Glasgow University is hosting the 2015 CESRA radio summer school. The school is open to solar radio physicists including PhD students and early career researchers. The school will cover the essential elements of theory, modelling and data analysis and will feature lectures and tutorials. Students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss research topics with their peers together in an informal atmosphere.
Baolin Tan (China), Alexey Kuznetsov (Irkutsk, Russia) and Sergei Kuznetsov and Alexander Morgachev (Pulkovo, Russia) visit our group to work on the solar flares and radio emission from the Sun. The visits are supported by pan-European EU funded network ‘RadioSun’ involving China, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and the UK.
Observatory Refurb – Update 5
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the good progress that has been made. Lot’s has been done since the fifth, fourth, third, second and first set of pictures.
Scotland and India are working together to study eruptions on the Sun
Dr Prasad Subramanian, an associate professor of Physics at IISER Pune, visited the Glasgow Astronomy Group to study eruptions on the Sun. The collaboration is associated with the renewal of an agreement between University of Glasgow and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune (IISER-Pune).
Students and staff gathered at NJIT to share the latest research
Congratulations to Eduard Kontar and Nic Labrosse who have been newly elected to positions in the International Astronomical Union. Eduard has been elected to the Steering Committee of Division E (Sun and Heliosphere) and Nic to the Steering Committee of Commission E1 (Solar Radiation and Structure). Lyndsay Fletcher also takes over the Presidency of Commission E2 (Solar Activity) and remains as an ex officio member of Division E. All three group members formally assume their new roles after the closing ceremony of the XXIXth General Assembly of the IAU in Honolulu on 14th August 2015.
Observatory Refurb – Update 4
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the current progress. Lot’s has been done since the fourth, third, second and first set of pictures.
Observatory Refurb – Update 3
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the current progress. Lot’s has been done since the third, second and first set of pictures.
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the current progress. Lot’s has been done since the second and first set of pictures.
Funded PhD studentship
Funded PhD studentship in Solar Physics at the University of Glasgow
A fully funded PhD studentship for a UK/EU student is available at the University of Glasgow in solar flare physics. The project title is “Connections between solar flare characteristics and their underlying magnetic drivers” and will be using some of the latest solar data to investigate EUV/X-ray flare signatures relative to their magnetic properties derived from magnetograms. The primary supervisor will be Dr. Iain Hannah, the secondary Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher, within the Astronomy & Astrophysics group in the SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, UK.
The PhD studentship will start between 1st August to 1st October 2015 for 3 years and has funding, from the University of Glasgow, for the fees (of a UK or EU student) and annual stipend (currently about £14,000).
Applicants should have (by the start date) at least a second class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and ideally some experience of solar data analysis – coding in IDL, SolarSoft and/or Python.
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the current progress. The internal walls have been demolished since the last set of pictures of the obs refurb.
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the current progress.
Although the sky this morning had a Glasgow filter (i.e. the clouds) we were able to catch the progress of the moon throughout its journey across the face of the sun. At the very moment of maximum, the clouds thinned slightly, showing the eclipsed sun smiling down on us at the University of Glasgow. Thanks to all the staff and students that helped out and all the folk that came along and saw the eclipse.
The moon starts to eclipse the sun, with a sunspot also visible on the solar surface.
The maximum eclipse (94%) in Glasgow.
The maximum eclipse caught on camera, with the University of Glasgow tower overlooking.
The moon moving away, showing more of the solar surface and sunspot again.
A large crowd gathered at the flagpole watching the clouded eclipse (thanks to @pjasimoes).
And the large crowd extends further along, watching the clouded eclipse at the University of Glasgow (thanks to @pjasimoes)
Eclipse viewers gathered at the Library and Fraser building waiting for the eclipse to peak (photo thanks to Laurence Datrier).
The moon eclipsing the sun captured on our live feed from our Acre Rd Observatory
The students (Duncan Horne, Ruaridh Newman Andrew Barr, William Newman) at the Acre Rd Observatory running the live feed
Some of the Glasgow solar PhD students (Paul Wright, Stephen Brown, Galina Motorina) broadcasting live with STV’s Sean Batty during the eclipse (photo thanks to Stephen Brown). You can rewatch the broadcast here.
