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Honey-combed French-style – The Sun

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Inouye telescope - sun

Extremely detailed images of the sun have been captured by the Inouye telescope in Hawaii. The telescope’s 30km resolution is more than twice that of the next best solar observatories.  You can see the image below. The sun presents itself almost like a bee-built honeycomb structure. 

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The Invisible Elephant in the Universe – Dark Matter

in Fresh/Science and Geography

It has been suggested that 80% of all matter in the Universe cannot be detected. It has been called Dark Matter, an all encompassing term that covers a lot of different theories about what this matter might actually be. There are also others who claim that Dark Mater does not exist and that there are…

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The Milky Way Day – Orbit of the Sun

in Fresh/Science and Geography
Galactic Day

While the moon swings around the Earth, we have enough time for work, dinner, and a movie.  The Earth barely swirls more than half a solar circuit and we’re already thinking about Christmas presents. But what about the Sun? How come we never think about what the Sun gets up to? Is it not travelling…

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We are not from around here – Interstellar objects

in Fresh/Geology/Science and Geography
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Parts of the Earth may have originally been from another part of the galaxy, having crossed light years to form what we stand upon right now. This is the suggestion of research that says that the Milky Way should be full of flying rocks like Oumuamua, the interstellar asteroid that visited our solar system in…

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Birr and the Stoneys- And the largest telescope in the world

in Buildings/Fresh/Science and Geography

William Parsons put Offaly at the centre of global astronomy in 1845. He built the largest telescope in the world until the construction of the 100-inch (2.5 m) Hooker Telescope in California in 1917. 

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Birr is part of the world’s largest network of radio telescopes

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LOFAR is an interconnected series of radio telescopes that form the world’s largest radio telescope. Though most of the sites are based in the Netherlands, many are elsewhere including the most westerly antenna in the park at Birr Castle.

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