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First planet found by NGTS - it's a monster!

New research, led by Dan Bayliss and Peter Wheatley, has identified an unusual planet NGTS-1b - the largest planet compared to the size of its companion star ever discovered in the universe.

Dan Bayliss, lead author of the research, commented: "The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us - such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars. This is the first exoplanet we have found with our new NGTS facility and we are already challenging the received wisdom of how planets form."

Peter Wheatley added, “Having worked for almost a decade to develop NGTS, it is thrilling to see it picking out new and unexpected types of planets."

Tue 31 October 2017, 18:25 | Tags: Research, Faculty of Science

Mission to discover habitable Earths given green light

A mission to discover and characterise Earth-sized planets and super-Earths orbiting Sun-like stars in the habitable zone of the solar system – scientifically led by the University of Warwick - has been given the go-ahead today by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Wed 21 June 2017, 11:52 | Tags: Feature News, announcements, Research, Faculty of Science

Easter Planetarium shows

17, 19 & 21 April

Experience a show in the Physics inflatable planetarium and hear from the Warwick astronomers who use it to deliver outreach.

Free; booking is essential.

Prof. RA Roemer appointed as editor of Physica E

Prof. R.A. Roemer has been appointed as new editor for Physica E (Low-dimensional systems and nanostructures). The journal contains papers and invited review articles on the fundamental and applied aspects of physics in low-dimensional systems)

Mon 13 February 2017, 17:21 | Tags: Feature News, Faculty of Science

Mysterious white dwarf pulsar discovered

  • University of Warwick researchers identify a white dwarf pulsar – a star type which has eluded astronomers for half a century
  • Star lashes its neighbour with intense radiation beam every two minutes
  • Research published in Nature Astronomy

Christmas Lectures

Six Warwick Christmas Lectures presented science in an entertaining, festive and educational way to over 2,500 people - half from local schools and half general public. Topics ranged from gravitational waves to number theory, cake making to snow making, emotions to life in a cartoon universe.

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