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'. More...
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. More...
However you pronounce its name*, the star Betelgeuse is hard to miss on a clear winter's night. Representing the top left shoulder of Orion the Hunter it blazes a bright red colour. At over 600 light years away Betelgeuse is not particularly close, but it shines 100,000 times as brightly as our Sun. More...
Herschel has produced an intricate view of the remains of a star that died in a stellar explosion a millennium ago. It has provided further proof that the interstellar dust which lies throughout our Galaxy is created when massive stars reach the end of their lives. More...
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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.
Listen: Searching through the stars for new planets
Publication date: 12 March 2012
First direct evidence of cavitating Langmuir turbulence occurring naturally in any space or astrophysical plasma
Publication date: 9 March 2012
Patrick Guio and co-workers
Watch: Prof. Ofer Lahav discusses Dark Energy with The Economist
Publication date: 23 February 2012
Planck steps closer to the cosmic blueprint
Publication date: 17 February 2012
ESA’s Planck mission has revealed that our Galaxy contains previously undiscovered islands of cold gas and a mysterious haze of microwaves.
These results give scientists new treasure to mine and take them closer
to revealing the blueprint of cosmic structure.
The new results are being presented this week at an international conference in Bologna, Italy, where astronomers from around the world are discussing the mission’s intermediate results.
Faculty Postgraduate Prize Winners 2011
Publication date: 8 February 2012
Publication date: 25 January 2012
Dr Hiranya Peiris recipient of 2012 RAS Fowler Prize for Early Achievement in Astronomy
Publication date: 17 January 2012
ERC Advanced Grant Award for Prof. Ofer Lahav
Publication date: 17 January 2012
Professor Ofer Lahav, a member of the Astrophysics group, is one of five UCL members of staff to have been awarded a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant Award.
The project will look at ‘Testing the Dark Energy Paradigm and Measuring Neutrino Mass with the Dark Energy Survey'. It is due to commence on 1 May 2012 and is worth 2.4M Euro.
A large Scale Helical Magnetic Field in OMC-1
Publication date: 9 December 2011
The sky at night
Publication date: 11 October 2011
First observational test of the ‘multiverse’
Publication date: 9 August 2011
Stephen M. Feeney, Matthew C. Johnson, Daniel J. Mortlock, Hiranya V. Peiris, First Observational Tests of Eternal Inflation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 071301
Stephen M. Feeney, Matthew C. Johnson, Daniel J. Mortlock, Hiranya V. Peiris, First observational tests of eternal inflation: Analysis methods and WMAP 7-year results, Phys. Rev. D 84, 043507