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An ultimate speed limit for cooling

How cold can it get? That depends how long you are willing to wait. The third law of thermodynamics, conjectured in 1912 by the Nobel laureate Walter Nernst, states that it takes an infinite time to cool a system to absolute zero – the coldest temperature possible.

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Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars

A huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen shortly after the Universe’s formation has been detected by a UCL-led team of astronomers, providing new insights into the birth and explosive deaths of the very first stars. More...

Disc of rocky debris

First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system

Evidence of planetary debris surrounding a double sun, ‘Tatooine-like’ system has been found for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers.Published on the 27th Feb 2017 in Nature Astronomy and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the European Research Council, the study reports on the remains of shattered asteroids orbiting a double sun consisting of a white dwarf and a brown dwarf roughly 1000 light-years away in a system called SDSS 1557. More...

Panasas aisle (Credit: STFC)

UCL secures STFC funding to teach next generation of data-science experts

After a very competitive selection process, UCL has been chosen by STFC to host the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science (DIS) and Technologies, the first CDT funded by STFC.

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 College 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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