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...
A Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year has been awarded to the scientists working on the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope "To scientists working on the European Space Agency's Planck space telescope for making the most precise measurement ever of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation." More...
Supernova in Messier 82 discovered by UCL students
Publication date: 23 January 2014
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).
Royal Astronomical Society honours Astrophysics staff
Publication date: 13 January 2014
ALMA spots supernova dust factory 160,000 light years away
Publication date: 9 January 2014
Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year awarded to Planck space telescope
Publication date: 7 January 2014
A Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year has been awarded to the scientists working on the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope "To scientists working on the European Space Agency's Planck space telescope for making the most precise measurement ever of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation."
Astronomers discover first noble gas molecule in space
Publication date: 13 December 2013
Dr Hiranya Peiris selected as one of ten "rising stars" by Astronomy Magazine
Publication date: 5 November 2013
Raman Prinja commended for children's science book
Publication date: 4 October 2013
Prof Raman Prinja has been awarded
the School Library Association Information Book Award (age 7-12
category). His book, Science Crazy, co-authored with Steve
Parker, explores science, with facts and activities covering physics,
chemistry, astronomy and biology. The award was decided by a public vote
of children around the country.
UK scientists begin 5 year quest to solve cosmic detective puzzle
Publication date: 12 September 2013
Listen: Scientists aim to lift the veil on so called dark matter and energy
Publication date: 4 September 2013
Dr Chamkaur Ghag & Prof Ofer Lahav (UCL Physics and Astronomy)
discuss the concept that Physics can only account for 5% of the 'stuff'
that makes up the universe.
Dr Chamkaur Ghag
Prof Ofer Lahav
Festival of the Planets comes to London
Publication date: 23 August 2013
National Astronomy Meeting Press Release
Publication date: 8 July 2013
Super-Freezer Supernove 1987A is a dust factory RAS Press Release Author information
RAS Michael Penston Thesis Prize for 2012: Runner-up prize awarded to Dr Stephen Feeney
Publication date: 17 May 2013
Dr Stephen Feeney has been awarded the runner-up prize for the Michael Penston Thesis Prize 2012. This Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) prize is awarded to the best doctoral thesis in Astronomy and Astrophysics; Stephen's thesis was entitled ‘Novel Algorithms for Early Universe Cosmology'.
ESA selects instruments to be flown on its icy moons mission
Publication date: 28 February 2013
The JUpiter ICy moons Explorer mission (JUICE) will study Jupiter and its large, ice/ocean-bearing moons. JUICE is planned to launch in 2022 and arrive in 2030. Dr Nick Achilleos (Astrophysics) is part of the J-MAG Consortium, an international team of investigators who have successfully proposed one of the 11 scientific experiments to be flown on board this mission.
Betelgeuse braces for a collision
Publication date: 23 January 2013
L. Decin and co-authors, including M. J. Barlow and B. M. Swinyard
The enigmatic nature of the circumstellar envelope and bow shock surrounding Betelgeuse as revealed by Herschel. I. Evidence of clumps, multiple arcs, and a linear bar-like structure
Dust Factory in the Crab Nebula revealed by the Herschel Space Observatory
Publication date: 17 December 2012
M. J. Barlow, B. M. Swinyard, P. J. Owen, M. Matsuura & Co-authors
A COOL DUST FACTORY IN THE CRAB NEBULA: A HERSCHEL * STUDY OF THE FILAMENTS
A new artificial material approach for flat THz frequency lenses
Publication date: 1 November 2012
Giorgio Savini, Peter A.R. Ade, Jin Zhang
Comet-like mineralogy of olivine crystals in an extrasolar proto-Kuiper belt
Publication date: 8 October 2012
B. L. de Vries and co-authors, including M. J. Barlow
A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang
Publication date: 20 September 2012
Stephanie Jouvel, Ole Høst, Ofer Lahav & Co-authors
Dark energy camera records first images
Publication date: 19 September 2012
Eight billion years ago, rays of light from
distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. On 12 September, that
ancient starlight found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the
newly-constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine
ever created, captured and recorded it for the first time.
ESA's Euclid Cosmology Mission
Publication date: 25 June 2012
Gruber Cosmology Prize 2012 awarded to Charles L. Bennett and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Science Team
Publication date: 22 June 2012
The 2012 Gruber cosmology prize has been awarded to
Charles L. Bennett and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) team. Dr
Hiranya Peiris (Astrophysics; WMAP Science Team member 2001-2006) is a
co-recipient of the prize.
Robust Constraint on Cosmic Textures from the Cosmic Microwave Background
Publication date: 22 June 2012
Stephen M. Feeney, Matthew C. Johnson, Daniel J. Mortlock, Hiranya V. Peiris
First instrument for the JWST completed and handed over to NASA
Publication date: 10 May 2012
After more than ten years of work by over 200 engineers, the Mid InfraRed Instrument (MIRI), a camera so sensitive it could see a candle on one of Jupiter’s moons, has been declared ready for delivery by the European Space Agency and NASA. The MIRI Optical System, an instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) that will eventually take up a position four times further away from the Earth than the Moon. It will now be shipped to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where it will be integrated with the other three instruments and the telescope.
RAS Keith Runcorn Prize for 2011 awarded to Dr David Kipping
Publication date: 25 April 2012
Dr David Kipping is the 2011 recipient of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Keith Runcorn Prize for the best doctoral thesis in Geophysics.