Planetary

Hayabusa 2: Asteroid Samples Return this Weekend

Professor John Bridges discusses the importance of the Hayabusa 2 mission, returning samples of asteroid Ryugu to Earth this weekend, in a blog for theConversation. What is your idea of an asteroid? Many people think of them as potato-shaped, inert and perhaps rather dull, pock-marked objects – far away in deep space. But over the […]

The Great Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction of 2020

The Great Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction of 2020

A spectacular event is unfolding in the night skies this December, as Jupiter and Saturn appear closer in the sky than at any time in the past four centuries. Not to be missed! Look towards the west on a clear December night, just after sunset, and it will be hard to miss the sight of […]

Leicester Planetary Science on BBC Sky at Night

Leicester Planetary Science on BBC Sky at Night

Dr. Leigh Fletcher appeared as a guest on November’s Sky at Night to discuss the potential for life across the Solar System. In the late summer of 2020, the news of potential biomarker gases at the cloud tops of Venus caused tremendous excitement in the planetary community and beyond. Could this be evidence of lifeforms […]

Chang’e 5: China launches Sample Return Mission to the Moon

Professor John Bridges reports on the successful launch of a new Chinese mission to return samples from the Moon, in this blog post reprinted from The Conversation. China has been the only country to land on the Moon for over 40 years – since the Soviet Luna programme. Its recent Chang’e missions (1-4) demonstrated that China […]

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 […]

National Astronomy Week: Our Modern View of Mars

The RAS is putting on a  series of events, talks and online observing sessions for National Astronomy Week, and Professor John Bridges will be discussing our modern view of Mars on Saturday 14th November (6-7 pm). Join Professor Chris Lintott (Oxford University, Sky at Night), Professor Jane Greaves (Cardiff University) and Professor John Bridges (Space […]

Ice Giant Systems as the Next Step in our Exploration of the Solar System

Ice Giant Systems as the Next Step in our Exploration of the Solar System

Dr. Leigh N. Fletcher introduces a special issue of Phil. Trans. A that summarises the international effort to launch ambitious new missions to the distant Ice Giants, Uranus and Neptune, following a Royal Society Discussion Meeting in January 2020 that was led by University of Leicester Planetary Scientists. Uranus and Neptune sit alone on the […]

Lose Yourself on Mars with Attenborough Arts Centre

There’s no place like… Mars. Book a 30-minute slot and utterly lose yourself… The Attenborough Arts Centre “Mariner 9” exhibition has been extended. Mariner 9 (2012), by artist Kelly Richardson, presents a video of panoramic view of the Mars landscape hundreds of years in the future, littered with the rusting remains of various missions to […]

Introducing Leicester’s BepiColombo MIXS Instrument

This week (October 15th 2020) the BepiColombo spacecraft made its close approach to Venus, using the flybys (and electric propulsion) to brake against the Sun’s enormous gravity to reach Mercury in 2025. Although MIXS was sleeping through the event, we celebrated Leicester’s contribution to the mission. BepiColombo is carrying a piece of cutting-edge technology developed […]

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