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The real Tatooine: Could there be life on other circumbinary planets?

Thu 10 September 2020

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.

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Could we grow potatoes on Mars?

Tue 18 August 2020

Exploring habitability, on our own world and beyond, is a research priority for the University of Warwick. Ares Osborn from Warwick’s astrophysics group, explores one aspect of this topic - growing food on Mars.

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The sticky situation regarding space debris

Thu 09 July 2020

Many of the things we take for granted in the modern world rely heavily on satellites in space. But as they become redundant or fail, many become space debris and risk damaging other satellites. James Blake from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group explores the growing need to safeguard satellites against the hazards they face on a daily basis.

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The Music of the Spheres

Tue 16 June 2020

Can we explain what music is and what music does? Philosophers, mathematicians and musicians have all had a go, explains Minhyong Kim, Professor of Algebra, Geometry, and Public Understanding of Mathematics at Warwick Mathematics Institute.

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Observing the planets

Fri 05 June 2020

It’s quite easy to see some of the other planets in our Solar system from your garden, balcony or on an evening walk. In fact, you might have already seen them without realising it, explains Dr David Brown from Warwick’s astrophysics team.

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