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Astronomy at a distance: what you need to start stargazing from home

Fri 03 April 2020

Social distancing may be keeping you at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be exploring the universe at the same time. Scientists from the University of Warwick’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Group show us what you can discover in the skies over the coming weeks, with advice on how you can get involved in astronomy without ever leaving your garden.

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What exactly is a leap year and why is it important?

Wed 26 February 2020

You may know that every four years February gets an extra day and we have what’s called a “leap year”. But how are leap years calculated and who worked it out? Dr James McCormac, an expert in astrophysics from the University of Warwick’s Physics Department explains.

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The world's most famous table: 150 years of Periodic Law

Mon 15 April 2019

150 years ago, Russian chemist, Dmitrii Mendeleev, first presented his idea to organise all the known elements into a handy table according to their atomic number, electrons and properties. Periodic Law, as he called his system, transformed science.

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The science of complexity and the art of control

Fri 08 September 2017

Professor Sandra Chapman knows a lot about complex systems. She is a plasma physicist working in space science and laboratory systems and is Director of the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics. She has been selected as one of two 2017/18 Lloyds of London Fulbright Scholars and this year she will be working in the USA on the impact of space weather on earth's systems.

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