Archive | June 2007

Are you a Computer Geek?

Looks like I am, according to this test…

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ISS with shuttle Atlantis docked

How cool is this video… yep its the International Space Station docked with the Space Shuttle Atlantis taken with a 10″ telescope!

well done to the imager!

Astrosoc Annual Dinner

Astrosoc’s ‘Annual Dinner this year took place at the Edgbaston Golf Course. Mr Mike Frost was our guest speaker with a talk on how to lose weight, it was a wonderful nigh.. lots of fun! I have to say the Golf course was really nice to go to and I do wonder how many times I have been past there but never inside… it felt kinda special! biggrin.gif.. don’t they look like they are having fun…

My Weekly tracks..

I recently started to use for collated what I have recently listened to.. I never did get around to writing that script that would do it for winamp…

I will have to add this to the main pages..
or use the more interactive way… probably not..
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Mass of Eris determined

In 2005 the object now called Eris was considered to be possibly the 10th planet of our solar system. This caused chaos (hence the name) in astronomical circles… and finally an IAU decision came about which declassified Pluto as a planet and hence Eris was not known as a planet. They are both known as dwarf planets, along with Ceres (largest object in the asteroid belt). Anyway, recently astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory have precisely measured the mass of Eris. Eris is 1.27 times the mass of Pluto, formerly the largest member of the Kuiper Belt of icy objects beyond Neptune. In the images released by NASA Eris and its “moon” Dysnomia can be see:
Eris and its moon Dysnomia
Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Brown (California Institute of Technology)
For more see: [HubbleSite NewsCenter]

Grad School Poster Competition

On Tuesday I gave a poster presentation at the University of Birmingham’s first graduate school poster competition. This is not a major event but I thought it would be the chance to try and explain some physics to non-scientists and thought it would be fun, it was….
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The abstract for my poster was:

The field of exoplanets is one of the youngest in astronomy, the first exoplanet was discovered in 1992. Currently some 200 planets have been found orbiting nearby stars. All of these have been discovered via indirect measurements. A large number of these planets are quite unlike the planets in our own solar system. We shall describe their nature and the methods of detection. We also believe that exoplanets will be strong emitters of radio energy thus allowing a means for direction detection.

Oh and the full version can be found [here] (its a 4mb file).

New PPS site…

I finally have gotten around to put the new Poynting Physical Society website together.. and I was able to finally get around to trying out a few PHP ideas I had on it biggrin.gif… take a look at: []