Pythagorean Astronomy: Amateur Advances

Posted on 2 July 2022 by Chris North

Amateur astronomers regularly make important contributions to astronomy research. That can be through observations of meteor showers, or images of solar system objects. But it’s not always about pretty pictures, and some amateurs also make measurements that feed into our understanding of a broad range of astronomical phenomena, providing a network of telescopes that far
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An illustration of space debris in orbit around Earth

Pythagorean Astronomy: Space Environmentalism

Posted on 30 May 2022 by Chris North

In the 65 years since Sputnik 1 was launched in 1957, the number of artificial satellites in orbit has been increasing. In the last two years, the number of satellites has doubled, largely thanks to the huge “constellations” launched by companies such as SpaceX. The number of satellites has a detrimental impact on astronomical observations,
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Artist’s impression showing a two-star system where micronovae may occur.

Pythagorean Astronomy: Routine Spaceflight?

Posted on 7 May 2022 by Chris North

It’s not often that a new astronomical phenomenon is named, but this month we have a new one. The name might not be that original, but there have been the first observations of something known as a “micronova”. Lasting just a few hours, a micronova is much fainter than a typical “nova”, making them much
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Generation Tech – A Day in the Life of a Student

Posted on 6 May 2022 by Chris North

Calling all secondary school teachers! Do your secondary school pupils want to take part in a new and exciting interactive exercise that aims to bring science to a wider and more diverse audience? Science and technology dominate our everyday lives – from the alarms we use to wake ourselves up in the morning to how
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Join our 2022 AS Summer Programme

Posted on 5 May 2022 by Chemaine Barrett

We are thrilled to announce that in June we will once again be hosting our face to face, popular 3-day non-residential workshop for AS level students.  The workshop is aimed at students who are considering pursuing a physics degree. This free event will take place on Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 June 2022, from 10:00-16:30 at
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Rosalind Franklin rover on the surface of Mars

Pythagorean Astronomy: Shadow of war

Posted on 30 March 2022 by Chris North

With the invasion of Ukraine casting a shadow over the world, Chris North and Edward Gomez (returning from a long hiatus!) look at the impact of the war on astronomy and space science, mindful that these pale in importance when compared with the death and destruction taking place on the ground. From the international collaboration
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Venus as seen by Akatsuki

Pythagorean Astronomy: Venus resurfaces

Posted on 1 March 2022 by Chris North

Back in September 2020, the new broke that an unexpected gas, phosphine had been discovered in the atmosphere of Venus. While plans for making further measurements are progressing, the theoreticians have been hard at work modelling the atmosphere, and trying to explain how life could possibly exist in such a harsh environment Dr William Bains,
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Teentech Innovation Live

TeenTech Innovation Live: Space

Posted on 1 March 2022 by Chris North

The space and aeronautical industries are bigger than most people ever imagine. Whether your students want to know more about exploring galaxies, launching satellites or how to make sure the next generation of aircraft are safer and greener, this lively session captures all the excitement and challenges. We’ll cover some of the history of space
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Enrichment activities for the topic of space – 9th March 2022

Posted on 1 March 2022 by Chris North

Organised by Techniquest and Cardiff University, this secondary STEM half day online workshop will cover many aspects of KS3 science, with resources based on topics including material science (spacesuits), astronomy and space science (ESERO-UK, JWST) and studies of the solar system (astrobiology; using robotic telescopes; classroom and online simulations). It will include an overview of
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