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Sir Isaac Newton

You’ve probably heard the story of a scientist sitting under an apple tree. Suddenly an apple falls and whacks him in the head. Just then he formulates the theory of gravity. It may not have happened just like that, but the scientist featured in the story is Sir Isaac Newton. He was born on 4thContinue reading “Sir Isaac Newton”

Want to be an Astronaut?

How many kids have you heard say, “When I grow up I want to be an astronaut!”? Maybe you said it yourself. Well now could be your chance, as the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced that they are recruiting the next group to Join European Astronaut Corps. This is the first time since 2008Continue reading “Want to be an Astronaut?”

Space Based Telescopes

The idea of a space based telescope is not new. Lyman Spitzer first suggested the idea of a telescope in space in 1946. This was 11 years before the first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched by the Soviet Union. His idea suggested that a telescope in space would not be impacted by the atmosphere ofContinue reading “Space Based Telescopes”

Radio Telescopes

Last week I wrote about optical ground based telescopes. In this post we learned about the electromagnetic spectrum and how visible light makes up only part of the spectrum. We also learned that all parts of the spectrum are useful in different ways for astronomy. In this article I am going to focus on theContinue reading “Radio Telescopes”

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