• Infrared Radiation and the James Webb Space Telescope

    Posted 11/02/2022 by Ian Galloway

    The James Webb Space Telescope has reached Lagrange point 2, one and a half million kilometers away, and is getting ready to explore the cosmos in the infrared part of the spectrum. Expansion of the universe means that after 15 billion years the light emitted by the earliest galaxies has stretched so that it is now in the infrared part of the spectrum. In this blog we focus on the discovery and use of infrared radiation.

  • Challenges From Space: The James Webb Space Telescope and Lagrange Points

    Posted 01/02/2022 by Ian Galloway

    On January 23, 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope reached its destination. This highly complex instrument is taking advantage of a cosmic location discovered by Euler and Lagrange more than 200 years ago. Read on to see how you can incorporate this into a classroom activity to calculate the Lagrange points.

  • Girls in Space: Let’s Take Off!

    Posted 23/09/2019 by Sonia Reis (@soniaraquelreis)

    “I pretty much always wanted to be an astronaut. When I was 8 years old, I was fascinated by looking at the stars,” said Insa Thiele-Eich PhD. She is one of two German female astronauts that will be the first to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2020. Thiele-Eich inspired an audience of maths and science teachers from 20 countries at the conference Sharing Inspiration 2019.