Thanks to the undergraduate solar project group, Peter Wakeford and Graham Kerr for setting this up and making the observations.
*The feed will be live and update during 8am to 11am Friday 20th March. Before then it will show a static test image taken with the same telescope & filter setup.
Solar Eclipse March 20th
Update: The weather forecast for Friday morning in Glasgow is currently cloudy/variable but we will be out in force hoping for gaps in the clouds.
We also have a live feed of the eclipse from the University of Glasgow Observatory.
A rare partial solar eclipse will be viewable in Glasgow on Friday March 20th, with the maximum eclipse (the moon covering 94% of the Sun) occurring at 09:34am.
We at the University of Glasgow will be hosting (weather permitting) eclipse viewing areas where anyone can come along to safely* see the eclipse through our telescopes and viewers, with experts on hand to explain what is happening. These will be located at the Flag pole/South Front of the main University building and near the entrance to the Fraser building and Library between the times of the eclipse (08:30am to 10:43am), see the poster/map.
Graham Kerr, a PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, has won the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Thomson Prize for his second year report on Observations and Modelling of Solar Chromospheric Flares. Well done Graham!
Locations of optical sources in a white light flare, colour coded by time (from Kerr & Fletcher 2014)
Glasgow astronomers join UK DKIST consortium
The School of Physics and Astronomy has joined the UK Consortium for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope currently being constructed on the summit of Haleakala mountain in Hawai’i. This 4m diameter telescope will address fundamental questions at the core of contemporary solar physics. It will do this via high-speed (sub-second) imaging, spectroscopic and magnetic measurements of the solar photosphere, chromosphere and corona. DKIST will be mainly funded by the US National Science Foundation. The UK DKIST Consortium, funded also by the STFC and in kind by Andor Technology, exists to design and build the cameras for 4 DKIST instruments, develop processing and data analysis tools, and support UK observing proposals.
Rendering of DKIST dome. Image: NSO/NSF/AURA
Congrats to Prof Hendry MBE
Congratulations to Professor Martin Hendry for being awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to Public Engagement in Science.
This is a unique opportunity to get involved in lunar exploration. In addition the the drilling and the archive we hope to include a simple radio receiver on the lander, which can be used to study the Moon’s tenuous exosphere and maybe even do some radio astronomy. For details of how to get involved see the Lunar Mission One homepage.
PhD student paper wins Scottish prize
Congratulations to David Graham, whose paper “The Emission Measure Distribution of Impulsive Phase Flare Footpoints“, published while he was a PhD student in the A&A group, has won this year’s Robert Cormack Bequest Postgraduate Prize. This prize, awarded annually by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, is for the best nominated paper accepted for publication in 2013/14 with a postgraduate in a Scottish Institution as prime author. David gets a cheque for a helpful sum, and an invitation to speak to the annual Cormack Astronomy Meeting in November.
The paper investigates the temperature distribution of the plasma produced in the lower atmosphere (footpoints) of a flare during the phase of primary energy injection, finding a distribution peaking at 10MK and with a slope consistent with thermal conduction. It is the first time that the properties of flare footpoints have been investigated in this way. Co-authors were Iain G. Hannah, Lyndsay Fletcher (both GU) and Ryan O. Milligan (Queen’s University Belfast)
Well done David!
As we are heading through solar maximum there are several sunspots and filaments visible on the solar disk. The image below was obtained on the ground in Glasgow, taken by two undergraduate students (Peter Wakeford and Ruari MacKenzie) using an H-alpha telescope at our Acre Road Observatory.
These observations will be part of a larger observing campaign in coordination with other instruments, including more ground-based observatories (Solar Tower of Observatoire de Meudon, Fuxian Solar Observatory) and satellites (SDO, Hinode, IRIS).
The objective is the measurement of magnetic fields in prominences and tornadoes, exploiting the excellent spectro-polarimetric capabilities of THEMIS in the He D3 line to infer the magnetic field vector. These phenomena represent unique examples of the small-scale coupling between magnetic field and plasma in environments with distinct dynamical behaviour. As such they represent key case studies for deepening our understanding of the Sun.
Peter Levens is pointing the telescope on an attractive target.