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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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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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Astronomy at a distance: The Night Sky in April and May

Tue 28 April 2020

The sky above us changes constantly. It means that many objects are out of our view for much of the time – but when they are visible, it is amazing how much you can see. As Ashley Chrimes from Warwick’s Department of Physics explains, with a clear sky at the moment you may spot Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and it is even possible to snap a good photo of the Moon.

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Astronomy at a distance: Meteors

Tue 21 April 2020

Shooting stars – or meteors - are some of the most magical features of the night sky. Professor Tom Marsh from the University of Warwick’s astrophysics team explains exactly what shooting stars are and the best way to see them.

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