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Pythagorean Astronomy: The Astronomer Royal and Potatoes on Mars

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Chris North

April’s edition of our monthly astronomy podcast, presented by Chris North and Edward Gomez. Earlier this month we were treated to a talk in Cardiff by Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal and Professor of Astrophysics at University of Cambridge. This afforded us the opportunity to speak to Professor Rees about the subject of his talk:
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This artist’s impression shows an imagined view of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and may be the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the Solar System. They are the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star. In this view one of the inner planets is seen in transit across the disc of its tiny and dim parent star.

Astronomy, Media, Pythagorean Astronomy

Pythagorean Astronomy: TRAPPIST-1 and other stories

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Chris North

At the end of last month, there was a lot of interest in the discovery of seven roughly Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. One month on, Chris North and Edward Gomez discuss the implications of this discovery. We also get an update from the Amaury Triaud, of the University of Cambridge, about TRAPPIST and its successor, SPECULOOS.
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Ogden Trust School Physicist of the Year Award

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Brychan Govier

Is one of your students the future face of Physics? The Ogden Trust’s School Physicist of the Year Award is open for nominations. If you teach at a school in Wales, you can nominate your most promising year 12 physics student. Entries are limited to one year 12 student per school, and all nominees will receive £25
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Astronomy, Public

Martin Rees: the World in 2050

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Chris North

Leading astrophysicist Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and a senior figure in UK science, will look ahead to 2050 in a public lecture at Cardiff University on 6th April. This event is sponsored by the Learned Society of Wales and forms part of the Annual University/LSW Partnership Lecture series. It will be followed by a reception
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