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Public Stargazing Night at the Alston Observatory

Our next public observing night is Wednesday October 4th. Two sessions 6 - 7:45PM, 8:15 - 10:00PM

Moor Park Heritage Weekend Was A Great Success

Moor Park Heritage Weekend was a great success. Over 200 members of the public attended the Heritage Weekend at Moor Park Observatory.

STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System Plasmas

JHI hosts STFC advanced summer school in solar system plasmas

Astrophysicists map out the light energy contained within the Milky Way.

For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form.

UCLan Reopens Moor Park Observatory.

Keen stargazers and local astronomy enthusiasts have joined University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) staff to celebrate the grand reopening of the Moor Park Observatory on its 90th anniversary.

Astronomers confirm orbital details of TRAPPIST-1’s least understood planet.

Scientists using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope have identified a regular pattern in the orbits of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system that confirmed suspected details about the orbit of its outermost and least understood planet, TRAPPIST-1h.

Supercomputing boost of planet formation research at UCLAN.

Guild Research Fellow Dr Dimitris Stamatellos and postdoctoral researcher Dr Alex Dunhill have been awarded 2.4 million computing hours at the DiRAC UK High Performance Computing facility to study the early phases of planet formation in young protoplanetary discs.

Interactive Galaxy Visualisations at UCLan’s AstroFest stand wows.

JHI Features in Astronomy Now

Astronomy academics spot fire while observing Jupiter

Dr Daniel Holdsworth and Dr Mark Norris alerted emergency services to fire at Alston Hall.

UCLan Astrophysicist Finds That Galaxies Die of Gluttony.

UCLan Astrophysicist Finds That Galaxies Die of Gluttony

Seven Earth-size planets identified around a star by a NASA team with JHI Astronomer.

A NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable zone planets around a single star

Interactive Galaxy Visualisations at UCLan’s AstroFest stand wows.

This year’s UCLan stand at AstroFest featured GalaxyFlyer, an interactive VR display using galaxy simulations

JHI Professor to give lectures on Golden Eagle Luxury Trains' Arctic Explorer tour.

Professor Don Kurtz will be giving guest lectures, whilst travelling through Russia and Norway in search of the Aurora Borealis

Donation to JHI to fund new Moses Holden Post-graduate Studentship.

This year we are delighted to announce the first Moses Holden Post-graduate Studentship.

Wayward field lines challenge solar radiation models.

UCLan research team leads international study part-funded by NASA.

JHI Astrophysicist Involved in the Direct Detection of Buckling Bars in Galaxies.

JHI Astrophysicist Involved in the Direct Detection of Buckling Bars in Galaxies.

New camera sees first light on MHT at Alston.

A new camera for the Moses Holden Telescope at Alston Observatory saw first light on the evening of September 7th 2016 and took this stunning image of the Ring Nebul.

JHI physicist chairs international Summer School and JHI Physics PhD student wins poster prize.

JHI physicist Dr Karen Syres has chaired an international Summer School on nanoScience@Surfaces which was held in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, 1-4th August 2016. JHI Physics PhD student Zoe Henderson was awarded third place in the poster competition at the event.

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UCLan technique for modelling galaxies comes out on top.

In a huge effort to pin down one of the most important and controversial measurements in modern astrophysics, that of the rate by which stars form in the universe, members of a large international consortia have shown that this is now possible due to the theoretical models of astrophysicist Dr Cristina Popescu.

Multiwavelength galaxy simulation visualizer developed by the Extragalactic Research Group at JHI.

A new online tool to visualize how galaxies appear at different wavelengths and orientations has been developed by members of the JHI Extragalactic Research Group

Annual Awards Event Recognised County’s Most Promising Scientist.

UCLan hosted Ogden Trust Lancashire Schools’ Physicist of the Year Awards...

Published In Nature: Charge-stripes Observed In An Hourglass Compound.

Recent work of a collaboration of Physicists, including UCLan's Dr. Paul Freeman, has been published in the Nature journal...

