It’s a story that began 20000 years ago, and has been waiting for you. Like something out of a “Star Trek” episode. The vista before you hangs in the black like a portal into the fiery underbelly of all that’s good in the Universe. “Star Trek” You remember it now. The Battle of Wolf-359. It […]Read More Wolf-Rayet: The Day The Bubble Burst
Hi all. It’s been a while I’m ashamed to admit. I’ve been working on a new Facebook group to raise the profile of my channel. It’s been fun. Here is the link (hint: join the group!) Here is my newest video. A basic breakdown of what exactly the Goldilocks (or circumstellar habitable) zone is, and […]Read More Goldilocks and the Three Planets
The Chicken and the Egg There’s an old theory known as Panspermia, which hypothesises that life got its initial leg up on Earth (around 4-3.5 billion years ago) after a long journey across space. According to this theory, (which at the very least is quite reasonable) the ingredients and precursor molecules for life hitched […]Read More Europa: Life Beneath the Ice?
I have been hard at work rebooting my Bens Lab YouTube channel. This has been prompted by a realisation that a niche topic such as astrobiology is not only insanely interesting, it can keep a niche channel alive, away from the blinding glare of the massively monolithic and sucessful general science channels dominating the platform. […]Read More Astro-biological: The living universe
An introduction to Astrobiology, showing that we really haven’t changed that much!Read More #Astrobiology
It’s “Out of the Silent Planet”, a la 2087. Where have you been? Extreme sports goes to Hell! And what the heck is with that car?Read More #NightFlighttoVenus
Venus is a dead world like it’s unfortunate sibling Mercury. Both planets are perilously close to our sun. Mercury lies only 58 million km from Sol and Venus is still uncomfortably close at 108.2 million km. However this cloud coated beauty orbits serenely on the very inner cusp of what astronomers call the “Goldilocks Zone”Read More #BackToVenus
Say you were an alien visitor to our solar system. Imagine yourself flying in: past the gas giants (what’s with that big red spot?), past all those pesky asteroids (that weird metal asteroid warrants a second look!), even past that blue green marble, with all the chatter pouring out on the electromagnetic spectrum. You keep on flying. It’s been a long flight, but there are two more planets to look at. This next one looks liks a big deal!Read More Water, water everywhere
Sometimes, science and a love for science begins with a story or two. I’ve always loved stories, be they in the form of books and movies. My favourite books of all time were C.S.Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles and Micheal Ende’s “The Neverending Story”. What drew me into these particular stories so deeply was their references to cosmologies; to […]Read More Have we beaten ourselves to other planets?
Comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko, or just plain 67P has been a bit of a superstar ever since the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Probe fell into orbit around it in August, 2014. On September 30, the probe will end two years of solid science with a programmed death dive into the head of the comet. This isn’t […]Read More Comet 67P and Rosetta: a tribute