Dealing with threatening space rocks

20 September, 2007

I have a new story published over at ESA.


Every now and then a space rock hits the world's media – sometimes almost literally. Threatening asteroids that zoom past the Earth, fireballs in the sky seen by hundreds of people and mysterious craters which may have been caused by impacting meteorites; all make ESA's activities in this field, including the Don Quijote study, look increasingly timely.


You can read the full story for free here


The story is accompanied by a pod cast that also talks about the Peru meteorite strike and ESA’s involvement in asteroid research. You can listen to the pod cast here.


For information about the Peruvian meteorite crash, click here.


Also, I have another new story published by ESA.

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“Run, don’t walk, to buy The Sun Kings”

19 September, 2007

Astronomer Jeffrey Kuhn has reviewed The Sun Kings in the journal Nature Physics. He writes, “Run, don't walk, to your nearest Princeton University Press outlet store to buy The Sun Kings by Stuart Clark. It is a remarkable book combining science, history and human drama. It exemplifies a genre that includes fascinating physical science stories such as The Neptune File (by Tom Standage) or Longitude (Dava Sobel). I was drawn into Clark's story like to a detective novel — even devouring his footnotes with as much anticipation as his human accounts.

Stuart Clark deftly manages an authoritative description of how the Sun affects the Earth within a captivating story-telling presence.” Thanks Jeff, I’m thrilled that you like the book so much.

On the subject of people liking the book, thanks also to the gentlemen from Fife who contacted me through this webpage. Your message made me smile.

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Fantastic sunspot movie released

18 September, 2007

Today NASA released a story about sunspots with the most amazing movie of a developing sunspot.


“Last week in Boulder, Colorado, scientists converged on the "Living With A Star" workshop to share the latest research in solar physics. At one point, nearly 200 participants sat slack-jawed as they watched a new movie recorded by Japan's Hinode spacecraft showing a sunspot emerging from the depths of the sun. The newborn spot resembled nothing less than a swimming planet-sized trilobite.”


Read the full story and see the movie here.

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“The Sun Kings is a book everyone should read”

14 September, 2007

John S. Rigden and Roger H. Stuewer have most generously reviewed The Sun Kings in September 2007 edition of the journal Physics in Perspective.  They begin, “Few authors of science-based books combine the page-turning quality of a good novel with scientific information that entrances the reader. Drama and sharp-edged scientific data are often seen and experienced as mutually exclusive. As both editors of this journal know, the history of science can be tedious; however, it can also be both dramatic and rich with information that illuminates science itself. The book by Stuart Clark, The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began proves beyond doubt the latter point. For several reasons, The Sun Kings is a book everyone should read.”

The full review is published in Physics in Perspective (PIP), Volume 9, Number 3 / September, 2007.

The reference is: DOI 10. 1007/s00016-007-0360-4.

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Gresham Lecture now online

13 September, 2007

What a tremendous pleasure it was to meet so many of you at Gresham College last night. It really is turning into one of my favourite places. Everyone there makes me so welcome, whenever I visit. Sir Thomas Gresham founded the college in 1597 and it is an independently funded educational institution based in Barnard's Inn, Holborn, in the centre of London. It exists to provide free lectures to the public and has done so now for over four hundred years. My lecture was recorded both with audio and video.


So you can listen or even watch the lecture by clicking here.

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New Scientist Space Special now online

11 September, 2007

The New Scientist Space Special is now on-line here. Three of the articles are free to read, the others need a subscription. Also well worth checking out are the New Scientist videos on You Tube.


There are plenty, covering all aspects of science, not just astronomy. Visit them here.

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