JHI Involved With The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

The JHI is pleased to announce it's involved with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope UK Consortium..

JHI Observes The Transit Of Mercury.

The JHI observed the transit of Mercury on the 9th of May 2016. An event which won't occur again until 2019.

JHI Hosts Institute of Physics North-West Regional Final of Undergraduate Physics Challenge.

Some of the North West’s top budding physicists were put to the test in a regional competition hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and sponsored by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Newton Advanced Fellowship success

Dr. Juntai Shen (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences) was awarded a prestigious Newton Advanced Fellowship for his collaborative work with Dr. Victor Debattista (the UK partner at UCLan) entitled "Disentangling the Formation of the Milky Way's Bulge".

University unveils new £200,000 telescope at Alston Observatory

Astronomy fans in Preston are celebrating after the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) unveiled a new £200,000 telescope.

STARS2016 Conference: Abstract Submissions Open

Conference website

Undergraduate Resarch Success For Simon

Congratulations to JHI second-year astrophysics student, Simon Ebo, who has been selected to present his research at a National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Stargazing success at UCLan

Keen astronomers not put off by rain as local stargazing event goes ahead thanks to University and Preston and District Astronomical Society...

JHI Winter Lecture by Professor Allan Chapman of Oxford University commemorates 350th anniversary of the death of Jeremiah Horrocks.

The JHI winter lecture was given by Professor Allan Chapman of Wadham College, Oxford University, on Tuesday 8th December 2015, in Darwin Lecture Theatre, to an audience of almost 200 people. He took as his theme the north-country astronomers, Horrocks, Crabtree and Gascoyne...

JHI students win runners' up prize in University Intern Poster Competition

David Glass and Richard Rae, two current JHI Astronomy Distance Learning undergraduate students, were awarded runners-up prizes in the University Intern Poster Competition held on October 8th.

JHI astronomers view lunar eclipse

This morning's (28th September 2015) lunar eclipse was observed by JHI astronomers, who took several pictures. The eclipse was unusual in that it coincided with the Moon being at its closest point to the Earth. Thus the Moon appears slightly larger than average to observers on Earth. This effect is sometimes known as a 'super Moon'

An evolutionary missing link? A modest-mass early-type galaxy hosting an oversized nuclear black hole

The central supermassive black hole of a recently discovered galaxy is far larger than should be possible, according to current theories of galactic evolution

JHI Class of 2015

JHI students graduated with excellent examination results - most students achieving a 1st or 2:1 grade.

Job opportunity: Two Postdoctoral Research Positions in Solar and Heliospheric Physics - UCLan, Preston, UK

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is seeking to appoint two postdoctoral researchers to work within the Solar Physics Group

JHI Director Invited to meet Russian Cosmonaut

JHI Director, Professor Derek Ward-Thompson was invited to the Science Museum in London to meet Russian Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man in history to execute a successful space walk.

JHI Undergraduate at BCUR Conference

On 20/21 April 2015 students from UCLan presented their research internship posters at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research in Winchester.

JHI undergraduates finish 3rd in regional final of IoP physics challenge.

1st-year students from the JHI attended the north-west regional final of the Institute of Physics Challenge in Manchester on April 22nd 2015.

Hundreds Turn Out To Watch Eclipse

On Friday March 20th, hundreds of people turned out to watch the best partial eclipse of the sun visible from Preston since 1999. At maximum the sun was 90% covered by the disc of the moon.

Alston Observatory features on BBC1's "The One Show", 7PM Friday 16th Jan.

On Friday 16th January at 7pm BBC1 will feature Alston Observatory on 'The One Show', in a piece entitled 'The Music of the Spheres'. The show will be available on BBC iPlayer for another 30 days after transmission. The show will also feature an interview with UCLan Astrophysicist, Professor Donald Kurtz.

Prof Brad Gibson Named 2015 John Porter Memorial Lecturer

Prof Gibson will be speaking on the subject of Galactic Archaeology and How to Build a Universe with Computer; to be held 26 Feb 2015 at the University of Liverpool.

