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ESOcast 82: Zodiacal Light

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is famed for its dark night skies, which can be enjoyed in their full glory thanks to the absence of light pollution. But even the darkest sky is not completely dark. Astronomers at ESO’s observatories often encounter a natural light phenomenon above ESO’s telescopes known as the zodiacal light.… Read More »

Zodiacal Light Explained

the Attic ama Desert in northern Chile is famed for its dark night skies which can be enjoyed in their full glory thanks to the absence of light pollution but even the darkest sky is not completely dark astronomers at esos observatories often encounter and natural light phenomenon above those telescopes known as the zoo… Read More »

How do we study the stars? – Yuan-Sen Ting

The city sky is, frankly, rather boring. If you look up at the patches of murk between buildings, you might be able to pick out The Big Dipper, or perhaps, Orion’s Belt. But hold on. Look at that murky patch again and hold our your thumb. How many stars do you think are behind it?… Read More »

Could Asteroid Mining Fuel Deep Space Travel?

If we want to colonize space, we have to figure out how to generate a large supply of life sustaining resources. The most important being water. The good news is, traces of water have been detected throughout our solar system. And asteroids may hold the most accessible abundance of water that we know of. There… Read More »

The Star That Trolled Astronomers

In 1967, S. Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a graduate student at Cambridge University. She and her thesis advisor, Anthony Hewish, were using a custom-built radio telescope to study radio signals from outer space. To their surprise, they saw a series of blips coming from a specific point in the sky. It looked like a star… Read More »

Astronomy: The Meaning in the Stars

NARRATOR: The Earth is our home. For millennia, humans have roamed the land, exploring every inch of what our planet has to offer. Beyond, however, the heavens stretch as an unexplored frontier. Since humans first looked at the night sky, people have wondered what lies beyond the realm of our planet. What kinds of worlds… Read More »

Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy

Any thriving vibrant science has to properly reflect the backgrounds of the community it serves. I feel this very strongly. The Rubin presidential chair will be an important symbol in the entire country for diversity in the physical sciences. It’s the only chair that’s being created—that we know of—in Vera’s memory. Vera was one of… Read More »

GCSE Astronomy: Controlled Assessment Marking Training for Unit 2 (Pre-recorded Event)

Hello and welcome to this pre-recorded event for GCSE Astronomy: Controlled Assessment Marking To help you get the most out of this feedback, you may want to have the following documents handy as we will refer to them during the session. PDF copies of the above documents will have been e-mailed to you before the… Read More »

“Are other solar systems like our own?” (Ask an Astronomer)

Some nearby stars, like our Sun, have a family of planets in orbit around them. Take, for example, the star 55 Cancri in the constellation Cancer, the Crab. It has at least three planets in orbit around it, one of which is four times heavier than Jupiter and orbiting the star at the same distance… Read More »