SKA Cosmology SWG Meeting

We will be hosting a Cosmology SWG meeting at Queen Mary, University of London, in December 2017. The aim of the meeting is to discuss various cosmology-relevant topics (e.g. recent changes to the SKA specifications), and to spend time working on collaborative projects within the focus groups (e.g. developing simulations, updating the Red Book, improving requirements documents).   

Date(s)

Monday 18th December 2017 -  Friday 22nd December 2017

Venue

The meeting will be held in the G. O. Jones building at Queen Mary's Mile End campus in London, UK. We will have several rooms available, including a lecture theatre and a couple of smaller meeting rooms. We also hope to support remote participation through video-conferencing software.   

Programme

Come to our Space Sound Effects Short-Film Festival

Alien may have told you “In space no one can hear you scream” but it was wrong! The SSFX Short-Film Festival has challenged independent filmmakers from around the world to create short-films incorporating a series of strange sounds from space recorded by satellites. The results are a collection of films, spanning a wide array of topics and genres, connected only by these sounds.

The festival will showcase these highly creative works, and will hear from the filmmakers involved and festival judges in panel discussions featuring audience Q&A.  Awards will be presented to the best films and a drinks reception will follow.

Tickets are now available.

QMUL hosts SpaceUp London 2017

On Saturday 10 June, space enthusiasts gathered at Queen Mary University of London for SpaceUp London 2017. The day-long space extravaganza, organised by the Planetary Society, was filled with keynote talks, quick-fire talks, breakout discussions, brainstorms, and other opportunities for guests to engage with one another. The audience consisted of medics, theatre students, virtual reality experts, amateur astronomers, satellite companies, and more. 

The day began with a talk by Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, entitled What We Are Made Of, in which he explained how the atoms that make us up are forged in stars and that we are each truly part of the cosmos.  

Red Dots — the hunt for planets around nearby stars resumes

Last year a team of astronomers led by Guillem Anglada Escude of the School of Physics and Astronomy, found Proxima b, an Earth-like planet in orbit around Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun — now they are looking for its siblings!

Next Undergraduate Open Day - 23rd and 24th June

Want to find out more about studying for a physics degree at QMUL?

Book a place on the University's next open day and come along to the department for taster talks, a session in our teaching laboratory, an observatory demo and more. Talk to staff and current students and get a real feel for what undergraduate life as a physicist is like.

Book online from our Open Day pages

QMUL astronomers find key prebiotic molecule in infant Sun-like star

Two QMUL astronomers are part of a team that has identified a key prebiotic molecule in the material from which a Sun-like star is forming.

June 15 Public Lecture: Our Home, the Milky Way Galaxy

On June 15 at 7:00pm there will be another School of Physics and Astronomy public talk. We are delighted to welcome QMUL alumna Prof. Rosemary Wyse of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, USA. Prof. Wyse is an astronomer with an international reputation whose research interests include galaxy formation, composition and evolution. She will speak about “Our Home, the Milky Way Galaxy”. All are welcome, admission is free. Further details and book a place here.

Image credit: ESO

Queen Mary astronomer on Time magazine list of 100 most influential people

Astronomer Guillem Anglada-Escudé of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2016. His inclusion on this prestigious list, in the Pioneers category, recognises his discovery of the exoplanet Proxima b, in orbit around the nearest star to Earth (bar the Sun, of course). This was one of the most exciting results ever in the field of exoplanet research and has been widely reported in the scientific and popular media. The planet, which has a mass just a little larger than the Earth’s, lies within the habitable zone around its host star, where liquid water could be present on the planet’s surface — making it a candidate for the existence of some kind of life.

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