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Dr Stuart Clark is a widely read astronomy journalist. His career is devoted to presenting the complex world of astronomy to the general public. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers. On 9 August 2000, UK daily newspaper The Independent placed him alongside Stephen Hawking and the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees, as one of the ‘stars’ of British astrophysics teaching. He has written extensively including the books; The sun Kings, Journey to the stars and the Copernicum trilogy a trilogy of historical fiction based on the key turning points in Astronomy the first book is Skys dark labyrinth.
Here Dr Stuart Clark explains the origins of Astrophysics.
About the image: This Hubble composite image shows visible starlight as well as light from the emission of glowing hydrogen, which is associated with the most luminous young stars in the spiral arms. M51, also known as NGC 5194, is having a close encounter with a nearby companion galaxy, NGC 5195, just off the upper edge of this image. The companion's gravitational pull is triggering star formation in the main galaxy, as seen in brilliant detail by numerous, luminous clusters of young and energetic stars. The bright clusters are highlighted in red by their associated emission from glowing hydrogen gas. (text and img source: Hubble Site)
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