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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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The Story of Pluto

Thu 28 May 2020

The story of how Pluto got dropped as a planet is one of discovery, debate and a momentous decision that explains how we found a whole new class of objects: the dwarf planets, explains Dr Elizabeth Stanway.

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Astronomy at a distance: Nebulae

Thu 21 May 2020

Nebulae are birthplaces of stars and spectacular sights to behold. But you don’t need a powerful telescope to experience these ‘Stellar Nurseries’, as postgraduate researcher Jack McCleery explains.

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Astronomy at a distance: Seeing satellites

Fri 15 May 2020

It’s not just stars, planets and meteors that fill our night sky. Our planet is also orbited by spacecraft that you can spot – if you know where and when, explains Professor Don Pollacco, the science coordinator for the upcoming space telescope PLATO.

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