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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…

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…

Help us name a star (plus two exoplanets!)

   Events   August 12, 2015  No Comments

Can you name a star? Many organisations claim to offer you the chance (for a price) to name a star after yourself or a loved one, but professional astronomers don’t recognise these names, and they’re never published in official star catalogues. Historically, naming astronomical objects has been something of a…

Just a second …

Do you ever find yourself wishing that there were more hours in the day? If so, you may be comforted to know that Tuesday, June 30, 2015 will actually be a little longer than normal this year; not by hours, but a single second – a leap second. This peculiar…