Physics Research Bites are back! The Solar System from JWST

Interested in getting a glimpse of the latest research happening right here at the University of Leicester? Join us Friday 14th October in Room E (F23) of the physics building for the first Research Bites talk of the year; featuring Dr Henrik Melin discussing the recent ventures of the James Webb Space Telescope and the Planetary Science Groups involvement.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the most advanced space telescope ever constructed. It was designed to explore the formation of the first galaxies and stars, but we can also use the observatory to explore our own cosmic backyard: the giant planets in our own solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. In late July this year, we were treated to the first JWST images of Jupiter, showing exquisite detail of the entire Jupiter system; rings, moons, aurorae, and atmosphere. In this talk I will explore how the University of Leicester was instrumental in the development of the telescope and how members of the Planetary Science Group will use the JWST data to further our understanding of these intriguing planets.

  • Dr Henrik Melin

Our university Physics society (Physoc), working with Professor Leigh Fletcher, are excited to have the Physics Research Bites up and running again and look forward to hosting more in the future. We plan to host the talks monthly, with the next few featuring more JWST content!

Physoc would like to involve more researchers in and around the department to get involved and talk about their research, so if you are interested, please contact us! (

We plan to host an event called ‘PhDating’ – think of speed dating but instead it is current PhD students explaining their research in 5 minutes. We want to encourage all the PhD students to get involved; as we believe this will be a fun way to show what a PhD is like to our undergraduates, while also being good practice in effective presentation for the PhD students themselves. A PhD is likely the next stage they will take in their career, so seeing what current PhD students are researching will be a good insight for them.

Watch this space for more information on upcoming Research Bites talks and other events!

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