JHI receives grants totalling £1.2M.

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI) of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has today received grants totalling £1.2M from the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

JHI academic awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust research grant.

Dr Cristina Popescu, Reader in Astrophysics at UCLan's Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, has been given the award for the project ‘Connecting the high and low energies views of the Milky Way’.

JHI student wins prestigious STEM award

First-year JHI Physics student Jasmin Evans has won a prestigious award from the Stemette organisation, which promotes STEM activities to women and girls.

Positive Outreach Feedback For Alston Observatory

Students and staff from a local primary school were impressed with the outreach activities delivered by members of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.

Published in "Science": New Milky Way Maps May Help Solve Stubborn Interstellar Mystery

Brad Gibson, the JHI's Chair in Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics, is part of an international team which has mapped the distribution of the complex molecules that permeate the Milky Way and are throught to be responsible for the mysterious Diffuse Interstellar Bands that are superimposed on the spectrum of every star in the Galaxy.

Published in "Science": The Chemical Prehistory of the Solar System

Brad Gibson, the JHI's Chair in Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics, is part of an international team which has successfully used radiaoactive isotopes to age-date the exact moment when the cloud out of which our solar system formed, became chemically isolated from the rest of the Galaxy.

Promising young scientists shine at UCLan

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has brought together the county’s most promising young scientists to celebrate their abilities and achievements in physics at a special awards evening.

JHI Mathematician in Royal Line-Up at IMA@50

Danielle Bewsher, one of the mathematics staff in the JHI, attended the IMA@50 event at the Royal Society on Wednesday 14th May to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA).

HPC Success for Galactic Archaeology

European Success: 10 Million Core Hours Awarded for Galactic Archaeology

Brad Gibson's Galactic Archaeology Group has been awarded in excess of 10 million core hours as part of the European Union's Extreme Computing Initiative. Supplementing his parallel award of nearly 9 million core hours from the UK Funding Agency (DiRAC), the Group now enjoys one of Europe's largest allocations of High Performance Computing time for galaxy formation and evolution simulation work.

[Interplanetary dust ring at Venus discovery poblished in Science]

Interplanetary dust ring discovered near Venus

Researchers at the Open University and the University of Central Lancashire have confirmed the existence of a circumsolar dust ring which encircles the Sun and closely follows the orbit of Venus. The discovery is reported in the journal Science on 22nd November 2013, and makes use of observations from NASA's STEREO spacecraft.

Young intern success for Kirsty

[Young intern Kirsty standing at her poster] Kirsty Brocklehurst, from Lancaster Girl's Grammer School, was named winner of the Young Researchers Scheme at the University of Central Lancashire for her intern work at the University over the summer. She was awareded this honour at the intern poster exhibition, where interns presented the results from their summer research projects.

UCLan astronomers help map the three-dimensional structure of the Milky Way's central bulge

[Artist's impression of the central bulge of the Milky Way] A team of astronomers, including Victor Debattista, has shown that the bulge of the Milky Way has an X-shape. While these types of bulges have been seen in other galaxies before, the presence of such a bulge has only recently been confirmed in the Milky Way.

JHI CARD by Nicky Agius - A Dysons Dream: Dust in Early Type Galaxies

This week's CARD was given by Nicky Agius, a final year PhD student. Nicky's work looks at Early type galaxies and in particular their dust content. Using H-ATLAS and GAMA surveys Nicky has compared and contrasted a sample of dusty ETGs with a control sample of non-dusty ETGs (total sample size of around 800 galaxies).

[Distribution of Wolf-Rayet stars in NGC 7793]

JHI CARD by Joanne Bibby - Wolf Rayet stars and their role as Supernova Progenitors

This week's CARD was given by Joanne Bibby. Joanne's research focusses strongly on large surveys of massive stars in nearby, grand-design spiral galaxies. These massive stars are classed as those larger than eight stellar masses, although they can originally be as big as 75 solar masses or more.

