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Dark Energy Survey

Mapping the cosmos: Dark Energy Survey creates detailed guide to spotting dark matter

Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of dark matter maps of the cosmos.
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Prof Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis to join UCL



Astronomer Richard Ellis is to join UCL's Department of Physics & Astronomy as Professor of Astrophysics. More...

Polarisation of the Cosmic Microwave Background

A brand new sky from Planck

New maps from ESA's Planck satellite, forming the second major data release (February 2015) from the project, have unveiled the polarised light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought. More...

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IN MEMORIAM: DR BILL GLENCROSS

It is with great regret that we must announce the death of Dr William (Bill) M. Glencross. More...

Astronomy in the Classroom

This is an ongoing outreach programme based at the University of 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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