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Mr Samuel Jackson

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Professional biography

2019-Present: PhD student, Astronomy research group of the School of Physical Sciences

PhD research project: Asteroid Spin and Surface Properties

Supervisors: Dr. Ulrich Kolb, Professor Simon Green

2015-2019: MPhys (Hons) in Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics from the University of Kent, Canterbury

MPhys research project: Asteroid (1917) Cuyo: The Formation of a Binary Asteroid System?

Supervisor: Professor Stephen Lowry

Research interests

I am a second year PhD student studying the variation in asteroid brightness as their solar phase angle changes. This research is being conducted using the PIRATE robotic telescope, based 2400m above sea-level in Tenerife. Active in the deployment of new capabilities, maintenance and general operations of the OpenScience Observatories.

As part of this research, I have a large focus on developing automated data reduction and calibration techniques for telescope images of moving objects (mainly in Python).

Teaching interests

Night Duty Astronomer for SXPS288.
Night Duty Astronomer for S382.
Liason for external deployment of PIRATE for other universities.

Impact and engagement

North York Moors Dark Skies Festival, February 2020 - Remote telescope demonstrations & cometary science activities