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I have a new article on Across the Universe, for The Guardian:

 

"Nasa says the Geminids will be the most intense meteor shower of the year – and almost everyone can see it

I have a new feature published this week in New Scientist:

 

"The Gaia space telescope is preparing to launch, promising a celestial self-portrait of a billion stars that will revolutionise astronomy

I have a new story published by The Guardian today:

 

"Solar visit threatened to vaporise the comet but the remnant may be visible from Earth in December

 

Comet Ison appears to have survived a close encounter with the sun that had threatened to vaporise it. The remnant could now go on to be visible from Earth in December, but astronomers do not know how bright it might become.

I have a new article for Across the Universe, published by The Guardian:

 

"Some advice on how to see the comet if it survives its fiery encounter with the sun on Thursday. Even it breaks apart it should provide a spectacular, but brief show

I have a new article published by The Guardian:

 

"The best time to see Ison in the UK will be the first two weeks of December – if it survives a close encounter with the sun.

I am extremely pleased to announce that a new popular science magazine has started in the UK and that I've been working with them for several months because they kindly asked me to write their very first cover story.  Science Uncovered is a monthly magazine from Future Publishing.

I have a new story published on my Guardian blog, Across the Universe:

 

The European GOCE satellite is falling uncontrollably to Earth but no one need worry too much...

Today on Radio 4 you can hear me talking about the discoveries of exo-planets, systems of planets orbiting other stars. Astronomers have just passed the 1000 mark on the scoreboard, but we have yet to identify a twin to Earth. I am being interviewed on Inside Science at 16.30 and 21.00 hrs.

I am grateful to Lee Billings who has written a most favourable review of my book Voyager: 101 Wonders between Earth and the Edge of the Cosmos, published this year in the United States by Atlantic Books who published it here in the UK a couple of years ago for Waterstones. This latest and colourfully written review appears in  the magazine Scientific American.

 

If you would like to read it please click here.

Today's Across the Universe story is:

Asteroid 2013 TV135 has a 99.998% chance of missing Earth in 2032. Yet it's the 0.002% possibility that is capturing the headlines



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