Monday, 12 January 2015

Solar Eclipses Part 1

This is just a quick blog post today, and I think I'll make this part of a small series in which I talk about eclipses. There are two types of eclipses that we see from Earth, solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse. The short explanation for both of these are in a solar eclipse the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and in a lunar eclipse the Earth passes between the Sun and Moon.

A solar eclipse, as seen from Earth

A lunar eclipse, as seen from Earth.

This is just a really early warning to say that there will be a solar eclipse in March this year! It'll be on March 20th, and the diagram below shows where in the world it will be visible from!

Any area in white, means that the eclipse won't be visible, but I'll talk more about that later! Hopefully Part 2 will be up on Thursday!

Have you guys ever seen an eclipse before? Will you be able to see it from where you are in the world?

My Last Semester

So today was officially my last first day at uni (confusing, eh?). It is kinda funny to think that my 5 years at university is finally coming to an end, but I'm so happy to be getting near there.
It's so exciting when you start, and so completely different to school or college. But it's also so much more work. The thing I never realised when starting, was how much everything is on you. All the studying, project work and silly little things like turning up to classes on time, it's on you and no one else.

But enough of all that serious stuff, enjoy it whilst you can, it's amazing and you'll remember it forever.
Ps the Glasgow campus looks like Hogwarts, so I'm just going to insert some pictures of that here..

Friday, 2 January 2015

New Year, New Post

So it's finally 2015. And that means I want to go back to blogging more regularly. This year is going to be scary, I finally graduate university, and that means getting a 'proper job'.
But back to more blogging, hoping to start with more Astronomy, lifestyle and general science/technology. Is there anything you guys would like to see?
But bring it on 2015, please be a good one.

Ps here are some of my favourite moments of 2014

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?