MSSL Planetary Science News
- Mars Advanced Summer School, China
- New Planetary Group Website Launched
- Cassini CAPS Team Meeting: Glacier National Park, Montana
- Workshop on future observations and study of Uranus
- Joint meeting of the European Planetology Network and Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Nantes, France
- 4th ExoMars Science Working Team Meeting, ESTEC, The Netherlands
- ScienceWatch interview with Prof. Andrew Coates
- Dr. Adam Masters wins the Robert Boyd Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement
- Planetary Group attends the 2011 Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco
- Dione's thin oxygen exosphere
- Dr. Gethyn Lewis attends a meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network
- Planetary group attends the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester
- Comet studies in the planetary group catch media attention at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting
- Planetary group scientists attend Cassini Magnetospheric and Plasma Science Meeting
- Selection of JUICE mission to Jupiter and Ganymede by ESA
- Planetary science group hosts Cassini CAPS Team Meeting 43
- Dr. Chris Arridge awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship
- Rover Trial
- Research Images Competition
- Kimberley Birkett awarded 2013 Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) at the AGU Fall Meeting
- ExoMars landing sites narrowed down – and PanCam appears on BBC News
- Planetary Space Weather
- Venus is slowly losing its atmosphere
- Titan's atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought
- Planetary group student organises Sample Space Science Week at MSSL for sixth formers
- Ions from Comet 67P – early Rosetta results and increasing activity
- Cassini mission provides insight into Saturn
- UCL's ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars
- Saturn and Enceladus produce the same amount of plasma
- Giotto at Halley: 30 years ago!
- Solar storms trigger Jupiter's 'Northern Light'
- Liftoff to Mars!
Comet studies in the planetary group catch media attention at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting
28 March 2012
In a presentation at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester, planetary group PhD student Yudish Ramanjooloo presented his work on using amateur images of comets to infer the properties of the surrounding solar wind. This work was picked up for a media article in Sky at Night online.
Ramanjooloo's work involves looking at the position of a comet plasma and using its position to infer the speed of the solar wind: "One of the really interesting things about comets is that they have two
tails. They have a dust tail and a plasma tail. The plasma tail is
created by the solar wind. So by studying amateur images of a comet’s
plasma tail we can work out what the solar wind is doing." This new technique being pioneered in the planetary group provides a possibility to remotely sense many points in the inner heliosphere, which is important for understanding the origin of the solar wind and validating models of the heliosphere.
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