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Space may be the final frontier, but it isn’t as distant as it seems. Events happening outside of our atmosphere, and how we make use of the space around Earth, have a very real impact on our everyday lives. Join us for three completely different perspectives on research into the Great Beyond, exploring work on the most distant of galaxies all the way back to our very own Solar System.
The beauty and the beast: Satellite communications
The world is evolving at a pace never seen before: autonomous cars, drones, internet access on aeroplanes. Satellite communications are vital to realise this technology, starting from the electrons that form an electromagnetic wave all the way to the challenge of communicating with satellites. For the best and the worst, the future of worldwide wireless communications is looking at the stars.
The Sun, Our Star
Helen Mason (Fellow at St Edmund's College)
The Sun, our star, gives us everything we need for life here on Earth. Observed from space it is spectacular and very dynamic. Sometimes it is peaceful and quiet, sometimes it rages and has huge explosions which can impact the Earth's environment, causing the beautiful Northern Lights, and other less pleasant effects. This talk will explore the wonders of our Sun and how it affects us.
Monsters in the Dark: Searching for the Universe's most massive Galaxies
Matt Bothwell (Research Associate at the Institute of Astronomy)
Galaxies come in all shapes and sizes. But the most massive and extreme galaxies of all aren't easy to see — they lurk in the distant Universe, hidden from sight. I will discuss the quest to find the Universe's most extreme galaxies — the monsters in the dark.