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The third brightest object in the sky

In December, the first British European Space Agency Astronaut, Tim Peake, will be heading to the International Space Station on the five-month-long Principia mission. Along with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Nasa astronaut Tim Kopra, he will launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to join the international team on…

Science, the multiverse and space inspired poetry

Normally Tom Kitching examines what the universe is made of, but recently he has turned his analytical mind to considering what makes a good poem. He’s one of the scientists who’s work appears in the new anthology Laboratorio: Poems from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. I’m a cosmologist at the Mullard…

‘Charts drawn in blood’

Guest blog composed by one of our history of science interns, Stuart Jennings ‘Charts drawn in blood’: Observatory Chronometers and the 1822-26 Royal Navy survey of Africa   In the ‘Time and Longitude’ gallery of the Royal Observatory, John Arnold’s chronometer number 323 is celebrated for its service on Belcher’s…

Laboratorio: Poems from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory

On Thursday November 12th, in the Peter Harrison Planetarium, scientists and poets gather to launch Laboratorio. The title of this new anthology refers to UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) but nestled within it is oratorio: this is science for voices, verbal music, song, poetry, lyricism, wordplay, and maybe even…