About 'The Star Garden'

The Star Garden is run by Dr Helen Klus. It contains a timeline of the universe, with links to related articles and a blog to discuss current scientific events.

Articles are split into three categories that cover the history of science, from prehistoric times to the modern day. These are in rough chronological order, illustrating how each new discovery built on what was known before.

Most of the Star Garden is licensed under a Creative Commons License, you can read more about this here.

About Dr Helen Klus

I am interested in the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, and have spent the last few years studying philosophy and physics. I was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, 2011.

You can contact me by email, through Facebook or Twitter, or by leaving a comment below.


  1. PhD in Physics, University of Southampton, 2015.

  2. MA (hons) in Philosophy of Physics, University of Leeds, 2008.

  3. BSc (hons) in Astronomy and Philosophy, University of Sheffield, 2006.

Academic publications

  1. Klus, H., 2015, 'Breaking the quantum limit: the magnetic field of neutron stars in extra-galactic Be X-ray binaries', PhD thesis.

  2. Klus, H., Ho, W. C. G., Coe, M. J., Corbet, R. H. D., and Townsend, L. J., 2014, 'Spin period change and the magnetic fields of neutron stars in Be X-ray binaries in the Small Magellanic Cloud', MNRAS, 437, 3863-3882.

  3. Ho, W. C. G, Klus, H., Coe, M. J., and Andersson, N., 2014, 'Equilibrium spin pulsars unite neutron star populations', MNRAS, 437, 3664-3669.

  4. Klus, H., Bartlett, E. S., Bird, A. J., Coe, M. J., Corbet, R. H. D., and Udalski, A., 2013, 'Swift J045106.8-694803; a highly magnetised neutron star in the Large Magellanic Cloud', MNRAS, 428, 3607-3617.

  5. Haberl, F., Sturm, R., Tsujimoto, M., Wada, Q., Ebisawa, K., Miller, E., Coe, M. J., Klus, H., and Beardmore, A. P., 2012, 'SXP523 = Suzaku J0102-7204 = 2XMM J010247.4-720449, a Be/X-ray binary pulsar in the SMC', Astron. Telegram, 4648.

Non-academic publications

  1. Why Are There So Few Female Scientists? (2014) The Toast.

  2. Armchair Explorers: how members of the public are taking an active role in the search for other worlds (2011) Wellcome Trust Blog (shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer').

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