[Simulation of a fragmenting disc]

Dimitris Stamatellos leads a JHI CARD: Planet Formation by Disc Fragmentation

Dimitris Stamatellos gave the first CARD this summer to an audience of JHI staff, postgraduates and summer interns. This discussion included a presentation of the work Dimitris has been carrying out with his radiative-hydrodynamic simulations on disc fragmentation and the formation of planetary systems.

[Hi-C Highways and Sparkles]

Rocket-launched camera reveals highways and sparkles in the solar atmosphere

NAM 2013 press release by Robert Wlash, Caroline Alexander, and Stéphane Régnier

[M104 Sombrero Galaxy]

Black Holes Growing Faster Than Expected

New study by Dr Victor Debattista has been published in Astrophysical Journal.

[Magnetic braids]

Sun's Major Heat Source Discovered

Sharpest-ever images of corona catch a glimpse of magnetic braids that may heat the solar atmosphere.

[Galactic dust clouds]

The Herschel Space Observatory Needs You

An astronomer from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is leading a global study to help find holes in dust clouds.

[A Solar Flare]

UCLan Research to Protect Astronauts

Spacemen and human technology to be warned against harmful solar flare radiation.

European Success: Galactic Archaeology Extreme Computing Initiative Awarded 6 Million Hours of High Performance Computing Time

[The First Bulgeless Disk Galaxy] Brad Gibson's Galactic Archaeology Group has been awarded 6 million core hours as part of the European Union's Extreme Computing Initiative. Supplementing his parallel award of 7 million core hours from the UK Funding Agency, the Group now enjoys one of Europe's largest allocations of High Performance Computing time for galaxy formation and evolution simulation work.

Public Talk: The Search for Life in the Cosmos

[Are We Being Watched] The distinguished Professor Paul Murdin will discuss the possibility that life exists elsewhere in the Universe. This is the subject of his latest book "Are We Being Watched?". Professor Murdin will be presenting some of his conclusions on extraterrestrial life at the lecture. The lecture will take place on April 11th at 6pm in the Foster Building, room FBLT2.

Alston Observing Event: Comet PanSTARRS, Jupiter, and the Moon

[Comet PanSTARRS] The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is organising an public evening of observing to view comet PanSTARRS, Jupiter and the Moon at Alston Observatory. This will include some short talks, refreshments, and a chance to observe these atronomical objects.

UCLan intern shoots for the stars

[The Milky Way] Nuffield Intern Peter Tipping, who spent his summer working at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute in the galaxy dynamics group of Victor Debattista is participating in the National Science and Engineering Week in London.

UCLan at Astrofest 2013

[Astrofest logo]Astronomers from the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute of the University of Central Lancashire are again participating at this year's AstroFest, taking place February 8 and 9th at Kensington Town Hall.

Astronomers discover the largest structure in the universe

[The First Bulgeless Disk Galaxy] An international team of astronomers, led by academics from the University of Central Lancashire, has found the largest known structure in the universe. The large quasar group (LQG) is so large that it would take a vehicle travelling at the speed of light some 4 billion years to cross it. The team publish their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Galactic Archaeologists Awarded Extraordinary Allocation of the UK's High Performance Computing Facility Usage

[The First Bulgeless Disk Galaxy] The Galactic Archaeology efforts at UCLan have been recognised with an unprecedented allocation of 7 million CPU hours from the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council. The Principal Investigator for the Galactic Archaeology programme, Professor Brad Gibson, was thrilled by the award 7 million core hours to the group.

Stargazing Live at Alston Observatory

[The 15 inch Wilfred Hall Telesc ope at Alston Observatory] The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute of the University of Central Lancashire is pleas ed to participate in Stargazing Live by opening up Alston Observatory on Wednesd ay, 9th January from 19:30 to 22:00. As part of BBC Stargazing LIVE, this free event will allow you to find out more about scientific research at UCLan, enjoy a planetarium show and- weather permitting- some stargazing with our experts of the night sky.

