VISTA creates huge nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars

VISTA creates huge nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars

A nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars has been created by an international team of astronomers using the UK-built VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. The image is so large that, if printed with the resolution of the average book, it would be nine metres long and seven metres tall. The huge dataset contains ten times more stars than previous studies and is a major step forward for the understanding of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

Glittering Trails

PASADENA, Calif. - Scientists working with images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have discovered strange half-mile-sized (kilometer-sized) objects punching through parts of Saturn's F ring, leaving glittering trails behind them.

PASADENA, Calif. - Scientists working with images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have discovered strange half-mile-sized (kilometer-sized) objects punching through parts of Saturn's F ring, leaving glittering trails behind them.

Astronomy Seminar March 30th

 

14:30 March 30th Maths room 103
Dr. Stefan Renner (University of Lille)
The dynamics of Saturn’s small satellites

Astronomy Seminar March 23

 

14:30 March 23rd Maths room 103
Dr. Timothy Clifton (University of Oxford)
Testing the foundations of the concordance model of cosmology

Astronomy Seminar March 16

 

Astronomy Seminar March 16th
Dr. Jonathan Eastwood (Imperial College)
Collisionless magnetic reconnection: what we have learned from recent space observations

Talks from the Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy

Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy

Following the successfull Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy that took place on Tuesday 31st January 2012, we have been asked to make available the summary of talks to all those who could not find place in the packed lecture hall.

Talks are listed in order of appearance, as listed in the official programme.

Leverhulme Trust Award

The School of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announce that the Leverhulme Trust has awarded Queen Mary, University of London over £158,000 for a research project conducted by Dr David Tsikaluri.  The research project titled, Advanced model of solar radio bursts via plasma kinetic simulation, will run for three years.  

Solar activity directly affects humankind via hazardous for the terrestrial and space technology phenomena such as solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and solar energetic particle events. Better understanding of these phenomena will ultimately, enable humankind to predict and prepare for these hazards.

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Astronomy PhD Positions Available

The Astronomy Unit has a number of funded PhD studentships available for UK, EU and International applicants. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2012 (although later applications may also be considered). Students will join an active research centre involved in a broad range of activities from cosmology to solar system science.  Full details are available on our web pages.

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