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LSST 2014

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 Fossy

Dr Steve Fossey- wins UCL Communication and Culture Award

Dr Steve Fossey has been awarded the UCL Communication and Culture Award for Media Communicator of the Year (news story). More...

Hiranya on Newsnight

UCL open letter to Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail

Professor David Price, Vice-Provost for Research at UCL, has written an open letter to Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, to raise concerns about an article commenting on the race and gender of UCL academics appearing on Newsnight. The contents of this letter are reproduced in full below. More...

Dr Hiranya Peiris

Dr Hiranya Peiris discusses 'Gravity waves seen for the first time. What does it prove?' on BBC Two Newsnight

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All the Sky – All the Time: UK astronomers debate involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

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LSST 2014

Image: A combination of two renderings, showing the telescope on the summit. March 2011 (Credit LSST Corporation)

Dr Steve Fossey- wins UCL Communication and Culture Award

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Dr Steve Fossy

Dr Steve Fossey has been awarded the UCL Communication and Culture Award for Media Communicator of the Year (news story).

UCL open letter to Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail

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Hiranya on Newsnight

Professor David Price, Vice-Provost for Research at UCL, has written an open letter to Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, to raise concerns about an article commenting on the race and gender of UCL academics appearing on Newsnight. The contents of this letter are reproduced in full below.

Dr Hiranya Peiris discusses 'Gravity waves seen for the first time. What does it prove?' on BBC Two Newsnight

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Professor David Walker wins IOP Optics and Photonics Prize

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Prof. David Walker

Professor David Walker has been awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP)
Optics and Photonics Prize for 2014.

Supernova in Messier 82 discovered by UCL students

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The supernova in M 82

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

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Dr Benjamin Joachimi

Five members of the Department have been commended by the Royal Astronomical Society in their 2014 awards:

ALMA spots supernova dust factory 160,000 light years away

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Alma


UK scientists have used the ALMA telescope to help capture the remains of a recent supernova - or exploding star – that is brimming with freshly formed dust 160,000 light years from Earth.

Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year awarded to Planck space telescope

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Cosmic-microwave-radiation-background anisotropies observed by Planck. (Courtesy: ESA/Planck Collaboration)

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

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Astronomers discover first noble gas molecule in space

Noble gas molecules have been detected in space for the first time in the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant, by astronomers at UCL

Dr Hiranya Peiris selected as one of ten "rising stars" by Astronomy Magazine

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Dr Hiranya Peiris

Astronomy Magazine (July 2013  issue) selected Dr Hiranya Peiris as one of their 10 Astronomy’s Rising Stars.

Raman Prinja commended for children's science book

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Cover of Science Crazy. Copyright QED Publishing

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

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Composite Dark Energy Camera image of one of the sky regions that the collaboration will use to study supernovae.

A five year quest is underway to solve the cosmic detective puzzle of why the expansion of the universe is speeding up.

Listen: Scientists aim to lift the veil on so called dark matter and energy

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Dr Chamkaur Ghag





Dr Chamkaur Ghag Prof. Ofer Lahav

 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.

Listen: BBC Radio 4 - Today - (from 84 mins, 10 secs)


Dr Chamkaur Ghag

Prof Ofer Lahav

Festival of the Planets comes to London

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Robotics hands-on

From 8-13 September hundreds of astronomers from all over the world will arrive in the capital, bringing with them a huge variety of different public events to get Londoners involved in astronomy.

National Astronomy Meeting Press Release

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Supernova1987a

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

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Dr Stephen Feeney

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

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Dr Nick Achilleos

 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

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An annotated version of Herschel's view of Betelgeuse. Image credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/MESS.

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

Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 548, A113 (2012)

Dust Factory in the Crab Nebula revealed by the Herschel Space Observatory

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The Crab Nebula as seen in visible (left), showing the glow from hot gas, and far-infrared (right) showing hot (blue/green) and cool (yellow/orange) dust shining in the remnant. Image credit: ESA/Herschel/SPIRE/PACS/MESS (Far-IR); NASA/ESA/STScI (Visible)

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

The Astrophysical Journal, 760, 1 (2012)

A new artificial material approach for flat THz frequency lenses

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Dr Giorgio Savini holding the prototype optical device

Giorgio Savini, Peter A.R. Ade, Jin Zhang

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 23, pp. 25766-25773 (2012)

Comet-like mineralogy of olivine crystals in an extrasolar proto-Kuiper belt

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Comet-like mineralogy of olivine crystals in an extrasolar proto-Kuiper belt

B. L. de Vries and co-authors, including M. J. Barlow

Nature, 490, 74–76 (2012)

A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang

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A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang

Stephanie Jouvel, Ole Høst, Ofer Lahav & Co-authors

Nature Letters, 489, 406–408 (2012)

Dark energy camera records first images

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Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, in the Fornax cluster of galaxies, which lies about 60 million light years from Earth. Credit: Dark Energy Survey Collaboration.

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

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Artist's impression of the Euclid satellite (Credit: ESA/C. Carreau)

The European Space Agency (ESA) have formally adopted the Euclid Cosmology mission, this is largest collaboration of astronomers in the world, with UCL Astrophysics and MSSL members of staff playing a major roles.

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