Planetary

Winchcombe Meteorite on BBC East Midlands

PhD student Niamh Topping on BBC East Midlands last night discussing findings from research taking place into the Winchcombe meteorite fall. You can watch the footage below.

Astrophysics seminar – Wed 9th Nov 3pm LTA

This week’s in person astrophysics seminar will be by Sam Gill (Warwick). Sam will be around in Leicester from about 11am to 6pm. Please let me know if you’d like to meet up. Bridging the Gap between Hot Jupiters and Ice Giants Abstract: While thousands of transiting exoplanets are now known, the observed population is […]

#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 […]

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 […]

#PlanetarySeminar: NASA’s Dr Paul Mahaffy on Mars from Curiosity and MAVEN

Dr Paul Mahaffy, NASA AMES, SAM (MSL) and MAVEN Principal Investigator, will talk about Martian Organics, Isotopes, and the Evolution of Habitability Explored in Gale Crater with the Curiosity Rover and from Orbit with the MAVEN mission.  Wednesday 19 October 2022 from 3-4 pm The Curiosity rover has been systematically exploring for more than 10 years the […]

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 […]

Showcasing the First JWST Observations of Jupiter

Showcasing the First JWST Observations of Jupiter

Scientists who revealed stunning views of Jupiter with the new £10 billion James Webb Space Telescope talk to the BBC Sky at Night about their hopes that more planets will soon give up their secrets Ground-breaking infrared images of Jupiter have been revealed this week as part of a programme of giant planet observations by […]

Dr. Naomi Rowe-Gurney on taking a Leicester PhD to NASA

Dr. Naomi Rowe-Gurney on taking a Leicester PhD to NASA

A five-year break in China, a worldwide pandemic, and delays to the most complex space telescope ever built: none of these were enough to stop Naomi Rowe-Gurney breaking new ground to complete her PhD at Leicester and land a dream job with NASA. Dr Rowe-Gurney, who studied the atmospheres of what she describes as the […]

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 […]

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