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50 Things You Should Know about Space written by Prof Raman Prinja

50 Things You Should Know About Space

What exactly goes on at the International Space Station and why does the Earth spin? Just how big is our galaxy and how did the Moon form? From constellations to space shuttles, Space is as endlessly fascinating as the universe itself.

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Cosmic Web

About 30 UCL and French astronomers gathered on 9 & 10 June 2016 at the Royal Astronomical Society in London to discuss the “Cosmic Web”, the complex large scale structure in the universe. The meeting was sponsored by the French Embassy, within UCL’s Grand Challenges programme. The meeting was organised by Aurelien Benoit-Levy (IAP), Ofer Lahav (UCL) and others.  More...

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UCL-led Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

Twinkle, a mission led by UCL scientists that will unravel the story of planets in our galaxy, has completed a key design milestone.  The results of the “payload study” demonstrate that Twinkle’s instruments will be able to achieve the mission’s science objectives. More...


World-first film of the Universe

The Science and Technology Facilities Council confirmed the UK's participation in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) this week, an international project that UCL astronomers have been involved in since 2013. 

Astrophysics Group, Dept of Physics & Astronomy

The Astrophysics Group of UCL's Dept of Physics & Astronomy is one of the largest in the UK, comprising about 90 members of academic, research and support staff. Our research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation. An overview of the group's research can be found in the most recent Departmental Annual Review.

Our group members are also playing leadership roles in many international projects, covering a time line from the present to 2030 or so.  They include the Dark Energy Survey, DESI, Euclid, LSST, the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST, SPICA, Cassini, Laplace / JUICE, Ariel, LOFAR, Planck, Herschel, e-MERLIN, ALMA and SKA.

Head of Group: Prof. Mike Barlow
Administrator:  Mrs Kay Nakum

2016 Royal Society and STFC Fellowship Application Deadlines

The Royal Society have yet to set a September 5th 2016 deadline for applications for their University Research Fellowship scheme. Potential applicants who wish to be hosted by the UCL Astrophysics Group should contact Professor Mike Barlow (mjb@star.ucl.ac.uk) before Friday August 12th 2016, enclosing a draft 3-page research case and a CV/publication list. After the material has been reviewed, a notification will be sent to applicants whose RSURF application we are prepared to support as the prospective host institution. Our internal deadline for the receipt of completed UCL costing forms for RSURF applications is four weeks ahead of the Royal Society's deadline - the UCL forms that need to be completed can be obtained from Ms Kay Nakum, (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk).

The STFC have set a deadline of Thursday September 22nd 2016 for applications for Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. Each host institution is given an internal quota limit by STFC for ERF applicants and so must have a process to select applicants to meet their quota limit. There is a further deadline of August 25th before which no institution can require applicants to accept an internal offer to host.

Potential STFC ERF applicants should send draft 3-page science cases plus CVs (including a list of publications) to Professor Mike Barlow (mjb@star.ucl.ac.uk) and to Ms Kay Nakum (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk), by Monday August 15th 2016. A panel will then rank the applications and let candidates know within 10 days whether we are able to include them within the quota limit assigned to us by STFC, so that feedback on draft science cases can be provided and UCL costing forms can be completed and submitted by applicants in time.

STFC encourages returners to research and our quota limit will not apply to any applications from candidates who are intending to return to research from a career break (normally of at least two years). Ernest Rutherford Fellowship applications from returners may be submitted in excess of the departmental limit. Returner applications will be judged solely on the applicantʼs track record prior to their career break.

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Cosmology Stars and Galaxies Instrumentation Planetary Science: Earth, Solar System and Exoplanets

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