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New metamaterial device may help detect B-Mode polarization form the CMB

Wednesday 21st December 2016

The metamaterial device may help to discover more about gravitational waves which were emitted when the universe was first formed …


Sample of the writing found on the Antikythera Mechanism. IMAGE COPYRIGHT OF THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM RESEARCH PROJECT Research sheds new light on ancient device

Wednesday 27th July 2016

A researcher from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University is at the centre of a project shedding new light on the Antikythera Mechanism, a 2000 year old artefact which is believed to be the world’s oldest computer.


Science and Technology Facilities Council Logo STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships: Internal Deadline 10th August 2016

12th July 2016

Potential applicants must let us know that they would like to apply to hold an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship in Cardiff and send a draft proposal by Wednesday 10th August 2016


A nearby galaxy cropped from the image in the main story. Universe becoming cleaner as cosmic dust gets mopped up by stars.

Wednesday 6th July 2016

The Universe is becoming gradually cleaner as more and more cosmic dust is being mopped up by the formation of stars within galaxies, an international team of astronomers has revealed …


Artist's impression of cold intergalactic rain. Credit: - NRAO/AUI/NSF; Dana Berry/SkyWorks; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) Feeding black holes

Friday 10th June 2016

Researchers first to witness a supermassive black hole preparing for a "chaotic" feast at the centre of a distant galaxy …


Sun with Mercury transiting Transit of Mercury: Public talks and public viewing.

Friday 15th April 2016

Come and join us for a free event!


Inspiring Hong Kong to Reach for the Impossible

Thursday 31st March 2016

Cardiff experts inspire the next generation of scientists at Science Alive 2016


Dr Matt Smith, pictured here on an observing trip at the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico Cardiff Researcher Selected to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Monday 14th March 2016

Dr Matthew Smith will attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in June 2016.


Newly discovered dwarf galaxy Where have all the dwarf galaxies gone?

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

The hierarchical assembly of galaxies, galaxy clusters and other structures in the Universe is a successful part of the standard cosmological model. However, some specifically focused observations have indicated possible problems between our expectations from simulations and observations …


Potential Dark Galaxy candidate found near the Triangulum Galaxy

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

A team led by Cardiff astronomers have spotted a massive gas cloud with a hole in the middle near the Triangulum galaxy. Could this be a dark Galaxy?


Hubble Space Telescope detailed images of individual galaxies First direct evidence of galaxy ‘metamorphosis’

Tuesday 1st September 2015

A team of international scientists, led by astronomers from the School of Physics and Astronomy, have shown for the first time that galaxies can change their structure over the course of their lifetime …


PhDs available in Extragalactic Astrophysics

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Applications are invited from UK/EU students for 1st October 2015 start date.


Science and Technology Facilities Council Logo STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships: Internal Deadline 10th August 2015

UPDATED: 14th July 2015

Potential applicants must let us know that they would like to apply to hold an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship in Cardiff and send a draft proposal by Monday 10th August 2015


A visualisation of the polarisation of the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, as detected by ESA's Planck satellite. Copyright ESA and the Planck Collaboration. Planck reveals first stars were born late.

Monday 9th February 2015

The School's Astronomy Instrumentation Group continue to see the fruits of their work in the latest release of results from the Planck satellite, which indicate that the first stars in the Universe formed much later than previously thought …


DustPedia logo. DustPedia: A Definitive Study of Cosmic Dust in the Local Universe

Friday 16th January 2015

Funded by the EU, DustPedia is a project to combine existing data from the Herschel Space Observatory and Planck Telescope with other data from both ground and space based telescopes to make the most extensive and intensive study of galaxies in the nearby Universe. …


Royal Astronomical Society logo. Two Cardiff astronomers honoured by Royal Astronomical Society

Friday 9th January 2015

Professor Steve Eales and Dr Haley Gomez have both been recognized with prestigious awards for their contribution to astrophysics by the Royal Astronomical Society.



Rashmi Sudiwala at the pole Working at the South Pole to make “the discovery of the year”

Tuesday 8th April 2014

Dr Rashmi Sudiwala describes deploying BICEP2 in the Big Freezer;


Part of the B-mode map - showing curly polarization lines. Cardiff astrophysicists help discover first direct evidence of Cosmic Inflation

UPDATED: Friday 4th April 2014

The BICEP2 collaboration today announced the first direct evidence for Cosmic Inflation. Their results also represent the first images of gravitational waves, which have been described as the “first tremors of the Big Bang.” …


Charlotte Church's chaotic experience

Wednesday 26th February 2014

The School of Physics and Astronomy hosted the Voice of an Angel earlier this week.


Cardiff scientists lend their expertise to vital medical research

Monday 20th January 2014

The team at Cardiff, led by Deputy Head of School Dr Carole Tucker, will join a UK wide collaboration at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's pioneering ALICE accelerator facility.


Herschel and Planck satellites Two Cardiff led projects recognised

Tuesday 14th January 2014

The Royal Astronomy Society's 2014 Group Achievement Award went to the Herschel Space Observatory's SPIRE instrument, and the Planck Space Telescope picked up a share of Physics World's Breakthrough of the Year 2013 award.


Noble gas molecule discovered in space

Friday 13th December 2013

Cardiff University astronomers in "world first" find


Cardiff University hosts national society for stargazers with all-day event as it celebrates 60 years

Thursday 5th December 2013

Cutting-edge space science meeting is free and open to all.


Stars and stage to inspire new generation of Welsh scientists

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Cardiff scientists awarded £122,000 from the National Science Academy.


Planck satellite and it's map of the Cosmic Microwave Background. Planck receives its final command

Wednesday 23 October 2013

The final command to the Planck satellite was sent this afternoon, asking it to use up the last bit of fuel on board and turn off its transmitter for the last time ...


Dark cloud SDC 335.579-0.292 image combining data from ALMA and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope Embryonic Monster found in Dark Cloud

Thursday 11th July 2013

Cardiff astronomers have spotted a “monster” star about to be born from the largest stellar “womb” ever seen in the Milky Way.


Herschel completes its mission

Tuesday 30th April 2013

Yet the work has only just begun, say Cardiff Astrophysicists.


Planck challenges our understanding of the Universe

Thursday 21st March 2013

Cardiff astronomers support Planck's mission to refine our understanding of the Universe.


A prototype Kinetic Inductance Detector array developed at Cardiff SPACEKIDS are go !

Monday 14th January 2013

The first ever Welsh-led EU space programme (SPACEKIDS) has been launched by Cardiff University, A €2M award will help develop new detectors to be used in future space missions.


Explosive origins for cosmic dust

Thursday 13th December 2012

Cardiff researchers using data from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory have taken intricate new images of the Crab Nebula providing further proof that cosmic dust is created when massive stars reach the end of their lives.


A cannibalistic galaxy with a powerful heart

Thursday 5th April 2012

Cardiff astronomers are amongst a team using the Herschel Space Observatory to view a galaxy that harbours a dark secret.


New views of star-birth in the Pillars of Creation

Monday 16th January 2012

The latest Herschel results.


Planck instrument loses its cool

Monday 16th January 2012

Historic mission finally comes to an end.


World's largest sub-millimetre camera is open for business

Tuesday 6th December 2011

Cardiff University astronomers are part of a team that has successfully installed a revolutionary new camera on a telescope in Hawaii.

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