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UCL to lead European mission to study new planets

UCL is leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission. More...

Data on 400 million astronomical objects released

Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which includes UCL Astrophysics Group (P&A) researchers, announce their first three years of data including information on about 400 million astronomical objects such as distant galaxies billions of light years away as well as stars in our own galaxy. More...

Professor Hiranya Peiris

Professor Hiranya Peiris shares Breakthrough Prize for early universe mapping

A leading UCL cosmologist has shared this year’s $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for creating detailed maps of the early Universe. More...

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Catching the first light from a gravitational wave event

Light and gravitational waves produced by the same event – a pair of neutron stars exploding – have been detected for the first time by a huge international collaboration involving UCL researchers. More...

Dusty doughnut around massive black hole spied for first time

25 April 2016

A team of astronomers, including UCL's Prof. Serena Viti imaged for the first time one of the doughnuts of dust long thought to encircle some supermassive black holes. These supermassive black holes are believed to be obscured by a doughnut-shaped structure of dust and gas, called a “torus.” However because the centres of these active galaxies are so distant, a dusty torus has never been seen – until now!

Dusty doughnut - Serena Viti

A dusty doughnut might look like this

The discovery required 35 radio dishes on the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) perched in the high desert of the Chilean Andes.

If you want to know more about this amazing dougnut see

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2085261-dusty-doughnut-around-massive-black-hole-spied-for-first-time/

and
http://arxiv.org/abs/1604.00205

. . . It won't taste very good!

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