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The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck is one of the United Kingdom's leading centres for planetary and exoplanetary science. It houses expertise in understanding planets from their deep interiors, through their surfaces and atmospheres, to their space environment.  This expertise is complemented by world leaders in astronomy, terrestrial and solar science, life and chemical sciences.  Read more...

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Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers) (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles)

Jupiter's X-Ray auroras pulse independently

Jupiter’s intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new UCL-led research using ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatories. More...

Published: Oct 30, 2017 8:14:14 PM

This illustration of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn depicts the planet’s enormous magnetic field and the bow shock created as the solar wind runs into it. The cusps can be seen as the funnel-shaped regions that reach down to the planet’s poles. Credit: ESA

Probing the Cusps of Saturn's Magnetic Field

Data from the Cassini spacecraft show that the cusp regions of Saturn’s magnetic field—where it connects to the Sun’s magnetic field—have similarities to Earth’s and also intriguing differences. More...

Published: Oct 10, 2017 6:08:09 PM

Hot Jupiter exoplanets

Size matters in the detection of exoplanet atmospheres

A group-analysis of 30 exoplanets orbiting distant stars suggests that size, not mass, is a key factor in whether a planet’s atmosphere can be detected according to a UCL-led team of European researchers. More...

Published: Sep 26, 2017 4:50:54 PM

Artist’s impression of Cassini in orbit at Saturn

Cassini’s legacy and a final farewell

Many researchers at the UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences said a fond farewell to the Cassini spacecraft when it was plunged into Saturn on 15 September 2017, after 13 years of exploring the giant planet and its moons, leaving an enormous legacy of data. More...

Published: Sep 18, 2017 2:46:00 PM

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Prof. Andrew Coates

Life in our solar system: redefining the habitable zone - UCL Lunch Hour Lecture with Prof. Andrew Coates

Free lunchtime talk by Professor Andrew Coates (MSSL) on redefining the habitable zone in the Solar System, Tuesday 28 November at UCL: More...

Starts: Nov 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Prof. David Price

UCL Science Centre Lecture by Prof. David Price on Magnetism in the Solar System

On Friday 1 December, Professor David Price (UCL Department of Earth Sciences) will be giving a UCL Science Centre Lecture entitled: Magnetism in the Solar System and Journey into the Centre of the Earth. More...

Starts: Dec 1, 2017 5:30:00 PM

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