Each year the Astrophysics research Institute hosts a public lecture in astronomy. Visit this page next year for details of the 2014 public lecture.
'Astrobiology' is a brand new field of science, encompassing research into the origins and limits of life on our own planet, and where life might exist beyond the Earth. But what actually is 'life' and how did it emerge on our own world? What are the most extreme conditions terrestrial life can tolerate? And where in the cosmos might we reasonably expect to find ET? Join Dr. Lewis Dartnell on a tour of the other planets and moons in our solar system which may harbour life, and even further afield to alien worlds we've discovered orbiting distant stars, to explore one of the greatest questions ever asked: are we alone...?
'The Hunt for Alien Life' by Dr Lewis Dartnell it is now available on LJMUTV
Mike Edmunds (Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Cardiff University and former Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy)
Perhaps the most extraordinary surviving relic from the ancient Greek world is a device containing over thirty gear wheels dating from the 1st century B.C., and now known as the Antikythera Mechanism.
This device is an order of magnitude more complicated than any surviving mechanism from the following millennium, and there is no known precursor. It is clear from its structure and inscriptions that its purpose was astronomical, including eclipse prediction.
In this illustrated talk, Mike Edmunds (Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Cardiff University) will outline the results, including an assessment of the accuracy of the device - from the international research team, which has been using the most modern imaging methods to probe the device and its inscriptions. Their results show the extraordinary sophistication of the Mechanism's design.
Dr Bob Fosbury (former director of the Space Telescope - European Coordinating Facility in Garching)
During May 2009, the Hubble Space Telescope was subject to the most intense overhaul of its life with astronauts from the Space Shuttle Atlantis performing engineering feats far beyond what was originally envisaged for orbital servicing. Instruments were repaired and replaced during the most complex human process that had yet been performed in space. The telescope is now some hundred times more powerful than when it was launched in 1990. This is the story of Hubble, looking back on the revolution in astrophysics that it has achieved and forward to what it is achieving now in its probings of the early history of the universe to the study of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.
Listen - LJMUTV
Watch - YouTube
STFC Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowships 2013The 2013 round of Ernest Rutherford Fellowships has been announced by the Science and Technology Research Council.
These are fully funded five-year research fellowships to be held in science areas supported by STFC. If you are interested in applying for one of these to be hosted by the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University you can find more details here.
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