We all know about stuff like SETI@Home, Citizen Sky and the various flavours of the Zooniverse (those that don’t might be interested in an article in this month’s Sky at Night Magazine, which speaks on Citizen Science projects), but the Astronomy Society of Glasgow (the ASG) believes one important project was missed off the list – Einstein@Home, which harnesses the power of unused home pcs to analyse the data from laser interferometers that hope to test Einstein’s theory of gravity by measuring tiny changes in distance between two points. The cause of the changes they’re looking for is the passage of gravitational waves, but as there’s so much else bumping and bouncing the surface of the Earth, there’s a hell of a lot of background noise to whittle down.
…and speaking of Sky at Night related stuff, the Sky at Night Magazine often asks questions of its readers in order to get answers they can print. This question asks “What’s your favourite book by Patrick Moore?”
…and speaking of Sky at Night related stuff, Chris Lintott tweeted that there are a few talks being given in Oxford related to astronomy. The talks, which are held at the Philip Wetton Telescope are arranged (and provided free of charge) by the Institute of Physics and compliment a series of public telescope tours. Maps of how to get there, what the talks are and all other related information can be found here.