Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Landing On a Snowball: Part II

So one of my last posts was about the Rosetta mission which is currently orbiting a comet!
It was just to let everyone know that it will be attempting to land a small craft on the orbit tomorrow! Something like this has never been done before, so it is making history! It should start about 8:35 tomorrow UK time, and it should be known if the Philae probe made it there safely around 9!

An artist's impression of the orbiter!

It takes around 28 minutes for a signal to be sent from the orbiter to Earth, so there is a bit of a delay in not knowing what has happened. If you want to see some of the action live, there should be the control room and lots of other exciting things happening here!

What do you guys think of this amazing science in action?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Life, the Universe and Everything; 2

So what a week it has been! I finished my project at uni, back at work and starting to get ready for my last year at uni! Even through all that it has been fun, plus Doctor Who is back and that is that is what I am most happy about currently! Next week should be fun as well with some parties and generally acting more like a 21 year old than I currently am (typing this wearing my PJs with some green tea wrapped in my crochet blanket). Does anyone else feel like a granny when they are this young?! So here are some pictures that I've taken this week (and as I haven't done this kind of post in ages I'm including ones from a while ago)!

So my new cosy cardigan from Cath Kidston, catch up with some of my friends (those burgers were the best), again more Pizza, the best new beer I've had in a while

Obvs the most mature person ever, my Sunday morning breakfast as someone finished my Coco pops :(  The best Indian food ever, I had Saag Paneer

So Glasgow looked pretty lovely during the Commonwealth Games..

Burgers and mac and cheese, the diet of Royalty

So we found these cards in a bar, and hilarity ensued! 

Monty, the BFs cat, my sisters 18th birthday, found this strange item in the park! some random cat I played with for a good 10 minutes, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE!

So what have you guys been upto?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

My Topshop Wishlist

So on a slow day in the office the other week I decided to make a little list of my current wants from  Topshop (which is always loads). It's really quickly starting to feel like Autumn Winter here in Scotland even if it has just turned September, but to be honest this is my favourite time of the year! Nothing better than thick tights, woolly jumpers and a nice new pair of Chelsea boots!

This fur lined parka should keep my nice and toasty in Winter. My lovely friend Jillian bought me this jumper in pink for my birthday, and this mint version looks stunning as well! Classic black skinny jeans are a must for Winter, and these Joni style are my current favs. You can't take the astronomer out of the girl, this Motel print needs to be mine soon! These boots looked lovely in real life and sadly they didn't have them in my size, but they are just a bit a play of the classic black boot!

What do you guys think of my picks? Send me your Winter wants below and help me expand my wish list! I don't need much encouraging to buy..

Friday, 5 September 2014

Rosetta: Landing on a snowball

So for the first time ever we are trying to land a space craft on a comet. The Rosetta spacecraft is currently in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (catchy name I know) and they are currently hoping to land a little craft on the surface of the comet its self.

Artist impression of the lander on the comet.
So we'll start with what a comet is. Comets are small icy bodies found in our Solar system, they are affectionally called Dirty Snowballs, as that is basically what they are. Mostly made of ice, rock and dirt they have a really large orbit around the Sun in which, unlike the Earth that stays about the same distance from the Sun, comets at one part of their orbit get really close to the Sun. As they are mostly made of ice, this turns into the comet heating up and leaving a trail of ice and rock behind it.

The ice trail of a comet

So why do we want to want to but a satellite in orbit around a comet? Because they come from deep space, that is very far away from Earth. They are made of lots of different materials that we may not find that much of on Earth. Some scientists think that the reason that we have more water here on Earth than on most planets is that comets hit the Earth millions of years ago and then melted to give us the oceans and seas.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Rosetta was woken up from it's hibernation in January, and went into orbit around the comet in August. It is mostly looking to see what the comet is made of and whether comets could possibly have brought the building blocks of life to Earth! I'll maybe write another blog post if there are more developments, but for now that is a little introduction!
What do you guys think of trying to land on a snowball? Cool or crazy?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Life, the Universe and Everything: 1

I think I might make this my kinda weekly roundup, although considering this is Wednesday it's not really a weekly roundup. But I got back from my holiday and haven't blogged in a wee while so Wednesday it is!

We were staying in the Lara Beach resort in Turkey, and it was so beautiful. All inclusive and had loads to do! I will do a full review of the hotel soon, but for now I just thought I'd share a pic or two of the holiday. PS the hotel had a cat sanctuary!

Short one for today, but back to daily blogging tomorrow!
How are you guys today?

Friday, 27 June 2014

Dust of the Ancients

So when people often think of Astronomy they think of the the beautiful pictures that the Hubble Space Telescope has taken over the years. A full gallery of which can be found here. But the pictures that people always remember are those of Nebulae. There are several types of Nebulae but in general they are large regions of gas and dust that are found in space.

The Eagle Nebula

The stunning picture above was dubbed the Pillars of Creation and is found in the Eagle Nebulae in the constellation of Serpens. This type of nebula is sometimes called a Stellar Nursery and is generally where stars form out of the gas and dust.When a small amount of gas, which is denser in that place than in the rest of the nebula, gravity takes over and more gas and dust is attracted to this spot, and eventually a star is born. Young stars are always found in these types of nebula and all the stars formed tend to have a similar age.

The Helix Nebula

The picture above shows another type called a Planetary Nebula called the Helix nebula. Generally these are formed when a massive star, called a Red Giant, reaches the end of it's life and begins to die in a process known as a Supernova. The star throws of an outer shell of gas and dust and becomes a smaller kind of star known as a White Dwarf.

 The Cat's Eye Nebula

There are more reasons than I've went into for these beautiful wonders of the Universe that I've saved for another post. But what do you think? Do you have a favourite?

Monday, 16 June 2014

Adios, Adios, I think I don't understand what that means.

So long time no talk friends! How have you all been?! 
Sorry for the long delayed absence I've not been able to blog due to exams/projects/work. But I've now finally got some time to blog again and I just thought I would show you some pictures of things I've been upto. 

Always coffee or alcohol or ice cream.

I got to see Wicked again in Glasgow, and it was amazing as the London West End and the songs have been stuck in my head for a few weeks now. I also got the see the Wonder Years who are one of my all time fav bands.  Obvs more wine (we ended up in the VIP section for Wicked). CAAAATTT and days out with the bf! A lovely pressie from one of the bestsos Christina. I'd never eaten a Chimichanga before, I would again!

My amazing art work. I spent too much time in the library that I found this funny. Beating the bf at 
Pokemon always makes me smile! Always time for a BBQ. Lovely packaging makes me smile!

Overall the past few months have been hard work in uni which didn't pay off quite the way I wanted it too, but these things happen! I've got a busy Summer to look forward too including a holiday and some reasearch and no doubt plenty of other things. I expect to be back to the Astronomy and lifestyle posts tomorrow!
So how have you guys been? Looking forward to Summer?