Outreach
Two participating astrophysicists will talk to us about dark matter and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.
Those who intend to attend this event are requested to register their details on this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Rgj4xO6S28lAwyOyUbe8eDLUyhm3GzQgSap0XQTNjo4/viewform

Read on to find out more!



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Dr. Pratika Dayal - "The Dark Side of the Universe"
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The standard model of cosmology tells us that the Universe is mostly made up of ‘Dark Matter’, with normal matter contributing only about 15% of the total budget. However, direct detections have not yielded any results about the nature of this mysterious dark matter, leaving us with only indirect means of inferring its existence and distribution. I will try to answer tantalising questions including: What is the nature of this Dark Matter? Where is it? How did it shape the Universe that we see around us, and are there any possibilities that we will ever see it?



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Dr. Stephen Wilkins - "The James Webb Space Telescope: reaching further and fainter"
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The James Webb space telescope (JWST) is the upcoming NASA/ESA/CSA successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Due to be launched in late 2018, JWST will provide an order of magnitude improvement in our ability to study the distant early Universe compared to the current state of the art. The exquisite sensitivity and wide wavelength coverage of JWST means it can tackle a wide range of scientific questions, from uncovering the first generation of galaxies, to allowing us to study the atmospheres of planets orbiting other nearby stars, and potentially finding evidence for life in the wider Universe.