Recent posts

Hi I am The Science Geek and  welcome  to my blog.

I started this blog back in April 2014 and it has gradually grown over the years to have over 2,100 followers and it is now considered by the aggregator site to be one of the top astronomy blogs on the internet.

Some recent posts

There are well over 100 posts on my blog; a small selection of my recent posts are listed below.

Many of my readers will be aware the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft failed to get into orbit on Thursday 11 October. It was on a mission to take fresh crew to the International Space Station (ISS).

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The International Space Station (ISS) is now 20 years old. In this post I’ll talk about the history of the ISS and other space stations, and I’ll also touch on some of the politics involved.

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Pulsars were first detected in 1967 by a research student called Jocelyn Bell when she was taking observations for her PhD thesis. Her supervisor, Anthony Hewish, went on to win the Nobel prize in 1974 for the discovery, and her contribution was overlooked. Many at the time felt that Jocelyn Bell should have been given at least a share in the prize, since she was the person who had initially spotted the signal from the first pulsar.

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Most people are probably unaware of this but the length of a solar day, which is the natural day measured by the rising and setting of the Sun isn’t  always 24 hours. It varies slightly throughout the course of the year and that September 18 is in fact the shortest solar day in the year.

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My top 10 posts

I’ve listed below a selection of my posts, which have attracted the most interest amongst my readers and  which I’ve enjoying writing the most. To view any of these posts please click on the links.

How does GPS work?

The anthropic principle – the idea  that the laws of physics, and the properties of the Universe as a whole, are somehow finely tuned to allow our existence.

Geocentric cosmology  – the obsolete model in which the Earth is the the centre of the Universe and all the planets and stars revolve around it.

October 4 1957 the start of the ‘space age’ with the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1.

Leap Seconds – the need to periodically add a second to keep accurate clocks in line with solar time.

The cosmic microwave background

The Perseids – the regular meteor shower which occurs around August 12 each year.

Why is the sky blue?

A brief history of the Universe – an outline history of the Universe from the Big Bang until the the present day. This, as I am sure you’ll agree, is a pretty big topic!

Enceladus- Could there be life?  Discusses the likelihood of life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

More about the Science Geek

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