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The polarised view of the black hole in M87. The lines mark the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole (photo credit: EHT collaboration)

Polarised light image of M87 – new insights into its Black hole

Posted on: 26 March 2021

Those of you who have been following the exciting developments of the EHT observations of the black hole of M87 will be thrilled to hear about the newly released image in polarised light.

Two large white diffusive areas, galaxies with faint spiral structure, on black background with stars and smaller galaxies

JHI Spring Lecture – Hunting for the Ghosts of Galaxies

Posted on: 8 March 2021

Event Date:: 22 April 2021

Understanding exactly where, when, and how galaxies formed or acquired their stars is a key goal of astrophysics. Dr. Mark Norris explores how a combination of computer simulations, large observational surveys and a few bright ideas are allowing us to pick apart the light of galaxies to work out how and when their stars were formed.

MHT telescope at Alston Observatory. Image credit: Mark Norris

Student Prizes 2019-2020

Posted on: 29 June 2020

Each year the students with the best performance in the Entry Level modules and in the BSc (Hons) Astronomy are nominated for a prize.

This year we have 13 Honours Graduates. Congratulations to them all.

Two JHI staff members with the Astronomer Royal

Royal Astronomical Society celebrates 200th Anniversary

Posted on: 27 January 2020

Two JHI staff members, Prof Derek Ward-Thompson and Dr Megan Argo, joined 250 other astronomers, geophysicists, and invited guests at the Langham Hotel in central London on January 23rd to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Simulation of planet formation around a red dwarf star

JHI astronomers find a way to form ‘fast and furious’ planets around tiny stars

Posted on: 22 January 2020

New astronomy research from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) suggests giant planets could form around small stars much faster than previously thought.

As published in Astronomy and Astrophysics Journal, Dr Anthony Mercer and Dr Dimitris Stamatellos’ new planet formation research challenges our understanding of planet formation.

Image taken of starry sky with STEREO HI instrument

Success for JHI researchers at the Royal Astronomical Society awards

Posted on: 15 January 2020

Two members of the JHI, Dr Danielle Bewsher and Dr Daniel Brown have been named as part of the STEREO Heliospheric Imager group that have won the 2020 RAS Group Achievement Award for achievement by a large consortium in geophysics.


UCLan Astronomy graduate, Stephen Mercer

Distance Learning Alumni: Stephen Mercer talks about how his distance learning astronomy studies at UCLan

Posted on: 9 January 2020

UCLan Astronomy graduate, Stephen Mercer, has put his scientific knowledge to great use as a Physics teacher in secondary education and to further his research in this area. Read from this link how he describes how studying Astronomy at UCLan has influenced his career:




JHI director D. Ward-Thompson

‘Oscars of sciences’ honours for JHI director D. Ward-Thompson

Posted on: 19 September 2019

UCLan’s Professor Derek Ward-Thompson is one of the 347 world-leading scientists who formed the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration and who will share the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

JHI MSc student Graham Fleming with Helen Klus

JHI MSc student makes impact at the National Astronomy Meeting

Posted on: 4 July 2019

JHI MSc student Graham Fleming discusses his surprising discovery in the Taurus star-forming region with Helen Klus at the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting 2019. The annual meeting was hosted by Lancaster University.

Schematic diagram of rapidly pulsating star

International team with JHI astronomer Daniel Holdsworth discovers rapidly pulsating stars

Posted on: 7 June 2019

Among the 32 thousand stars observed in short cadence in the first 2 months of science operations, asteroseismic data from the TESS space mission revealed 5 rare roAp stars, including the fastest pulsator in this class. 5th of June 2019 – Using asteroseismic techniques, an international team searched for  pulsations in a Read More …

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Student Prizes 2016/2017

Posted on: 8 June 2017

Each year the students with the best performance in the Entry Level modules and in the BSc (Hons) Astronomy are nominated for a prize.

This year we have a record number of Honours Graduates, ten in all. Congratulations to them all.


The blink of a cosmic eye: Astronomy in the next 200 years, by Megan Argo (UClan), January 20th 6pm-7pm, Online Lecture

The blink of a cosmic eye: astronomy in the next 200 years

Event Date: 20 January 2021

Dr Megan Argo, University of Central Lancashire, tells us where is astronomy going next! Join Megan for a look at some exciting upcoming telescopes and future space missions, and some predictions for what we might discover in the next 200 years…

Unmasked: The science of superheroes

JHI Winter 2020 Online Lecture – The Science of Superheroes! – 9 December 6.30 pm

Event Date: 9 December 2020

We are holding our next JHI Winter Lecture online on Wednesday the 9th December at 6.30pm on the Science of Superheroes!

A person looking at a telescope

JHI Lecture – Cosmic Africa

Event Date: 24 January 2020

Professor Thebe Medupe, South Africa`s first black Astronomer & Astrophysics lecturer[s] in the department of Physics at the Mafikeng Campus will give a lecture on Africa’s ancient astronomical history in the Harrington Lecture Theatre at the University of Central Lancashire on Friday 24 January 2020 at 18:30 – 19:30 GMT.

This event is free. Bookings via Eventbrite website below.
For more information: Email NJones@uclan.ac.uk

MHT telescope at Alston Observatory. Image credit: Mark Norris

Free astrophotography lessons at Alston Observatory

Event Date: 16 January 2020

The “Learn Astrophotography” is a free course running for keen amateur astronomers that are interested in taking their skills further. This event is specifically aimed at those who have always wanted to take astronomy further but have not yet had the opportunity. The project will consist of three workshop sessions, taking place at Alston observatory between January and March 2020, where you will be taught all there is to know about creating your own astronomy image, including how to choose a suitable object for imaging, the importance of image reduction, how to process your own images, as well as learning about the art and science behind taking images.

For more information please download the application form. The deadline for applying for a place is 16/1/2020.

For further enquires please contact Alexia Lopez at amlopez@uclan.ac.uk or Dr Joanne Pledger at JPledger@uclan.ac.uk 


NGC7331, observed with Alston MHT. Image Credit: Mark Norris.

Spring 2018 JHI Lecture – Comets Asteroid and Impacts

Event Date: 19 January 2019

It will take place at 6:30pm on 15 May 2018, in the Darwin Lecture Theatre at the University of Central Lancashire.

This event is free. Bookings via Eventbrite website below.
Information from : Email NJones@uclan.ac.uk