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The Atmospheric Mirror

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments by

When viewed from space, the Earth glows like a blue marble under the light of the distant Sun. Azure oceans lap against the jagged coastlines and pale clouds swirl gracefully across its face, temporarily obscuring from view the brown-green landmasses beneath. From this vantage point, there is little to suggest that intelligent bipedal apes are scuttling around the […]

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Men and Machines

Aug 02, 2012 No Comments by

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have gazed up at the stars and planets overhead. Even now, separated from our forebears by an expansive gulf of time, technology and knowledge, the stars remain distant, esoteric but evocative targets. Our curiosity and thirst for understanding…

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We, the pioneers.

May 31, 2012 1 Comment by

As Voyager 1 cradles the edge of our Solar System, poised to enter the vacuous expanse of deep space, we are approaching a milestone that many on this planet are not aware of. As this magnificent example of human engineering leaves the confines of the warm embrace of our Sun, at ~120 AU a now faint and […]

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A Multiplicity of Worlds

Apr 10, 2012 No Comments by

Undoubtedly the most exciting exoplanet news of the past week is the discovery of a star system with…

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Life and the seas of Europa

Feb 29, 2012 5 Comments by

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has been of interest to astronomers for hundreds of years, and to planetary scientists since…

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