It looks like we have to stay goodbye to the European Space Agency’s latest attempt to land a robot on Mars. Just like their previous outing, the Beagle 2, it was landing the equipment on the surface of the Red Planet that was their Achilles’ heel. So why does this keep going wrong for them, … More Get Your Lander To Mars!
Tonight, the sky lights up again for another major meteor shower (it did last night as well, but I was able to post for that, sorry, I’ll do better, I promise!). This meteor shower won’t be as bright or have as many meteors as the last one, but it was cloudy then anyway, so who … More Look to Orion!
Science Burrito sneaks into your home once more to leave science all over the place like some kind of educational Santa Claus. This time, I thought I’d show you all a bit of what I do for a living. I am a spectroscopist. That sounds super fancy. I am not super fancy. Maybe I’m a … More Spectroscopy – 2 Ways 2 Science
Tonight, between 6 and 10 pm (GMT), prepare yourself for the moderate spectacle and minor astonishment of a partial lunar eclipse. Not only that, but nature brings this mildly amusing side-line/potentially disappointing little brother of the total solar eclipse, to a Harvest Moon. Which, sounds really cool and pagan, and looks kind of pretty I suppose, a … More A good moon rising?
Here’s the good news. Every year, on the same night, give our take a leap year, something magical happens… Our world, the Earth, is hurtling at ridiculous speeds through space around its star, the Sun. Space is mostly empty, of course, that’s what makes it space. But around the 12th of August every year, space … More Shooting Star Gazer
Five years ago, NASA launched a tiny space ship, no bigger than a basketball court, into the depths of space, to travel to a planet 11 times larger than our own. Tomorrow morning, by 05:00 am BST, we will know if it has successfully arrived. JUNO is going to be exploring Jupiter inside and out. … More Juno arrives!
So far, on Science Burrito, I have tried to give a fun and unique spin to the science I have shown you. This is good. It makes it more fun for you, the reader, and more fun for me, the writer. Today, I wanted to be a bit more straight-forward. My degree is in Astronomy, … More Starry, Starry Blog
It’s been a long time coming, and I apologise greatly for that. Life finds a way, as Ian Malcolm says. What he doesn’t say is that what life finds a way to do is scupper all your best laid plans. Nevertheless, Science Burrito now ends its short hiatus with The Martian Blog! The first EXOMARS … More Life on Mars: Not so small an affair