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Professor Hiranya Peiris IOP Prize

Professor Hiranya Peiris recognised with prestigious physics prize

Professor Hiranya Peiris, Dr Helen Czerski and Professor Jennifer Thomas have been awarded medals and prizes by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for their outstanding, sustained and distinguished contributions to physics. More...

DESI Corrector

DESI corrector at UCL ready to be shipped

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument’s (DESI) wide field optical corrector has been fully assembled and tested at UCL and is due to be shipped to the Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona for commissioning.
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UCL to lead European mission to study new planets

UCL is leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission. More...

Data on 400 million astronomical objects released

Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which includes UCL Astrophysics Group (P&A) researchers, announce their first three years of data including information on about 400 million astronomical objects such as distant galaxies billions of light years away as well as stars in our own galaxy. More...

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Professor Hiranya Peiris recognised with prestigious physics prize

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Professor Hiranya Peiris IOP Prize

Professor Hiranya Peiris, Dr Helen Czerski and Professor Jennifer Thomas have been awarded medals and prizes by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for their outstanding, sustained and distinguished contributions to physics.

DESI corrector at UCL ready to be shipped

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DESI Corrector

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument’s (DESI) wide field optical corrector has been fully assembled and tested at UCL and is due to be shipped to the Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona for commissioning.

UCL to lead European mission to study new planets

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ARIEL

UCL is leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission.

Data on 400 million astronomical objects released

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Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which includes UCL Astrophysics Group (P&A) researchers, announce their first three years of data including information on about 400 million astronomical objects such as distant galaxies billions of light years away as well as stars in our own galaxy.

Professor Hiranya Peiris shares Breakthrough Prize for early universe mapping

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Professor Hiranya Peiris

A leading UCL cosmologist has shared this year’s $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for creating detailed maps of the early Universe.

Catching the first light from a gravitational wave event

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Nasa Crop

Light and gravitational waves produced by the same event – a pair of neutron stars exploding – have been detected for the first time by a huge international collaboration involving UCL researchers.

Cosmoparticle Initiative

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The Cosmoparticle Initative, which brings together researchers from Astrophysics, HEP and MSSL, is now on the web at www.ucl.ac.uk/cosmoparticle

Accurately measuring the dark universe

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The theory that dark matter and dark energy make up most of the cosmos has been confirmed by extremely accurate measurements from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration, involving UCL Physics &Astronomy scientists. Please see:

Astrophysics Relocation

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Pearson Building

After a 2.5 year 'temporary' residency at Hampstead Rd, we are pleased to update that the Astrophysics Group has finally moved back to Gower Street. The Group is now located in offices that the spread 2nd and 3rd floor of the Pearson Building, and 4th floor of the Lewis building.

UCL’s first satellite ‘UCLSat’ launched

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UCLSat

UCLSat, a satellite designed and built by UCL engineers and scientists, has been launched today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India as part of an international mission called QB50.

Astrophysics Promotions

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We would like to congratulate the following people on their well-deserved promotions:

Dr Nick Achilleos promotion to Professor of Planetary Physics;

Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars

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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.

First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system

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Disc of rocky debris

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.

New Scientist Air-of-Mystery

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NASA

In this forbidden region, planes can't fly, balloons can't float, and satellites struggle to orbit. A swarm of tiny probes is about to reveal its secrets.

Fellow of the American Physical Society

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Many congratulations to Prof. Hiranya Peiris who has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Departmental Teaching Prize

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The 2015/16 Departmental Teaching Prize has been awarded to Raman Prinja. The award will be presented at the Gala Dinner on Friday 28th October.

Prof Hiranya Peiris - Oskar Klein Centre

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Congratulations to Prof Hiranya Peiris on her recent appointment to Director of the prestigious Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics in Stockholm, starting in October 2016.

Astrophysics Head of Group

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After five years in the role, Prof Mike Barlow has handed over the Headship of the Astrophysics Group to Prof Serena Viti as of 01st September 2016.

STFC Science Board

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Ofer Lahav (Astrophysics Group, P&A Department) has been appointed to the STFC Science Board, with effect from 1 August 2016, for 3 years.

50 Things You Should Know About Space

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50 Things You Should Know about Space written by Prof Raman Prinja

What exactly goes on at the International Space Station and why does the Earth spin? Just how big is our galaxy and how did the Moon form? From constellations to space shuttles, Space is as endlessly fascinating as the universe itself.

Cosmic Web

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About 30 UCL and French astronomers gathered on 9 & 10 June 2016 at the Royal Astronomical Society in London to discuss the “Cosmic Web”, the complex large scale structure in the universe. The meeting was sponsored by the French Embassy, within UCL’s Grand Challenges programme. The meeting was organised by Aurelien Benoit-Levy (IAP), Ofer Lahav (UCL) and others. 

UCL-led Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

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Twinkle illustration

Twinkle, a mission led by UCL scientists that will unravel the story of planets in our galaxy, has completed a key design milestone.  The results of the “payload study” demonstrate that Twinkle’s instruments will be able to achieve the mission’s science objectives.

World-first film of the Universe

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LSST

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. 

Dusty doughnut around massive black hole spied for first time

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Dusty doughnut - Serena Viti

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!

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

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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.

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