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Concept view of the ARIEL spacecraft. Credit: ESA

ARIEL mission to reveal 'Brave New Worlds' among exoplanets

An ambitious European mission is being planned to answer fundamental questions about how planetary systems form and evolve. ARIEL will investigate the atmospheres of several hundreds planets orbiting distant stars. It is one of three candidate missions selected last month by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its next medium class science mission, due for launch in 2026.  The ARIEL mission concept has been developed by a consortium of more than 50 institutes from 12 countries, including UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal.  The mission will be presented today at the Pathways 2015 conference in Bern, Switzerland, by ARIEL’s Principal Investigator, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of UCL.  More...

Professor Bruce Swinyard

In memoriam: Professor Bruce Swinyard

May 22nd 2015 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...

Your Universe

Your Universe is the UCL Festival of Astronomy, now a legacy to the successful International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Your Universe has taken place three times, the latest in March 2010 was part of the National Science and Engineering Week. Events include exhibits, lectures and telescopes, over several days in the UCL Bloomsbury campus (cloisters, old refectory, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre and the front Quadrangle).

School kids look at the Moon and Jupiter
 Secondary school kids look at the Moon and Jupiter with a couple of portable telescopes from the University of London Observatory.
Young audience look at 3D images from the Stereo mission
A young audience enjoy the 3D images from the Stereo mission during a lecture by Dr Chris Davis from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).
Roger Wesson explains his work to a group of year 5 kids
Roger Wesson explains his work to a group of year 5 kids.

Your Universe will happen again in October 2010 and March 2011.

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