Astronomy Blog

Professor in Astrophysics, President of the Institute of Physics and gender equality champion

Posted 25th November 2009 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The International Year of Astronomy has been splendid. I had the honour of speaking at the launch at UNESCO in Paris, and it is a great pleasure to be the final guest blogger of the year on UKRC’s astronomy blog. It’s an opportunity to look…


Deputy Editor and Website Editor, Astronomy Now

Posted 26th October 2009 by Emily Baldwin

My interest in astronomy began at a school open evening run by local astronomy societies – I got to look through telescopes at the Moon and Jupiter and its satellites, and I remember being wowed by how fast the satellites moved. And I won a…


Outreach astronomy and giant galaxies

Posted 29th September 2009 by Carolin Crawford

It was always astronomy I was into, rather than other sciences. My father was an engineer, and he would take me out to look at the satellites orbiting earth. I got bored waiting and meanwhile fell for the stars and their sheer beauty.

I was…


Star-gazing from South Wales

Posted 25th August 2009 by Theresa Cooper

I was brought up in a small village in south Wales. I became interested in the night sky when I was about eight, having bought a very colourful book  on astronomy which fired my imagination. The Gemini and Apollo missions were taking place…


Astropixie and galaxy-gazer

Posted 30th July 2009 by Amanda Bauer

I always harboured a deep fascination for the night sky, an obsessive enjoyment of solving riddles and puzzles, and a strong desire to travel around the world!  After pursuing these activities separately for many years, I finally found the…


Moon meteoriticist

Posted 18th June 2009 by Katherine Joy

At school, I was always taking out books about planets and space shuttles. I went on to do a degree in geology at Royal Holloway, which included a course in planetary geology, and I followed this with a PhD at University College London  that…


From howl nights to the planetarium in Glasgow

Posted 19th May 2009 by Joanne Foo

I did biology and chemistry at school – no physics – and I studied zoology at the University of Aberdeen where, in addition to animal behaviour, I got interested in human interaction. On graduating I travelled and I worked with wolves in…


Mission control of the all-girl rocket team from Belfast

Posted 24th April 2009 by Captain Jennifer

I am the leader of an all-girl rocket team called Rocket-2-YA. In April this year we came third in the annual UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge. It was really close – our rocket was 0.3 seconds faster than the winning team, but it…


From space instruments to the Blue Peter satellite

Posted 3rd March 2009 by Maggie Aderin-Pocock

I am London-born and bred. When I was six I was amazed by images from space probes, and I decided I want to travel to the places in the pictures. At 14 I made my own telescope. Now I have a degree in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical…


Space telescopes, satellites and women and astronomy 2009

Posted 5th February 2009 by Dr Helen Walker

I was always interested in science. When I was 13 the chemistry teacher smoked a glass plate for me so I could look at a partial eclipse of the sun, and I would get out books on astronomy because they intrigued me even when I couldn’t…