Inaugural Christmas Lecture: Songs of the Stars, the Real Music of the Spheres: finding other Earths with the Kepler Space Mission

[Professor Don Kurtz]

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute of the University of Central Lancashire is pleased to announce the inaugural Christmas Lecture:

Songs of the Stars, the Real Music of the Spheres: finding other Earths with the Kepler Space Mission

by Professor Don Kurtz, on10.30am on Wednesday 19th December

This multi-media lecture looks at the relationship of music to stellar sounds. You will hear the real sounds of the stars (with a key change) and you will hear musical compositions where every member of the orchestra is a real (astronomical) star!

Wandering stars provide fresh insight on galaxy formation

[Galaxy formation simulations carried out at UCLan] "Stars without Borders: Radial Migration in Spiral Galaxies" was the first international workshop ever on the emerging field of stellar migration in disk galaxies. It was held in Slovenia during May 2012 and chaired by Dr. Rok Roskar (University of Zurich) and Dr. Victor P. Debattista (UCLan). In recognition of the growing importance of this field, Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is publishing a Perspectives Article in the October issue describing the results and implications of this meeting.

Public Lecture: Building the Universe with a Computer

[Brad Gibson and a galaxy formation simulation]Professor Gibson will take the audience through a tour of the formation and evolution of both the largest structures in the Universe and those closer to home, in particular our own Milky Way Galaxy. Wednesday 21 November 2012, 7.00pm at the Greenbank Lecture Theatre, UCLan.

Congratulations to our successful applicants

Congratulations to our successful applicants on their great A-level results today. A good cohort will be joining our Mathematics, Physics, and Astrophysics programmes in September. We still have a small number of places left for applicants who still wish to join us.

New Director joins JHI

[Derek Ward-Thompson]We welcome Prof Derek Ward-Thompson who joined us on 1st July 2012 as new Director of the JHI. Derek is a world-leading researcher in the astrophysics of the formation of stars and planets and has published extensively in high-impact journals in astronomy and astrophysics.

UCLan in Space - Stunning new images of the Sun from Hi-C

[Stunning new image from Hi-C]Stunning new images from Hi-C, the highest resolution telescope to observe the solar corona, have been released. These images are approximately 5 times more detailed than the Atmospheric Imaging Array on NASA's SDO mission, and can resolve features in the solar atmosphere down to a size of about 135 mile. Team members of the Hi-C consortium include staff from the School of Computing, Engineering, and Physical Sciences at UCLan - and the JHI in particular.

UCLan in Space - Successful Launch of Hi-C Sounding Rocket

[Image of the Sun]The highest resolution telescope to observe the solar corona, Hi-C, was successfully launched on the 11th July 2012. The mission, on which UCLan is a key partner, flew for around 10 minutes, spending about half of that time taking high-resolution images of the solar corona in extreme ultraviolet light.

UCLan Student Wins Prestigious Grant

[Asteroseismology with the Kepler mission]One of our postgraduate researchers, Simon Murphy, has been offered a prestigious grant to work at the University of Porto, Portugal, for three months later this year, to work on a project to develop upon the existing models for delta Scuti stars.

JHI staff at Much Hoole for the Transit of Venus

[Church of St Michael and All the Angels in Much Hoole]The Transit of Venus was streamed live to an event at the Church of St Michael and All the Angels in Much Hoole. This event was well attended by members of the JHI, with a contribution from Dr Robert Walsh. Music expecially composed for the Much Hoole event and performed in the church was broadcast throughout the world via NASA TV.

UCLan Students observe the Transit of Venus

UCLan Students observing the transit of VenusThree physics and astrophysics students studying at UCLan have observed this year's transit of Venus as part of the University's internationalisation scheme. They have successfully observed and recorded the transit in Hawaii.

UCLan Students in Hawaii for the Transit of Venus

UCLan Students on route to HawaiiThree physics and astrophysics students studying at UCLan have had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii to view this year's transit of Venus as part of the University's internationalisation scheme.

The Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus 2004On June 5-6th 2012, Venus will pass in front of the Sun when viewed from the Earth. This is known as a transit of Venus. It is a relatively rare event. The last Venus transit took place in 2004, but the next one after this won't occur until 2117. Astronomers at UCLan will be watching out for this astronomical event.

UCLan Professor at Canada's Perimeter Institute

[Professor Don Kurtz]Professor Don Kurtz has given a public lecture on Songs of the Stars: the Real Music of the Spheres at Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics on the 2nd May 2012.

The 600 seat lecture was sold out within minutess of tickets becoming available.

The JHI at the National Astronomy Meeting

The joint UK-Germany National Astronomy Meeting 2012 was held between 27-30th March in Manchester. This conference was well attended by members of the JHI, with many giving presentations.

Citation Milestone for JHI Professor: A First for UCLan

[Brad Gibson and a galaxy formation simulation]In a first for the University of Central Lancashire, one of its staff has had their work recognised by their peers in the community more than 10,000 times. The JHI's Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics - Brad Gibson - has surpassed this remarkable milestone.

World astronomy conference is resounding success

[Delegates at IAU Symposium 284]The beginning of autumn 2011 saw UCLan hosting Symposium 284 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The event was chaired by Dr Cristina Popescu, from the UCLan's Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI) for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, jointly with Dr Richard Tuffs from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany.

Prof Brad Gibson Named 2012 Kevin Westfold Distinguished Visitor

[Brad Gibson and a galaxy formation simulation]We are pleased to announced that Professor Brad Gibson has been named the 2012 Kevin Westfold Distinguished Visitor, by Monash University (Melbourne, Australia).

Undergraduate Summer Intern Research Prize Awarded to Galactic Archaeologist!

The JHI is pleased to report that Kelly Hambleton has been awarded First Prize at poster exhibition ceremony.

World-leading astrophysics conference at UCLan

UCLan has been selected to run a world-leading astrophysics conference: the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium 284. The symposium was proposed by UCLan's Dr Cristina Popescu jointly with Dr Richard Tuffs from the Max Planck Institute fuer Kernphysik (MPI-K) in Heidelberg, Germany.

European Success! One Million CPU Hours for Galactic Archaeology 'Extreme Computing Initiative'

Prof Brad Gibson, Dr Greg Stinson, and Dr Chris Brook, have just been awarded one million CPU hours for their Pathways to a Realistic Milky Way programme, as part of DEISA's Europe-wide Extreme Computing Initiative.

UCLan's Astrophysics Conference Proceedings has been released by the American Institute of Physics

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has just announced the latest volume in its Conference Proceedings Series: "Hunting for the Dark: The Hidden Side of Galaxy Formation" (see AIP webpage) edited by UCLan's Drs. Victor P. Debattista and Cristina C. Popescu.

Spectacular new images of the Sun revealed

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is playing a crucial role in the distribution of spectacular new pictures of the Sun which are now being captured by the recently-launched Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO).

JHI at the Big Bang

Scientists from the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute exhibited at the Big Bang Exhibition in Manchester from the 11th-13th March, an event that attracted around 20,000 visitors from Lancashire and beyond.

UCLan and NASA to share an avalanche of secrets from the Sun

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) today announced its role in a major international team that will shine new light on the Sun's mysteries like never before. On 10th February 2010, NASA will launch a new solar observing satellite named the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) which will study the Sun's magnetic field and corona, to find out what governs changes in the Sun's activity and thus how that activity affects Planet Earth.

UCLan awarded £0.3M grant to unravel the origin of infrared emission in the early Universe

Dr. Cristina C. Popescu of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI) for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at UCLan has been awarded a £0.3M grant from the Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC) to investigate the origin of infrared emission from galaxies in the early universe. The funding will be used to help unravel the fundamental questions of how and when the initial smoothly distributed matter in the universe condensed to form galaxies and stars over the period ranging from a hundred million years since the big bang, to the current time 14 billion years later.

