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School of Physics and Astronomy

Astronomy Unit

  • ERC Starting Grant winners Dr Tessa Baker and Dr Phil Bull.

    AU researchers win prestigious European Research Council grants

    Two cosmologists in the Astronomy Unit in the School of Physics and Astronomy have been awarded prestigious Starting Grants from the European Research Council.

  • Comet NEOWISE, seen by Dr Thomas Haworth from Chelmsford on 10th July.

    Rare naked-eye comet NEOWISE lights up the sky

    A recently-discovered comet has become visible to the naked eye during twilight. QMUL astronomer Thomas Haworth has been making the most of this rare opportunity by taking some photos!

  • An artist's impression of Gliese 887 V2b (RedDots collaboration)

    Super-Earths discovered orbiting nearby star

    A system of super-Earth planets has been detected orbiting one of closest stars to the Sun, Gliese 887. An international team of astronomers, including Professor Richard Nelson and Dr Gavin Coleman of Queen Mary University of London, made the discovery as part of Red Dots, a project to detect terrestrial planets orbiting stars close to the Sun.

  • A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

    Saturn's Moon Titan Drifting Away Faster Than Previously Thought

    Research involving scientists from Queen Mary University of London has shown that the moons of Saturn are moving outwards faster than first estimated, providing new insights into how the Saturn system formed. 

  • The QMSPEC system, attached to the telescope on the roof of the G O Jones building. The spectrometer itself is shielded from light under the black cover (bottom left), and connected to the telescope by a fibre optic cable (orange).

    Innovative spectrometer sees first light (and breaks a record)

    Astronomers at QMUL have developed an extremely high-resolution spectrometer for exoplanet studies that is many times smaller, lighter, and cheaper than current alternatives. Its first-light spectrum is thought to be the highest resolution ever taken from the UK!

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