NASA discovers seven exoplanets around dwarf star TRAPPIST-1

In a much-anticipated news conference held on Wednesday, NASA announced the discovery of seven planetary bodies in the TRAPPIST- 1 system. TRAPPIST-1 is a small, faint star found in the Aquarius constellation, situated approximately 40 light years away from us! In itself not terribly exciting – we discover news stars all the time – but it […]

European Mars Satellite enters final tests

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which is expected to be launched in 2016, is entering its final tests before being transported to Russia, where the launch will happen. [1] This marks the first joint Mars mission venture between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), which aims to explore […]

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, […]

May 2014 – Libra and the planet Saturn

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 Aries and the seasons. This time, we focus instead on the constellation of Libra and the planet Saturn.   Constellation XI – Libra […]

‘Life, but not as we know it’ : Astrobiology in St Andrews and beyond, Part II

Knowledge of the depth and vastness of space makes the study and exploration of this realm both alluring and terrifying. Even before the invention of the telescope in the 17th century, ancient cultures believed in mythological other-worlds inhabited by mythical, non-human beings.

‘Life, but not as we know it’ : Astrobiology in St Andrews and beyond, Part I

In April, the UK Centre for Astrobiology hosted the UK’s 5th astrobiology conference at the University of Edinburgh. Focusing on ‘Molecules and Life in Extremes,’ the conference attracted 140 delegates and involved over 45 posters and 35 presentations. The Scottish University Physics Alliance  (SUPA) is providing the opportunity for closer links between astrobiology research in Edinburgh and […]

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