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Sherwood Observatory visit to the MRAO

On 23/04/16 members from our Sherwood Observatory had a chance to visit the MRAO radio facility in Cambridge.  This astronomical radio research site was not to be missed especially by radio enthusiast members.  Ten observatory members including myself took this chance opportunity to visit this radio facility.


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Supermassive black holes in 'red geyser' galaxies cause galactic warming  

An international team of scientists, including the University of Kentucky's Renbin Yan, have uncovered a new class of galaxies, called "red geysers," with supermassive black hole winds so hot and energetic that stars can't form. Over the last few billion years, a mysterious kind of "galactic warming" has caused many galaxies to change from a lively place where new stars formed every now and then to a quiet place devoid of fresh young stars. But the mechanism that produces this dramatic transformation and keeps galaxies quiet has been one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in galaxy evolution. 

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Rosetta’s comet contains ingredients for life

Ingredients crucial for the origin of life on Earth, including the simple amino acid glycine and phosphorus, key components of DNA and cell membranes, have been discovered at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The possibility that water and organic molecules were brought to the early Earth through impacts of objects like asteroids and comets have long been the subject of important debate. 





Predicting the spread of the Zika virus

A new tool by Japan-based researchers predicts the risk of Zika virus importation and local transmission for 189 countries. Countries that are well connected to/from Brazil have been at particularly high risk of importation, according to the analysis by a team of researchers from the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency.




  • Eastern total solar eclipse Rendezvous.   On February 28th 2016 I embarked on a total solar eclipse adventure to the Far East flying to Singapore then to cruise by sea lured by the eastern promise to witness my 6th total solar eclipse experience. 

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  • Using the oldest fossil micrometeorites -- space dust -- ever found, Monash University-led research has made a surprising discovery about the chemistry of Earth's atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago. The findings of a new study published today in the journal Nature -- led by Dr Andrew Tomkins and a team from the School of Earth.

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  • Schnappschuß in den Hauptkontrollraum von ExoMars 2016

    Mars is red, Martians are green – Go! ExoMars, Go!

    Monday,14.10.2016 , 09:31, Pad 39 at Site 200 in Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The mighty  Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage brought ExoMars 2016 on its way to Mars. Russian rockets start without a countdown, they just launch. Lift off of Proton M with ExoMars 2016: Michael Khan (Mission Analyst) explainen launch and orbital mechanics (He calculated the flight trajectory!):


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