The Morning Star-Venus

Anybody who has been up early in the past month and looked at the eastern sky will have noticed a brilliant white object - the planet Venus,  sometimes called the Morning Star. It is much brighter than any other planet and is the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon.… Continue reading The Morning Star-Venus

Enceladus Flyby 28 Oct 2015

On 28 October 2015 the space probe Cassini, which has been orbiting Saturn for the last 10 years, will pass within 50 km of the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. This is an extremely close approach by an interplanetary spacecraft (by comparison the New Horizons mission only got as close as 12,500 km above the surface of Pluto) and… Continue reading Enceladus Flyby 28 Oct 2015

Why is the Sky Blue?

Today I want to give the scientific explanation for something we all love to see (especially if, like me, you live in a place as rainy as Manchester, England) - the blue sky.  I will also discuss the colour of the skies on the Moon and Mars, two places where spacecraft have landed and taken… Continue reading Why is the Sky Blue?

Enceladus -Could there be life?

Welcome Hello and welcome to the first post from the Science Geek. I intend to write  a weekly blog about various topics of interest, which will cover all aspects of science. The articles will be aimed at the non scientist and won't require any previous scientific knowledge. I hope you enjoy reading them and please feel… Continue reading Enceladus -Could there be life?