Magnifying the Past with JWST

Magnifying the Past with JWST

In this guest blog post by Leicester student Roshni Bakrania, which summarises a ResearchBites talk by Dr. Henrik Melin, we explore the results from the first few months of observations by JWST. December 25th 2021 marked an exceptional day for NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency, as the James Webb Space Telescope had finally […]

PhD Opportunities in Physics and Astronomy 2023

PhD Opportunities in Physics and Astronomy 2023

We are pleased to announce the launch of our PhD Studentship opportunities for 2023 across the School of Physics and Astronomy. The list of advertised projects can be found here, including (but not limited to) topics in Planetary Science, Astrophysics, and Space hardware. STFC projects are listed here, and this is where you’d likely be looking if you […]

National Space Centre Space Lates:  Apollo 17

National Space Centre Space Lates: Apollo 17

Join the team at the National Space Centre for a special celebration marking 50 years of Apollo 17, December 7th 2022 For this Space Lates, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17 – the last crewed mission to the Moon. Explore the achievements of the Apollo Program and its lasting legacy. Come along to […]

Lit&Phil Society: Ernest Rutherford: from Kiwi farm boy to President of the Royal Society

Professor Mary Fowler will give a talk to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society on Monday, 14th November, about her Great Grandfather, Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics. The 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, father of nuclear physics, was born in New Zealand and worked there, in Canada and the UK before settling in […]

#PlanetarySeminar:  Heidi Hammel – Exploring the Solar System with JWST: First Results and a Glimpse Ahead

#PlanetarySeminar: Heidi Hammel – Exploring the Solar System with JWST: First Results and a Glimpse Ahead

We will welcome Dr. Heidi Hammel (AURA, Interdisciplinary Scientist for JWST) to speak about exciting solar system science with the new space telescope. Who: Dr. Heidi Hammel, Heidi B. Hammel, Vice President for Science at AURA, Interdisciplinary Scientists for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)When: Wednesday, 9 November 2022 (14:00-15:00)Where: Physics Lecture Theatre A. Exploring […]

Great School Turnout to Celebrate Diwali 2022

Great School Turnout to Celebrate Diwali 2022

The School of Physics and Astronomy were pleased to bring back the complimentary food tasting of traditional Diwali snacks and sweets as part of the Diwali celebrations. For the first time since 2019, before the COVID pandemic, we could welcome all of our new and returning students to celebrate Diwali, and our multi-cultural city! Many […]

“Planet and Binary Formation” Conference at the University of Leicester

“Planet and Binary Formation” Conference at the University of Leicester

An international astronomy conference on planet and binary formation took place at University of Leicester in mid-September 2022. Over 50 attendees from more than 10 countries as diverse as the USA and Taiwan gathered in the College Court from 12 to 16 September 2022 during the “Planet and binary formation in gravitationally unstable protoplanetary discs […]

Brightest Gamma-Ray Burst Detected by Swift

Brightest Gamma-Ray Burst Detected by Swift

On the afternoon of Sunday 9th October, the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) onboard Swift triggered on a new and incredibly bright gamma-ray source – write Kim Page, Andy Beardmore and Phil Evans. This first trigger was followed, about seven minutes later, by a second trigger on the same source. A double trigger such as this […]

Sharpest Earth-based images of Europa and Ganymede reveal their icy landscape

Sharpest Earth-based images of Europa and Ganymede reveal their icy landscape

The cocktail of chemicals that make up the frozen surfaces on two of Jupiter’s largest moons are revealed in the most detailed images ever taken of them by a telescope on Earth. Planetary scientists from the University of Leicester’s School of Physics and Astronomy have unveiled new images of Europa and Ganymede, two future destinations […]

Physics Research Bites are back! The Solar System from JWST

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 […]

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