Monthly Archives: September 2012

The canyon, the moons of Mars and the retired engineer

Most of my correspondence with the general public is on the phone. People either ring me directly or ring the observatory and get put through to me. I get a few emails too, but I don’t get many letters. In … Continue reading

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Why I hate science by press release

I read today about another exoplanet that is high up on the Earth Similarity Index, meaning it has a reasonable likelihood that it is habitable. By habitable, we normally mean that it’s at the right distance from the star that … Continue reading

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Make your own pretty pictures of the stars

Have you ever wondered how those beautiful pictures of planets, galaxies and space are created? Now you can too! Images from telescopes are originally in black and white, so they have to be put together to create a colour image. … Continue reading

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Taking Public Outreach seriously

A recent conversation on twitter with AstroKatie started me thinking about how seriously employers take public outreach, and how seriously funding agencies take it. She questioned whether including her outreach work on her webpage might not be taken seriously, but … Continue reading

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Reflections on I’m a Scientist Australia

Readers of this blog will know that I’ve just taken part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! What you probably don’t know is that I won the Boron Zone! YAY! For my efforts I will receive $1000 to … Continue reading

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Public lecture – From Planets to Starquakes: A new view from the Kepler space telescope

Okay, shameless plug time. I will be giving a free public lecture at the University of NSW this Friday. Here are the details. If you’re in Sydney, please come along and say hi! Title: From Planets to Starquakes: A new view … Continue reading

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When will the world end?

As I mentioned in my last post, I have just taken part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, a project that connects scientists and school students over two weeks of intensive chatting and Q&As. There are several … Continue reading

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