Rosetta Comet Landing (67P)

Alex Astronomy, General Nuggets, Technology 0 Comments

Today on the 12th November 2014, the European Space Agency (also known as ESA) released a probe known as Philae, that successfully performed what could only be described as the first ‘soft landing’ on a comet known as 67P. What is a comet According the Collins dictionary of astronomy, a comet is a minor member of the solar system that …

Pluto – A Planet Again?

Alex Astronomy, Current Affairs 0 Comments

“Viva la Pluto” These were the words of one of my excited friends on Wednesday the 1st of October, when she briefly told me that Pluto was now being reinstated with planetary status. When I heard this, I had the same reaction as any good astronomer would, confusion! Regardless of my confusion that evening, I headed off to the observatory, …