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I came across this image whilst doing some work and it made me halt my work for a bit as I …

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Have your gmail hacked and it’s very likely that you’ll also loose access to your other accounts as well. Your PayPal, Facebook and …

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The truth is that we don’t know what the surface of Pluto looks like. We have images of the planet taken with …

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Today I got the unique opportunity to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson at my new job at the Institut d’Astrophysique in Paris. By …

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Lately I’ve been busy working on a project which involves studying the atmosphere of the super-Earth GJ 1214b, which is currently the …

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There have been a number of extremely interesting results when it comes to exoplanet research these past few years. Here I have …

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There are a few techniques we can use to study the atmosphere of an exoplanet. One of these techniques is called transmission spectroscopy, which …

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What great news! The star system closest to us, the Alpha Centauri System, has an exoplanet orbiting one of it’s stars. The …

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Sometimes astronomers get lucky, real lucky. This was definitely the case for Hirano and his team of astronomers. Using data from the Kepler satellite they observed …

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Three new sub-Jupiter mass exoplanets were announced today on astro-ph by the SuperWASP team. You can find the paper here. What I …

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ESO has just published a new coffee-table book in celebration of ESO’s 50th anniversary, and best of all, it is free to …

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If you, like me, are intersted in exoplanets, you have probably come across the term “Earth-like” exoplanets in the media. Here are …

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The discovery rate of exoplanets has been nothing short of amazing. Back in 2000 the number of confirmed exoplanets numbered 19, whilst …

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Spanish astronomers have today published a list of the darkest regions of the sky on astro-ph. Using the 10.4 m GTC telescope …

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We start our trip at the surface of the planet Venus were the immense pressure of 93 bars and temperatures of about …

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The dwelling of the HARPS intrument One of today’s highlights was seeing the room where the HARPS instrument is being kept. For it be …

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Me with my astronomer face on. Me pretending to do something useful in the NTT control room

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The La Silla observatory is located in Chile and is ESO’s original observing site. It is located in the southern part of …

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The ESO Guest House The ESO guest house in Santiago is lovely colonial looking place.. It is a quiet haven perfect for …

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General view of the La Silla observatory, as seen from the road that leads to the Las Campanas Observatory. This week I …

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The Exoclimes 2012 conference will be held in Aspen, Colorado on January 16-20, 2012. Online registration for the Exoclimes 2012 conference is …

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This news is AMAZING. A screenshot from the NASA announcement of Kepler-16 b showing Luke Skywalker on Tatooine NASA, headed by the …

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There has recently been a lot of talk in the media about the discovery of new Super-Earths (ESO, BBC). The Kepler team …

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Artists’s impression of one of more than 50 new exoplanets found by HARPS: the rocky super-Earth HD 85512 b. Credit: ESO Today …

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From the ESO website: On Monday 12 September 2011, astronomers will report significant new results in the field of exoplanets, obtained with …

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The field of exoplanet research has recently had a big breakthrough. The transit method, which detects exoplanets by measuring the drop in …

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Credit: NASA Exomoons are moons expected to orbit exoplanets. Although no exomoon discovery has been published to date, there is no doubt …

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Credit: NASA The Exoplanet group lead by Dr. David Sing at the University of Exeter has been awarded nearly 200 hours of telescope time …

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New Kepler data from quater three is scheduled to be released on 23rd of September. This will be the data collected from …

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So you are tired of your ssh connection timing out making you have to log in again and again? Keeping the ssh …

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The Kepler-10 planetary system with Exoplanet 10 c in the foreground. Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech Validated Exoplanets: Are a celestial object with a …

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The exoplanet GJ1214b is a transiting super-Earth which orbits a relatively bright M-star (I=11.52). It’s observed transit depth is 1.37 % [Kempton et …

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Professional astronomers measure the seeing during observations to find out how good the observing conditions are. A calm and stable atmosphere …

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John Dobson John Dobson has been one of the most influential personalities in amateur astronomy over the last 50 years. After having …

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Two aircraft spotters make sure no aircrafts pass close to the laser beam. A few of the larger telescopes today use laser …

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The Gemini North Telescope My last night at Mauna Kea I spent at the Gemini North Telescope. After signing some forms I …

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SAOImage DS9 is an astronomical imaging and data visualization application used by professional astronomers to view their astronomical images. It is a …

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Here I will go through the steps I use when deciding on which exoplanet to observe using an amateur telescope. Step 1: …

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Keck 1 with it's laser guider on   Me on the top of the Mauna Kea summit 4205m (13,796 ft) Some of …

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An observed dip in the transit lightcurve does not automatically infer the detection of an exoplanet. There are three common types of …

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The beauty of exoplanet transits is that they can be observed with amateur equipment and doesn’t require that you have access to …

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Me in the CFHT control room I am currently working on the OHANA project together with the OHANA team, who aim to make …

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I woke up at 4.30 in the morning hoping to get an image of the volcano with the stars in the background. …

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Diving in Hawaii was great. The waters were very clear and there was loads of sea life. Highlights include going into caves and …

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My initial plan today was to go surfing, but due to the small waves I decided to go snorkeling instead. What I saw under …

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The trip over to Hawaii was very enjoyable despite the long travel time. Sitting by the window gave me real visual treat. …

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Surrounded by people of all nationalities, I sit hunched over my laptop in the middle of a busy Heathrow airport. Ahead of me, …

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The last couple of days I have spent learning Autodesk Maya which is a 3D computer graphics software. The motivation behind it …

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I was asked today if I would like to travel to Hawaii next month and observe binary stars using the 3.6 meter …

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWSP) is a large space telescope, scheduled for launch in 2014. It has frequently been referred to as …

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This is a question of great interest to exoplanet astronomers who wish to measure the properties of exoplanets. Exoplanets have been found to orbit …

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The name of a newly discovered exoplanet is dependant on the name of the star which it orbits and also if any …

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The Kepler satellite was launched in March 2009 and has since June 2009 been sending data down to Earth. It has been …

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Having moved in to my new place I wanted to experiment with setting up my own webcam security system. Being a fan …

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