Planetary

#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 […]

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 […]

National Space Centre: Planetary Science at Space Lates

National Space Centre: Planetary Science at Space Lates

Join Dr Henrik Melin (STFC James Webb Fellow) from University of Leicester, for this Space Lates at the National Space Centre on July 22nd. The National Space Centre is heading to the planets, with guests talking about past, current and future missions to some of our closest neighbours in the Solar System, and some a […]

Astrophysics Seminars – today and for the rest of the month.

Today’s speaker is our own Beatriz Sanchez-Cano, talking about “Martian Space Weather” live at 3pm in LTA, and the talk should also be streamed on Teams. Teams link for today’s talk: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZDQxN2IzNzQtZDRjNC00YjUyLTk2NmUtYWRhZGEyMzcxMjI0%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22aebecd6a-31d4-4b01-95ce-8274afe853d9%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2218245205-3fea-4456-a63f-afae0cafeaf7%22%7d For the rest of term (and slightly beyond) the following schedule is planned: 8th June – Laura Rogers “An observational perspective on white […]

James Webb Space Telescope’s coolest instrument captures Large Magellanic Cloud

James Webb Space Telescope’s coolest instrument captures Large Magellanic Cloud

The UK’s main contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), has now opened its eye to the sky. And Leicester scientists and engineers – many of whom involved with the most complex space observatory ever built from the very start – have reacted to the first MIRI images released by […]

Neptune is cooler than we thought: Study reveals unexpected changes in atmospheric temperatures

Neptune is cooler than we thought: Study reveals unexpected changes in atmospheric temperatures

New research led by space scientists at the University of Leicester has revealed how temperatures in Neptune’s atmosphere have unexpectedly fluctuated over the past two decades. The study, published today (Monday) in Planetary Science Journal, used observations in thermal-infrared wavelengths beyond the visible light spectrum, effectively sensing heat emitted from the planet’s atmosphere. An international team […]

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