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Leicester Space at the British Science Festival

Leicester Space at the British Science Festival

British Science Festival-goers will be treated to some incredible events courtesy of experts from the University of Leicester. The national science showcase, which takes over the city of Leicester between Tuesday 13 and Saturday 17 September, will feature more than 100 free, engaging and off-the-wall installations, performances and activities. As a principal partner of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leicester scientist helps fine-tune space telescope 1.5million km from home

Leicester scientist helps fine-tune space telescope 1.5million km from home

One of the Leicester space scientists who will make observations with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has travelled to the USA to help open the observatory’s ‘eyes’ to the universe. Dr Tuomo Tikkanen, of the University of Leicester’s School of Physics and Astronomy and Space Park Leicester, is co-investigator (co-I) with Leicester colleague Dr John […]

Arctic rocket launch could uncover unique features of Earth’s life-sustaining atmosphere

Arctic rocket launch could uncover unique features of Earth’s life-sustaining atmosphere

A Leicester expert in space weather has helped launch a NASA mission from deep within the Arctic Circle which could uncover unique features of our atmosphere that enable life on Earth. Dr Suzie Imber, Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester, is part of a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) team working from […]

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