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Hayabusa 2: Asteroid Samples Return this Weekend

Professor John Bridges discusses the importance of the Hayabusa 2 mission, returning samples of asteroid Ryugu to Earth this weekend, in a blog for theConversation. What is your idea of an asteroid? Many people think of them as potato-shaped, inert and perhaps rather dull, pock-marked objects – far away in deep space. But over the […]

Jason-Flor Sisante – National Space Centre Live Q&A

Join special NASA guest, Jason-Flor Sisante, as the National Space Centre hosts a free live Space Q&A to answer your questions regarding the past, present and future NASA space missions, as we once again focus on the moon, Mars and beyond! Jason is a cerebrovascular scientist who is curious to unravel the role of the […]

The Great Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction of 2020

The Great Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction of 2020

A spectacular event is unfolding in the night skies this December, as Jupiter and Saturn appear closer in the sky than at any time in the past four centuries. Not to be missed! Look towards the west on a clear December night, just after sunset, and it will be hard to miss the sight of […]

National Space Centre’s Women in Space Series

Leicester Space Scientists have been included in a series of interviews by the National Space Centre focussing on Women in Space and careers in STEM. Dr Sarah Casewell is an Observational Astronomer and STFC Ernest Rutherford fellow within the School of Physics and Astronomy specialising in understanding the mysteries of distant Brown Dwarfs. Dr Charly […]

Leicester Planetary Science on BBC Sky at Night

Leicester Planetary Science on BBC Sky at Night

Dr. Leigh Fletcher appeared as a guest on November’s Sky at Night to discuss the potential for life across the Solar System. In the late summer of 2020, the news of potential biomarker gases at the cloud tops of Venus caused tremendous excitement in the planetary community and beyond. Could this be evidence of lifeforms […]

I’m an Engineer! I’m a Scientist!

I’m an Engineer! I’m a Scientist!

PhD student Sam Frampton explains this excellent chance to engage with school students online, answer questions, and win money for outreach. I need an exact number, how much money do you make? What’s your favourite planet? If aluminium is so far up the reactivity series, why do they choose to build satellites out of it? […]

Yearbook Cover Competition

Yearbook Cover Competition

Are you interested in having your work on the front of the Physics and Astronomy Yearbook? We are holding a competition to choose the cover image of the yearbook! Details are highlighted below. Last year, the first Physics and Astronomy Yearbook was produced and shared throughout the School. The aim of this yearbook is to […]

Chang’e 5: China launches Sample Return Mission to the Moon

Professor John Bridges reports on the successful launch of a new Chinese mission to return samples from the Moon, in this blog post reprinted from The Conversation. China has been the only country to land on the Moon for over 40 years – since the Soviet Luna programme. Its recent Chang’e missions (1-4) demonstrated that China […]

Congrats to Soheb Mandhai – Winning Entry for RAS Early Career Poster Exhibition

Congrats to Soheb Mandhai – Winning Entry for RAS Early Career Poster Exhibition

The School congratulates researcher Soheb Mandhai on one of the five winning entries for the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) poster exhibition. With NAM cancelled in the RAS’s 200th anniversary year, the RAS wanted to give early career researchers the opportunity to share their work in a format that is freely available to all. Led by […]

ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti: National Space Centre Live Q&A

ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti: National Space Centre Live Q&A

Join the National Space Centre on Friday 27th November at 19:00 for a special #SciFRI, as ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti takes part in a live Q&A session.   What’s it like to live on the International Space Station? How do you become an astronaut? What’s your favourite thing about space? You can ask an astronaut your space questions this […]

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