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One of the benefits of producing great work in astronomy is the recognition you get. every so often a discovery could mean a bit of exposure in the press and when that happens local dignitaries tend to show up and honour us with their presence.  we recently had one such occasion and as ever we needed… Read Article →

There’s not exactly a lot of women listed in the historical development of astrophysics but there’s a notable exception in Ireland – Lady Margaret Huggins.  She spent over thirty years working with her husband William Huggins as they laid a significant foundation for the development of astrophysics. This remarkable lady was born Margaret Murray in… Read Article →

Over the past couple of years, we’ve witnessed what is in essence the collapse of the United States space program, don’t you agree? Meanwhile, China is venturing ahead with manned space flights seemingly by the month and the Russian federation, newly flush with natural gas money from Europe is doing the same. My friend who… Read Article →

Working in an observatory is my dream jobs but there are times when that dream can become a nightmare. Just recently we were on the verge of getting a real breakthrough with some work when I got a call from my mother of all people. Usually you hear news that effects years worth of work… Read Article →

I think we’re setting up a new normal when it comes to space exploration.  No longer will the United States of America and Russia dominate the landscape.  Instead, China, the EU and yes the once much maligned international space station are going to carry much of the load.  Of course, given different budget ideas in… Read Article →

I was born on October 31st which makes me a Scorpio.  Now, I am not a big believer of star signs making you a certain personality otherwise there would only be 12 different personalities on the earth.  However, I have always been interested in what you can see in the sky, so I thought that… Read Article →

Are you one of the people who have an interest in NASA operations? If you are a student studying a course related to space and other planets, you may be interested in using the NASA Free iPhone app. Isn’t it interesting to see what NASA are doing today or even get information on their developments… Read Article →

“Let’s see if we can see a satellite,”  whispered my mother one evening.  I was 8.  Full of wonder I followed my mother outside.  We lay on the ground looking up at the stars.  We waited.  That night we saw five satellites pass overhead.  The crossed the milky way, blazoned across the night sky.  I… Read Article →

Space exporation, that’s quite a vast and never ending task but it is one that many people decide to delve into. Let me tell you, it is very interesting. You do have to have that certain something that makes you want to study the sky for days at a time but it is all worth… Read Article →

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