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MUSE Meeting in Aussois

Joseph/ June 10, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Last week I was at a meeting in Aussois about an upcoming spectrograph for the VLT called MUSE (which stands for Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer). Members of the consortium met to share the latest developments and update each other on various aspects of the instrument. It was my first time in Aussois, an incredibly beautiful small town in the Rhône-Alpes

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Merry Christmas!

Joseph/ December 25, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Hello folks! It’s been a while since I posted something here. Currently I’m fairly busy happily hopping from one side of the island (of Gozo) to the other shooting a short film. (Yes, that’s right, I’m trying my hand at moving pictures). This photo is a still from tonight while I was getting some footage for the said film. It

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A view of Home

Joseph/ October 15, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here goes my best attempt yet at capturing the Milky Way Galaxy from home in Gozo, Malta. It’s an image that took a couple of hours to get right in camera, and many more were spent in painstaking post-processing to reveal all the subtle detail that lay hidden within the image. It is definitely one of the pictures I am

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The Heart of the Galaxy

Joseph/ July 25, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This is a quick snapshot of the very centre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, taken from Malta. Since we ourselves lie in the Galaxy, we cannot see its grand spiral design from our point of view, just as we cannot perceive the Earth’s spherical shape whilst being bound to its surface. So in essence, this picture shows the point

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Of disappearing and reappering acts

Joseph/ July 18, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

I presume that last Saturday, at about 3am local (Maltese) time, most people were fast asleep, unaware of a magnificent spectacle going on above their heads. Jupiter and its moons slowly disappeared from the skies, as our own moon glided steadily in front of them, thus occulting the Jovian system, starting with icy Europa and and volcanic Io, then Jupiter

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“Realising the Astronomy of the Future” ~ Philip Wetton Workshop

Joseph/ June 11, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here are a few pictures from a workshop held last week in Oxford, which saw some of the leading scientists working on the next generation of instruments and telescopes converging in one place to discuss the latest developments. The workshop was made possible by the generous support of Philip Wetton. The inaugural Philip Wetton lecture, associated with the workshop, was

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Venus Transit ~ 5-6 June 2012

Joseph/ June 6, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here is a series of pictures of the transit of Venus, snapped from Port Meadow in Oxford early this morning. There was a huge patch of cloud right where the sun was rising – and I was sure that I was not going to see a thing. But then, luckily the clouds cleared for a brief moment, a bird decided

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Venus and the Pleiades

Joseph/ April 3, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Anyone who looks up at the evening sky over the coming days will see a bright gem shining brilliantly in the West. But this is no star. It’s actually the planet Venus (aptly known as the “Evening Star” or the “Star of the West”) which is currently dazzling us every evening as its dense atmosphere reflects back light from the

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Stargazing Oxford

Joseph/ January 22, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

On Saturday, 21st January, Oxford Astrophysics held the event “Stargazing Oxford” as part of the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE string of events across the country. It was an occasion that brought together the whole of Astrophysics at Oxford (and many people from the Physics department at large) to bring astronomy to the general public. The hugely successful event saw about 1,200

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