The scale of the universe is difficult to fathom. Our world is inside a star system, which is in turn inside a galaxy, which is…View More How does machine learning help us understand galaxies?
Sometimes people just want to get away from the city. New Zealand enjoys a low population density and plenty of off-the-beaten-track stays in nature. On…View More What’s it like running an Airbnb on a dark sky reserve?
Many people feel passionate about maintaining access to dark nighttime skies. Being able to see the stars reminds humanity of its place in the universe…View More What is it like working in astrotourism?
For the vast majority of humans, celestial objects besides Earth can only be seen, not touched. On the one hand, this can be off-putting –…View More Why do you like to gaze at the stars?
Fast radio bursts are astronomical phenomena not yet well-understood. They are transient pulses, emanating from unidentified high-energy astrophysical processes. To learn more about FRBs, we…View More What’s it like studying fast radio bursts hundreds of lightyears away?
Cubesats are becoming more common. In low Earth orbit, they are becoming so prevalent that concerns are arising about space debris and interference with Earth-based…View More How are cubesats advancing astrophysics?
Does the word “universe” best describe everything that exists – all of time, energy, and matter – or is it more appropriate to speak of…View More Is our universe part of a larger multiverse?
A booming area of space science is the study of “exoplanets”, the term for planets outside our Solar System. Telescopes like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey…View More White dwarfs’ exoplanets – what do we know about them?
When the Sun dies, it will become what we call a white dwarf. White dwarfs are small and incredibly dense – a teaspoon of white…View More What will happen to our Solar System after the Sun dies?
The TRAPPIST-1 system is notable for having Earth-like planets that may be habitable. They are rocky and in the so-called “habitable zone” where water may…View More What do we know about the TRAPPIST-1 system’s habitability?