Chris North

Chris North

Dr Chris North is the Ogden Science Lecturer in Cardiff University's School of Physics and Astronomy. He also holds an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship entitled "The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy". Chris is also an astronomy researcher by training, focusing most recently on the Herschel Space Observatory.


Latest posts

Gravitational Waves: Meet the Experts

Posted on 23 February 2021 by Chris North

On Saturday 20th February 2021, we hosted a “Meet the Experts” session as part of Cardiff Science Festival. You can watch a recording of the event below. Questions We didn’t get to all the questions live, but the panel kindly answered them by text. Below is a list of the questions and answers, with links
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Pythagorean Astronomy: The Martian Triple

Posted on 2 February 2021 by Chris North

Over the course of the next month, we’ll see the arrival at Mars of not one, not two, but three spacecraft: Nasa’s Perseverance Rover, with its little helicopter Ingenuity; the Chinese Space Agency’s Tianwen-1 mission, which comprises an orbiting spacecraft, a landing platform and a rover; and the UAE’s Hope mission, which is an orbiting
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Pythagorean Astronomy: Mass Gaps and Radio Bursts

Posted on 2 July 2020 by Chris North

Science news stories normally revolve around something new that’s been learned, or some question that’s been answered. But sometimes, and these are often the most interesting times, there’s an observation or discovery that raises a whole new set of questions – and the mystery deepens. This month we discuss two such discoveries. First of all,
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Pythagorean Astronomy: SmallSpark

Posted on 5 June 2020 by Chris North

Amid the turmoil of not only coronavirus, but also anti-racism protests across the US and now internationally, it’s been a notable month for spaceflight. At the end of May, SpaceX launched their first crewed Dragon capsule, which became the first private vehicle to dock with the International Space Station. But the private space sector is
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