Draughts of the Stars

In our last post we took a glimpse at auroras in the making – a spectacular light show staged not by a Roman deity sadly, but by the solar wind. Today we will see where this solar wind originates from (the Sun, unsurprisingly) and see how the draughts of the stars yield the lights of the skies.

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Lights of the Skies

Last week we walked through the gallery of the universe to observe the majestic broad strokes found strewn across the canvas of interstellar space. This week we’re going to wander slightly closer to home, and take a look at the beautiful natural lights put on for us by our very own skies. However, they do get a little bit of help from a certain life-giving star, not to mention a lot of physics…

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The Canvas of Interstellar Space

Nebulae are one of the most beautiful wonders in the sky, a blend of colours and hues in a painting drawn upon the canvas of interstellar space. As Sherlock Holmes famously once said, ‘You see, but you do not observe.’ Today I will teach you how to not just see nebulae, but how to observe them. There will be many pretty pictures to follow, many of which will be familiar to avid stargazers.

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Trick or Treat

You know, what with the recent passing of Halloween, I thought I’d try my hand at a little horror story-telling of my own. It is a chilling tale about a demon, passed down through the ages in hushed tone and bated breath. Few dare to become too invested, and even the most intrepid minds find their dreams being haunted by this eerie creature. Those that are feint of heart, be warned…

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