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Schools, Secondary, Teacher Training

QuarkNet Cymru

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Paul Roche

You can detect particles from space! QuarkNet Cymru is an outreach project directed toward GCSE and A-level physics students, and run jointly by scientists at Cardiff University and Swansea University . The project involves several hands-on laboratory activities with various types of instruments for detecting cosmic rays. The equipment is available for loan to schools
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Astronomy, Media, Pythagorean Astronomy, Radio and Podcasts

Pythagorean Astronomy: Gravity and Light

Posted on 25 October 2017 by Chris North

On 16th October a huge team of astronomers announced to the world that they had detected, for the first time, gravitational waves and light from the same event. That event was the collision of two neutron stars in a galaxy around 130 million light year away. The signal was first detected by the LIGO and
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Astronomy, Media, Pythagorean Astronomy, Radio and Podcasts

Pythagorean Astronomy: Cassini’s Grand Finale

Posted on 3 October 2017 by Chris North

The 15th of September marked the Cassini spacecraft’s final plunge into Saturn’s gaseous atmosphere. This grand finale marked then end of a 20 year journey, 13 of which were spent orbiting Saturn, studying the ringed planet and its extended family of moons. Here in Cardiff, Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder has been closely following Cassini, and working
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Gravitational Waves: Nature’s Biggest Explosions

Posted on 5 September 2017 by Brychan Govier

On 6 September Professor Patrick Sutton from the School of Physics and Astronomy delivers the first in the PSE College Lecture Series. Gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — were one of the first major predictions of Einstein’s theory of gravity, and are the last to be directly measured. These waves are
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