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Where is planet Vulcan?

Today’s guest blog is by author Simon Guerrier. He’s joining us next week to talk about the Scientific Secrets of Dr Who. Isaac Newton was a genius, but he’s been described as a sorcerer as much as a scientist. It’s thought that it was his interest in magic – and the…

Observing the night sky – May 2015

There’s lots to look out for in the night sky, and you don’t need expensive equipment – just reasonably dark and clear skies and a bit of persistence. Here’s our pick of what astronomical events you can observe this month just with the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope. 5 May…

Hubble’s 25th Birthday

by Radmila Topalovic – Astronomer

Hubble Deep Field image showing hundreds of galaxies.  Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

Hubble Deep Field image showing hundreds of galaxies.
Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, whose data has revolutionised the field of astrophysics, and captivated scientists and the public alike. Built by NASA with contributions from ESA, the telescope has a primary mirror (its eye) of 2.4 metres and orbits the Earth at an altitude of 340 miles. Read more about this amazing telescope in our article for the Guardian

Look out for Lyrid meteors

17 April 2015 – The annual Lyrid meteor shower is underway and will be growing to its peak on Weds 22–Thurs 23 April. This year the young Moon shouldn’t interfere so at the shower’s height you can expect to see 10-20 meteors per hour, weather permitting. Viewing the Lyrids The point…