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SUREFest – Final Internship Presentations

SUREFest – Final Internship Presentations

This summer, the School of Physics and Astronomy has hosted 11 interns working as part of the SURE (summer undergraduate research experience) programme.  The SURE programme provides paid opportunities for talented undergraduates to get a flavour of the cutting-edge research being undertaken within the School of Physics and Astronomy. Our students will be presenting their […]

New telescope to be the ‘GOTO’ for gravitational wave events

New telescope to be the ‘GOTO’ for gravitational wave events

Leicester space scientists will contribute to a huge new telescope, made up of identical arrays on opposite sides of the planet, to track down sources of gravitational waves. The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) will be deployed across two antipodal locations to fully cover the sky, and will scour our galaxy – and beyond – […]

First Images from James Webb Space Telescope

First Images from James Webb Space Telescope

The first full-colour images from NASA’s largest and most powerful space science telescope will be revealed to the public at an exciting free event at Space Park Leicester. The pioneering Midlands facility has been successful in its bid to the European Space Agency to showcase the first images from the £10 billion James Webb Space […]

National Space Centre: Planetary Science at Space Lates

National Space Centre: Planetary Science at Space Lates

Join Dr Henrik Melin (STFC James Webb Fellow) from University of Leicester, for this Space Lates at the National Space Centre on July 22nd. The National Space Centre is heading to the planets, with guests talking about past, current and future missions to some of our closest neighbours in the Solar System, and some a […]

Casual astrophysics seminars next week – 28th June 2pm – 30th June 1pm – LTD

There will be two lunchtime seminars from visitors during the last week of June. 1) Rachael Amaro (University of Arizona) on “Clouds and Circulation in the Irradiated Brown Dwarf NLTT5306B”. Please contact Sarah Casewell for information. LTD at 2pm on Tuesday 28th June. 2) Jess Speedie (Victoria) on “Velocity Kinks: Reliable Signposts of Planets in […]

Astrophysics Seminar – Wed 22nd June 3pm – Vincent van Eylen

This week’s online-only Astrophysics Seminar at 3pm on Wednesday is the last scheduled for the 2021-22 season. Vincent van Eylen (UCL) will tell us about “The architecture of planets and their host stars” Abstract: Thousands of exoplanets have now been detected and they exhibit a striking diversity in properties, with system architectures sometimes similar but […]

New Results in X-Ray Astronomy: Looking ahead to Athena

New Results in X-Ray Astronomy: Looking ahead to Athena

During May 2022, the School of Physics & Astronomy hosted two back-to-back meetings in high-energy astrophysics. Both meetings were entirely face-to-face; for many of us, this was our first opportunity to meet with colleagues outside of our own University since lockdown in 2020. On Thursday, May 26th, we ran the “New Results in X-ray Astronomy” […]

Diversity Session at the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is celebrating its centenary in 2022/23, and Dr. Gillian Butcher (IUPAP Vice President at Large) is organising a session on diversity. As part of the IUPAP celebrations, a centenary symposium is being held in Trieste, 11th-13th July 2022. The symposium is available to attend online (no registration […]

Astrophysics Seminar – Wednesday June 15th 3pm – Can Cui on “Turbulence in outer protoplanetary disks”

This week’s astrophysics seminar is by Can Cui (Cambridge). Online, and projected in LTA, Online access in Teams at the address below. Abstract: Turbulence is essential to many fundamental processes in protoplanetary disks, including angular momentum transport, dust evolution, and planet migration. I will focus on two instabilities that can drive turbulent motions in outer […]

Astrophysics Seminar 8th June 3pm on Teams – Laura Rogers on White Dwarf planetary systems.

Laura Rogers (Cambridge) will present remotely via Teams, and be projected in LTA. Title and abstract: An observational perspective on white dwarf planetary systems Around a third of white dwarfs are externally polluted by planetary material. It is hypothesised that chunks of planetary material get perturbed onto star grazing orbits, tidally disrupt, and accrete onto […]

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