Astronomy Camps for high school students
Schools / November 21, 2017

Astronomy Camps for high school students

Alfred University Observatory. Photo by Allen Grove Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a future in astronomy can explore their passion at this residential camp hosted by Alfred University’s Stull Observatory, considered one of the top teaching observatories in the country. Instructed by AU physics and astronomy faculty members, students…

Astronomy Project for middle school
Schools / November 18, 2017

Astronomy Project for middle school

In our SkyServer Projects, you will learn science by studying the 80 million stars and galaxies of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) - the same objects that professional astronomers study. Most of these objects have never been seen before by human eyes. STUDENTS: Work through these projects at your own pace. Each consists of several questions and exercises. If you…

Facts About Space exploration
About Space / November 15, 2017

Facts About Space exploration

Welcome back to Answers of the Day - our daily Jalopnik feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day s Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It s by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers. Enjoy! Photo Credit: NASA and Samaja Here are your top ten choices for the difficulties of space travel. 10.) Penises don t work as well in space…

What is Astrophysics all About?
Astrophysics / November 12, 2017

What is Astrophysics all About?

This diagram reveals changes in the rate of expansion since the universe s birth 15 billion years ago. The more shallow the curve, the faster the rate of expansion. The curve changes noticeably about 7.5 billion years ago, when objects in the universe began flying apart as a faster rate. Astronomers theorize that the faster expansion rate is due to a mysterious, dark…

Study Astrophysics
Astrophysics / November 9, 2017

Study Astrophysics

Topics: Personal stories, about science writing Is the study of astrophysics self-indulgent? I was caught aback by that assertion, made by a recent graduate in the latest issue of the Brown University alumni magazine, because I want it to be wrong and yet I recognize that the idea has shaped my own professional life. The article profiles six graduates, among them…

University of Washington Astronomy
Universities / November 6, 2017

University of Washington Astronomy

Rory@ Rory Barnes is a theorist in the Virtual Planetary Laboratory primarily interested in the formation and evolution of habitable planets. He focuses on planets in and around the “habitable zones” of low-mass stars, showing how their composition, orbital oscillations, and tidal processes affect our concept of planetary habitability. He has also worked extensively…

Astronomical studies
Study Space / November 3, 2017

Astronomical studies

NGC 7026, a planetary nebula, lies just beyond the tip of the tail of the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan). Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Historically, astronomy has focused on observations of heavenly bodies. It is a close cousin to astrophysics. Succinctly put, astrophysics involves the study of the physics of astronomy and concentrates on the behavior, properties…

Consequences of space exploration
Space Exploration / October 31, 2017

Consequences of space exploration

Editor s Note: This is the ninth in a series of essays on exploration by NASA s Chief Historian, Steven J. Dick. As controversies swirl about funding, resources, motives and methods for spaceflight, it is well to consider the consequences of exploring space – and of choosing not to do so. Earlier essays have already analyzed in broad terms some of the potential consequences…

PHD in Cosmology
Study Space / October 28, 2017

PHD in Cosmology

MPhil in Astronomy fees Home UK/EU students: £4, 1211 Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4, 1212 Overseas students: £18, 3003 1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016. 2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016. 3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016. PhD in Astronomy fees Home UK/EU students: £4, 1211 Channel Island and Isle of Man students:…

Best Astrophysics books for Beginners
Astrophysics / October 25, 2017

Best Astrophysics books for Beginners

The books listed in the previous posts range from pretty easy to extremely hard . so it all depends on your learning goals: achieving a general understanding? acquiring detailed physical knowledge? sophisticated expert knowledge? If you go for the simplest introductory texts, then you will sacrifice some of the necessary rigour and breadth, and the oversimplifications…

Who has the best Space program?
Study Space / October 22, 2017

Who has the best Space program?

Russia and China are increasingly pursuing the ability to attack America’s space-based assets, but is there anything the Pentagon can do to thwart Beijing and Moscow’s ambitions? While it is sometimes treated as an afterthought here on earth, space-based capabilities like GPS, communications and reconnaissance satellites are the sinews that hold the U.S. military…

Top Physics Colleges in India
Colleges / October 19, 2017

Top Physics Colleges in India

“Best” is pretty subjective. One means to determine the “best” could be to look up college rankings. But there is a problem with this as well. Because colleges are typically ranked for their degree programs (like Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science etc.), but not for specific courses. You could for instance look up QS: I also found this list of top quantum physics…

Information About Space exploration
About Space / October 16, 2017

Information About Space exploration

Into Orbit Humans have dreamed about spaceflight since antiquity. The Chinese used rockets for ceremonial and military purposes centuries ago, but only in the latter half of the 20th century were rockets developed that were powerful enough to overcome the force of gravity to reach orbital velocities that could open space to human exploration. As often happens in science…

Best books About Space exploration
About Space / October 13, 2017

Best books About Space exploration

The space shuttle Endeavour glides back to Earth on Jan. 20, 1996, after nine days in space on the STS-72 mission. The orbiter is about to touch down on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Credit: NASA Only a select few have experienced spaceflight first-hand, but a good book can show you T-0 through an…

Where to study Astronomy in South Africa?
Astronomy / October 10, 2017

Where to study Astronomy in South Africa?

Astronomers are scientists who study the origins, evolution, physical and chemical nature of objects beyond the earth’s atmosphere. Astronomers work to increase our under-standing of how the universe began, how it has evolved and how it will evolve. They study how interstellar dust, gas clouds, planets, stars, galaxies and clusters of galaxies came to exist and how…