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Funding success to design sensors for X-ray telescopes

OU researchers within the School of Physical Sciences have been awarded €1 million by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a prototype sensor needed for the next generation of X-ray telescopes.

2nd June 2020

SPS astronomers find signs of a disintegrating planet around a nearby star

Using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite space telescope, a team of OU astronomers within the School of Physical Sciences, led by Dr Mark Jones, have possibly discovered a planet in its final death throes. They studied a nearby star, called DMPP-1, which is about 200 light-years away and was already known to harbour a system of planets.

2nd June 2020

Civilisations beyond our galaxy

How many civilisations might there be in our Galaxy, and how could we find out?

To celebrate the 90th birthday (28th May 2020) of Frank Drake, who formulated his famous equation in 1961 as a step towards answering this fundamental question, we present 30 minutes of ‘fly on the wall’ video of Frank Drake in conversation with presenter Dallas Campbell.

22nd May 2020

New study reveals mud volcanoes on Mars may flow like lava

European researchers, including Dr Manish PatelDr Matt Balme and Dr Matthew Sylvest from The Open University(OU), have found that mud volcanoes on Mars may look similar to lava flows found on Earth.

19th May 2020

Apollo 17 sample leads to new discovery of the Moon’s evolution

An international team of scientists, including Mahesh Anand, Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration at The Open University, have discovered new evidence that massive impact events formed large portions of the Moon’s crust.

According to research, published today in Nature Astronomy, the formation of ancient rocks on the Moon may be directly linked to large-scale meteorite impacts.

12th May 2020

Ancient rivers on Mars more than 3.7 billion years old

Scientists from around the globe have discovered evidence of ancient rivers on Mars more than 3.7 billion years old, using high-resolution 3D imaging data.

Sedimentary rocks, found in a 200-metre high Martian rocky cliff, formed by the ancient rivers proves that water was not only present on Mars, but the rivers were probably active for 100,000 years.

11th May 2020

OU to the Moon and back – Award nomination

The Open University has been shortlisted for an award by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations for its STEM campaign to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Moon landings and the OU connection with this.

28th April 2020

Lockdown Lectures

Our resesarcher's are working hard behind the scenes (at home) to bring us some brand new content on our School of Physical Sciences YouTube channel. We're calling these the Lockdown Lectures and you can check out the full playlist here

22nd April 2020

Champions in Gender Equality

The School of Physical Sciences have successfully renewed their Institute of Physics (IoP) Juno Champion status in recognition of their commitment to gender equality and improving the working practices for all school members. Specifically, SPS successfully demonstrated that the six core Juno

22nd April 2020

OU researchers discover ancient water reservoirs inside Mars

A team of researchers, including scientists from The Open University (OU), have discovered ancient water reservoirs inside the mantle of Mars.

30th March 2020