Third annual Undergraduate Research School

Sponsored by the Royal Astronomical SocietyThe Centre for Astrophysics is pleased to announce the third annual Undergraduate Research School from the 14th to the 18th December 2009. We are funding up to 20 delegates (third and fourth year undergraduates in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, mathematics or computer science) to spend a week with the researchers of the Centre engaging in a range of research activities applying modern techniques, including high-performance computing and 3D visualisation, to contemporary problems in science.

New students 2008

The Centre for Astrophysics is delighted to welcome four new research students starting 2008 October. They come from a variety of backgrounds and institutions, studying towards doctorates or masters by research.

Lancashire astrophysics students win National Astronomy prizes

Jaz Pearson, a mathematics graduate of the Univeristy of Central Lancashire and now a research student within the Centre for Astrophysics, has won one of the top prizes at the 2008 National Astronomy Meeting taking place in Belfast this week. Against competition from hundreds of other research students from across the United Kingdom and beyond, Jaz's poster presentation of his research into solar astrophysics was overwhelmingly recognised for the quality of the science as well as its presentation. He walks away with a top of the range Dell laptop pc for his efforts.

In a separate competition another of our research students Sotiris Adamakis has also won a prize for his presentation of the application of statistical techniques to the modelling of solar plasmas.

Invisible sunspots uncovered

A team of scientists led by Silvia Dalla, of the Centre for Astrophysics, have discovered that 44 percent of new sunspots forming in the West of the Sun are invisible to our best telescopes. The work made use of software developed by the UK's Virtual Observatory project: AstroGrid.

New research students

The Centre is pleased to welcome four new research students to the University. Coming from a range of backgrounds, they will be working on a variety of projects within our extra-galactic research programme. They join six existing research students within the Centre.

UCLan's co-proposed SPICA space observatory wins "Cosmic Vision" competition

In one of the most eagerly awaited decisions on the future of European Space Astronomy, the green light has been given for the development of a major space astronomy mission involving UCLan. The next generation infrared space observatory SPICA, co-proposed by a team of European and Japanese scientists including Dr. Cristina C. Popescu of the Centre for Astrophysics (CfA), has been accepted by the European Space Agency (ESA) for inclusion within the agency's "Cosmic Visions" program of space science missions to be flown in the 2015-2025 period. Of over 100 candidate missions, SPICA (standing for Space Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) was one of just 5 to be selected for funding. The acceptance of SPICA consequently represents a major breakthrough for the participating institutes, including UCLan's CfA.

Dr Silvia Dalla joins UCLan

The Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire is pleased to welcome Dr Silvia Dalla to our solar astrophysics group. She will also continue as Astrogrid Deputy Project Scientist and contribute to our distance learning and Masters programmes.

Centre for Astrophysics Research Discussions 2007/8 season

The 2007/8 season of Centre for Astrophysics Research Discussions (CARDs) begins on the 12 September with Rok Roskar, who is visiting us from University of Washington, Department of Astronomy. The programme extends through the academic year and provides an opportunity for the group to discuss particular research subjects in depth.

Soliciting for Externally-Funded Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Centre for Astrophysics is pleased to report that in response to its rapid growth, the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) have allocated a significantly increased quota of five (5) STFC Fellowship Applications that may be supported and submitted by the Centre. The deadline for receipt of applications is 11 October 2007, and in light of the competitive nature of these most prestigious Fellowships, we would encourage interested potential Fellows to contact Prof Brad Gibson, by mid-August, in order to coordinate a strong submission to the STFC. More...

National Astronomy Meeting great success

The Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy meeting was a great success. Hosted in Preston by the Centre for Astrophysics, University of Central Lancashire, the Meeting was attended by over 500 delegates discussing cutting-edge science, from solar-terrestrial physics to the formation of the Universe.

RAS-NAM, UKSP and MIST registration closed

RAS-NAM UK Solar Physics Spring MIST 2007 Centre
    for Astrophysics UCLanRegistration for the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting, along with the UK Solar Physics and MIST 2007 meetings, has now closed. Over 500 delegates have registered. See you in Preston!

