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Print your own Fast Radio Bursts

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Print your own Fast Radio Bursts

Published: 15 January 2018

Fast Radio Bursts are mysterious high frequency radio signals that come from outside our galaxy, possibly from neutron stars. it is the structure of the radio signal itself that provides information about its source. As part of a research focus on these enigmatic flashes, an astroonmer at the University of Amsterdam has produced 3D printed models of the signals as an aid to understanding the structure. 

The FRBs show strong dispersion: the high frequency part of the signal arrives before the low frequency part, as a result of the signal travelling through the interstellar medium. The extreme dispersion is what indicates the extragalactic nature of the source. But other features of the signal arise from the source region. Astronomer Anne Archibold of the University of Amsterdam saw the potential of 3D printing to uncover the structure of these bursts. She has produced what are in essence solid plots of the intensity of the signal across frequencies, over time, for several FRBs. "I have a 3D printer and I like tinkering", she said. "I also had access to the Astronomical Institute data and thought that presentign it in this way would help in the anaylsis."

The 3D printed plots are intriguing objects in themselves, but their potential role in uncovering pattern and structure in the FRBs is scientifically significant. It is much easier for a non-expect to see within them the smaller features that researchers have identified as significant in the data as normally presented (as in the Nature paper on the same data, for example).  Archibold sees this as both a means of discovering new aspects of the data, and as a powerful tool for outreach, especially as a way to include those with visual impairments in the discoveries about these mysterious distant sources. 

You can now print your own FRBs and see for yourselves. Archibold has uploaded the designs to Thingiverse and they are freely available to print.  

Wave at Kepler

Wave at Kepler Outreach

Wave at Kepler

Published: 27 November 2017

NASA's hugely successful Kepler missing is getting close to the end of its life – but it's going to turn and look at Earth on 10 December and you could wave goodbye.

Coll and the Cosmos

Coll and the Cosmos Blog

Coll and the Cosmos

Published: 2 October 2017

A beautiful logo from a booklet made to celebrate a Care for Carers trip to the Isle of Coll – a tangible indication of the effectiveness of one of the RAS200 outreach projects discussed at Burlington House last week.

Coll and the Cosmos

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A beautiful logo from a booklet made to celebrate a Care for Carers trip to the Isle of Coll – a tangible indication of the effectiveness of one of the RAS200 outreach projects discussed at Burlington House last week.

Young stars shine at the RAS

Young stars shine at the RAS Outreach

Young stars shine at the RAS

Published: 15 September 2017

GCSE Astronomy at the Royal Astronomical Society - results are in!

Helping Space Detectives at the CLF Teacher's Conference

Helping Space Detectives at the CLF Teacher's Conference Blog

Helping Space Detectives at the CLF Teacher's Conference

Published: 11 July 2017

Just over a month ago, ESERO-UK Space Ambassador Jo Richardson emailed me asking if I could help her at the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) teachers conference. Never one to turn opportunities down, I said yes straight away.

Helping Space Detectives at the CLF Teacher's Conference

Helping Space Detectives at the CLF Teacher's Conference Content

Just over a month ago, ESERO-UK Space Ambassador Jo Richardson emailed me asking if I could help her at the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) teachers conference. Never one to turn opportunities down, I said yes straight away.

RAS200 Chapter 2

RAS200 Chapter 2 Blog

RAS200 Chapter 2

Published: 18 May 2017

It was a pleasure to be at the RAS Annual General Meeting last Friday. Not only did I listen to an entertaining Presidential Address, but I also heard about the new winners of RAS200 awards for innovative outreach projects.

RAS200 Chapter 2

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It was a pleasure to be at the RAS Annual General Meeting last Friday. Not only did I listen to an entertaining Presidential Address, but I also heard about the new winners of RAS200 awards for innovative outreach projects.

Jubilate: William Herschel's music

Jubilate: William Herschel's music News

Jubilate: William Herschel's music

Published: 23 April 2017

In 1767, William Herschel was appointed Bath's Director of Music. The William Herschel Museum is celebrating the 250th anniversary of this event with an exhibition about the musical life of Bath when the Herschels lived and worked there.

Society for the History of Astronomy Spring Conference, Cambridge

Society for the History of Astronomy Spring Conference, Cambridge Blog

Society for the History of Astronomy Spring Conference, Cambridge

Published: 16 April 2017

The Society for the History of Astronomy's 2017 Spring Conference being held at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge.

