Fly Me to the Moon…

My girlfriend and I have just finished booking our summer holidays and we are really looking forward to getting away from it all. Like many people, we will be flying and to be quite honest, flying bores me. I hate waiting in the airport to get on board and then when I am in the […]

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The End is Nigh!

Now let’s look at what happens when a star reaches the end of its life. Thing is, what happens depends on how big the star is so we’ll look a two stars, an average star like our Sun, and a giant star with several times the mass of the Sun. A star about the size […]

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

 Spitzer/Caltech I thought I’d take a look at what stars are, how they form, how they work and what happens to them when they get old and there are no pension schemes for stars! Out there, in the vastness of space, are huge, diffuse clouds of gas  and dust, the remnants of earlier generations of […]

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Tea for Two

Gamma- Caeli Here we are going to take a look at some cosmic couples, couples who have been married for millions or even billions of years, and most humans struggle to make it work for just a few years! What we are talking about here is binary pairs or double stars. Okay so what’s so […]

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The Magic Roundabout

After I wrote the last piece about resonant orbits I thought I would write a bit about orbits in general and what they are. The fact is that for a long time, a few thousand years at least, we have known that some of the things we can see in the sky go round some […]

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The secret power of resonances

There is a power in our solar system. A hidden, unseen power that has shaped our Solar System and I don’t mean the Free Masons or the Illuminati! This force has helped make life on Earth possible, and lies at the very foundation of our stellar neighbourhood. The power I am talking about is not […]

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