Overview of tides

Even though the Moon is far smaller and less massive than the Earth its gravitational field still has significant effects on our planet. The most noticeable of these are tides, the periodic rise and fall of sea levels. In this post I'll give an overview of the causes of tides. This is something which many… Continue reading Overview of tides

Happy New year 2022

Happy new year to all my readers! Shortly after most of Europe and North America moved back to winter time from Daylight Saving Time, I created a poll to see how  my readers living in these regions felt about the switch. Now that we’ve  entered the  new year, I’ve decided to close the poll and… Continue reading Happy New year 2022

Reducing global carbon dioxide emissions

In early November 2021 much of the world’s media was focussed on the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (also known as COP26). As most of you will know, its key objectives were to get individual states to commit to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, to end deforestation and to plan to move away from fossil fuel… Continue reading Reducing global carbon dioxide emissions

Measuring Distances in Cosmology

I have recently written an article for my local amateur astronomical society about distance measurements in cosmology. There is a lot of confusion about what we mean by "distance" on the vast such scales and the article was written to help clear up of these misunderstandings. It is an expanded version of a shorter blog… Continue reading Measuring Distances in Cosmology

James Webb Telescope

On 18 December a Ariane 5 rocket will take off from the  Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, aboard it will be the $12 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) - the most expensive scientific instrument ever launched into space. In this post I’ll talk about this remarkable telescope and the mission to deploy it.… Continue reading James Webb Telescope