The Write Stuff

  In The film The Right Stuff there is a scene that really caught my imagination. Following a spectacular crash there is an inferno of flames. The ambulance crew stares in disbelief as a figure walks stoically out of the swirling smoke. One of the crew says to the other “is that a man?” And after…

A big splash! – water and the giant impact

It is now widely accepted that the Moon formed as the result of a collision between two planet-sized objects. An event generally referred to as the giant impact. But that’s more or less where the consensus ends. There is currently little agreement on the relative size of the colliding bodies or the energy of the…

In the Arctic heading for Antarctica

Some very positive news on the BBC website last week concerning the project to find buried iron meteorites in Antarctica. The team, led by Geoff Evatt of the University of Manchester, have been testing their detection equipment at the Ny-Alesund research base in Svalbard. It sounds as if real progress has been made and all…