UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics



Leading and being part of exhibitions enables our scientists and engineers to directly engage with thousands of member of the general public, school students and teachers, and family audiences.

We frequently exhibit at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition having had exhibits on the Sun, the aurora, Mars, comets, icy bodies in the depth of the Solar System, and the Gaia mission. We also played a founding role in the creation of the Science Museum’s Sun exhibition ‘Living with our Star’ that is now touring internationally after a 7-month stint in London. This exhibition was the museum’s first blockbuster on the science of the Sun and its contribution to our culture, and it showcased both artefacts that are 3000 years old and the latest space-based instrumentation. MSSL has loaned a model of the Solar Wind Analyser, a replica of the one carried onboard the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, for display in this exhibition.​​​​

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Additional affliated exhibitions: 

Catch A Comet at The Royal Society Summer Exhibition

The Rosetta ‘Catch A Comet’ team were lucky enough to be chosen for a place at The Royal Society Summer Exhibition this year. This is a prestigious scientific event that runs every year in London where scientists from all across the UK can come to present their new and exciting scientific findings to the public. 

Searching for life on Mars

The ExoMars ‘Rosalind Franklin’ Rover launches for Mars in September 2022, and will land in June 2023. Our aim is to search for traces of ancient life in the landing site in an area of ancient clay-rich deposits called Oxia Planum. The rover has been built in the UK together with the PanCam eyes of the rover and a key part of the Raman Spectrometer to detect organic traces.

UCL MSSL stars at Royal Society exhibition

A key UCL space science project will be at the centre of the prestigious Summer Exhibition at The Royal Society.

UCL at the RS Summer Exhibition

Entitled 'Living with a star: surviving near our explosive Sun', the exhibit explains how UK researchers are using two new space missions to better understand how the Sun produces its powerful eruptions - called coronal mass ejections (CMEs) - which blast high speed particles into the Solar System.

Aurora explorer

Have you ever wondered what the aurora are or how they work? Do you want to know about the Earth's invisible shield in space that protects us and our technology from solar radiation and explosions on the Sun? Are you interested in how to measure something in space that you can't even see?

Ice Worlds at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

The mysterious Ice Worlds of the outer solar system are being brought to life this week at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

Gaia: one billion stars in 3D

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The Gaia satellite is revolutionising how we see our galaxy, with vast moving star maps.

The Sun: Living with our star

Through fun hands-on experiences, unique objects, and stunning imagery, this exhibition allowed visitors to discover the incredible story of our closest star—the Sun.