Popular astronomy and space physics

Astronomers and space physicists in Uppsala study the universe around you. Our domain of study starts close by with phenomena 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.

Link to BBC and an interactive journey in space.
Discover how vast our solar system is 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.

Link to site were you can navigate in the neighbourhood of the Sun.
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 sophisticated theoretical models that allow us to understand our observations, and even to predict phenomena 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.


2018-01-05: Listen to Sofia Ramstedt on Sveriges Radio about new stellar findings (in Swedish)

2018-01-04: Watch Erik Zackrisson on TEDxUppsalaUniversity talking about SETI – Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence


2017-12-06: Listen to Erik Zackrisson on Sveriges Radio about supermassive black holes and the young universe (in Swedish)


2015-11-23: Bengt Gustafsson in Forskning och Framsteg about his new book “Svarta hål” (in Swedish)

2015-02-05: Andreas Korn and Beatriz Villarroel in Forskning och Framsteg about quasars (in Swedish)

2015-01-26: Listen to Claes-Ingvar Lagerkvist on Sveriges Radio about near-contact with an asteroid (in Swedish)

2015-01-22: Björn Davidsson in UNT about the Rosetta spacecraft (in Swedish)


2014-12-19: Listen to Sofia Ramstedt on Sveriges Radio about spectacular results from the ALMA telescope (in Swedish)

2014-11-29: Listen to Andreas Korn on Sveriges Radio about galactic cannibalism (in Swedish)

2014-09-25: Listen to Erik Aronson on Sveriges Radio about how to look for life in space (in Swedish)

2014-04-20: Eric Stempels in UNT about Uppsala's meteor camera (in Swedish)

2014-01-23: Listen to James Silvester on Astrarium about ancient astronomy


2013-04-19: Listen to Nikolai Piskunov on Sveriges Radio about Earth-like exoplanets (in Swedish)

More popular astronomy

Populär astronomi (in Swedish)

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


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 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.

Last modified: 2021-12-21