Boötes and the exoplanet-hosting star, tau Boo

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Virgo and comet ISON. This time, we focus on the constellation of Boötes and the exoplanet-hosting star, tau Boo. Constellation VII – Boötes The […]

East meets West

Shanghai is the biggest and most international city in China, and with a population which has increased from 15 million to over 23 million in just the past ten years it has naturally attracted a lot of interest from foreign investors. A lot of this investment comes from wealthy banks or private businesses which you […]

November 2013 – Virgo and comet ISON

Heavens Above!   Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Lyra and the phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes. This time, we focus on the constellation of Virgo and comet ISON. […]

Lab Life in Shanghai

It has to be said, there are some significant differences between the labs here in Fudan and the ones you find back in the School of Chemistry, Purdie Building, in St Andrews. I mean, sure, the general equipment is much the same: centrifuges, fume hoods, furnaces etc., they all work exactly as you’d expect and, […]

October 2013 – Lyra and the Precession of the Equinoxes

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Sagittarius and the black hole, Sagittarius a* at the Galactic Centre. This time, we focus on the constellation of Lyra and the precession of […]

Life in Shanghai

Hello! I’ve now been living in China for 3 weeks and I already love it here!

September 2013 – Sagittarius and the Galactic Centre

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Perseus and the annual meteor shower that bears its name, the Perseids. I hope many readers managed to catch a glimpse of this beautiful […]

August 2013 – Perseus and the Perseid Meteor Shower

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on Ursa Minor and Polaris, the pole star. This time, we focus on the constellation of Perseus and the Perseid meteor shower that happens this month. Constellation III […]

6 weeks to go …

A quick update on my preparations for my upcoming year at Fudan University in Shanghai:   Firstly: I’m not crazy. Phew. I suspected as much but it’s nice to have it officially confirmed by a doctor along with confirmation that I don’t have leprosy, yellow fever or tuberculosis. ‘Foreign Medical Examination’ having gone well then, […]

July 2013 – Ursa Minor and Polaris

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of Sci@StAnd, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we looked at Ursa Major, otherwise known as the Great Bear and its asterism, the Plough (or the Big Dipper). This month, we focus on Ursa Minor, the Little Bear and its links to […]

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