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Star’s death will play a mean pinball with rhythmic planets

Four planets locked in a perfect rhythm around a nearby star are destined to be pinballed around their solar system when their sun eventually dies, according to a study led by the University of Warwick that peers into its future.

Fri 11 Jun 2021, 09:39 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy, planet

Pint of Science returns bringing Warwick scientists out of the lab and into your living room

The public science festival, Pint of Science, kicks off next week with experts from the University of Warwick talking about their research live in your living room.


New ‘sun clock’ quantifies extreme space weather switch on/off

Extreme space weather events can significantly impact systems such as satellites, communications systems, power distribution and aviation. They are driven by solar activity which is known to have an irregular but roughly 11 year cycle. By devising a new, regular ‘sun clock’, researchers have found that the switch on and off of periods of high solar activity is quite sharp, and are able to determine the switch on/off times. Their analysis shows that whilst extreme events can happen at any time, they are much less likely to occur in the quiet interval.

Wed 10 Jun 2020, 10:45 | Tags: Physics, research, Space

Supercharged light pulverises asteroids, study finds

The majority of stars in the universe will become luminous enough to blast surrounding asteroids into successively smaller fragments using their light alone, according to a University of Warwick astronomer.

Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10:24 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy

Stars need a partner to spin Universe’s brightest explosions

When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have found that it takes two stars to make a gamma-ray burst.

Mon 13 Jan 2020, 12:32 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy

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