Astro

Centenary Inaugural Lectures:  Black Holes to Giant Planets

Centenary Inaugural Lectures: Black Holes to Giant Planets

Members of the School of Physics and Astronomy are invited to two Professorial Inaugural Lectures in September. Black holes, Bayes’ rule and blended learning Professor Simon Vaughan’s centenary inaugural lecture will be taking place on Thursday 22 September 2022 at 5.30pm in Bennett Lecture Theatre 1. To attend please register on EventBrite (by Friday 16 […]

The first Wide-Field Snapshots of the X-ray Universe

The first Wide-Field Snapshots of the X-ray Universe

The first truly wide-field X-ray images of the sky have been taken by a pathfinder mission testing Lobster-Eye technology for the Einstein Probe (EP) satellite, writes Prof. Paul O’Brien. The EP-Pathfinder instrument is on a Chinese test satellite launched on August 27. The first results including an 800-second X-ray “time-lapse photography” of a region of […]

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 JWST Images – What do they Show?

First JWST Images – What do they Show?

Professor Martin Barstow wrote in the Conversation to explain what JWST’s first, amazing images show – and how it will change astronomy. After decades of development and many trials and frustrations along the way, the James Webb telescope has finally started to deliver what it came for. On July 12, Nasa released the first scientific […]

Ground-breaking view of the cosmos revealed at Space Park Leicester

Ground-breaking view of the cosmos revealed at Space Park Leicester

Astounding images telling the story of a hidden universe through every phase of its cosmic history have been revealed for the first time at Space Park Leicester. The pioneering Midlands facility was one of only a handful of venues chosen by the European Space Agency to showcase the first images from the £10 billion James […]

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 […]

Gaia Data Release 3: New space data serves as ‘complete step change’ in understanding of our Universe

Gaia Data Release 3: New space data serves as ‘complete step change’ in understanding of our Universe

Space scientists have today (Monday) announced the discovery of a ‘super Jupiter’ orbiting a white dwarf, the first detected using direct observations with the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Gaia mission. The discovery forms part of a treasure trove of data made available in Gaia’s Data Release 3, which provides the most detailed survey of our […]

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 […]

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