Society for the History of Astronomy Spring Conference, Cambridge

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The Society for the History of Astronomy's 2017 Spring Conference being held at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge.

Ask an astrophysicist

Ask an astrophysicist Blog

Ask an astrophysicist

Published: 15 April 2017

Nottingham Astronomical Society members get a chance to quiz two local astrophysicists

Ask an astrophysicist

Ask an astrophysicist Content

Nottingham Astronomical Society members get a chance to quiz two local astrophysicists

Opening Boundaries in Astronomy

Opening Boundaries in Astronomy Outreach

Opening Boundaries in Astronomy

Published: 10 February 2017

Winter School on Astronomy brings nations together to pursue astronomy

Ada Lovelace Day Live!

Ada Lovelace Day Live! Blog

Ada Lovelace Day Live!

Published: 21 October 2016

To celebrate the centenary of women being allowed to be Fellows of the RAS we were Platinum Sponsors of Ada Lovelace Day 2016.

Ada Lovelace Day Live!

Ada Lovelace Day Live! Content

To celebrate the centenary of women being allowed to be Fellows of the RAS we were Platinum Sponsors of Ada Lovelace Day 2016.

RAS200 Outline Proposals (second tranche) are now OPEN!

RAS200 Outline Proposals (second tranche) are now OPEN! Outreach

RAS200 Outline Proposals (second tranche) are now OPEN!

Published: 11 October 2016

Applications for our £100k astronomy and geophysics outreach project funding stream are OPEN!

The Cathedral of Stars (2)

The Cathedral of Stars  (2) Outreach

The Cathedral of Stars (2)

Published: 9 October 2016

A beautiful parish church transforms from ‘The Cathedral of the South Downs’ into ‘The Cathedral of Stars’, providing a haunting backdrop for a celestial trip of a lifetime.

Astronomy and Astrophysics books for African research libraries

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Astronomy and Astrophysics books for African research libraries

Published: 4 October 2016

A CHALLENGE to RAS members! After my blog to say I have some Annual Reviews to donate, I'm sending them to the Entoto Observatory and Space Science Research Center (EORC) library in Ethiopia for their students and staff

Astronomy and Astrophysics books for African research libraries

Published: 4 October 2016

Author: Peter Sinclair

Astronomy and Astrophysics books for African research libraries Content

A CHALLENGE to RAS members! After my blog to say I have some Annual Reviews to donate, I'm sending them to the Entoto Observatory and Space Science Research Center (EORC) library in Ethiopia for their students and staff

The Mid-continent Rift - a giant fossil crack in North America

The Mid-continent Rift - a giant fossil crack in North America Outreach

The Mid-continent Rift - a giant fossil crack in North America

Published: 2 October 2016

Lake Superior and the spectacular scenery around it result from one of the more important processes shaping our planet - the splitting of continents to form new oceans. A great place to study these
is the 3000 km long 1.1 billion year old Midcontinent Rift

Three Days of International Outreach on Space Weather

Three Days of International Outreach on Space Weather Blog

Three Days of International Outreach on Space Weather

Published: 2 October 2016

UK and international guest public lecturers will engage with schools, teachers and the general public about space weather in July 2017 in an active parallel education program running alongside the IAU Symposium 335 in Exeter.

Three Days of International Outreach on Space Weather

Three Days of International Outreach on Space Weather Content

UK and international guest public lecturers will engage with schools, teachers and the general public about space weather in July 2017 in an active parallel education program running alongside the IAU Symposium 335 in Exeter.

Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Published: 27 September 2016

I have copies of Annual Reviews from 1997 to 2010 and seven CUP titles to donate to a university or other library.

Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Published: 27 September 2016

Author: Peter Sinclair

Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics Content

I have copies of Annual Reviews from 1997 to 2010 and seven CUP titles to donate to a university or other library.

Open House 2016

Open House 2016 News

Open House 2016

Published: 21 September 2016

The world – and Caroline Herschel – came to Burlington House on 17 September. Find out what they found...

Town Hall Meetings 2016

Town Hall Meetings 2016 News

Town Hall Meetings 2016

Published: 21 September 2016

Here are the latest Town Hall Meetings for the second tranche of RAS200 funding

RAS200 Town Hall meetings (second tranche)

RAS200 Town Hall meetings (second tranche) Outreach

RAS200 Town Hall meetings (second tranche)

Published: 21 September 2016

Here you can find all the information you need about the RAS200 town hall meetings taking place all over the UK and internationally within the next few months.

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