Department of Physics and Astronomy

Popular astronomy and space physics

Astronomers and space physicists in Uppsala study the universe around you. Our domain of study starts close by with phenomenoms happening in Earth atmosphere.

Then the journey brings you to further objects in our Solar system along planets like Mars and Saturn but also comets.

Discover how vast is our solar system by travelling as if you were a photon escaping the Sun at the speed of light (Riding Light from Alphonse Swinehart on Vimeo) and try the interactive space travel from BBC

We also study other stars than the Sun, and for some of them we can even detect and characterize planets around them, that we call exoplanets.

This Google Chrome experiment allows you to navigate through 100 000 stars in the neighbourhood of the Sun. The positions of the stars are correct.

Finally, we try to know more about our galaxy - the Milky Way - and about all the other galaxies, even some lying at mind-blowing distances from ours

Some of us are working with observations, that can be obtained from telescopes all over the world, or from satellites nearby Earth or far out in the solar system. Some others create and use sofisticated theoretical models that allow us to understand our observations, and even to predict phenomenoms that we cannot observe yet.

If you want to know more, check out the links below, which will redirect you to press articles, radioshows, and podcasts featuring our researchers, but also to more resources.

2015

2015-11-23: Bengt Gustafsson in Forskning och Framsteg about his new book "Svarta hål" (in Swedish)
http://fof.se/tidning/2015/10/artikel/narkontakt-med-det-obegripliga

2015-02-05: Andreas Korn and Beatriz Villarroel in Forskning och Framsteg about quasars (in Swedish)
http://fof.se/tidning/2015/2/artikel/sokandet-efter-kvasarernas-innersta

2015-01-26: Listen to Claes-Ingvar Lagerkvist on Sveriges Radio about near-contact with an asteroid (in Swedish)
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=114&artikel=6077404

2015-01-22: Björn Davidsson in UNT about the Rosetta spacecraft (in Swedish)
http://unt.se/uppland/uppsala/forsta-rapporterna-fran-rosetta-3559891.aspx

2014

2014-12-19: Listen to Sofia Ramstedt on Sveriges Radio about spectacular results from the ALMA telescope (in Swedish)
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=415&artikel=6050319

2014-11-29: Listen to Andreas Korn on Sveriges Radio about galactic cannibalism (in Swedish)
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=4131&artikel=6025389

2014-09-25: Listen to Erik Aronson on Sveriges Radio about how to look for life in space (in Swedish)
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=5974448

2014-04-20: Eric Stempels in UNT about Uppsala's meteor camera (in Swedish)
http://www.unt.se/uppland/uppsala/forsta-meteorkameran-pa-plats-i-uppsala-3091512.aspx

2014-01-23: Listen to James Silvester on Astrarium about ancient astronomy
http://astrarium.brachiolopemedia.com/2014/01/23/ancient-astronomy/

2013

2013-04-19: Listen to Nikolai Piskunov on Sveriges Radio about Earth-like exoplanets (in Swedish)
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=415&artikel=5510806

More popular astronomy

Populär astronomi (in Swedish)

Populär Astronomi is Sweden's leading popular science newspaper in astronomy and space physics (in Swedish).

Astrarium

The Astrarium was a series of astronomy spoken-word programs which were broadcast on CFRC 101.9 FM from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The first series, hosted by James Silvester, originally aired from late-2008 through mid-2009. This site contains a some of my favourite episodes from series 1. Now in 2013 we are pleased to announce new episodes forming series two, these podcast are hosted by James Silvester and David Warrington both based in the UK.  You can follow us on Twitter @astrariumpod

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is the pre-eminent intergovernmental science and technology organisation in astronomy. It carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities for astronomy to enable important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research.