Creative Space and COVID-19

coronavirus illustration

With all that's been going on lately, we've had to re-evaluate how we run the business and find a new way of working. So we've come up with a new business model that aims to keep everyone safe. We've been successfully using Zoom for face-to-face meetings and webinars. We've been able to offer all of … Continue reading Creative Space and COVID-19

Bouncing boulders on Comet 67P

Close-up of Comet 67P

A 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko update by Melanie Davies FRAS In September 2019, at a major planetary sciences conference (EPSC-DPS), scientists lead by Jean-Baptiste Vincent presented evidence of curious bouncing boulders on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. EPSC-DPS is the joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division of Planetary Sciences, and last year was held in Geneva, … Continue reading Bouncing boulders on Comet 67P

Looking East: The rise of the Chinese Space Programme

Melanie Davies looks back at ancient Chinese rocketry and delves into the impressive emergence of the space industry in China Some might argue that the birth of the space age can be traced back to 3rd century China when the word ‘rocket’ first appeared during the Three Kingdoms period (220 - 280). In 228 the … Continue reading Looking East: The rise of the Chinese Space Programme

Practical astronomy made simple

I have learnt so much today. The information just flows out of Melanie! I couldn't believe how quickly the day went. Student from Practical Astronomy one-day workshop

Many astronomy enthusiasts are thoroughly put-off when attempting to set up their first telescope. I've developed this course to bust any ideas that astronomy is hard work, and to make it easy and accessible for all. Students on this one-day course will be learning how to set up and use a simple telescope; how to … Continue reading Practical astronomy made simple

An all new astronomy show for GCSE students

The power of family engagement at it's best: how my daughter became the inspiration for a new planetarium show. With my youngest daughter having just started her GCSEs, she spent a good part of last year deciding on her options. It was predetermined that she would study Triple Science, giving her a deeper understanding of physics. … Continue reading An all new astronomy show for GCSE students

A new Saturnian hexagon high above the clouds

Using data captured by the Cassini spacecraft, scientists working at the University of Leicester have recently detected a high-altitude hexagonal feature, towering high above the clouds. As part of a long-term study, they discovered a North Polar Stratospheric Vortex (NPSV). This newly discovered detail, abundant in hydrocarbons, could be influenced by a much larger feature … Continue reading A new Saturnian hexagon high above the clouds

Glowing rings of a dying star

Glowing debris ring around white dwarf star

Researchers have found the remains of a planetary system orbiting a white dwarf star. Researchers from the University of Warwick have acquired the first direct image of a debris disc in orbit around the core of a burnt out star. The white dwarf star, SDSS1228+1040, lies about 463 lightyears away in the constellation of Virgo. Although … Continue reading Glowing rings of a dying star

Star maps

Star Map

This is one of a series of star maps I've just produced for a Stargazing Guide. This will be printed at a fairly tiny size, so I had to limit the amount of detail I put into the illustrations. Leaving things out was the hardest part of this job - especially when there are so many … Continue reading Star maps

The Pleiades

the pleiades

Bringing a little sparkle to the autumn nights. The Pleiades is an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus. This enigmatic group of stars is known by many names; the Seven Sisters, Messier 45, and Melotte 22 to name but a few. The Pleiades rise in the east just after sunset from the beginning of … Continue reading The Pleiades

Eclipse of the supermoon

Eclipse of the supermoon

It's not often, in southern England, that we get the chance to see a total eclipse of the Moon. But in the early hours of Monday 28th September, I was lucky enough to witness a triple lunar event. Not only was it a total lunar eclipse, it was the largest supermoon of 2015 (being closest to Earth on … Continue reading Eclipse of the supermoon