UCL Astrophysics Group
Professor David Walker has been awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP)
Optics and Photonics Prize for 2014. More...
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). More...
Five members of the Department have been commended by the Royal Astronomical Society in their 2014 awards: 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.
|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).
|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.
|Large groups at the observatory using the portable H-alpha telescope.|
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