The Centre for Planetary Sciences

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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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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

John Guest

Guest crater on the Moon

A crater on the Moon has been named after the late John Guest (1938-2012), a pioneer in volcanology and planetary science, who inspired generations of colleagues and students at UCL for over half a century. During his time at UCL, John established the emerging disciplines of planetary geology and physical volcanology and, in 1980, he founded the first NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility outside the USA.  More...

Published: Aug 17, 2017 4:21:32 PM

The International Journal of Astrobiology

The intellectual and social benefits of astrobiology

In a new article soon to be published by the International Journal of Astrobiology, Professor Ian Crawford aims to explain the broader aims of astrobiology:  More...

Published: May 23, 2017 4:00:59 PM

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CPS Events

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APEX seminars this term - Autumn 2017

We are currently finalising the Astrobiology and Planetary Exploration (APEX) meeting programme for the new autumn term, with talks taking place at the usual time and place of Thursdays in the Garwood Lecture Theatre (first floor UCL South Wing) from 1-2pm.  The first in the series will be on 19 October.  More...

Starts: Sep 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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