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Departmental Teaching Prize

The 2015/16 Departmental Teaching Prize has been awarded to Raman Prinja. The award will be presented at the Gala Dinner on Friday 28th October. More...

Prof Hiranya Peiris - Oskar Klein Centre

Congratulations to Prof Hiranya Peiris on her recent appointment to Director of the prestigious Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics in Stockholm, starting in October 2016.
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Astrophysics Head of Group

After five years in the role, Prof Mike Barlow has handed over the Headship of the Astrophysics Group to Prof Serena Viti as of 01st September 2016.
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STFC Science Board

Ofer Lahav (Astrophysics Group, P&A Department) has been appointed to the STFC Science Board, with effect from 1 August 2016, for 3 years. More...

Astronomy in the Classroom

This is an ongoing outreach programme based at the University College London Observatory and funded by small awards from the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

School groups (daytime) tour the installations and get a short lecture followed by some discussion. Weather permitting, telescopes are used to observe the Sun in white light and in
H-alpha, a special filter to observe spectacular prominences and flares. Sometimes it is possible to observe the planet Venus.

Looking at the Sun
Observatory IT manager Theo Schlichter assists school children observing the Sun through a narrow band hydrogen filter.

We also visit schools to give lectures and demonstrations to large groups and offering the children an opportunity to observe the Sun with a portable H-alpha solar telescope (STFC funded).

Look at the Sun
Francisco Diego uses the portable H-alpha telescope during a school visit.


So far the programme has been attended by around 15,000 school children and teachers. Our current target is for 300 children visiting the observatory and 2500 children at visiting lectures every year.

Looking at the Sun
Large groups at the observatory using the portable H-alpha telescope.

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