Posted on November 30th, 2012 No comments
Our family is now a family of four with our 20-month old little girl Rosa now having a baby sister Eva just a couple of weeks old… Life was hectic enough before, now it’s only going to be even more so - but it will all be great fun in the long run!
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Posted on October 26th, 2012 No comments
Well, through the two weeks leading up to the deadline of 15:00UT on Wednesday 17 October 2012 I kept re-revising things and updating details in my application and I settled on my final version a couple of hours before the final cut-off having proof-read everything over one last time the night before. It turns out that there was an increase of around 50% in the number of submissions this time around (which is hardly surprising given that this was the last EU FP7 Call before Horizon-2020 takes over in 2013/2014) with 3329 submissions in total and 1502 of those in the Physical Sciences and Engineering classification where my proposal lies… Further details on the ERC Starting Grant Call and outcomes can be found from their WebPages here!
Next I will endevour to update these pages and my official profile at Aberystwyth University over the coming few weeks so that, as written into the ERC Grant Application, everything is up to date and complete by the end of November.
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Posted on October 8th, 2012 No comments
It appears that some nineteen and a half months have passed since I was last able to write anything at all on my website, so between now and the end of November 2012 I am going to update all the relevant information on here including the new addition of my ERC project proposal and some preliminary information related to the proposal in addition to the proposal text which will be submitted in its final form on 17 October 2012…
Being back in Wales things have most-definitely gotten busier - both in terms of work - and personally - lots of things in development with regards to work and lots of changes on the personal front - all for the good though and very exciting overall!
And so, yes, I am still here, still alive, and still plan to add more posts and more info once it proves humanly possible to do so - but apart from trying to update things throughout November 2012 - the outlook doesn’t seem fantastic on my getting the time to do this - but I will try…
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Posted on February 26th, 2010 No comments
It appears that some nine months have passed since I was last able to write anything other than what’s directly related to my job in terms of papers and conference talks/posters, and with the move from CA back to Wales, things aren’t getting any quieter.
I’m still here, still alive, and still plan to add more posts and more info once it proves humanly possible to do so.
Thanks for coming back, I appreciate it!
Posted on May 29th, 2009 No comments
Well, yesterday, I was greatly honoured to undertake an IM interview for the Discovery Channel Space Science (Discovery Space) thanks to my good friend and colleague, Dr. Ian O’Neill, who has become the new host there (I wait in anticipation of some great things happening at Discovery Space with Ian at the helm). This is his first interview at Discovery and I am very excited by its outcome. I have the transcript below (courtesy of Discovery Space) and it can also be found on Discovery Space here! Happy reading and please feel free to comment below…
Posted on April 20th, 2009 3 comments
Today (Monday 20 April 2009) saw the first day of JENAM/MIST/UKSP for EWASS with an official opening at a little after 09:00h BST following the pre-conference social opening yesterday evening (Sunday 19 April 2009). The opening ceremony started with a short introduction by the University of Hertfordshire’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Tim Wilson. Prof. Andy Fabian OBE FRS, President of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) then gave a brief summary of the RAS and commented on the current government’s support for science while introducing the next speaker (a parliamentary Minister).
Posted on April 19th, 2009 4 comments
So, I am again at another conference. This time however, it is one of a slightly different slant away from my main-stream space, solar, and heliospheric science relations to that of overall astronomy. Although, this conference does hold its fair share of such fields through a set of joint conference groups rolled into one. Yes, it’s none other than the Joint European National Astronomy Meeting (JENAM) here at the University of Hertfordshire, in England, GB. It’s actually on the de Havilland campus in Hatfield where everything is taking place. This also includes the British Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) National Astronomy Meeting (NAM), the United Kingdom Solar Physics (UKSP) meeting, and the Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) meeting in which I am co-organiser of a joint session on heliospheres and astrospheres; and overall is part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) and the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009…
Posted on April 14th, 2009 No comments
Well, seems my suggestion of Tranquility wasn’t the only thought of the same… So, here I am supposedly packing for three conferences among other things to go back to in the UK in a few hours and I find out that Tranquility was actually the name of ISS Node 3 chosen. Some people might say predictable, but I’ve not seen it anywhere except in my article here on the moon landings… Either way, I’m happy!
Go Tranquility (better than Colbert any day if you ask me)!
Image taken from astroengine.com.
Posted on April 13th, 2009 No comments
On 13th April 2029, twenty years from today, the asteroid designated Apophis (full designation 99942 Apophis, originally designated 2004 MN4) is going to come very close to the Earth. It originally caused a brief period of concern throughout December 2004 because some initial observations of its trajectory indicated a significant probability that it would strike the Earth some time in 2029; this probability being up to 2.7%. It was discovered by Roy A. Tucker, David J. Tholen, and Fabrizio Bernardi on 19th June 2004 (hence the orginal 2004 designation).
It will fly by at only 18,300 miles above the Earth’s surface. At this relatively-low altitude, it will appear well inside the height of Earth’s manmade geosynchronous communications satellites. At its closest approach, the asteroid (with a width of 300 metres) will shine as bright as a 3rd magnitude star and make itself easily visible to the naked eye from cities across three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. After certain calculations, it turns out that there is a small chance (about 1 in 45,000 that is) that the encounter with Apophis in 2029 will bend its orbit sufficiently, so that when it returns to Earth it actually hits it on 13th April 2036 (or so the experts say). Should such an impact arrise, NASA estimates that it could hit the Earth with the equivalent energy of an 880 Megaton bomb! Just as a point of comparison, the 1883 super eruption of the volcano Krakatoa was the equivalent of approximately 200 megatons.
Posted on April 12th, 2009 6 comments
The U.S.A. started out the Space Race very much on the losing front. NASA suffered many losses to the Soviet Union (the Russians) in the early years. This began with the first successful satellite launch into space of Sputnik 1 by the Russians. Sputnik 1 was launched on the 4th of October 1957 and its successful launch ushered in the dawn of the Space Age. Later, the Russians were first to successfully launch a man (human) into Space. His name was Yuri Gagarin. The launch took place on 12th April 1961 aboard the spacecraft Vostok 3KA-2 (otherwise called Vostok 1).
When it came to the moon, again, the Russians led the way (at least at first). The first unmanned moon (hard) landing was undertaken with the Luna-2 lander on 12th September 1959. This was the first successful lunar impact. Such a hard landing was not equalled by the USA until the success (but crash success) of the lunar impact Ranger 7 Mission on 28th July 1964. The first unmanned (soft) moon landing however, was actually by the USA Surveyor 1 Mission on 30th May 1966.