Annual Alumni Dinner
The Gala Dinner aims to bring together our alumni, students and staff for a celebration of what has fundamentally made this Department a success - you! .
The date of the 2019 Gala Dinner is to be confirmed.
The Annual Review is sent out to Alumni on a yearly basis. It contains highlights of the previous year and is our way of keeping in touch with Alumni. Included in the review is an invitation to the Annual Alumni Dinner.
If you are not on our mailing lists and would like to join, please email the Alumni Administrator, Bonita Carboo.
See our Annual Review section to download previous annual reviews.
2018 Annual Physics & Astronomy Lecture
The Annual Physics & Astronomy Lecture was held on Friday, 19 October 2018
Speaker: Professor Giovanna Tinetti
Title: Brave new worlds: the planets in our galaxy
The Earth is special to us – it’s our home. But is it really special as a planet? Every star we can see in the night sky is likely to be orbited by planets. There are probably a thousand billion planets in our galaxy alone.
In about twenty years, over 3800 “exoplanets” have been discovered in distant solar systems. There are planets completing a revolution around their mother star in less than one day, as well as planets orbiting two or even three stars or moving on trajectories so eccentric as to resemble comets. Some of them are freezing cold, some are so hot that their surface is molten. But beyond that our knowledge falters: What are they made of? How did they form? What’s the weather like there? Are they habitable?
Finding out why are these new worlds as they are and what is the Earth’s place in our galaxy and –ultimately– in the universe, is one of the key challenges of modern astrophysics.
video credit: Dishad Husain, imotion
Details of previous Annual Physics Lectures can be found on: www.ucl.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/alumni/annual-lectures
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