RAS-NAM, UKSP and MIST registration open

RAS-NAM UK Solar Physics Spring MIST 2007 Centre
    for Astrophysics UCLanRegistration for the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting, along with the UK Solar Physics and MIST 2007 meetings, is now open. Bringing together the UK astronomy, solar physics and solar-terrestrial communities for the first time, this meeting in Preston on the 16th to the 20th April promises to be the biggest yet. See www.nam2007.uclan.ac.uk for details.

Dr Andrea Marcolini joins UCLan

The Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire is pleased to announce the arrival of its newest staff member, Dr Andrea Marcolini. Andrea completed his PhD last year in Bologna, and after a 6-month appointment in Vienna, is now commencing his position at UCLan. Andrea is a world-leader in computational galaxy formation, with particular expertise in the modeling of dark galaxies, galactic superwinds, and the emission propeties of high-velocity clouds.

Professor Colin Pillinger gives Royal Institution Lecture at UCLan

Beagle 2 was due to land on Mars on 25th December 2003. The spacecraft was ejected successfully from Mars Express on 19th December 2003 but nothing has been heard from the lander on the Martian surface and the mission is presumed lost. In spite of this, Mars Express has been very successful in its mission. Several hundred members of the public joined Professor Colin Pillinger, lead scientist for Beagle 2, on the third anniversary of the mission as he talked about this inspiring space venture and his future plans for reaching Mars.

New research students

The Centre welcomes three new students onto the PhD programme this year.

United Kingdom Solar Physics and MIST 2007 meetings

The UK Solar Physics and MIST communities will be descending on UCLan in 2007 as they attend joint meetings with the RAS National Astronomy Meeting.

Dr Stephanie Courty joins UCLan

The Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire is pleased to announce the arrival of its newest staff member, Dr Stephanie Courty.

Dr Patricia Sanchez Blazquez joins UCLan

Dr Patricia Sánchez-Blázquez, who is leaving her position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, joined the Centre for Astrophysics on 7th August 2006. She holds a Marie Curie Fellowship, awarded to enable her to develop as a theorist and computational astrophysicist

Centre wins Academic Fellowship in Galaxy Formation

The Centre for Astrophysics is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Academic Fellowship in High Performance Computational Galaxy Formation from the Research Councils of the United Kingdom (RCUK).

National Astronomy Meeting 2007

The Centre for Astrophysics at UCLan is to host the RASPPARC National Astronomy Meeting in 2007 April. This will being together hundreds of astronomers from across the UK and beyond to discuss the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysics.

PhD studentships

The Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire is pleased to announce the availability of up to two PhD studentships (including fees and tax-free maintenance grants) commencing October 2006.

NASA job for UCLan graduate

TRACE image of solar magnetic loops showing and arcade of emissionDr Mike Marsh, who recently graduated with a PhD in Solar Physics from UCLan, is taking up a research fellowship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Maryland. This facility operates many of NASA's satellites, including solar observatories SOHO and TRACE. Mike will be working with Drs Jack Ireland and Therese Kucera, working on MHD wave seismology of the solar atmosphere.

Professor Brad Gibson joins UCLan

[Brad Gibson and a galaxy formation simulation]Coming from Swinburne University, Professor Brad Gibson joined the University's Centre for Astrophysics on the 1st February 2006. He has been appointed the new Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics, and is charged with overseeing the development of a new, vibrant, program of computational and theoretical astrophysics.

Centre for Astrophysics Research Discussions

Regular discussions of research by staff and students of the Centre.

Donuts

Weekly get together to dicuss astrophysics, life, the Universe and everything

2005

top of page Header Image : Simulated Nanoparticle (Marco Pinna, Joe Smerdon), Solar disk with SDO (NASA UClan SDO archive), V838 Monocerotis (NASA/STScl), NGC7424 (Gemini Observatory), M74 (NASA Hubble Space Telescope) NASA,and ESA ; and solar plume courtesy of SOHO /EIT consortium

Author: DS Brown, Last Updated: 4 October 2013, 12:50


 
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