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I have a new article published over on my Across the Universe blog for The Guardian.

"The Perseids, the year's most spectacular meteor shower for viewers in the northern hemisphere, arrive this weekend

I have a new article over on my Guardian blog:

"With its Curiosity rover - which is not designed to look for existing life on Mars - Nasa is playing an artful game to maximise scientific returns and secure future funding.

I am totally awed today by the success of Curiosity. It was wonderful to be up early this morning and see such a bold mission pay off. It was also fascinating watching the human side of things in mission control. I have a new article to celebrate the landing, over on my Guardian blog:

"The Curiosity rover's daring landing on Mars was all about hard work, attention to detail, and the odd superstition

About an hour before Curiosity touched the Martian surface, Charles Elachi, director of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, stepped outside. He looked up at the red dot of Mars in the nighttime sky and imagined what was about to happen. The dream turned into reality.

At 6:14am (UK time) Curiosity landed on Mars. The riskiest touchdown yet attempted on the red planet had worked. The explosion of joy and the tears of relief in the control room said it all. Deep down many had feared for this landing, and their liberation was palpable.

It is not by accident that space missions succeed. It takes years of planning and expert effort. Today we also learned that it's down to the peanuts. Yes, peanuts."

You can read the full story here.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of my astronomy blog for The Guardian. Across the Universe will be a mixture of comment, analysis and musings on the ever changing world of astronomy and space science. I also hope to include coverage of astronomy in culture.

Attention Kindle users! The Sensorium of God has gone on special offer in amazon.co.uk's summer sale. For a limited time it's just £1.19, click here. There are reviews of the book here, here and here. And of course there are reviews on the amazon page.

 

Amazon also have significant discounts on the hardback of Sensorium and the hardback, paperback and ebook of The Sky's Dark Labyrinth.

 

If you prefer non-fiction, check out Big Questions: Universe or The Sun Kings .

 

The paperback of The Sensorium of God is due out in February 2013, and the publication of  the third volume in the trilogy, The Day Without Yesterday, is scheduled for March 2013.

 

Happy summer reading!

I have a small news item in New Scientist this week.

 
"Where do ultra high-energy cosmic rays come from? These charged particles zoom to Earth from outer space, but why is a mystery. Now a possible source - gamma-ray bursts, which seemed to have been ruled out - have received a new lease of life. ..."

You can read it online here.

It is my great pleasure to announce that The Big Questions: The Universe has been translated into Turkish and published by Versus Kitap.

The Turkish name of the book translates as Universe: Was Einstein Right and Other Big Questions.

You can see the publisher's page about the book here.


I was very pleased to read this review of The Sky's Dark Labyrinth on the Australian website Media and Culture Reviews. Reviewer Tony Williams says:

"Through Clark's vivid blend of fact and informed fiction, we are given insights into the struggles of Kepler and Galileo against the Vatican and the repercussions that their findings had on their families and society."

The Sky's Dark Labyrinth is available in Australia here.
The Sensorium of God is also available in Australia here.

You can read the full review here.

 

Thank you Tony.

I'm pleased to say that my website, 'Stuart Clark's Universe' has been chosen for inclusion by the FindTheBest comparison website. It boasts some 10 million unique visitors per month and, if you have found your way here thanks to FindTheBest, then you are very welcome. You can see this website's entry here.

 

They also have a sister site called FindTheData. On there you can compare data about comets and asteroids and planets. They also have a telescope comparison section and widget that you can access by clicking on 'read more'. Enjoy!

 

I have a new article published by The Guardian:

'Shrinking space exploration budgets may be bad news, but smaller missions can still teach us a lot about the universe



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