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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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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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