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 […]

Gravitational Waves Detected At Last

This past week marks one of the greatest milestones in physics since the Higgs Boson particle was detected in 2012. On the 11th of February, physicists at LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) announced that after 14 years of searching, they had finally detected gravitational waves, a phenomena predicted 100 years ago by Albert Einstein’s […]

Shine: St Andrews Celebrates the International Year of Light

In December 2013 the UN General Assembly announced that 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies. [1] There are over 85 countries involved and more than 100 partners from these, committed to developing this initiative. This program was set up in order to celebrate innovations in light science, as well as […]

Internships: To the stars!

John Weaver is a rising third year astrophysics student at the University of St Andrews. He is the curator of the Heavens Above! blog here at Sci@StAnd and the President of the student Astronomical Society. Hi! I’m John and this summer I will be joining five other astrophysics students during a ten-week internship on the […]

December 2014 – Heavens Above re-launch!

Heavens Above!   Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website. Each month, we have brought you a different constellation of focus and informed you of a little bit of the astronomy associated with that object. Our author, Claire Davies, is nearing the end of her Astrophysics PhD and, with a heavy heart, […]

UK to Lead New Moon-Landing Mission

A new British-led initiative, named Lunar Mission One, could see a robotic probe landing on the Moon in just 10 years. The mission, which is partnered with UK based company RAL Space, aims to see a probe land on the Moon’s unexplored South Pole in 2024 and, with the use of revolutionary technology, drill 20-100 […]

Music of the Gears: Inside the UK’s Largest Operational Optical Telescope

The best part about working with the James Gregory Telescope is listening to its euphony of noises. The low-pitch drone of the motor when the telescope is tracking the motion of the stars, controlled by a giant clockwork. The underlying hiss of the power generator. The loud metallic bang when the clamps are released, followed […]

February 2014 – Orion and the Birth of Stars

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 Gemini and the planet Jupiter. This time, we focus on the constellation of Orion and its association with the birth of stars. Constellation IX […]

Kepler 78b, another giant leap for mankind?

Astronomers, and amongst them researchers at the University of St Andrews, have – for the first time in history – measured the mass of an Earth-sized planet. The lucky candidate, named Kepler 78b, is an exoplanet situated 400 light years from Earth, and has just been confirmed as the most similar planet to Earth ever […]

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