Paul Sutton


Searching and classifying exoplanets

Searching and Characterizing Exoplanets with CHEOPS, ARIEL, and PLATO

Video here


Sailing across the Local Universe with ULLYSES

2nd September

Added 15/9/2020

This lecture is really interesting and especially if you are studying science, even at GSCE level the explanation(s) around the electromagnetic spectrum, absorption and emission lines are really good and the lecture is a good way to see the context on how this is used.

You can find more public lectures here


Building Black Holes in a Lab

This is a really interesting video from PBS Space Time.

So if Black holes leak away mass via Hawking Radiation, does this mean that as white holes also exist, and expel matter rather than suck matter in. then are they also contributing to a mass reduction. This probably assumes the theory that there is a white hole at the other end of the Black hole, otherwise it raises questions as to where does all that matter go?

Further Study

Coursera offer several Physics Courses


Further discussion

A thread asking about black hole mass loss via white holes can be found on Science Forums here if anyone would like to contribute to the conversation.


Mars Perseverance Rover

The Mars Perseverance Rover launched today in the Atlas V rocket, as planned. You can read more about this on the NASA mission page.

Should arrive on Mars in early 2021

Feel free to discuss further on the QOTO Discourse forum.*

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Hubble – Eye in the Sky part 3

Part 3 of the NASA Mission Operations – Hubble Video Miniseries is released today.

The series so far, has been really interesting and each episode is roughly 10 minutes in length, so could make an ideal teaching resource too.


Hubble – Eye in the Sky – Mini Series

Yesterday (15/7/2020) NASA started a 3 part mini series on the Hubble space telescope.

Schedule as follows

  • Episode 1: Driving the Telescope Release date: July 15,
  • Episode 2: An Unexpected Journey Release date: July 20
  • Episode 3: Time Machines Release date: July 23

Should make an interesting series.


In the night sky : Orion Completed

I have finally, after months of going back and forth to this, partly due to other study and things to do. Completed the 24 hour OU / OpenLearn Course. I was just doing this casually anyway.

Note: This is a Level 1 Open University course.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

* Understand facts, concepts, principles, theories, classifications and language used in astronomy * Understand the range of sizes, distances and motions of objects in the night sky * Understand the structure, evolution and the main processes operating in stars * Understand the properties of planets in our Solar System and exoplanetary systems * Understand the history of the universe.

Really interesting course, lots to think about and learn just from doing some of the research for the questions posed during the course.

Astronomy uses the greek alphabet for star names for example so this post may help.

#course #openlearn #openuniversity #science #space #astronomy #cosmology #physics #astrophysics #chemistry #biology #OU #greek

SpaceX Docking

Following yesterdays successful SpaceX launch, the Dragon Module is due to dock with the ISS later on today at about 14:30 GMT (15:30 BST).

#science, #spacex, #ISS, #dragon, #space, #travel

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2020 NASA Space Apps Challenge

This years NASA space Apps Covid 19 challenge is now open for applications. Global Virtual Hackathon.

Tackle COVID-19 using data from NASA, ESA, and JAXA

Information here

This runs from 30th to 31st May 2020.

#NASA, #space, #apps, #challenge, #2020, #covid19

I have just completed another OU / OpenLearn course, this time on The Evolving Universe. Despite its rather complex subject matter it was very interesting and expanded a little further on the 'How the universe works' course I undertook a few years ago.

The course looked at the early universe, the big bang, how particles, energy, time and temperature all changed over time and how all these are inter-related. How the matter we know today formed and why the universe is mostly matter and not antimatter. The fact there was more matter and what would have happened if the amount of antimatter and matter had been equal. Plus other interesting topics.

How sub-atomic particles such as Bosons, Leptons, Quarks etc interact. How research finds new particles and the huge energy levels required for this to take place.

This is a level 1 introductory course, and like the more formal course mentioned. The course also asks other questions which gets the reader thinking about different scenarios that could have occurred.


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