The World’s Smallest Meteorite Crater?

Let’s face it, a meteorite dropping out of the sky and landing in your garden doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it’s a pretty uncommon event to say the least. You probably have more chance of winning the jackpot on the National Lottery than you have waking up one morning and finding a lump of…

Cosmic Archaeology

The Earth is a very beautiful planet. If we hadn’t realised it before, this was made particularly clear in the images taken by Apollo astronauts. A blue and white jewel suspended in the immensity and darkness of space. But that beauty hides a violent past. To form a planet the size of Earth you need…

Spotted on Mars

I didn’t plan to write a sequel to the previous post about Beagle 2. But recently, while visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, we came across a small, but very interesting exhibit. It was all about Damien Hirst’s Beagle 2 spot painting. In fact, it wasn’t really an artwork as such, but a calibration target…

The Cruel Planet

Last Friday I went to the Science Museum in South Kensington with my nine-year-old son. We were on a mission! It had all started a few weeks earlier when we had gone to see the new Transformers movie being filmed in Oxford. Watching a movie in the making is a lot of fun and we…