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Why do we need leap years? Astrophysicists explain this month’s extra date

Astrophysicists at The University of Warwick are explaining the science behind leap years, ahead of this month’s extra date.

Wed 28 Feb 2024, 12:00 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, Space, astronomy, Sciences

Asteroid making its closest approach to Earth this weekend

An asteroid the size of a school bus will making its closest approach to Earth this weekend.

Fri 02 Feb 2024, 14:51 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy

New search finds 85 exoplanet candidates – as cool as planets in our own Solar System

Astronomers have discovered 85 possible planets outside of our solar system, with temperatures closer to those of our own Solar System planets, potentially cool enough to sustain life.

Wed 24 Jan 2024, 09:57 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy, Sciences

Solar physicist receives prestigious award for driving understanding of the Sun

A University of Warwick scientist known for his work on the behaviour of the Sun’s corona is being recognised for his contribution to astrophysics.

Mon 15 Jan 2024, 10:05 | Tags: Physics, research, Space, Sciences

Astronomers make rare exoplanet discovery – and a giant leap in detecting Earth-like bodies

Astronomers have made the rare discovery of a small, cold exoplanet and its massive outer companion – shedding light on the formation of planets like Earth.

Thu 11 Jan 2024, 09:35 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, Stars, astronomy, Sciences

What fireworks can teach us about the sky at night

With New Years Eve on the horizon, scientists reveal just why fireworks are differently coloured and what this can teach us about stars in space.

Elements commonly found in salts are used to make the colours in fireworks. The colours are caused when the elements are heated, causing them to release light in different colours, from bright blues to deep reds.

Sun 31 Dec 2023, 09:00 | Tags: Chemistry, Space, Stars, astronomy

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