UCL Astrophysics Group
The Dark Energy Survey, which has just begun its second year of observations, is gathering data about one of the most puzzling phenomena to be discovered in the past century: that the universe is not only expanding, but is doing so at an ever faster rate. Some as yet unknown force dubbed ‘dark energy’ is driving this acceleration. More...
The standard model of particle physics needs to be extended: it predicts that neutrinos have zero mass, but this does not fit with experimental data. Recent work has suggested an unexpectedly high mass for the neutrino, but UCL cosmologists say this is wrong. They argue that a low mass is more consistent with the observed properties of the universe. The Dark Energy Survey (which UCL is also involved in) will provide data that could resolve this debate in the next few years. More...
All the Sky – All the Time: UK astronomers debate involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
Image: A combination of two renderings, showing the telescope on the summit. March 2011 (Credit LSST Corporation) More...
Dr Steve Fossey has been awarded the UCL Communication and Culture Award for Media Communicator of the Year (news story). More...
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).
|Secondary school kids look at the Moon and Jupiter with a couple of portable telescopes from the University of London Observatory.|
|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.
Your Universe will happen again in October 2010 and March 2011.
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