astronomy

This blog collects articles from Warwick Astronomy and Astrophysics group, ranging from advice on home observing, through the history and nature of night sky objects, to accounts of our own research and the life of Warwick Astronomers.

Mon 20 Jul 2020, 11:54

Dragons in the Sky

In 793CE, monks writing the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded sightings of dragons in the skies above northern England. While the streaks of fire they witnessed were likely the result of a meteor shower or aurorae, they weren’t the first or the last to see dragons in the night sky. Dr Elizabeth Stanway from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group looks at some of the other legends, myths and stories linking dragons and space.

Originally posted on Warwick's Knowledge Centre

Wed 28 Oct 2020, 10:34 | Tags: Astro History, Night Sky Objects, Astronomy at Home

The Crucial Need for DebrisWatch

University of Warwick astronomers are warning that orbital debris posing a threat to operational satellites is not being monitored closely enough, as they publish a new survey finding that over 75% of the orbital debris they detected could not be matched to known objects in public satellite catalogues.

A press release from Warwick Newsroom, highlighting work led by our Prof Don Pollaco, Dr Paul Chote and PhD researcher James Blake.

Thu 24 Sep 2020, 00:00 | Tags: Press Releases, Human Space

Peering through the Cloud Tops of Exoplanets

University of Warwick astronomers have shown that water vapour can potentially be detected in the atmospheres of exoplanets by peering literally over the tops of their impenetrable clouds.

A Warwick Newsroom Press Release focussing on research led by our Dr Matteo Brogi and Dr Siddharth Gandhi

Tue 22 Sep 2020, 00:00 | Tags: Press Releases, Exoplanets

The Real Tatooines?

From Gallifrey to Tatooine, planets with multiple suns feature widely in science fiction, but there are currently only ten real ‘circumbinary’ planets identified by space scientists. Dr David Armstrong from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group considers what we know about planets with two stars – and asks if life could exist there.

Originally published on Warwick's Knowledge Centre

Thu 10 Sep 2020, 10:00 | Tags: Habitability, Exoplanets

Potatoes on Mars?

Exploring habitability, on our own world and beyond, is a research priority for the University of Warwick and an interest for Warwick's Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability. Our Ares Osborn explores one aspect of this topic - growing food on Mars.

Originally published on Warwick Knowledge Centre

Tue 18 Aug 2020, 00:00 | Tags: Habitability, Human Space

‘Lost’ world’s rediscovery is step towards finding habitable planets

The rediscovery of a lost planet could pave the way for the detection of a world within the habitable ‘Goldilocks zone’ in a distant solar system. The planet, the size and mass of Saturn with an orbit of thirty-five days, is among hundreds of ‘lost’ worlds that University of Warwick astronomers are pioneering a new method to track down and characterise in the hope of finding cooler planets like those in our solar system, and even potentially habitable planets.

A press release from Warwick Newsroom

Tue 21 Jul 2020, 10:42 | Tags: Press Releases, Exoplanets

Thermonuclear blast sends supernova survivor star hurtling across the Milky Way

An exploding white dwarf star blasted itself out of its orbit with another star in a ‘partial supernova’ and is now hurtling across our galaxy, according to a new study from the University of Warwick.

Press release from Warwick Newsroom

Wed 15 Jul 2020, 11:59 | Tags: Press Releases, White Dwarfs

Do Meet Your Heroes: Meeting Neil Armstrong

Professor Don Pollaco has the job most kids want - he finds planets for a living. He has been a research scientist in astrophysics for 33 years and his interest in space was originally inspired by watching the moon landings with his dad.

So when he was asked to talk to a group of visiting VIPs the observatory on La Palma, where the University of Warwick has several research telescopes, he was stunned to find himself face to face with Neil Armstrong.

Reblogged from our series for Warwick Knowledge Centre

Mon 13 Jul 2020, 11:00 | Tags: Astro History, Astro Life, Human Space

The Sticky Situation Regarding Space Debris

Many of the things we take for granted in the modern world rely heavily on satellites in space. James Blake from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group explores the growing need to safeguard these satellites against the hazards they face on a daily basis.

Reblogged from our series for Warwick Knowledge Centre

Thu 09 Jul 2020, 11:00 | Tags: Human Space

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