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.
Magnetar near supermassive black hole delivers surprise (Publication in MNRAS, Co-autor: Silvia Zane, Credit:NASA/Chandra X-Ray Observatory)
Dark matter 'ghosts' through galactic smash-ups (Publication in Science, Co-author: Tom Kitching, Credit: NASA, ESA, D. Harvey, R. Massey, H. Ebeling, J.-P. Kneip)
Swift/UVOT Serendipitous Source Catalogue (UVOTSSC). Check out also The XMM-OM Serendipitous Ultra-Violet Source Survey (XMM-SUSS2.1)!
Gaia in Space. MSSL has played a major part in Gaia - developing the instrument and software that will measure the speed, temperature, size and age of over a billion stars in our Galaxy. (Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; background image: ESO/S. Brunier)
ESA's Euclid mission. MSSL is leading efforts to design and build the VIS instrument. (Credit: ESA/C. Carreau)
- An improved version of The XMM-OM Serendipitous Ultra-violet Source Survey (XMM-SUSS2.1) is now available. (19 May 2015)
- Magnetar near supermassive black hole delivers surprises (Publication in MNRAS, Co-author: Silvia Zane, Press Release: NASA, UCL MAPS, 14 May 2015)
- Dark matter 'ghosts' through galactic smash-ups (Publication in Science, Co-author: Tom Kitching, BBC News)
- Congratulations to Jason Hunt on his winning Bronze prize at SET for Britain poster competition in the House of Commons on 9th March 2015 (UCL MAPS news)
- Congratulations to George Seabroke on his winning the Elizabeth Puchnarewicz Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Outreach (3 December 2014).
- Pioneering work helps to join the dots across the known universe… and the human brain (24 November 2014, Article: The Conversation, Press Release: UCL MAPS, MSSL)
- Swift/UVOT Serendipitous Source Catalogue (UVOTSSC) first data release on Swift's 10th Birthday (20 Nov 2014)!
- Fast-flowing gas curtails galaxy's glow (20 June 2014, published in Science, Press release UCL, MSSL astro blog, co-author: Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, Megan Whewell)
- Next-Generation Radio Interferometric Imaging for the SKA 2015, A Royal Society South Africa-UK Scientific Seminar (Cape Town, 23-27 March 2015, Chair: Jason McEwen)
- EWASS2015 Symposium: Deconstructing Massive Galaxy Formation (La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, 22-24 June, 2015, Co-Chair: Ignacio Ferreras)