The Far Side of the Moon

A series of images taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) gives us a rare glance at the surface of the far side of the Moon. As our natural satellite is tidally locked with the Earth it always has the same side facing us throughout it’s orbit. The reason you can observe the far…

Traces of Water found in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet

On the day that India managed to place a satellite in orbit around the red planet another massive announcement has been turning heads in the search for extraterrestrial life. One of the assumed requirements for life is water, however when searching on planets smaller than Jupiter they encountered a problem. All these planets seemed to…

Undergraduate Life: High Altitude Balloons

During my degree I have been heavily involved with the University of Birmingham Astronomical Society and one of the major projects which has occurred whilst I have been at university has been the launch of a series of high altitude balloons. These balloons are massive and filled with a large amount of helium. The first…