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Supernova in Messier 82 discovered by UCL students

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The supernova in M 82

Students and staff at UCL’s teaching observatory, the University of London Observatory, have spotted one of the closest supernova to Earth in recent decades. At 19:20 GMT on 21 January, a team of students – Ben Cooke, Tom Wright, Matthew Wilde and Guy Pollack – assisted by Dr Steve Fossey, spotted the exploding star in nearby galaxy Messier 82 (the Cigar Galaxy).

Royal Astronomical Society honours Astrophysics staff

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Dr Benjamin Joachimi

Five members of the Department have been commended by the Royal Astronomical Society in their 2014 awards:

New CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL announced

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New CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL announced

Funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL was announced on Thursday 9 January by the Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon. David Willetts.

Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

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Clover leaf by Scott Robinson on Flickr

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis published today in the journal Nature Communications.

ALMA spots supernova dust factory 160,000 light years away

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Alma


UK scientists have used the ALMA telescope to help capture the remains of a recent supernova - or exploding star – that is brimming with freshly formed dust 160,000 light years from Earth.

Physics Colloquium on Planck's view of the origin of cosmic structure

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Dr Hiranya Peiris

Dr Hiranya Peiris

Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year awarded to Planck space telescope

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Cosmic-microwave-radiation-background anisotropies observed by Planck. (Courtesy: ESA/Planck Collaboration)

A Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year has been awarded to the scientists working on the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope "To scientists working on the European Space Agency's Planck space telescope for making the most precise measurement ever of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation." 

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