Picture of the Week
Mathematical and Physical Sciences Picture of the Week
16 June 2014: Message to Mercury
Of all the planets of the inner Solar System, Mercury is the least-visited. No mission has ever landed on its surface, only two missions have studied it from space, and only one of those has reached orbit.
9 June 2014: What's the charge?
When metal objects are given an electric charge, the charge is not evenly spread through it. It collects on the surface, and in particular on parts of the surface which are curved. More...
2 June 2014: Swift keeps flying
Every two years, NASA carries out a major review of its science missions to decide which to continue supporting. This year's review brought good news for the Swift mission - a satellite which surveys highly energetic cosmic phenomena, such as gamma ray bursts. Swift was ranked first, meaning it is guaranteed to get continued funding and support until 2016 and, subject to a further review, could continue to 2018.
One of the instruments on board Swift is the Ultraviolet and Optical Telescope (UVOT), a two-metre long telescope assembly rigged up to a camera system which can take pictures in visible and ultraviolet light. The telescope assembly was built by UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory. More...
19 May 2014: The Tadpole Nebula
The vast majority of the stuff of the universe is hydrogen. Unlike the heavier elements, which were synthesized in supernova explosions, the universe's hydrogen was produced in vast quantities in the Big Bang. While it is the heavier elements that make the complex chemistry of the universe possible, it is hydrogen that forms stars, and gives us the light, heat and energy we need to live. More...
12 May 2014: A colour camera for the Red Planet
Europe's ExoMars rover, scheduled to land on Mars in 2018, will feature a main camera system known as PanCam, which will contain two wide-angle cameras and one narrow-angle (telephoto) camera. The PanCam project is led by Prof Andrew Coates at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory. More...
28 April 2014: The power of earthquakes
14 April 2014: Detecting dark matter
7 April 2014: Kills germs fast
31 March 2014: Seeing in 4D
24 March 2014: X-ray vision
17 March 2014: World's biggest telescope
10 March 2014: The changing Arctic
3 March 2014: Brimstone
24 February 2014: Solar storm
17 February 2014: A far flung outpost of UCL
10 February 2014: Native copper
3 February 2014: UCL's stars
27 January 2014: SN 2014J in colour
20 January 2014: Physical history
13 January 2014: Ashes of a dead star
6 January 2014: Control panel
16 December 2013: Cold dust in the Crab Nebula
9 December 2013: A single atom magnet
2 December 2013: The Horse head nebula
25 November 2013: The Moon
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