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Moutmout's blog

Astronomy, computers, random thoughts

GW Orionis

A protoplanetary disc surrounding three stars

I wrote this image caption in the context of an application to a science journalism internship.

I will take off

JWST's song

At first I was delayed, I was on standby
Kept thinking I could never fly without repair missions
But then I spent so many years making sure it was ok
I grew strong, I learned how to be robust

Potassium flashes

In 1967, astronomers at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence in the south of France discovered potassium flashes while they were observing stars. But the laws of physics that were known at the time didn’t provide any explanation as to how a star could produce these flashes. Were there aliens trying to communicate with us?

Centaurus A

A galaxy with an active nucleus

I wrote this image caption in the context of an application to a science journalism internship.

Lucy in Space Engine

Pimping Space Engine to visualize a space mission

And0uille

For a video I have been preparing about my trip to Spain with NASA (you can read about it in French here (part 1) and here (part 2)), I wanted to show Jupiter’s trojan asteroids, the asteroid Polymele and the spacecraft Lucy. I asked And0uille for help setting everything up in Space Engine. Here is her explanation on how to add everything you need in Space Engine to illustrate the Lucy mission.

First results from Perseverance

Perseverance confirms that Jezero crater used to contain a lake with a river delta

Present-day Mars is cold and dry, but this has not always been the case, as findings from Mars rover confirm.

Pluto's song

Sometimes, Pluto feels lonely and sings this song

When Pluto was discovered, astronomers expected to find a planet similar to Earth in size. But as they made more observations, they realized that Pluto is actually much smaller than what they initially thought.

Installation guide for Castopod

and0uille

Today’s article is a bit special since it was written by @and0uille! She will explain in detail how to install your own castopod instance to host podcasts. If you want to see the end result before jumping in, you can visit the podcast SpaceSheep.

Sylvia Ekström

Stars are our mothers

This morning we are with Sylvia Ekström who is an astrophysicist at the Observatory of Geneva. She studies the way massive stars evolve over time. She is also very involved in outreach at the Observatory of Geneva and in the entire region. She will tell us about stars and her atypical career.