MSSL-UCL Astrophysics Group

Welcome to the University College London (UCL) MSSL astrophysics group web-site. In synergy with MSSL's involvement in space science missions, members of the astrophysics group actively work on a wide range of astronomy and astrophysics. Please also visit our MSSL Astrophysics Blog.


  • Application for PhD position commencing in September 2017 is now open. See our PhD projects page.
  • First Signs of Weird Quantum Property of Empty Space? (Publication in MNRAS, co-authors: Denis Gonzalez Caniulef, Roberto Turolla, Silvia Zane, Kinwah Wu, ESO Science release, UCL MAPS, Science, 30 November 2016)
  • Tracing the Hercules stream with Gaia and LAMOST: new evidence for a fast bar in the Milky Way (Publication in MNRAS, co-authors: Daisuke Kawata, Jason Hunt, Gaia Image of the Week, 25 November 2016)
  • Gaia sizes up 1.1 billion stars (UCL News, 14 September 2016)
  • Young Magnetar Likely the Slowest Pulsar Ever Detected (Publication in MNRAS, co-author: Silvia Zane, NASA Press Release, 8 September 2016)
  • Einstein's general relativity passes another stringent test (Publication in ApJ, Lead-author: Ignacio Ferreras, UCL MAPS, 11 July, 2016)
  • The greatest movie ever made, directed by astronomers, starring Our Universe (Jason McEwen, MSSL News, 19 May 2016)

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