SAM MORRELL


ASTROPHYSICIST

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About Me

August 12, 2018

I am a postgraduate observational astrophysicist, currently working in the astrophysics group at the University of Exeter. Under the supervision of Professor Tim Naylor, my PhD project involves understanding fundamental parameters of low-mass stars. Previously, I completed an MPhys, also at the University of Exeter, studying the way that interstellar dust interact with light, an...

Bodmin Moor – International Dark Sky Landscape

August 26, 2017

Some time ago, in mid-November last year the XRT-C project, the student radio telescope project based at Caradon observatory in Cornwall, as well as Space Exe, the student society at the University of Exeter that maintains and runs the former, were called upon to play a small part in something truly special; to support an...

What I’ve Been Listening To – July 2016

August 1, 2016

Welcome to another great instalment of my regular monthly revelry in auditory excellence. This month’s list is unabashedly short and single minded in its focus. Basically, this will probably go down in history as the ‘Sam finds Christine and the Queens month’. So, with this in mind let’s get going on our helpings for July....

What I’ve Been Listening To – April 2016

May 23, 2016

Good day all! Well, the weather this month has almost been as varied as my playlist. No sooner had we settled into our five minutes of summer than torrential rain was battering at our doorstep. At least, that’s my recollection of it. Once again, I apologise for the tardiness of this post. It’s been a...

What I’ve Been Listening To – February 2016

March 1, 2016

And so we come to the end of the sophomore month of the year. The days are really beginning to draw out and the weather is beginning to warm up just a tad before making the full on rampage towards the freshness of spring. It’s time for another helping of music, so buckle in and...

What I’ve Been Listening To – December 2015

January 1, 2016

It’s that time of month again. It’s just ticked over to 2016 in the uphill scramble away from the winter solstice. I present to you my post Christmas romp through the tunes that have been stuck in my head this month. The Cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – It Must Be Believed to...

What I’ve Been Listening To – November 2015

December 1, 2015

And so it’s that time of year again. The nights rapidly draw in after making the exasperated jaunt back from British Summer Time to good ol’ GMT. The fog lies thick over the city as the temperature make it’s downward meander to sub-zero degrees celsius. The feeling of autumn, and indeed shortly after the crisp...

Now is the Future

October 21, 2015

We all know the Back to the Future trilogy, right? I’m sure it’ll have come to your attention that today is the day which the Marty McFly and Doc Brown went forward to in Back to the Future Part 2. 4:29pm on 21st October 2015, to be exact. Although the vision of the films was...

Tackling Internal Server Errors When Using Jade-PHP

July 13, 2015

I’m currently taking a break from the glitz and glamour of astrophysics and instead am working on various development projects I promised I’d do for people. My main experience with web development in the past couple years has been using the excellent combo of Node.js + Express + Jade + Stylus. This combo is great...

Dust in the Ointment

October 18, 2014

It’s nice every now and then to have a slight reminder why your work is valuable. At the moment I’m part of a research team, working in the astrophysics department at the University of Exeter, ┬áthat are studying dust. I know exactly what you’re thinking, how interesting can dust be? The truth is that interstellar...

Gambling with Statistics – Monte Carlo Methods

July 20, 2013

Hey all! In my recent work I’ve been using numerical simulations involving radiative transfer, which basically ┬ámeans transferring energy via radiation such as light; in the form of photon packets. The way these simulations are run is via a method known quite widely in the physics world called ‘Monte Carlo Methods’. It took me a...

Random Star Trek Trivia

November 13, 2011

Okay, I think it’s time for a geek out. Here goes. Since I am a massive geek of general sci-fi, and in particular the Star Trek form of sci-fi, time for a little trek related trivia post. The phrase ‘Beam me up Scotty’ was never, ever actually said in the original series, quite ironic seeing...