Astronomy and Planetary Science

Outcomes of Gender Summit 11, Co-hosted by NSERC

Outcomes of Gender Summit 11, Co-hosted by NSERC

From November 6 to 8, 2017, more than 675 advocates of gender equity from across many different fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) took part in Gender Summit 11, in Montreal, Quebec. Co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering...

Professor Gilles Gerbier – A Flickering in the Darkness

Professor Gilles Gerbier – A Flickering in the Darkness

Deep, deep underground, surrounded by kilometres of solid rock, a team of scientists led by Professor Gilles Gerbier of Queen’s University, Canada, watches for a miniscule flicker of energy. A flicker that will, they hope, betray the existence of the most elusive...

Professor David Jewitt – Investigating Cosmic Snowballs

Professor David Jewitt – Investigating Cosmic Snowballs

Professor David Jewitt and his team at UCLA explore the nature of comets. These fleeting visitors to our cosmic shore are important sources of information, and can help to reveal the origin and evolution of the solar system. Most recently, Professor Jewitt’s team have...

Working in Space: The Challenge for Mars and Beyond

Working in Space: The Challenge for Mars and Beyond

Professor Karen Feigh and Dr Matthew Miller from the Georgia Institute of Technology examine what support will be required when astronauts need to work outside in deep space, where communication with Earth takes tens of minutes. Software engineer, Cameron Pittman,...

Dr Craig Hardgrove – Finding Water in the Moon’s Shadows

Dr Craig Hardgrove – Finding Water in the Moon’s Shadows

The Moon’s poles are enriched in hydrogen, a key component of water-ice, but there’s still much to learn. Dr Craig Hardgrove and his colleagues at Arizona State University are leading the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) mission, which aims to discover how much...

Dr Melissa Morris – Refining the Theories of Planet Formation

Dr Melissa Morris – Refining the Theories of Planet Formation

Science and philosophy are two of the most important pillars of human civilisation. But when it comes to the important questions, is there really much difference between them? Where do we come from? What is the meaning of life? Answers to such philosophical questions...

Dr Romeel Davé – Putting the Universe in a Computer

Dr Romeel Davé – Putting the Universe in a Computer

Galaxy formation theorist Dr Romeel Davé and his team at the University of the Western Cape use high-performance supercomputer simulations to answer basic questions about the evolution of galaxies and our visible Universe.   Humans have always been mesmerised by the...

Count Down To The Future

Count Down To The Future

At the NASA Ames Research Center in California, the next generation of space biologists are working to understand the effects of long duration space flight on model organisms, and are developing ways to protect the health of future astronauts. The human body has...

Dr Robert Mutel – Creating Radio Maps of the Universe

Dr Robert Mutel – Creating Radio Maps of the Universe

For thousands of years, humans have been fascinated by what lies beyond our own planet. One of the ways to study the most distant objects in our universe is using radio telescopes. By studying radiation emitted in the radio band of the electromagnetic spectrum,...

The European Southern Observatory

The European Southern Observatory

The European Southern Observatory (ESO), is an intergovernmental organisation that facilitates astronomy and astrophysics research. Since its creation in 1962, ESO has provided scientists with the world’s most powerful ground-based telescopes in its host state of...

The Square Kilometre Array: The World’s Largest Radio Telescope

The Square Kilometre Array: The World’s Largest Radio Telescope

Comprising thousands of radio dishes and up to a million antennae, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest radio telescope. Referred to as the next generation of radio telescope, this instrument will be tens of times more sensitive and hundreds of...