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LSST

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. 
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Dusty doughnut - Serena Viti

Dusty doughnut around massive black hole spied for first time

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! More...

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Hidden in the archives: Finding the first-ever evidence of exoplanetary system

You never know what hidden treasures can be uncovered in the archives.  And this was certainly the case at Carnegie Observatories’ collection when research for an article led to the unexpected discovery of a 1917 glass plate showing the first-ever evidence of a planetary system beyond our own Sun. More...

RAS Awards

Two UCL astrophysicists win Royal Astronomical Society awards

Two UCL astrophysicists, Dr Andrew Pontzen and the late Professor Bruce Swinyard (UCL Physics & Astronomy), have been recognised in this year’s Royal Astronomical Society awards. The announcements were made at the Ordinary Meeting of the society held on Friday 8 January 2016. The awards will be made formally at the Society's 2016 National Astronomy Meeting in June. More...

The Mind of the Universe

This is an outreach programme developed under a Science in Society Fellowship granted to Dr Francisco Diego by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

It consists of a series of public/school lectures and teacher workshops/resource packs embracing topics like the origin and development of the Universe, the mystery behind the nature of the dark Universe, the formation of stars and planets, space exploration and the possibility of alien life.

Mind of the Universe Lecture by Francisco Diego
Francisco Diego delivers his Mind of the Universe lecture about Galileo, Darwin and life in the Universe to a packed audience on board the Queen Mary 2.

The Mind of the Universe programme has important links to educational organizations like the British Science Association, Institute of Physics, the Royal Institution, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Association for Science Education.

Over the last couple of years the project has received a positive response from the public, with audiences of over 15,000 and comments like the one below:

"Your talk was a great success across the age range, from Year 9 pupils all the way up to staff. The level of sophistication engaged a wide audience, from young pupils to whom it was all pretty new, through to Year 13 pupils who study the Expanding Universe as part of their A2 course. It provided the start of lively discussion with my top Year 9 set and questions about University Astrophysics courses from a couple of Year 12s - definitely a positive result. Can I finally say how impressed we were with your ability to communicate your passion for the topic, while at the same time making such a complex subject accessible - a rare skill indeed!"

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