Astro

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 […]

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 […]

PhysUoL Live:  Next Big Thing in Astro

PhysUoL Live: Next Big Thing in Astro

The Physics Community Team is delighted to invite all members of the School to the first PhysUoL Live discussion event, this Friday November 27th at 4pm. This will be the first in a series of live Q&A sessions hosted via Microsoft Teams, allowing students and staff to get up to speed with the latest scientific […]

PhD Projects for 2021

PhD Projects for 2021

Several proposed STFC-supported PhD studentships in Planetary Science and Astrophysics will be available at the University of Leicester, starting in September 2021.   Application Deadline for STFC projects:  January 20th 2021. 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 […]

Successful Verification of the First Lobster X-ray Mirror Assembly for SVOM

Successful Verification of the First Lobster X-ray Mirror Assembly for SVOM

Julian Osborne highlights the recent success of the team in the Space Research Centre that is making the flight X-ray optic for the Chinese-French satellite SVOM. The SVOM satellite will extend the work done by the Swift mission in characterising the enormous energies of the gamma-ray bursts, crucially extending measurements down to lower energies where […]

Introducing SKYLARK

Introducing SKYLARK

The SKYLARK rocket dominates our newly-revamped foyer in the School of Physics and Astronomy. This blog post provides some of the history of Leicester’s involvement in the SKYLARK project. The involvement of the School of Physics and Astronomy in major space missions began with work developing instruments for Sounding Rocket flights. Starting in 1961, the […]

Nobel Prize: How Penrose, Genzel and Ghez helped put black holes at the centre of modern astrophysics

The award of this year’s Nobel prize in physics to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez will be greeted with enormous pleasure by physicists and astronomers worldwide. Professor Andrew King blogs about the importance of their research (reprinted from the Conversation). The award of this Nobel prize recognises the central importance of black holes […]

Six Decades of Space Science

Six Decades of Space Science

At the start of World Space Week, we’re marking 60 years of space science at the University of Leicester. Leicester has had a Physics Department since 1924, long before it gained University status. It was in 1957 – appropriately enough, the year that Sputnik 1 was launched – that Leicester University College was granted the […]

AstroSeminar: Expecting the unexpected in the search for extraterrestrial life

This week’s virtual Wednesday talk will be by Peter Vickers (Durham), a philosopher, who will present “Expecting the unexpected in the search for extraterrestrial life” Members of the School can access this seminar via Microsoft Teams. ABSTRACT: On p. 10 of the 2018 National Academies Exoplanet Science Strategy document (NASEM 2018), ‘Expect the unexpected’ is described […]

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