Relaunching the blog from Moscow, Russia.
de Ferrers (and West Park) are here taking part in the Space Master Class.
Each day a student will be writing about their experiences.
Our first day began with our space cadets experiencing a wide ranging breakfast of burgers, pizzas and pancakes. Though, after a long day of travelling, some of our students did not quite make the 8.00am start time!
Split into two groups, we embarked on a walking tour of Moscow city. First, however, we had to catch the metro into the city centre, which plunged us right into the daily lives of Russian citizens whilst experiencing the diverse culture that the stations had to offer. Most prominent of which were bronze statues lining the walls of the station depicting Russian workers of many professions. The stunning art pays tribute to Russia’s citizens and rich history.
Whilst above ground today, we were exposed to unique sights such as: the eternal flame, the changing of the guards and the resting place of Lenin. However, the students found most amazement in the beauty of St Basil’s cathedral and the famous Kremlin. Today saw our students experience the immense landmarks that Moscow had to offer, and were not left disappointed. We finished the day with a meal at our hotel and an exclusive presentation given by Alexander Martynov with a special guest… Alexander Volkov, the Ukrainian cosmonaut! This was a fantastic opportunity for the whole team to ask him some pressing questions and even have a photo taken with the national hero.
First there was Rosetta – catching up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Landing the Philae probe onto the surface in November 2014.
Philae, unfortunately landed in too much shadow (after a few bounces). But woke up again on 13th of June having received enough sunlight, just days before Dr Monica Grady (big sister of our “head of maths”) came to give a talk to de Ferrers students.
This week has seen New Horizons reach Pluto, after a 9 year journey around the solar system
We now have clear images of Pluto’s surface and pictures of Pluto’s moons, such as Charon.
Other important space science events include:
It’s a very exciting time to be an Astrophysicist!
Source: NASA (New Horizons), Wikipedia, HubbleSite
Hello again world.
It’s been a long time since we last blogged. Hopefully that will change – I will be recruiting more student bloggers in September. In the mean time I hope to be blogging more resources.
This YouTube video – part of Kurz Gesagt’s excellent “In a Nutshell” series of science videos.
Sources: YouTube – Kurz Gesagt – In a Nutshell
A quick video clip covering the origin and meaning of the Cosmic (Microwave) Background Radiation
Minute Physics have many more very useful clips… Go have a look-see…
Source: YouTube – Minute Physics
Here is a clip on the Life Cycle of Stars put together by the Institute of Physics
Another BBC YouTube clip from Wonders of the Universe – which covers GCSE Physics 2!! – This time on Black Holes.
Professor Brian Cox – teaching you GCSE Physics 2…
The Big Bang made hydrogen – but where did the other 91 natural chemical elements come from? These clips from the BBC’s Wonders of the Universe by Brian Cox answer the questions…
How do we know there are only 92 elements – even out in deep space?
All atoms give out only certain colours – a spectrum – based on how their electrons behave. They also absorb only those colours too. You might have seen this by doing flame tests or looking at gas discharge tubes using a spectroscope.
How did all these elements get made?
Every element in nature was made in stars, during their “life and death” by a process of nuclear fusion which gives out energy up to Iron (so these are made as stars live and die) but needs energy for heavier elements (which means these are made when a star explodes)
Not little stars like ours – but HUGE stars!!
Sources: BBC Wonders of the Universe
Finally, a spare moment to get the photos from my camera…
Enjoy the slide show.
Actually it’s a dust devil – a mini tornado… But this is a brilliant photo taken by the NASA Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Sources: New Scientist, NASA, Wikipedia