Posts Tagged ‘cosmology’

1000th posting on Thing of the Day!

October 21, 2011

After four years of rounding up the “bizarre and brilliant of the web” the Library blog reaches a milestone today with the publication of our 1000th posting. To celebrate this achievement we thought it might be fun to have a look back at some past TOTD favourites with a list of our ‘Top 10’ sites. So, in no particular order…

  1. Giant Lego Boulder
  2. Anamorphic Illusions
  3. Draw a Stickman
  4. Sodaplay
  5. Flurrious
  6. Wordle
  7. The Ugly Dance
  8. 21 Accents
  9. Galaxy Zoo and our very first entry in October 2007:
  10. Le Book

And in case you just had to have a new one:

http://www.thecardboardbookproject.com/

Jemma Foster’s collection of 12 illustrated short stories made from recycled cardboard and painted by hand in Argentina.

Many thanks to all who’ve contributed links and ideas over the years.  Keep them coming!

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2010 TK7

August 4, 2011

It was recently discovered that there is an asteroid that shares an orbit with Earth. Here is some information plus a short piece of animation about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_TK7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGmdSbtkFS0

Yuri Gagarin

April 12, 2011

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s journey into space. For 108 minutes, Gagarin was the first human to complete an orbit of the Earth and return. Here’s something from the BBC with links and clips:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/astronauts/yuri_gagarin

Logarithmic maps of the universe

March 12, 2010

The title sounds dull but check these out to see how small they can make you feel:

http://www.astro.princeton.edu/universe/

Galaxy Zoo & Douglas Adams

June 15, 2009

We’ve talked about Galaxy Zoo here before and Douglas Adams has had a look in as well.  But it’s not often we get to mention both in the same breath. 

However, the latter has been cited in a paper by the former and is certainly worth a look even if you never read another academic paper this year:

http://stevenbamford.com/sites/default/files/gz_unusual.pdf

First Spacewalk

March 18, 2009

On this day in 1965 Russian cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov, performed the first extra-vehicular activity (EVA). This is more commonly known as a spacewalk or moonwalk. Here is a video of the walk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xjaYSLWYOc

And here is a more recent one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl2x-E0t08E&feature=channel_page

Galaxy Zoo 2

February 17, 2009

A little over a year ago we mentioned Galaxy Zoo where you could help astronomers and cosmologists identify galaxies.  Much success all round.  And well done to the University’s very own Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation which is involved in this.

Today Zoo 2 is launched and focuses on the “nearest, brightest and most beautiful” galaxies but lets you spend more time with them and really develop a relationship.

Join the ranks of those who zoo. https://www.galaxyzoo.org/

They also Twitter: http://twitter.com/galaxyzoo

You can read more about the project here:

http://www.universetoday.com/2009/02/16/galaxy-zoo-2-launches/

Urban light pollution

December 18, 2008

Yesterday’s post brought back a memory of the senior member of staff showing us this kind of image:

http://www.savethenight.eu/Light%20Pollution%20in%20Europe.html

and reflecting that his retirement plans meant moving from one of the brightest parts of the map, to one of the blackest.  Presumably, our cosmology department is a bit ‘above’ such things, as it were, but I would guess that one of the greatest hinderances to an interest in astronomy these days is a simple inability to actually see the starts.

Galaxy Zoo

January 15, 2008

Here’s a blog from the Galaxy Zoo project that might interest cosmologists, astronomers and many more besides.  From beautiful infrared images to a talk on ‘how astronomers die’ there’s lots of interest and beauty here:

http://www.galaxyzooblog.org/