Victoria Austin

Victoria Austin

I have a variety of interests and hobbies including reading, photography, writing and design. Creative that's me, and I enjoy learning!

Location UK



  • Just answered this in my reply above! :)

  • I think they were referring back to what they'd said just before- the orbit of The Moon wasn't as they thought it was predicted to be, since tech/knowledge has advanced from Newton's time.

  • It takes around 10 goes of moving them around to see if you've got the order right then you can work back from there if you want to try it again! :)

  • @DanielBurnett It really is!

  • @LesleyEvans It actually does, since it rounds to 5.0 they have an orbital resonance of 1:5 - in the time it takes Iapetus to make one orbit, Titan makes 5!

  • @LindaGilbert I just Googled Labradorite, that's a very pretty mineral. If you haven't got there already, you might enjoy looking at the close-up of plagioclase feldspars later this week through the virtual microscope!

  • Thanks. The course will still be available on the OU's free learning platform OpenLearn which you can access any time, but it doesn't have the community/course team on there. It has been 10 years though, so we've had a good run on...

  • Not a stupid question at all! Mass is how much there is of something whereas weight changes depending on the gravity... so it's the lack of gravity on The Moon that makes the weight 1/6 of on Earth, I hope that's helped explain it! :)

  • Give it a try, see what you come up with? The orbital period for both of these moons can be found in the data table in the previous step. :)

  • I saw that last night too about the crystal healing. It really is fascinating the similarities and differences in The Moon/Earth rocks.

  • @InekeFioole Thanks, unfortunately this year is actually the last run of this course on here, but if you have Facebook you'll be able to keep up to date with moons news on the Facebook group. Thanks @YvonneWilliams

  • This is something that's coming up in week 6- how resources found on The Moon might be used.

  • I listen to a lot of country music and I'll often hear mentions of The Moon in songs (I've just started listening to Can't Fight The Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes on Spotify as I type this!) As a creative myself, the Moon has inspired some of my own work too, like the flower I drew where the centre of it is The Moon. I'm even in the process of writing a novel set...

  • It looks like you've figured it out now but yes, it gives you as many attempts as there are moons before it asks, so you have a chance to switch them around before you see how many you've got right, like Ineke said, it'll give you a pop up at that point to check. :)

  • Anorthite is a gemstone. This just got me wondering about a piece we've got in our display cabinet actually, I just went down to check but no it's Pyrite we've got, not Anorthite.

  • Enjoy the course! :)

  • Give it another try? It seems to be working okay for me right now.

  • Endogenous substances are naturally occurring and produced inside organisms, whereas exogenous substances come from the external environment.

  • @LindaGilbert I'm glad it worked! I've just read Hera has been scheduled for October of this year, to measure the impact of NASA's DART mission from 2022.

  • Thanks for pointing this out, will pass a message on to get it fixed.

  • @LindaGilbert With regards to your earlier comment, paying for the course won't make a difference to an independent link.

    It's working okay for me here - it's weird it's not in Scotland or Wales.

    Tagging @YvonneWilliams in this reply too-

    There's a video within the page, which I've been able to copy the link to - will this work for you?...

  • @IsaacNumoah Triton has a mean orbital distance of approximately 354,800km from Neptune.

    Just to clarify, we're not comparing other smaller moons of Neptune here, but other retrograde moons in general that are generally smaller with a greater distance.

  • Yes this. Perhaps it might be like Earth in that sense, small microbes could be out in space that may *one day* turn into more evolved creatures. Just because we are here now, it didn't happen overnight for Earth, for creatures to move from water to land, so it could be the same elsewhere.

  • The central peak develops at around 32 seconds into the animation. The rarefaction wave is basically a follow-on from the first shockwave- a secondary wave. The central peak then rises up which is shown in the orange layer. It really is the sheer pressure from an impact that makes it rebound back up in this way. Hope that helps explain it!

  • It is, it looks like a scientist called Alex N. Halliday came up with the name in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and it stuck. The journal of which is here if you'd like to read it-

  • You're not the only ones, I used to think it had something to do with the season too before I learnt otherwise. The next step covers more on this...

  • You might find the link Ben C's posted in the comment below helpful if you've not already seen it.

  • Yes they are, many of the asteroids in our solar system are found orbiting the sun in the asteroid belt there.

  • Yes, it is thought that it was.

  • As Julian's already said, we're experiencing some technical difficulties with the images right now. I'm going to try direct-linking to some of the images from where they are available on OpenLearn, please let us know if you have any trouble viewing these.

    *Edited to remove the links now the proper images are back working*

  • @BarbaraJohnson Welcome back Barbara. :)

  • Victoria Austin made a comment

    Welcome to the course everyone! My name's Victoria and I'm one of the course mentors on here. Enjoy the next 8 weeks as you delve into learning more about our solar system and the moons that inhabit it. If there's anything you aren't sure about or have any questions throughout the course, do feel free to leave comments in the steps and we'll do our best to...

  • For something to be a crime, I think it has to show harm to a person, their property or society as a whole. I think certain actions are considered criminal because of how they affect people in society.

  • Victoria Austin made a comment

    Pete starts off engaging in criminal behaviour by being very anti-social towards his neighbours, his behaviour is dangerous as he rides on the pavements and sets fires. Criminal damage for the bin? (I'd think it could also come under tort of nuisance since he sets a fire that reaches the grounds of a property which is on the civil side but still bad). Then...

  • I've been a nature and wildlife photographer for 12 years, but I've mainly used the automatic setting when taking photographs. It'll be good to learn about aperture etc.

  • I didn't expect to find my actual town on there but it is! And the general area - there were mostly French migrants here then. I'm not seeing many women at all (2 out of 50 in results for Devon as a whole).

  • If she convinced them of her story, whether true or not, it must have made them want to help her.

  • I feel like I would stay, I wouldn't want to risk being so cut off from everyone and everything.

  • I have memories of visiting the York Dungeons as a kid, I remember being fascinated by what people's lives might have been like back then, what they ate etc. The actors were so good though I genuinely came home convinced I was going to get the plague ha! I was only 9 or 10.

  • Hi, I'm Victoria and I'm from Devon. I've visited York a couple of times over the years and have always enjoyed going to museums and learning about things.

  • I'm going to be losing access in the next 3 days so I may as well leave this comment here now. I'm glad to see people have enjoyed the course. It's been a great 8 weeks everyone. See you over on Facebook! :)

  • Just clicked onto it, there's a person working on something on there right now!