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IoP lecture video: What's Quantum Technology? - Sir Peter Knight

Institute of Physics Lecture: What's Quantum Technology - London South East Branch, hosted by The Open University


15th October 2020

SPS Researcher involvement on NASA mission to sample asteroid Bennu

Space rocks returning from near-Earth asteroid Bennu on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will bring never-before-seen samples back to Earth. Open University (OU) researcher Dr Ben Rozitis, a collaborator on the OSIRIS-REx mission, asserts that the mission, if successful, will return with a large collection of space rocks not currently represented in existing collections on Earth.

9th October 2020

Groundbreaking discovery could signal life on Venus

Scientists from across the globe, including Dr Helen Fraser of The Open University, have detected a rare gas – phosphine – in the clouds of Venus. The landmark discovery could point to extra-terrestrial ‘aerial’ life on the planet.

14th September 2020

Applications for Ernest Rutherford Fellowship within SPS

The Science and Technology Facilities Council offer a number of Fellowships each year to early-career researchers working in research that aligns with priority areas within SPS. This includes astronomy, planetary science, and space instrumentation. Funding is available for 5 years including applicant's salary, with limited research expenses and travel funding.

6th July 2020
Mark A Garlick / ;  Institut d’astrophysique de Paris

International scientists discover a pair of dancing planets

An international team of scientists, including Dr Ulrich Kolb and Professor Carole Haswell of The School of Physical Sciences at The Open University (OU), have discovered two, giant planets interacting near each other, in a gravitational dance. The planets, detected by the Wide Area Search for Planets (WASP) project, feel each other’s gravity and, as a result, speed up and slow down slightly as the inner, faster-orbiting planet overtakes on the inside. The first planet, WASP-148b, passes in fron

2nd July 2020

ESA TV for Asteroid Day


30th June 2020

Super-Earth planets detected orbiting nearby star

A system of super-Earth planets – possibly rocky worlds, but larger than Earth – has been detected orbiting the nearby star Gliese 887.

An international team of astronomers, including Professor Carole Haswell and Dr John Barnes of The Open University, made the discovery as part of Red Dots, a project to detect terrestrial planets close to the Sun.

26th June 2020

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