Light pollution and the fight for darker skies

When was the last time you saw a starry sky? Last night? A week ago? If you live in a big city, odds are it wasn’t recently. A few hundred years ago, before the industrial revolution and the plague of light pollution, things were different. Anyone could look up at the sky at night and […]

The weird and wonderful world of black holes

I recently watched Interstellar for the second time – I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but in my opinion it is possibly the best sci-fi film ever (or at least number two after 2001 space odyssey). It follows the epic journey of a group of scientists and explorers who travel through a space anomaly […]

Heaven’s Above! Handover interview

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd site. This month, we see the handover of this section from the current author John Weaver to the new author, Kate Gould. So Kate, tell me a bit about yourself: Well first off, I’m a first year here at St Andrews and like a lot of […]

March 2016 – The James Webb Space Telescope: Our New Eyes in the Sky

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in the night sky. Last month, we examined the origin of our nearest cosmic neighbour, the Moon. In this issue, we will discuss the formal successor to Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope. 2018 will mark the […]

February 2016 – The History of Our Moon

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in the night sky. Last month, we examined the lives of violent galaxies. In this issue, we will discover the origin of our nearest cosmic neighbour, the Moon. Everyone is familiar with the Moon. Its colours and […]

January 2016 – Violent Galaxies

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in the night sky. Last month, we examined some of the largest stars in our galaxy. In this issue, we will discuss the most violent acts of galaxies. When we peer into the vastness of space, we […]

November 2015 – The Largest Stars in Our Galaxy

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we discussed the mystery of dark energy and how it shapes our universe. In this issue, we will discover the largest stars known to exist. When we look […]

October 2015 – The Mystery of Dark Energy

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we profiled three prominent astronomers of the Renaissance and their discoveries. In this issue, we will discuss the mystery of ‘dark energy’ and how we believe it exists.  […]

September 2015 – Astronomy of the Renaissance

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we discussed the dwarf planet Pluto and the New Horizons spacecraft flyby. This month, we will profile three prominent astronomers of the Renaissance and their discoveries. Although modern […]

July 2015 – Pluto and the New Horizons Spacecraft

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we showcased the the great observatories of space. This month, we will discuss the flyby of the planet pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft. The Realm of Pluto […]

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