Tag Archives: Universe

Supernovae – 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy (2/14)

60-Second Adventures in Astronomy. Number 2: Supernovae. One of the most mind-blowing events in the universe is the explosion of a star. In 1054 CE Chinese astronomers spotted one so bright they could see it in daylight. Today you can still see a cloud of gas and dust from the same explosion and because a… Read More »

Meet the Comets – an astronomy/space song – for kids!

Sometimes you’ll look up into the night sky And see something amazing passing by Brighter and closer than any star Travelling our solar system from very far A nucleus made from frozen gas, rock and ice tails streaming behind them that look so nice What are these bright visitors in the sky? Where did they… Read More »

Dark Energy – 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy (9/14)

60-Second Adventures in Astronomy. Number 9: Dark Energy. Why is the universe expanding? Albert Einstein was absolutely certain the universe was stable but he couldn’t work out why his snazzy new relativity equations suggested it was contracting, so Einstein figured space must have an inbuilt tendency to fling itself apart, which would balance out the… Read More »

Astronomers Discover Mystery Radio Signal From Another Galaxy

The date is 2001, and in the Australian outback a 64 meter radio telescope scans the sky for electromagnetic signals from deep space. With most of the electromagnetic energy in the universe being generated by stars and black holes, and outside of the visible light spectrum, the radio dish and the data it collects as… Read More »

How Gaia Changed Astronomy Forever | Space Time

The great advances in any science tend to come in sudden leaps April 25th of 2018 marks the beginning of just such a leap for much of astronomy. In the early hours of the morning the Gaia mission second data release dropped. Our understanding of our own galaxy will never be the same again. The… Read More »

Astronomers Find Invisible Galaxies That Change Everything We Know About Science

Ok, so here’s some space 101 for you. You know what a planet is, right? You’re sitting on one at this moment in time. It’s Earth, your home. We are the third rock from the sun. The first is Mercury, ‘cos he’s closest to that energy giver, the Sun. Our family is called the Solar… Read More »

Meet the Stars (Part 1)–Astronomy Song about stars-for Kids

Let’s go meet the stars In our galaxy Some are very far But still bright enough to see Let’s go meet the stars There are many different kinds They will blow your mind Let’s go and meet the stars We’ll travel very far Out through our universe I wonder who we’ll meet first Will we… Read More »

Meet the Asteroids Part 1 – A Song About Astronomy – By In A World & the Nirks

Between Mars and Jupiter there is a large void An area to study that astronomers enjoy A gap with a ring made up of millions of planetoids Or, also known as a belt of asteroids Hurtling through space in their orbit round the sun These large, irregularly shaped rocks have a lot of fun Made… Read More »

Urban Astronomy | Science in the City | Exploratorium

– So the satellite we’re actually looking at– well, that we’re gonna see in about three minutes– we can’t see it, but it’s somewhere over there– takes about eight minutes to go across the sky, but it’s only reflecting sunlight for the couple seconds we’re gonna see it here in about three minutes. So the… Read More »